Rice cooker cleaning
If you’re a rice lover, then you already know the convenience and efficiency of a good rice cooker. But, with frequent use, your rice cooker can become dirty and grimy, affecting the taste and quality of your rice.
It’s important to regularly clean your rice cooker to maintain its good condition, ensuring that you can continue to enjoy perfectly cooked rice as well as prevent food borne illnesses.
In this article, we’ll go over the simple steps for cleaning your rice cooker safely and effectively. We’ll also provide tips on how to help maintain it so that it looks its best each time you use it.
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Prepare the rice cooker for cleaning
Before you get started cleaning your rice cooker, there are a few important steps you should take. First, unplug the device and empty out any leftover cooked rice or water that might be inside. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you’re taking the right steps — some models may require special care.
For those pesky stuck-on bits of food, try an old toothbrush or non-abrasive sponge with some mild dish soap. If that doesn’t do the trick, use a little white vinegar and baking soda for extra scrubbing power. Don’t forget to give the lid a good wipe down too! Washing up shouldn’t be too time consuming — just 10-15 minutes should do it.
Remove remaining rice or other food
Gather some warm, soapy water, a sponge or cloth, and a soft-bristle brush. Use your sponge or cloth to wipe off any clinging pieces of food from the inside and outside of the cooker. Be careful not to scratch it with sharp objects like knives or forks. Once you’ve wiped as much as possible away, fill the inner pot with warm soapy water and let it soak for about 20 minutes.
After soaking, take out the inner pot and scrub with a soft-bristle brush using gentle pressure. If there are still some bits left in hard-to-reach places, use an old toothbrush to get them out.
Remove rice cooker components
Remove the inner pot and set aside. Remove the inner lid by gently pulling it toward you. Remove the steam cap by lifting upward with your fingers.
Clean the rice cooker
Now it’s time to tackle the job at hand – cleaning the rice cooker with soap and water. To do this properly, you’ll need a soft cloth, some mild detergent and warm water. Don’t be tempted to use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads as these could damage your appliance.
Start by wiping down the interior of the rice cooker and lid with your damp cloth. Make sure you get into all those nooks and crannies! Then add a few drops of detergent to the cloth before wiping around the outside of the cooker again.
Rinse and dry the rice cooker
Rinse your cooker with water. This will help remove any excess soap residue. Pat it down with a clean cloth or paper towel and leave it outside for it to air dry completely.
It’s important to make sure all of the water has been removed, as any remaining moisture could cause the appliance to malfunction or rust. Once you’re sure that all of the water has been absorbed, you can put the lid back on and store your cooker away until its next use!
“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”
Easy peasy. Cleaning a rice cooker isn’t any different from cleaning most of the kitchen appliances. Make sure to give your rice cooker a good wipe after each use and deep ocean it once every while.
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