Recently our electric rice cooker kicked the bucket and hence we needed to buy a new one. As we do not eat rice very often these days, it was not worth investing in another electric rice cooker. Hence I decided to buy a microwave rice cooker instead – and I chose the Sistema Microwave Rice Steamer – cost £7.79, as it just looked well made.
Now the Sistema microwave rice steamer is made in New Zealand. We have been using their soup containers for a few years now and have found them to work very well. Hence we felt we could trust this brand. As always, they state that their products are Phthalate and BPA free.
Phthalates are used to soften PVC Plastic, and can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and the reproductive system. BPA stands for bisphenol A and is often found in plastic containers which store food and beverages. This can seep into food or beverages, and possibly can have health effects. Hence not having both of these would be a good thing.
The microwave rice steamer comes with a cover which has four clips, an internal pressure chamber tray and a non-stick rice spoon.
It does come with a set of simple instructions, but ultimately the cooking time will depend on the type of rice being cooked.
Now the big question is whether it can do a good job of cooking rice – and that is where experimentation may be needed to get the perfect timing for the rice you use. For our Asda Fast cook rice, we use 12.5 mins to cook it. And as stated in the instructions, it is best to allow it to rest 5 minutes before fluffing it up with the included rice spoon.
And the final product – a nice bowl of cooked rice.
What do I like about the Sistema Microwave Rice Steamer?
- It looks good, and is fairly inexpensive, and it works to cook rice in any microwave large enough to hold it.
- It comes with a nice rice spoon to scoop the rice.
- So far, it seems to be non-stick with the rice not sticking to the walls of the rice steamer. This definitely makes cleaning it a whole lot easier.
- It is Phthalate and BPA free.
What could be improved?
- The rice steamer has to be carried using two hands (not one-handed) as the handles are on either side of the cover. This is a shame as it is not very large and unlikely to be heavy, but presumably this is so that the hands are not exposed to the steam coming out from the top when carrying it.
The product looks good and is fairly priced. It is Phthalate and BPA free. It did cook the rice well – not over or undercooked, but just right – just as you would get with an electric rice cooker. My family are impressed with it and I would certainly recommend this.