To use a rice cooker, first wash the rice thoroughly before cooking. This helps to stop rice grains sticking together and helps to promote good hygiene. To help separate grains, a small amount of vegetable oil can help, while brown or wild rice may require additional water. As a general guide, use one full cup of water to each full cup of rice – one cup of rice will produce approximately two cups of cooked rice. Add slightly more water for softer rice, or slightly less water for firmer rice. Slightly reduce the amount of water for firmer rice, and increase the amount for softer rice.
When using a rice cooker from a trusted brand such as Buffalo or Caterlite, the inner bowl features measurement lines inside as a guide. The cup provided is designed to measure the rice and water.