Australian home cooks have discovered the true purpose of a popular red storage food container sold at the supermarket.
The $10 Decor product is actually widely used and promoted as a microwave rice cooker – and can cook up to four cups of fluffy rice in just minutes.
Many insist it works better than an electric rice cooker and say the rice is just as good as if it were made using any other method.
‘This is honestly the best rice cooker! As a cook I have used every method known to man to cook rice and using this my rice is perfect every time,’ one woman wrote on Facebook.
This $10 Decor product is actually widely used as a microwave rice cooker – and can cook up to four cups of fluffy rice in just minutes.
Many insist it works better than an electric rice cooker and say the rice is just as good as if it were made using any other method
How to use the Decor container to make perfect rice in the microwave
Preparation time one minute. Cooking time 12 minutes.
Put into container 1 cup basmati, jasmine or medium/long grain rice and two cups hot water.
Microwave without lid on high until cooked through (about 12 minutes).
Remove from microwave. Cover with lid and let rest for 2 minutes. Fluff rice in jug using two forks. Serve.
Another said: ‘I struggled to cook rice [before] until I bought this rice cooker. I use it all the time now,’ while one wrote: ‘Best ever rice every time.’
And one home cook added: ‘This is the best rice cooker I’ve had, beats the electric versions hands down.’
Others admitted they never knew their storage containers could cook rice.
‘What?! I had no idea. I have a cupboard full of these,’ one said, while another added: ‘A workmate of mine once referred to this as a “rice cooker container” but I just thought it was a plain old container… Now it makes sense.’
The 2.75-litre product features a red steam release vent to offer a splatter-free heating and cool to the touch handles for lifting in and out of the microwave.
Each container comes with a handy measuring cup, a rice paddle and instructions explaining exactly how to cook rice in the microwave.
The microwave-safe product, which doubles as a rice cooker and a vegetable steamer, can cook up to four cups of fluffy rice in just minutes
Each container comes with a handy measuring cup, a rice paddle and instructions (pictured) explaining exactly how to cook rice in the microwave
While many amused home cooks were stunned by the multi-purpose product, others revealed they have been cooking out of the storage containers for years.
Meanwhile, several people shared their own methods of cooking rice in the microwave using the storage container.
‘Two cups of washed rice, add four cups of hot water, put in with lid off, microwave 18 to 20 minutes,’ one woman instructed.
A second said: ‘I use one cup of rice to two cups of water and microwave for 10 minutes. I also put a plate under the container to catch the overflow of water. Cook with the lid on.’
And a third wrote: ‘I do one cup of rice to one-and-a-half cups of boiling hot water and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes. Then let sit for about five minutes.’