Rice cookers are exceptionally useful devices. They make the entire process of cooking rice much easier, and much more efficient, than cooking rice on the stove.
Unfortunately, though, many rice cookers are quite toxic. The same is true of other types of cooking materials.
Because of this, we’re going to be looking at how you can find a safe rice cooker, and what to know about rice cookers, along with the health hazards that rice cookers can bring.-
So, What Kinds Of Health Hazards Can Rice Cookers Bring?
Every rice cooker has something known as an “inner pot”, which is the pot that is used to store the rice, as it is being cooked.
Most of the time, this inner pot is made of aluminum, and this aluminum is coated with Teflon. Teflon is a material that makes it much easier for the rice to not stick to the pot.
The problem with Teflon is that it is pretty fragile. It can easily get scratched and damaged. And when it gets damaged, the chemicals in Teflon are released. These chemicals are bad for you, and recent studies have shown that the chemicals in Teflon, if consumed in excess amounts over a period of time, can have a variety of negative effects on your neurology, possibly being a cause – or one cause – of Alzheimer’s, and other neurological diseases.
Now, this isn’t to say that Teflon is the sole cause of those things, but studies have shown that it can be a factor.
One of the most common ways the Teflon of a rice cooker gets damaged is by metal utensils, such as spoons and forks. And since Teflon is so sensitive, it’s not hard to use a metal utensil to damage the Teflon in your rice cooker.
That’s why, we’re going to show you how to find a safe, and non-toxic alternative to rice cookers that are coated with Teflon.
What Do I Need To Look For In A Safe Rice Cooker?
The Material That The Rice Cooker Is Made Of
Ultimately, this is the main thing that it comes down to. You’ll find that there are many different types of rice cookers available on the market. Many of these rice cookers are made of materials other than aluminum, and many of these alternative materials are quite a bit safer than either aluminum or Teflon.
Uncoated Stainless Steel
Other than aluminum, stainless steel is the most popular material for rice cookers to be made of. Stainless steel is an inexpensive, and very durable material, that is also incredibly safe.
When cooking acidic foods, however, it isn’t as safe, because stainless steel is reactive, and this means it can react to the acid and release iron or nickel into your food. However, since rice isn’t an acidic food, you won’t have any problems or safety concerns to worry about, with an uncoated stainless steel rice cooker.
Ceramic rice cookers are another good, if controversial, choice. They are a bit more expensive than stainless steel rice cookers, and it can be hard to find one that isn’t coated over with aluminum, but the material itself is much safer, and far less toxic, and it can be a bit easier to cook in, as well, while also ensuring that your rice cooker lasts for a long time.
What Other Things Should I Look For And Consider When Searching For A Safe Rice Cooker?
How Much Rice Can The Rice Cooker Make?
In a single session of cooking, how much rice will the rice cooker be able to make? This is an important question, because it ties directly into how convenient the rice cooker will be for you, and how effective it will be.
If you don’t eat rice that much, and when you do, you don’t eat that much, then you can find a rice cooker that doesn’t cook that much rice. Such as only 7 cups of rice. But, if you eat a lot of rice, and you eat it frequently, find one that can make at least 10 cups of rice.
What Kinds Of Presets Does The Rice Cooker Offer?
Every rice cooker will have a few presets that you can use. These presets make it easier to cook your rice the way you want to eat it.
When looking at rice cookers, make sure you know how you like to eat your rice, and then find a rice cooker that offers those presets and, ideally, a few more, so you have different choices.
While many rice cookers are, unfortunately, made of toxic material, the information you’ve learned today will ensure that you are able to find a good and safe rice cooker!