Is cooking rice a routine task of your kitchen then you must be looking for a rice cooker that free off harmfull chemicals.
For me I had always preferred to have something that gets cooked instantly.
An Eco-friendly rice cooker is a great solution that saves your time and efforts. Your rice cooker should be a blend of ease of comfort and beauty as well. This article make you aware of the features you should be looking at while buying a non toxic rice cooker.
You have to look into following main points before buy a healty rice cooker.
- Easy to use
- Excellent reviews.
- Larger capacity
- Non-toxic Coating
Buying Guide: Non-Teflon Rice Cookers
Are rice cookers safe?
The technology has served us right but we are always confused about our health and safety which is again a very positive point. So as far the safety of the rice cooker is concerned, the rice cookers are safe to use if they are non-Teflon.
What is Teflon?
TeflonA new term Teflon is introduced here which needs a bit of explanation. It is a trademark name for PTFE (Poly Tetra Fluoro Ethylene). PTFE is a man-made fluoro polymer that gives many non-stick layers their non-stick superiority. This synthetic PTFE does not pose any harm to the food cooked in the pot but has other darker sides that you should be well aware of. Beware of the unknown risks as overheating the PTFE can cause harm. When it gets heated above 300 degrees Centigrade (570°F) it can give rise to toxic fumes that cause harm to the food. It can also cause you unforeseen health problems associated with these toxicity. So, overheating the PTFE can cause a concern. Avoid getting to that high temperature if you have a Teflon rice cooker.
This is the main cause that people avoid buying cookware having PTFE. So, before choosing a rice cooker make sure it is PTFE-free. It must have been advertised in its manual, so check thoroughly before buying. Look for a stainless steel or non-stick ceramic which do not pose such health risks.
What is a rice cooker pot made of?
The next question you can ask yourself before buying a rice cooker is what is the material the rice cooker is made of? You will find most of them in plastic or stainless steel outer bodies. If you open the inner pot they are made of various materials. It can be made of Teflon, stainless steel or simply ceramic. So, I recommend you to buy the one having either a natural ceramic inner pot, a stainless steel pot or a ceramic coated inner pot.
Check the inner pot meticulously and make sure you do not opt for a Teflon one. A Teflon-free rice cooker is always the best option.
Cooking rice in a rice cooker healthy or Not?
Is-cooking-rice-in-a-rice-cooker-healthyThis is something that you should ask yourself first hand before deciding to have a rice cooker in your kitchen appliance kit. Before buying any kitchen appliance always check either it is safe for your health or not.
Cooking rice in the rice cooker is totally healthy as healthy as you cook in a normal pot. It produces the steam that cooks the rice or any other food. The healthy options depend on the type of the food you choose, not the type of the rice cooker (if it is PTFE-free). Choose good food to cook in your rice cooker. I personally prefer it over the ordinary pot as you can opt for oil free rice cooking in a rice cooker which is not that much possible in traditional cuisines.
What size rice cooker should I buy?
Next thing to consider is the capacity of your rice cooker. The size of the rice cooker depends on the number of family members you have. If you have a large family then a bigger one will do. If you are only a couple living in a house, then a smaller one is your choice. Secondly, you can also determine the size according to the quantity of the rice you want to cook. For commercial purposes you will need to have a full capacity rice cooker. So the size of the cooker also depends on the scale of its use. Most of the rice cookers have labeled capacity on them. Choose the rice cooker labeled with your required capacity according to your local capacity standards.
What features should I look for in a rice cooker?
A see-through glass lid is always ideal for monitoring. They are dishwasher-safe and cleaning is also easy.
A delay timer is the feature that allows you to start cooking hours after putting your rice in the pot. You can work and cook simultaneously.
Keep Warm Feature:
A keep warm feature helps keeping your food warm when you are busy and cannot cook the rice on the spot. You will have a fresh meal hours after you prepare it.
A multipurpose appliance is something that everyone loves to have. So your rice cooker can cook other things as well. It must have yogurt, oatmeal, soup, porridge and speed cook options.
Rice cookers having other accessories like paddle, measuring cup, steam tray, steam basket, etc. are few of the accessories that can make your rice cooker more precious.
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