As many varieties of rice, as well as a wide variety of grains, have come back into fashion from both culinary and health perspectives, the question now is what’s the easiest way to cook them with the best results.
The options range from boiling in water to using an expensive electric rice cooker, with lots of choices in-between.
Our go-to method for rice has been the stovetop “pilaf” method in the Indian or Turkish style. But we always had to watch the time, and occasionally we let it go too long and had a few disasters. But when we visited Lékué near Barcelona last May, we were introduced to a wonderful new tool: a remarkably simple and versatile Microwave Rice&Grain Cooker.
This is a well-designed, highly effective component of Lékué’s scientific and chef-tested “Healthy Cooking” focus. It eliminates the need to boil water first, and it won’t overboil into your microwave oven. The vented top releases steam to avoid burning and it is attractive enough to go from microwave to table. That means that one pot does it all, and you don’t have to devote a burner to your grains.
Finally - and here’s that ‘versatility’ point - it can be used to cook a variety of other grains: couscous, quinoa, farro, barley, oats, and more, as well as the wide variety of rices. A wide-ranging set of basic recipes is included.
Like any microwave cooking, there are detailed instructions to follow closely, including Lékué’s “10 Golden Rules for Microwave Cooking.” And we always follow the overarching “Know Your Microwave” rule: reduce the cooking power to an appropriate level, to avoid burning your food or melting your tools. This will take some experimentation to get the exact results you want; but once you nail it, it’s perfect every time, with no need to set an additional timer or keep an eye on the results.
This is very definitely a Cool Tool: great design with excellent broad-ranging functionality, from multi-award-winning Lékué ... you will want the Rice&Grain Cooker in your kitchen!
- 100% Platinum Silicone and #7 polycarbonate plastic
- 30oz/1L capacity
- BPA Free
- Dishwasher safe
- 7”/18cm diameter x 5”/13cm height
- 10 year Manufacturer’s Warranty
- Concept and Design by SERIESNEMO in collaboration with FUNDACIO ALICIA
- Made in Spain