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if you haven't got space for a proper rice cooker, got one of these microwave lads and it is pretty much on the money every time and involves very little work - https://www.josephjoseph.com/products/m-cuisine-rice-cooker

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Thursday, 23 July 2020 18:01 (three months ago) link

A horseless cart you say? I will not entertain this satanic contrivance

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 18:10 (three months ago) link

my parents in law (korean) moved in for the pandemic. the first time i made rice with them here, my mother-in-law came to the kitchen to watch me do it because she hadn't cooked rice without a rice cooker in decades and couldn't remember how it worked.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 23 July 2020 18:35 (three months ago) link

yeah, i literally make rice w. almost every meal and i pour it into a lidded container, cover with water and put in the microwave for 8 minutes and leave to steam for another 8-10. it takes about 30seconds to prepare and the rice is ready and perfect every time.

plax (ico), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:03 (three months ago) link

i don't know why I would need more 'control'. There are advantages to having a rice cooker but they're mostly if you're making it in huge quantities or want to be able to keep it warm for a long time after.

plax (ico), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:04 (three months ago) link

that isn't any quicker than doing it on the hob

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:04 (three months ago) link

it is impossible to scald the bottom if you forget it, its also more energy efficient.

plax (ico), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:06 (three months ago) link

let us not forget that ur literally ilx-named after a gentleman who sought ill-fated shortcuts in situations of domestic heat-appliance

imago, Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:19 (three months ago) link

oh wait sorry he's the one who shot himself by accident, not ironed his shirt while wearing it, ignore

imago, Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:20 (three months ago) link

v impt distinction

plax (ico), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:22 (three months ago) link

guys are ye really still talking about rice

Keir Starmer drains his rice after cooking it

— marcus (@marcusjdl) July 23, 2020

scampos mentis (gyac), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:25 (three months ago) link

he likes his rice like his politics

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:28 (three months ago) link

..blanched in his own mediocre tepid piss!

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:30 (three months ago) link

I don't really understand rice cookers, cooking rice is the easiest thing you can possibly do, I don't need another appliance in my kitchen

― Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver)

i have very, very high standards for rice. i eat rice 3-4 times a day, and i am a gringo cooking for a majority southeast-asian family. a rice cooker is THE device, not ANOTHER device. I use it more than my water pitcher, my stove, my oven. my rice cooker and wok together account for 80% of my calories. i revere good rice, and the zojirushi is my altar.

fwiw i have found that most people will eat bad rice and think it is good rice, or even make bad rice and kinda choke it down knowing that it ain't ideal. but my zojirushi always makes good rice and sings 'twinkle twinkle little star' to me when i put rice in to cook.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61qwwhvS7cL._AC_SL1000_.jpg

rb (soda), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:43 (three months ago) link

thank you, although mine isn't that good and only has on and start switches on it but still i get very good results

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:48 (three months ago) link

Even bad rice cookers make better rice than most home cooks! I had a $19 on/off rice cooker for years and it was great. This one has fuzzy logic features, so it makes the rice at the right texture even if you try to make bleary-eyed rice at 2am. It also keeps rice perfect for 2-3 days.

I really like this video, because I feel like Uncle Roger is speaking for me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53me-ICi_f8

rb (soda), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:52 (three months ago) link

lol that extended version is even better!

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:56 (three months ago) link

I suppose if you eat it 4 times a day it makes sense but I probably eat it no more than once a day on average

I've had a cheap rice cooker in the past and it was fine I suppose, no better than on the hob imo

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:59 (three months ago) link

i’ve recently started making basmati rice the right way - washing it, letting it soak, using the water it soaked in - and the fluffiness is out of this world. insane.

you guys are making me want a rice cooker i’m not gonna lie

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:59 (three months ago) link

washing rice is so essential, just like when you make chips and wash potatoes!

never mind the MSG where is the frigging soya sauce?

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:01 (three months ago) link

i have been told that cheap rice cookers suck and u might as well put it in the bin

plax (ico), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:01 (three months ago) link

Was it DW Winnicott who came up with the idea of 'good enough' rice? I'm with him.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:03 (three months ago) link

talking to too many metropolitan elites plax!

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:04 (three months ago) link

IME they are finicky and you have to learn their gnostic ways, and there is a very short window of time in which the rice they produce is edible. You might have just six minutes to scoop out the rice before it becomes crystallized and/or gummy. (Usually both).

rb (soda), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:05 (three months ago) link

I thoroughly rinse my rice before putting it in the 30 quid rice cooker and make the water ratio lower to allow for the amount it has already absorbed, bingo!

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:07 (three months ago) link

the insufferable andrew graham-dixon has a 2-part series on rome on bbc four that i can’t help watching. i went there for the first time last year (only 2 days). he’s awful. probably my least favourite bbc presenter with the possible exception of stephen smith, the guy who does gormless “kooky” cultural packages to fill out the running time of newsnight.

anyway, he’s just read a link over some footage of some austere modern buildings in rome. here’s what he said.

“the most famous dictator in italy’s recent history was benito mussolini.”

THE BBC LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. BBC FOUR. THE ONE FOR “INTELLECTUALS”

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:08 (three months ago) link

that said the guy he’s with, georgio locatelli, is totally bananas and amazing

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:09 (three months ago) link

Yeah but what are his views on rice? Is he a basmati man or a parboiled freak?

let them microwave their rice (gyac), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:10 (three months ago) link

have they cancelled Meades?

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:11 (three months ago) link

I love Andrew GD!

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:13 (three months ago) link

No-one is worse than Stephen Smith.

Sonny Shamrock (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:18 (three months ago) link

that rice video is horrifying.

Yerac, Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:34 (three months ago) link

aw i kinda like Andrew GD even tho yeah he's too much sometimes, somehow he has an ASMR-ish effect on me at 2 in the morning

À la recherche du scamps perdu (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:35 (three months ago) link

i can see glimpses of humanity there tbf to the poor fucker

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:39 (three months ago) link

By the way, who is this ugly cunt and why does it seem like I'm seeing his face every time I turn on my telly?

https://www.famousbirthdays.com/faces/horne-alex-image.jpg

Sonny Shamrock (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:43 (three months ago) link

xps

one bit where uncle roger is wrong is, to make good egg fried rice you are best off using a carbon steel pan with very high temperature oil and it doesn't make a shit of difference if you use a metal spatula to toss that rice whilst it gets fried.

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:48 (three months ago) link

i believe he is a comedian of some sort Tom say no more

À la recherche du scamps perdu (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:56 (three months ago) link

bbc comedians aka the worst people in human existence since the paedophile nazi clique in the belle & sebastien fanclub

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 22:00 (three months ago) link

is this where we're talking about rice?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 23 July 2020 22:52 (three months ago) link

was looking for some hot rice on rice action

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 23 July 2020 22:52 (three months ago) link

we're talking about rice everywhere #onethread

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 23 July 2020 23:10 (three months ago) link

#onerice

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 24 July 2020 05:20 (three months ago) link

#omurice

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Friday, 24 July 2020 05:51 (three months ago) link

that said the guy he’s with, georgio locatelli, is totally bananas and amazing

Giorgio Locatelli the chef? I have been meaning to go to his restaurant for years and am guessing it won't exist for much longer.

People are right that it's the bit where she rinses the rice off after draining it that's the most egregious offence. It means she hasn't washed it at the start and why wouldn't you do that?

Matt DC, Friday, 24 July 2020 07:34 (three months ago) link

yes the chef. he’s like every positive cliche of italian men rolled into one - passionate, demonstrative, emotional, effortlessly good looking. during the show he makes a classic jewish-italian dish of chicken meatballs in tomato sauce and deep fried artichoke. and he rolls round to a deli stall where they get a kidney sandwich. best tour guide ever, basically.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 24 July 2020 07:41 (three months ago) link

People that don't wash rice are savage murderers, that much is beyond question. But washing it after cooking it is doesn't make any sense at all, it's like having a shower and then rolling about in a pigsty or something.

calzino, Friday, 24 July 2020 07:48 (three months ago) link

this clumpy starchy mess that you've already boiled with far too much water can't be washed at this point, can only assume she is blanching it in the vain hope it won't clump together even more as it cools down! At home economics in school instead of teaching kids to fuck up some fancy flan they will never try again in their entire life they should just some simple rice module and give them some real survival skillz.

calzino, Friday, 24 July 2020 08:15 (three months ago) link

There's a point where uncle roger references a finger knuckle joint method for measuring your water to rice ratio, I've looked this up elsewhere and I can't make the maths of it work in my head, what am I missing? Basically the theory is you put your rice in the pan (any quantity, any shape/size of pan), then rest the tip of your index finger on top of the rice and add enough water for the level to reach the first joint of your finger, and that will in theory mean your rice/water ratio is perfect. But how can that be right? Like, if my rice layer is only one or two grains deep the r/w ratio can't help be tons higher than it would've been if my rice layer was six inches deep, right?

JimD, Friday, 24 July 2020 10:50 (three months ago) link

I have spent most of my life being terrible at cooking rice, but I'd at least have the self-awareness to be incredibly embarrassed at doing it like that on camera let alone for a cooking segment.

since buying a microwave rice cooker it's super easy although mine came with instructions where the measurements, which were in cups/ fl oz which I never use anyway, were clearly just translated from metric so it was 9.4oz rice and 14.2 fl oz water or something rather than nice round numbers. I eventually realised it was just enough water to cover the rice and then a little bit more so I just do that now and it works out fine. It's never been great for small amounts though e.g. for my kids do I still do that in the pan.

sometimes a bit of sludgy stuff boils over into the microwave but the rice in the basket is usually fine.

kinder, Friday, 24 July 2020 12:23 (three months ago) link

I don't know about that finger method and have been using a rice cooker or a steel rice ball for years now, once uncle Roger gets into your head you don't want him taking the piss out of your hot rice-takes!

calzino, Friday, 24 July 2020 13:36 (three months ago) link


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