Double Boiler Rice Cooking Machines

Jennifer Eblin

Double boiler rice cookers cook rice quickly and ensure that every grain stays moist and delicious. The cooking machines consist of two pieces with the smaller of the two fitting inside the larger piece. Several companies make double boilers and machines of this type, including Helen’s Asian Kitchen and RSVP International. Before using the machine for the first time, make sure that you know how it works.

Double Boiler Types

Keep your rice moist in a double boiler.

Double boilers typically fall into two categories or types. The first type resembles two pans stuck together. The top pan has a slightly smaller bottom than the other because it fits down inside the larger pan. The top pan has a concave shape, which allows more heat to reach the top pot. The second type of double boiler consists of a single piece that works with existing pots. The pot has a handle for easy transfer and a rounded shape. The pot fits down inside an existing pot for cooking rice and other dishes.

How it Works

Double boilers use the hot steam produced by water for cooking rice, vegetables and other dishes. A small amount of water placed inside the larger pan provides the heat source. You fit the smaller pan inside and place your rice and water inside. Once the water boils, it creates steam that heats the bottom of the pan and moves across the top of the rice, cooking it from the bottom and the top.

Using the Rice Cooker

Fill the bottom piece of the rice cooker or the larger pot with water until it reaches the halfway mark of the pot. Place the smaller pot inside the top, making sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the smaller pan. Combine equal parts water and rice, such as two cups of water and two cups of rice in the smaller pan. Place both pans on the stove and bring the water underneath to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for the time indicated on the packaging.

Making Your Own

If you do not have access to a double boiler rice cooker, then make your own from a stockpot and a stainless steel or metal bowl. Fill the pot with a few inches of water and place the bowl on top. Make sure that the rim of the bowl sits even with the lip of the stockpot. Add your rice and water and cover with a lid before bringing to a boil.