Do You Need to Stir Rice in a Rice Cooker?

If you’ve just bought a rice cooker, or thinking about buying one, you might wonder if you need to stir the rice in it.

The answer is no, you don’t need to stir rice in a rice cooker. In fact, you shouldn’t stir the rice, as stirring rice can make it look gloppy.

Why is stirring rice not necessary?

If you’ve ever wondered why your rice never turns out quite as fluffy and delicious as the rice you get at a restaurant, it might be because you’re stirring it too much. That’s right - stirring your rice is actually one of the worst things you can do!

Stirring activates the starch in the rice, which can make it gummy and clumpy. It’s this starch that gives risotto its creamy texture - but it’s not something you want in your plain old rice.

So next time you’re making rice in your rice cooker, resist the urge to stir - and see how much better it turns out!

How do you fluff the rice?

There are a few different methods that you can use to fluff your rice, depending on what type of rice cooker you have.

If you have a traditional rice cooker, you will need to remove the lid and use a spoon or spatula to fluff the rice. If you have a newer model rice cooker with a detachable cord, you can simply plug it back in and press the ‘fluff’ button.

Finally, if you have an electric pressure cooker, you can release the pressure and then open the lid to fluff the rice.

Make sure to let the rice rest

After you’ve cooked your rice, it’s important to let it rest for at least 10 minutes before serving. This resting time allows the rice to absorb any remaining moisture, giving it the perfect texture.

Author: Scott Sanders


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