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Cookworks Rice Cooker 1.5 Litre, £9.99 @ Argos

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6y, 3m agoFound 6 years, 3 months ago
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500 watts.
Capacity 1.5 litres.
Capacity 8 cups.
Removable crockpot.
Auto shut-off.
Keep warm function.
Non-stick bowl.
Toughened glass lid.
Dishwasher safe.
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#1
These are great and easy to use. fantastic price.
But just a word a warning on pot lid rice cookers. Depending on the quality/ brand of rice these tend to spit and rattle so keep away from emulsion walls. Apart from that these are one of the best gadgets around. hot
#2
Yeah, i agree. These things are great and an excellent price too. Never had any problems with spillage myself....
#3
you must use decent quality rice unlike my Tesco extra value bags ;)
I just a get the occasional spit of steam and water as it bubble and boils (much the same as on the stove).
It leaves a small puddle of starchy liquid of the worktop which is easily wiped away. I would say I must be doing it wrong but I'm Chinese and I've been using these machines for over 2 decades.
#4
It has been this price for, well, at least 2 years since I started looking, so no vote from me (I bought mine at the market for a fiver). It is brill. I have never had puddles though. I use mine at least twice a week. Recommended
#5
best thing i have bought for the kitchen. pretty much the best way to cook rice, i used to buy the micro bag rice which is very expensive! with this you can put it on and leave to get on with the rest of the cooking and not worry about it.
if you get jasmine rice its works great and smells awesome!
#6
I use basmati rice myself. Seems to work well.
#7
Hi,
I have one in the boot of my car that I bought over 6 months ago and have never got round to using it as I too use micro rice.(Costs me a fortune every week) Can I ask, do you need to rinse the rice first before you cook it or do you just put it in the cooker with water?

Thanks
banned#8
DOnt these take a lot longer than the normal way (basmatic takes 7 minutes in my saucepan including boiling the water first)?

Heard these take 20 minutes..................................
#9
ktdd18
Hi,
I have one in the boot of my car that I bought over 6 months ago and have never got round to using it as I too use micro rice.(Costs me a fortune every week) Can I ask, do you need to rinse the rice first before you cook it or do you just put it in the cooker with water?

Thanks

just give it one quick rinse thats enough :-)
#10
Can anyone tell me what's wrong with a saucepan?
banned#11
andyc1976
Can anyone tell me what's wrong with a saucepan?

rice is more waterlogged and less fluffy - plus you cant keep it warm without overcooking
#12
andyc1976
Can anyone tell me what's wrong with a saucepan?

There always one, The point of a nice cooker is that once you have put rice and water in, you can forget about it knowing that when you return either 20 mins or 1 hour later your rice will be perfectly cooked and ready to eat.
#13
As someone who ends up with sticky, waterlogged rice most times I cook it, I think I'll be getting one of these.
banned#14
hotukdealz
andyc1976
Can anyone tell me what's wrong with a saucepan?


There always one, The point of a nice cooker is that once you have put rice and water in, you can forget about it knowing that when you return either 20 mins or 1 hour later your rice will be perfectly cooked and ready to eat.

true but reviews suggest this cooker produces less than sparkling results with brown crusty bits at the bottom.

still, might give it a go for £10 as I have some space at the back of my kitchen cupboards that needs filling......
#15
I have one of these and find it works well. I'd suggest washing the rice a couple of times before cooking if you prefer it less starchy and not leaving it on the keep warm function too long to avoid brown bits on the bottom.
suspended#16
csiman

true but reviews suggest this cooker produces less than sparkling results with brown crusty bits at the bottom.

still, might give it a go for £10 as I have some space at the back of my kitchen cupboards that needs filling......


if u get brown crusty stuff at the bottom usually means u have put too little water in it. The bottom bit's are generally a little tougher and usually not eaten, but some ppl like me like a little bit of it.

Saucepan cooking is so much different to a steam rice cooker, it's like saying what's the difference between grilling and oven cooking, 2 different cooking effects.
#17
If you have limited space, or have need for a basic slow cooker, I can't recommend the tefal 4 in 1 rice cooker highly enough, no rattling or spillage since the lid locks shut and there's a little rim around the edge which catches the moisture and deposits it into a little tray. Never had a problem with bad rice at the bottom of it either, I just use the ratio of 1 cup rice to 2 cups water (I know it should be a little less for rice cookers but that ratio works just as well and is far easier to calculate.)

And anyone who says a saucepan is just as good should try doing this in a rice cooker: Add the rice and the water into the pot, a little butter, some stir fry vegetables (Frozen works just as well as fresh and you can add it straight from the freezer without defrosting), and some chopped hot dogs. Turn on rice cooker and wait for the beep, job done. I would recommend serving with a splash of soy sauce, and optional extras you can add to the recipe are some extra sweetcorn or sliced peppers, you can even crush in a vegetable stock cube into the water (tesco value stock cubes are 10p for 10 after all.)

And yeah incredibly easy, tasty, healthy and cheap meal not much more you can ask for really.
#18
wastedcolumbo
If you have limited space, or have need for a basic slow cooker, I can't recommend the tefal 4 in 1 rice cooker highly enough, no rattling or spillage since the lid locks shut and there's a little rim around the edge which catches the moisture and deposits it into a little tray. Never had a problem with bad rice at the bottom of it either, I just use the ratio of 1 cup rice to 2 cups water (I know it should be a little less for rice cookers but that ratio works just as well and is far easier to calculate.)

And anyone who says a saucepan is just as good should try doing this in a rice cooker: Add the rice and the water into the pot, a little butter, some stir fry vegetables (Frozen works just as well as fresh and you can add it straight from the freezer without defrosting), and some chopped hot dogs. Turn on rice cooker and wait for the beep, job done. I would recommend serving with a splash of soy sauce, and optional extras you can add to the recipe are some extra sweetcorn or sliced peppers, you can even crush in a vegetable stock cube into the water (tesco value stock cubes are 10p for 10 after all.)

And yeah incredibly easy, tasty, healthy and cheap meal not much more you can ask for really.


The Tefal is 50 odd quid though, this is a tenner, hardy comparable is it lol.
banned#19
wastedcolumbo
If you have limited space, or have need for a basic slow cooker, I can't recommend the tefal 4 in 1 rice cooker highly enough, no rattling or spillage since the lid locks shut and there's a little rim around the edge which catches the moisture and deposits it into a little tray. Never had a problem with bad rice at the bottom of it either, I just use the ratio of 1 cup rice to 2 cups water (I know it should be a little less for rice cookers but that ratio works just as well and is far easier to calculate.)

And anyone who says a saucepan is just as good should try doing this in a rice cooker: Add the rice and the water into the pot, a little butter, some stir fry vegetables (Frozen works just as well as fresh and you can add it straight from the freezer without defrosting), and some chopped hot dogs. Turn on rice cooker and wait for the beep, job done. I would recommend serving with a splash of soy sauce, and optional extras you can add to the recipe are some extra sweetcorn or sliced peppers, you can even crush in a vegetable stock cube into the water (tesco value stock cubes are 10p for 10 after all.)

And yeah incredibly easy, tasty, healthy and cheap meal not much more you can ask for really.

I was on side until you mentioned hot dogs & healthy. I suggest you investigate what hot dogs are actually made of
banned#20
Kirajai
csiman

true but reviews suggest this cooker produces less than sparkling results with brown crusty bits at the bottom.

still, might give it a go for £10 as I have some space at the back of my kitchen cupboards that needs filling......


if u get brown crusty stuff at the bottom usually means u have put too little water in it. The bottom bit's are generally a little tougher and usually not eaten, but some ppl like me like a little bit of it.

Saucepan cooking is so much different to a steam rice cooker, it's like saying what's the difference between grilling and oven cooking, 2 different cooking effects.

I;m convinced - reserving now :)
#21
@simate I was just stating the differences and trying to dispel the myths about rice cookers that some people have just because they have only used a terrible rice cooker. I don;t know how good the one in the deal is, but at a tenner I'd say it was worth a shot if you don't mind cleaning up after it and don't need a slow cooker built in.

@csiman I was going more from a calorific point of view, I personally only use 2 hot dogs per person, which is only around 180 calories a half cup of rice per person is only 100ish calories and the butter is purely for taste you could probably get away with not adding any and it would still taste quite nice indeed with the oils in the vegetables/meat. So yeah it only ends up as less than 300 caloties per person for a meal, which isn't too shabby from that point of view.

You could use something like diced chicken breast, but that would defeat the cheapness point, and I'd personally cook it separately and stir it in when the rice and veggies are on the keep warm cycle and then leave it to settle for a few minutes in the rice cooker with the lid back on so that the flavours soak into the chicken. So that is not quite as easy also (but still pretty damn easy.)
#22
csiman

I was on side until you mentioned hot dogs & healthy. I suggest you investigate what hot dogs are actually made of


Actual dogs ?
#23
Got this exact one for £15 i think few moths back

Its awesome

Give the rice a quick stir half way through and it wont go crusty on the bottom
#24
Bargain but rice is a doddle to cook in a saucepan so not for me.
banned#25
MrPickles
Bargain but rice is a doddle to cook in a saucepan so not for me.

read the thread and you'll understand the difference. Rice is never as good from a saucepan
banned#26
wastedcolumbo
@simate I was just stating the differences and trying to dispel the myths about rice cookers that some people have just because they have only used a terrible rice cooker. I don;t know how good the one in the deal is, but at a tenner I'd say it was worth a shot if you don't mind cleaning up after it and don't need a slow cooker built in.

@csiman I was going more from a calorific point of view, I personally only use 2 hot dogs per person, which is only around 180 calories a half cup of rice per person is only 100ish calories and the butter is purely for taste you could probably get away with not adding any and it would still taste quite nice indeed with the oils in the vegetables/meat. So yeah it only ends up as less than 300 caloties per person for a meal, which isn't too shabby from that point of view.

You could use something like diced chicken breast, but that would defeat the cheapness point, and I'd personally cook it separately and stir it in when the rice and veggies are on the keep warm cycle and then leave it to settle for a few minutes in the rice cooker with the lid back on so that the flavours soak into the chicken. So that is not quite as easy also (but still pretty damn easy.)

fair enough. May be low in calories but will be horrifically high in salt as you are using some of the highest salt content food going (stock cube, hot dogs, butter).
#27
read the thread and you'll understand the difference. Rice is never as good from a saucepan


I have and I disagree, it is if you can cook rice. If not or want it easy then get a rice cooker.
banned#28
MrPickles
read the thread and you'll understand the difference. Rice is never as good from a saucepan


I have and I disagree, it is if you can cook rice. If not or want it easy then get a rice cooker.

I used to think the same until I tasted rice from a proper cooker rather than out of a pan. You'll never get perfect fluffy rice from a pan imo
#29
Cooks pasta too.
#30
csiman

fair enough. May be low in calories but will be horrifically high in salt as you are using some of the highest salt content food going (stock cube, hot dogs, butter).


True too many factors to worry about nowadays, but really the stock cube and butter are optional extras.....

To be honest I am far too lazy and cheap that healthiness is always a distant third to compared to price and ease of use, And a rice cooker (depending on how you use it) can tick all three boxes which is like a holy grail for total couch penny pinching potatoes with a slight interest in eating healthier like me.

Edited By: wastedcolumbo on Aug 29, 2010 12:54: To clarify how stingy I am.
#31
I used to think the same until I tasted rice from a proper cooker rather than out of a pan. You'll never get perfect fluffy rice from a pan imo


We had one got it as a wedding present. It worked ok but results were no better than a saucepan and you can get fluffy rice just fine in a saucepan. So the rice cookers sits under in the cupboard with the George foreman grill.
#32
csiman
[quote=MrPickles]I used to think the same until I tasted rice from a proper cooker rather than out of a pan. You'll never get perfect fluffy rice from a pan imo


This is just wrong. I have cooked my own rice for several years and would prefer it from a saucepan than a rice cooker but the latter is just more convenient (no waiting around and taking off the starch every so often, opening & closing the lid etc). If you can't cook rice properly then I guess your statement stands.
#33
Great price - always wanted one of these as can never get the rice cooked right in a pan. Can anyone tell me much rice will this cook in one go? Will it be enough for 6 people?
#34
We have one of these and its the best tenner we've spent on the kitchen. We use Thai Jasmine rice and follow the instructions for "rice cookers" on the packet and its just great to just put it on when you start preparing the meal and have it ready toserve 20 mins later oir whenever you dish up.
banned#35
tsimehC
csiman
[quote=MrPickles]I used to think the same until I tasted rice from a proper cooker rather than out of a pan. You'll never get perfect fluffy rice from a pan imo


This is just wrong. I have cooked my own rice for several years and would prefer it from a saucepan than a rice cooker but the latter is just more convenient (no waiting around and taking off the starch every so often, opening & closing the lid etc). If you can't cook rice properly then I guess your statement stands.

might be cos I keep buying that cheap basmati from tescos - its crap!
1 Like #36
kaks26
Great price - always wanted one of these as can never get the rice cooked right in a pan. Can anyone tell me much rice will this cook in one go? Will it be enough for 6 people?


As a general rule, it's half a cup of rice per person, the capacity of this rice cooker is 8 cups so you should be fine.
#37
got it 6 months ago for the same price - very happy with the results, highly recommended - you can't go wrong for a £10

Edited By: kondziook on Aug 29, 2010 19:56: typos
#38
Bought one yesterday as fed up with undercooked or soggy rice. worked perfect for plain and tumeric rice. highly recommended
#39
What is wrong with using a microwave, never failed me yet.
#40
Cooks pasta too
.

How do you cook pasta in this rice cooker what quantites of pasta and water etc ?
thanks

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