If you ask me how I like to cook my rice, which happens at least three or four nights a week, I would swear to you by cooking it in a slow cooker. It is safe to say that cooking rice with a slow cooker requires a minimum of fuss.
Also, half of the dinner will be effortlessly prepared. All you have to do is toss a plate to enjoy with your freshly cooked fluffy rice.
Here’s a step-by-step process for slowly cooking all kinds of rice. Now you can stop enslaving the kitchen stove and learn how to cook rice in a slow cooker perfectly.
White rice in slow cooker
Cooking white rice in a slow cooker does not need to be closely monitored like steamed rice. You don’t have to worry about burning it. The following instructions will serve six people.
Here’s a list of items you’ll need, but you can make changes based on your needs or the size of your professional slow aroma cooking pot.
- 1 cup rice
- 4 cups boiling water
- Slow cooking pot
- 1.5 quart glass dish
- Steam bowl
- Pinch of salt
First, you need to put a bowl of steam inside the slow cooker. Remove the center stick from the steaming bowl and place directly in a 3.5 to 6 quart slow cooker.
The next step is to heat the slow cooker, covering it for about 15 minutes over high heat. You need to boil 4 cups of water separately and add just two cups to your slow cooker.
It’s time to place the glass dish in the steam bowl. Add the remaining 2 cups of boiling water with a cup of raw white rice. Mix with a spatula. Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt. Keep the slow cooker covered with a lid. Let it cook for about an hour and a half, or until the water is completely absorbed. It should be ready to be served right away!
Brown rice in a slow cooker
Brown rice is a nutritious and healthy option for rice lovers. Brown rice is especially preferred for cooking Mediterranean bowls, which are currently in vogue.
Cooking it in a slow cooker allows you to cook in a large batch and enjoy it all week long. You will need the following items to cook your brown rice.
- Slow cooking pot
- 2 cups brown rice
- Non-stick kitchen spray
- 4 cups water
Spray the slow cooker generously with your cooking spray. The texture of brown rice is more sticky than white rice, so the non-stick prevents it from sticking to the pot. Add everything, rice, water and other extra ingredients like broth, herbs, etc. If you use a broth to boil the rice grain, you will no longer need to add water. Just make sure the measurement is the same as water.
It’s time to dump her and move on. You need to make sure that the slow cooker is on high heat so that it is perfectly cooked. The cooking time of brown rice is 3 hours. You can serve it hot and reserve the leftover rice to store in the fridge or freezer.
Wild rice in a slow cooker
It takes longer for wild rice to cook, so it makes sense to cook it easily in a slow cooker. You’ll need an extra step before you start cooking it, unlike the other two types of rice. Wild rice should be soaked overnight to soften and absorb water. If you skip this step, your rice will be undercooked.
The items you will need to cook wild rice in a slow cooker are listed below:
- Slow cooking pot
- A medium to large bowl
- 1 cup wild rice
- 3 cups water or low sodium broth, for cooking
- Additional water to soak wild rice before cooking
- Fresh herbs or spices (optional)
Be sure to use cold water to rinse the soaked wild rice. After soaking overnight, rinse and drain properly. You can use a strainer to drain it.
The next step is to transfer the drained rice to the slow cooker. Add water or broth at the same time. If you want to add additional ingredients like spices or herbs, now is the time to do so.
For brown rice, simmer and wait 3 hours for it to cook. Sometimes it can take longer than cooking the rice in a saucepan, especially if the brown rice is soaked for only a few hours.
How to store leftover rice
You can store the rice in airtight containers or bags and put it in the fridge or freezer. Cooked rice can be stored for up to five days in the refrigerator and up to six months in the freezer. All you have to do is reheat it in the microwave.
Rice is a staple food for many families and there are unlimited ways to eat it. Rice can be used as a base, garnish, main course, or even as a dessert, such as sticky mango rice or a rice pudding. I hope you enjoyed reading this step-by-step process of cooking rice in a slow cooker. Preparing rice with a slow cooker is no problem, no matter how you consume it. Also, this method of cooking rice never fails.