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The 1.8-litre Breville RC3 Rice Cooker features 700 watts of power to slowly cook your rice or other foods to perfection.

The Breville RC-3 Rice Cooker has a handy indicator light so there's no need to keep checking on your food's progress. You can also use this slow cooker to keep food warm.

Complete with measuring cup and spatula, the Breville RC3 Rice Cooker is a fantastic value, and its non-stick removable bowl makes it easy to keep clean too!
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[helper]#1
I use one of those "pan" things, personally. Quite simple to use... X)
#2
ordered
4 Likes #3
would u buy a special pan/gadget to boil an egg?
if yes this is for you.
[mod] 2 Likes #4
sunnyhot
would u buy a special pan/gadget to boil an egg?
if yes this is for you.

Pretty sure it doesn't do eggs. Think it's for rice really
1 Like #5
Rice cookers are excellent.
#6
ALL GONE IN AROUND YORKSHIRE
3 Likes #7
It is still expensive.

There were a better deal in store previously. For instance here
£7
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/breville-vtp111-rice-cooker-steamer-7-00-tesco-dumfries-1302789

£12.49
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sainsbury-s-stainless-steel-rice-cooker-12-49-instore-sainsburys-1273222

I will wait until it is about £10
#8
pantaiema
It is still expensive.

There were a better deal in store previously. For instance here
£7
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/breville-vtp111-rice-cooker-steamer-7-00-tesco-dumfries-1302789

£12.49
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sainsbury-s-stainless-steel-rice-cooker-12-49-instore-sainsburys-1273222

I will wait until it is about £10

My local tesco and sainsburys didnt have those deals in stock. This one is the next best thing. I did find a cookworks rice cooker at Argos for 11.99. But decided to go for this one as its bigger.
#9
Pretty sure my Dad picked up a rice cooker for sub £10 from Sainsbury's on Friday.
#10
Seems it is the same as a slow cooker. So can cook many different things. But not boil an egg soz :p
banned#11
WoolyM
Seems it is the same as a slow cooker. So can cook many different things. But not boil an egg soz :p

you cant slow cook food using a 700W rice cooker lol ;)
#12
csiman
WoolyM
Seems it is the same as a slow cooker. So can cook many different things. But not boil an egg soz :p
you cant slow cook food using a 700W rice cooker lol ;)


Only repeating what it said in the product details....
The 1.8-litre Breville RC3 Rice Cooker features 700 watts of power to slowly cook your rice or other foods to perfection.
1 Like #13
WoolyM
Seems it is the same as a slow cooker. So can cook many different things. But not boil an egg soz :p

You can get slow/rice cooker hybrids but they are awful, taking around an hour to do rice, a proper rice cooker should take mo more than half an hour

You can steam your food (while cooking rice) if you have somekind of stand

Edited By: godsakes on Sep 16, 2012 10:01
#14
These are good. I came across rice cookers during my time in Thailand

I would suggest these are essential if you eat a lot of rice or if eating infrequently have room for another large gadget in the kitchen.

Unfortunately, I don't have the room and only eat rice maybe once a week.

That said, I am happy with my saucepan method...cook 10mins/ place in sieve/ leave to stand covered10mins

Enjoy! :)
3 Likes #15
godsakes
WoolyM
Seems it is the same as a slow cooker. So can cook many different things. But not boil an egg soz :p

You can get slow/rice cooker hybrids but they are awful, taking around an hour to do rice, a proper rice cooker should take mo more than half an hour

You can steam your food (while cooking rice) if you have somekind of stand

If you like your (fragrant/sticky) rice cooked properly every time without fuss then a rice cooker is a must. Or you can keep boiling your tasteless Uncle Ben rice in a bag....
#16
Will this help you make good currys?
#17
Have slow cookers replaced SSD deals on HDUK? Seems to be :)
#18
Unable to find in most of london stores.
#19
Rice cookrrs in this country suck. If you can id advise get one from hong kong. Get a chinese friend to get it
#20
If you get one in Hong kong, avoid the big retailers like Fortress, Jusco.

Go online @ price.com.hk. and type in your model no.

ring the various small retailers to get the lowest price. They often agree to beat the lowest quoted price by 10%.

Once you agree the price, you normally have to deposit a small amount (I paid HK$200 for my Hitachi Fridge Freezer) direct into their HK bank account. Remember to write your order ref on the payment slip.

Then you collect the order or if it's too big, have it delivered free and pay the balance to the driver.


Edited By: Speculator on Sep 16, 2012 12:19
#21
royals
Rice cookrrs in this country suck. If you can id advise get one from hong kong. Get a chinese friend to get it

Usually I'd agree, but these days they're mostly made in China anyway. The Cookworks one in Argos, for example, is and it's fine - as good as any bought in HK anyway. Been using mine for the past 7 years, come to think of it.
1 Like #22
also, avoid Rasonic. They are the cheap division of Panasonic and made in China.

Stick to Panasonic, they are still made in Japan or Thailand.
#23
sunnyhot
would u buy a special pan/gadget to boil an egg?
if yes this is for you.
The egg equivalent of what rice cooker is for rice! Another kitchen aid but needs some justification for the huge amount effort to move the gadget in and out of cupboards each time or if you have ping pong table size workshops dusting all these appliance on the worktop! But at about £16 is an OK price for a non pressured rice cooker. 1.8L of rice is a lot of rice as it is for 4 to 5 normal portions (one large bowl each), note that it wouldn't cook well for one person with a 1.8L size pan. Probably just OK for 2 people as all rice cookers designed for a minimum about of rice calculated from the volume of the pan.
http://common2.csnimages.com/lf/50/hash/9464/3650763/2/Steba-7-Plate-Egg-Boiler.jpg

Edited By: splender on Sep 16, 2012 12:51
2 Likes #24
Speculator
also, avoid Rasonic. They are the cheap division of Panasonic and made in China.

Stick to Panasonic, they are still made in Japan or Thailand.
There are some brands which are reliable and popular sold to the rising middle class in China and Made in China. One such brand is Midea. Midea is an expensive brand in China but cheaper than Panasonic. South Korean made rice cookers are also very reliable, there are quite a few brands and readily available in UK in Korean supermarkets. For Londoners and beyond go to New Malden to find a large selection from about £30-£40 each with guarantee. The rice eaters in Asia mainly buy the rice cookers with pressurised lids as the rice is more fluffy and uses less water to steam the rice grain through. The rice cookers sold here in Europe use the original simple lid cover which is now only used in Asia in the cheapest of the cookers.


Edited By: splender on Sep 16, 2012 13:12: added more text
#25
I use the Cookworks rice cooker but I find the I rice ends up quite sticky rather than light and fluffy. Is it technique or rice cooker that's to blame?
#26
royals
Rice cookrrs in this country suck. If you can id advise get one from hong kong. Get a chinese friend to get it
Also Japanese, Korea, Taiwanese, Singaporean, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Hong Konger, Macau, Thai etc just to give one more chances and last but not least ex-pats and British Arm Forces stationed in the Far East (possibly Afghanistan as well though unlikely as Chinese electrical goods go across the border too from China).


Edited By: splender on Sep 16, 2012 13:45
#27
timebomb
I use the Cookworks rice cooker but I find the I rice ends up quite sticky rather than light and fluffy. Is it technique or rice cooker that's to blame?

Two cups of water for one cup of Rice, always cooks it perfect!! ;)
banned#28
timebomb
I use the Cookworks rice cooker but I find the I rice ends up quite sticky rather than light and fluffy. Is it technique or rice cooker that's to blame?

are you washing the rice before cooking? Stops it getting sticky. Also, I turn it off a few minutes before cooked through and leave to steam on residual heat for 5 mins then fork it through thoroughly to fluff it up

ooh err
#29
Splendor, Speculator, I'm damn jealous, would love a decent pressurized rice cooker, ..that said i've had this particular breville for years & it's done well, it's just not as good as it could be (as you guy's have said) ..I notice midea can be bought in germany, but haven't seen any of their rice cookers, do either of you have any leads as to trying to obtain a half decent one, like the timer too!
#30
@royalsSep 16, 2012
Rice cookrrs in this country suck. If you can id advise get one from hong kong. Get a chinese friend to get it

Can you point me in the direction for a good deal on a Chinese friend and I'm all set...
2 Likes #31
timebomb
I use the Cookworks rice cooker but I find the I rice ends up quite sticky rather than light and fluffy. Is it technique or rice cooker that's to blame?

sticky means there was a lot of starch. wash the rice thoroughly and discard the water if your rice is very starchy. also different rice varieties need different amount of water, just trial and error.

I have used rice cookers, pans on hobs, induction hobs, coil hobs, slow cookers, pressure cookers, pans on firewood / charcoal and microwave to cook rice, used the evaporation and straining methods for making rice so can claim to have a little experience with rice since have eaten it as a staple diet for 40+ years now and usually have a stock of 20-40kgs in my garage. Only method i havent used is solar cookers or fresnel lenses for cooking! (you can look up videos online of cooking with those methods). But have seen solar cookers.

In my experience it cant get much easier than making it in a microwave that you will already have most probably with vessels you will already have most probably. Just wash the rice and discard the water, then soak the water in the required quantity of water (1 rice : 2 water usually, sometimes lesser depending on type of rice) for 10-30mins (can skip soaking if in a hurry, i skip this step usually) and cook in microwave (uncovered) for 10-12mins depending on your microwave and then cover it immediately to avoid drying. let it rest for a few minutes then serve. it will be usually just right and fluffy. adjust water quantity as needed for further attempts. when you get an idea then you can skip the accurate measuring and just pour water out of the tap using your judgement.

some people put salt plus or minus oil when making rice but i wouldnt recommend it. some people like to put more water then to strain it away. but not needed if you do it the way i suggest.

ps: i have lived with people who used to cater for indian weddings attended by hundreds of people, so i know how they cook rice too.

if you want another gadget then get a rice cooker but you can get same results without it too and with vessels you already have and much less hassle and no need for more space occupying gadgets.

pps: my slow cookers etc are just lying in the garage now after very limited use. but i do use pressure cookers still for making katchi hyderabadi biryanis where meat and rice is cooked together for about 45mins with meat getting cooked right but rice not getting over cooked at the same time which is tricky to do in a pressure cooker if you dont know what you are doing!

Edited By: bubblesmoney on Sep 16, 2012 17:50
banned#32
bubblesmoney
timebomb
I use the Cookworks rice cooker but I find the I rice ends up quite sticky rather than light and fluffy. Is it technique or rice cooker that's to blame?


sticky means there was a lot of starch. wash the rice thoroughly and discard the water if your rice is very starchy. also different rice varieties need different amount of water, just trial and error.

I have used rice cookers, pans on hobs, induction hobs, coil hobs, slow cookers, pressure cookers, pans on firewood / charcoal and microwave to cook rice, used the evaporation and straining methods for making rice so can claim to have a little experience with rice since have eaten it as a staple diet for 40+ years now and usually have a stock of 20-40kgs in my garage. Only method i havent used is solar cookers or fresnel lenses for cooking! (you can look up videos online of cooking with those methods). But have seen solar cookers.

In my experience it cant get much easier than making it in a microwave that you will already have most probably with vessels you will already have most probably. Just wask the rice and discard the water, then soak the water in the required quantity of water (1 rice : 2 water usually, sometimes lesser depending on type of rice) for 10-30mins (can skip soaking if in a hurry, i skip this step usually) and cook in microwave (uncovered) for 10-12mins depending on your microwave and then cover it immediately to avoid drying. let it rest for a few minutes then serve. it will be usually just right and fluffy. adjust water quantity as needed for further attempts. when you get an idea then you can skip the accurate measuring and just pour water out of the tap using your judgement.

some people put salt plus or minus oil when making rice but i wouldnt recommend it. some people like to put more water then to strain it away. but not needed if you do it the way i suggest.

ps: i have lived with people who used to cater for indian weddings attended by hundreds of people, so i know how they cook rice too.

if you want another gadget then get a rice cooker but you can get same results without it too and with vessels you already have and much less hassle and no need for more space occupying gadgets.

pps: my slow cookers etc are just lying in the garage now after very limited use. but i do use pressure cookers still for making katchi hyderabadi biryanis where meat and rice is cooked together for about 45mins with meat getting cooked right but rice not getting over cooked at the same time which is tricky to do in a pressure cooker if you dont know what you are doing!

Nice info thanks

might give the mickey method a whirl tonight (I follow the ramsay recipe of putting in 1 star anise, 1 green cardomon per portion and a little salt & pepper to make it fragrant)

so you dont cover it at all when in the microwave? I was thinking of using a lasagne dish to put the rice in but maybe a round mixing bowl might be better to cover the rice more with the water.....

Edited By: csiman on Sep 16, 2012 17:55
3 Likes #33
csiman
bubblesmoney
timebomb
I use the Cookworks rice cooker but I find the I rice ends up quite sticky rather than light and fluffy. Is it technique or rice cooker that's to blame?

sticky means there was a lot of starch. wash the rice thoroughly and discard the water if your rice is very starchy. also different rice varieties need different amount of water, just trial and error.

I have used rice cookers, pans on hobs, induction hobs, coil hobs, slow cookers, pressure cookers, pans on firewood / charcoal and microwave to cook rice, used the evaporation and straining methods for making rice so can claim to have a little experience with rice since have eaten it as a staple diet for 40+ years now and usually have a stock of 20-40kgs in my garage. Only method i havent used is solar cookers or fresnel lenses for cooking! (you can look up videos online of cooking with those methods). But have seen solar cookers.

In my experience it cant get much easier than making it in a microwave that you will already have most probably with vessels you will already have most probably. Just wask the rice and discard the water, then soak the water in the required quantity of water (1 rice : 2 water usually, sometimes lesser depending on type of rice) for 10-30mins (can skip soaking if in a hurry, i skip this step usually) and cook in microwave (uncovered) for 10-12mins depending on your microwave and then cover it immediately to avoid drying. let it rest for a few minutes then serve. it will be usually just right and fluffy. adjust water quantity as needed for further attempts. when you get an idea then you can skip the accurate measuring and just pour water out of the tap using your judgement.

some people put salt plus or minus oil when making rice but i wouldnt recommend it. some people like to put more water then to strain it away. but not needed if you do it the way i suggest.

ps: i have lived with people who used to cater for indian weddings attended by hundreds of people, so i know how they cook rice too.

if you want another gadget then get a rice cooker but you can get same results without it too and with vessels you already have and much less hassle and no need for more space occupying gadgets.

pps: my slow cookers etc are just lying in the garage now after very limited use. but i do use pressure cookers still for making katchi hyderabadi biryanis where meat and rice is cooked together for about 45mins with meat getting cooked right but rice not getting over cooked at the same time which is tricky to do in a pressure cooker if you dont know what you are doing!
Nice info thanks

might give the mickey method a whirl tonight (I follow the ramsay recipe of putting in 1 star anise, 1 green cardomon per portion and a little salt & pepper to make it fragrant)

so you dont cover it at all when in the microwave? I was thinking of using a lasagne dish to put the rice in but maybe a round mixing bowl might be better to cover the rice more with the water.....

no i dont cover it in the microwave as then you get spill over sometimes and a bloody pain to clean. i just use the cheap pyrex glass dishes that are available at tesco or tjhughes etc for a couple of quido for a 2-3 unit set. i just cover it after it is cooked.

there are loads of ways to make fragrant rice. see what suits you best. for indian cooking methods one of the youtube channels that i subscribe to is username "vahrehvah" http://www.youtube.com/user/vahchef/videos?flow=grid&view=1 or use his website http://www.vahrehvah.com who is a 5* chef, i find his videos funny and recipes are authentic. he has got rice making videos as well for various methods of fragrant rice on his channel. there are loads of other such channels as well such as this one http://www.youtube.com/user/sanjeevkapoorkhazana/videos?flow=grid&view=1 who is a 5* chef as well. please note that these recipes are authentic rather than the rubbish that gets served in takeaways and even restaurants serving 'pilau' rice here which is nauseating compared to the actual dish (various varieties) as it should be!
#34
I have a breville rice cooker and it's really good.
#35
You can make bread and cakes in a rice cooker too, Japanese students swear by rice cookers for making all sorts of stuff haha
#36
sunnyhot
would u buy a special pan/gadget to boil an egg?
if yes this is for you.

Yea but sometimes I walk away from the cooker and get interested in other things to return to find my rice has dried and the kitchen is on fire. Watching rice is not as interesting as watching paint dry. GG
banned#37
bubblesmoney
csiman
bubblesmoney
timebomb
I use the Cookworks rice cooker but I find the I rice ends up quite sticky rather than light and fluffy. Is it technique or rice cooker that's to blame?


sticky means there was a lot of starch. wash the rice thoroughly and discard the water if your rice is very starchy. also different rice varieties need different amount of water, just trial and error.

I have used rice cookers, pans on hobs, induction hobs, coil hobs, slow cookers, pressure cookers, pans on firewood / charcoal and microwave to cook rice, used the evaporation and straining methods for making rice so can claim to have a little experience with rice since have eaten it as a staple diet for 40+ years now and usually have a stock of 20-40kgs in my garage. Only method i havent used is solar cookers or fresnel lenses for cooking! (you can look up videos online of cooking with those methods). But have seen solar cookers.

In my experience it cant get much easier than making it in a microwave that you will already have most probably with vessels you will already have most probably. Just wask the rice and discard the water, then soak the water in the required quantity of water (1 rice : 2 water usually, sometimes lesser depending on type of rice) for 10-30mins (can skip soaking if in a hurry, i skip this step usually) and cook in microwave (uncovered) for 10-12mins depending on your microwave and then cover it immediately to avoid drying. let it rest for a few minutes then serve. it will be usually just right and fluffy. adjust water quantity as needed for further attempts. when you get an idea then you can skip the accurate measuring and just pour water out of the tap using your judgement.

some people put salt plus or minus oil when making rice but i wouldnt recommend it. some people like to put more water then to strain it away. but not needed if you do it the way i suggest.

ps: i have lived with people who used to cater for indian weddings attended by hundreds of people, so i know how they cook rice too.

if you want another gadget then get a rice cooker but you can get same results without it too and with vessels you already have and much less hassle and no need for more space occupying gadgets.

pps: my slow cookers etc are just lying in the garage now after very limited use. but i do use pressure cookers still for making katchi hyderabadi biryanis where meat and rice is cooked together for about 45mins with meat getting cooked right but rice not getting over cooked at the same time which is tricky to do in a pressure cooker if you dont know what you are doing!

Nice info thanks

might give the mickey method a whirl tonight (I follow the ramsay recipe of putting in 1 star anise, 1 green cardomon per portion and a little salt & pepper to make it fragrant)

so you dont cover it at all when in the microwave? I was thinking of using a lasagne dish to put the rice in but maybe a round mixing bowl might be better to cover the rice more with the water.....


no i dont cover it in the microwave as then you get spill over sometimes and a bloody pain to clean. i just use the cheap pyrex glass dishes that are available at tesco or tjhughes etc for a couple of quido for a 2-3 unit set. i just cover it after it is cooked.

there are loads of ways to make fragrant rice. see what suits you best. for indian cooking methods one of the youtube channels that i subscribe to is username "vahrehvah" http://www.youtube.com/user/vahchef/videos?flow=grid&view=1 or use his website http://www.vahrehvah.com who is a 5* chef, i find his videos funny and recipes are authentic. he has got rice making videos as well for various methods of fragrant rice on his channel. there are loads of other such channels as well such as this one http://www.youtube.com/user/sanjeevkapoorkhazana/videos?flow=grid&view=1 who is a 5* chef as well. please note that these recipes are authentic rather than the rubbish that gets served in takeaways and even restaurants serving 'pilau' rice here which is nauseating compared to the actual dish (various varieties) as it should be!

Superb! Thanks again. Just a shame its so damn difficult to get the ingredients.

Edited By: csiman on Sep 17, 2012 05:10
suspended#38
andywedge
sunnyhot
would u buy a special pan/gadget to boil an egg?
if yes this is for you.
Pretty sure it doesn't do eggs. Think it's for rice really

What about egg rice?
#39
i have this rice cooker it's fab! however the lid broke the other week and they wanted £20 for another lid.
sweet!!!!

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