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Cookworks Rice Cooker 1.5 Litre - Half Price at Argos - £9.99

£9.99 @ Argos
I know this has been posted around six months ago, but on sale again at half price. Was looking for a rice cooker as I am fed up of eating rice pudding everytime I try and make the 'perfect rice'. …
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I know this has been posted around six months ago, but on sale again at half price. Was looking for a rice cooker as I am fed up of eating rice pudding everytime I try and make the 'perfect rice'.

White. 500 watts. 8 cup capacity. Toughened glass lid. Removable crock pot. Auto shut off. Dishwasher safe. Glass lid. Cook and warm function. Non stick removable bowl.
Includes plastic measuring cup and spatula.
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#1
Cheers. Have just reserved one for collection.

Reviews look ok....about 75% pro. Some say that the rice sticks to the bottom and sides, but others say just add more water than states. Thumbs up !
#2
:thumbsup:Looks like a good price. I always had similar problems cooking rice; i think good quality rice helps, but i got a good tip from a chef who reckons that a quick rinse with cold water as opposed to hot after the rice is cooked removes more starch and prevents the 'pudding effect'. I tried it and it worked for me...:thumbsup:
#3
I've heard that but never tried it. Do you get cold rice ?
#4
Got one last year,very good,get one,so much easier than before.
#5
I just buy boil in the bag basmati rice now - so much less hassle!!
#6
Thanks, been wanting a new one since my last one broke, so much nicer rice than in a pan!
#7
If this is the same Cookworks Argos one that appeared on here a week or two before Christmas I can say that it's a great piece of kit. The rice it produces is fantastic.

One bit of advice - When you pick up the machine from Argos ask if you can open it and check the lid. It's probably a one-off, but the first one I bought and took home had a lid that looked like someone had sat on it.

Just thought I'd save you a return journey. As I said, it's probably a one-off.
#8
Very fast about 10 mins i think,never timed it but fast
#9
I have one of these. It's really so simple and the rice ain't half bad too.
The keep warm function is handy too, but don't keep it for too long or else the rice becomes dry.

Have some heat.
#11
maccy1
Hi RickT, thanks for that, searched but could only find one that was posted 6 months ago - hope it helped a few people that missed the last post anyway.


It was over 2 weeks ago anyway..

Good Reminder..

Rick
#12
carl2007
:thumbsup:Looks like a good price. I always had similar problems cooking rice; i think good quality rice helps, but i got a good tip from a chef who reckons that a quick rinse with cold water as opposed to hot after the rice is cooked removes more starch and prevents the 'pudding effect'. I tried it and it worked for me...:thumbsup:


I got this cheap a while back from Argos and its been great, and it actually gives you the same instructions as Carl2007 suggested in the manual. (the rinse with cold water bit rather than expensive rice!)
#13
we got one from when Baldude posted this deal - perfect rice. Frees up a ring on the hob too.
#14
i got this last yr
good bit of kit
i rinse rice with cold before cooking
the rice at the bottom does stick together a bit but the dog gets this bit so not a problem
i use more water than it says and wouldnt be without it
#15
Or you could just use a pot...
#16
Which means having to look after the pot and judging it accordingly, this saves a lot of hassle and wasting energy, and it's electric-based not gas.
#17
This is very good rice cooker has been using it from last 3 years.....Still no problem
#18
Rice is supposed to stick to the cooking pot when you use one of these things, as long as you wash the rice properly then it should be easy enough to remove though.

Beware of ordering this online, we got a cookworks espresso maker from Argos recently and it was missing the water tank so we had to take it all the way back to argos who exchanged it but refused to give us anything for the trouble.
#19
I have one of these rice cookers and I love it - lovely rice !
#20
Yep, thanks for the posting.

I have reserved one, at my local store, for collection on Monday. There were only 2 left when I looked though.

By the way, there's Quidco too, although at only 1.5 %, it will only make me better off by 15p
#21
very good rice cooker. Have been using it for three years. Strangly, I've never seen the price go up more than 9.99 for this. How come they can keep on saying half price for the past three years (may be more), just like DFS sale, half price for ages ??? Really irritates me, I think they are misleading consumers.

However, no complain about the cooker for this price, you'll get every penny out of it, thats for sure.
#22
That's for online orders, Quidco is £1.
#23
Do these make rice like you get in a Chinese take-away? i.e. quite fluffy, a bit sticky? I hate the texture of the rice that you get in the instant microwave bags, and I've tried loads of them! Any tips on how to achieve take-away rice appreciated!
#24
Adamo
That's for online orders, Quidco is £1.


The £1 quidco expired on xmas eve.
#25
Spark;7398436
Beware of ordering this online, we got a cookworks espresso maker from Argos recently and it was missing the water tank so we had to take it all the way back to argos who exchanged it but refused to give us anything for the trouble.

I think this is just something that happens occasionally when shopping online. They offer free collection for faulty stuff so there is no reason that they would give anything for the trouble.

I think i might buy one of these, rice does my tits in.
#26
got one of these a while back, can't fault it.

I always ensure rice is rinsed in cold water prior to cooking, I rinse until water runs clear.

when the heat switch switches off, and goes onto the warm function, (the unit heats for about 8/10mins and then goes to a warm function which is still cooking the rice with the steam generated withinfor a few minutes) i give the unit a shake whilst holding the lid on with a towel etc, to ensure there is no rice stuck to the bottom.

once i used a basmati rice, and it did stick, now i use uncle bens long grain rice (have tried loads and this seems to be the best) perfect rice every time.

p.s. perfect if you have friends round, as the rice stays hot for about 30/40 after cooking
#27
panddda
Do these make rice like you get in a Chinese take-away? i.e. quite fluffy, a bit sticky? I hate the texture of the rice that you get in the instant microwave bags, and I've tried loads of them! Any tips on how to achieve take-away rice appreciated!


Fluffyness of the rice depends on the type of rice you cook. I like basmati rice.

Rinse the rice with cold water first. Then, if you put two cup of rice (the cooker comes with measuring cup), pour cold water up to scale 2 marked inside the bowl. If you put too much water, rice will be sticky. Thats it, you are done, in about 15 minutes, your rice will be ready.
#28
should have added to earlier post ;

Schwarz do a Pilau Rice Seasoning, a level teaspoonful (more or less depending on taste) in the rice cooker as your putting the water in makes it really tasty and perfect if your doing an indian type curry.
#29
panddda
Do these make rice like you get in a Chinese take-away? i.e. quite fluffy, a bit sticky? I hate the texture of the rice that you get in the instant microwave bags, and I've tried loads of them! Any tips on how to achieve take-away rice appreciated!


Have you tried the Veetee rice (were 2 for £1 @ Asda) ?
#30
We have one of these and it is now coming up to it's tenth birthday!! and still working as well as it was then. So it's big heat from me. And as said before it is best with Basmati rice.
#31
billybongo48
We have one of these and it is now coming up to it's tenth birthday!! and still working as well as it was then. So it's big heat from me. And as said before it is best with Basmati rice.


what Basmati rice do you use in it ?
tried it once and it all stuck to the bottom, tend to stick (pardon the pun!) to long grain, but would try basmati again if someone recomended one.
#33
Many thanks. Have been paying through the nose for microwave rice for far to long.:thumbsup:
#34
thanks. reserved one
1 Like #35
andynicol
what Basmati rice do you use in it ?
tried it once and it all stuck to the bottom, tend to stick (pardon the pun!) to long grain, but would try basmati again if someone recomended one.


Try Morrisons basmati rice - I use the boil in the bag variety and its the only one that doesn't go mushy or stick and I've tried loads of different kinds. Definitely Morrisons wins hands down with the bags so I'd assume their loose variety for cooking in pots would be the same stuff.
#36
Very handy bit of kit. Bought a few when I saw the deal posted a couple of weeks back.
You can cook lots of other things in it too apparently - scrambled eggs for example !
#37
Chris206
I think this is just something that happens occasionally when shopping online. They offer free collection for faulty stuff so there is no reason that they would give anything for the trouble.

I think i might buy one of these, rice does my tits in.


We bought it from the store and it was a christmas present. The store we took it back to said there was nothing they could do because it was bought from a different branch, however they all represent the same company.

I buy from Argos only if I cannot get the same thing at the same price or for less somewhere else but generally I try to avoid them. They're just a crap company in general really.
#38
These always seem to drop down to £10 after xmas - bought one back in 2001 and it lasted me a good 5 years - would have lasted longer if a housemate hadn't cleaned the non-stick bowl with a metal scouring pad! :x

I find that you need to do a minimum of 2 cups of rice at a time, anything less than this seems to go a bit weird. It is a big ricecooker for most people - it's a pity they don't do a smaller size, but the rice does quite well in the fridge overnight! :thumbsup:

I'd recommend getting one if you eat rice all the time - bog standard rice is so much cheaper than boil in the bag and microwave rice, and you can just leave it to do its thing while you cook everything else.
#39
Second day rice in a wok and with an egg dropped in ...

beautiful 'egg-fried rice'
#40
A tip to reduce the stickiness to the bottom is to stir the rice when it has cooked. This also helps reduce any crusts on the bottom when you leave it on the keep warm feature so the rice lasts a bit longer.

I've had this particular rice cooker for years and it does a relatively good job, but has since been replaced by a slightly better one and with a fully sealed non-detachable lid.

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