It is no secret that rice is probably the most renowned food in the world, which is why people have mastered so many different ways for cooking their beloved rice pot.
Most cultures these days use advanced rice cookers for cooking their rice, while there are others that use the old-fashioned way of using black kettles for cooking.
People have used different apparatuses and techniques for cooking rice throughout the course of history. Let us take a close look at its history so that we can truly appreciate how rice-cooking apparatus has evolved in this age.
Humble Beginnings in Japan
Japan was the first country where a prototype of the first rice cooker was introduced in 1945. This rice cooker was made out of wood. The ends of this rectangular wooden rice cooker had a few electrodes attached to them.
Cooking rice in these cookers was not that hard. All you had to do was pour a couple of glasses of clean water and a couple of cups of fresh rice.
The main pot had heat inside it, which boiled the water inside it, essentially cooking the rice.
The rice absorbs water during the cooking process, making sure that it is in a warm and fresh state. You had to make sure that the quality of water was great for cooking a delicious rice pot.
One of the biggest problems rice cookers had in the early days was that they were not entirely safe.
Chefs were always at risk of being electrocuted by the rice cooker. This is why they were not as popular as they started to get in the future.
Mitsubishi revolutionized rice cookers by producing commercial rice cookers. These rice cookers were made out of pots of aluminum.
The main pot inside these rice cookers had heating coils. There was no button for turning on or switching off the rice cooker in the first version. This meant that someone had to always be around the rice cooker to make sure that they did not overcook.
The initial versions of the rice cookers simply heated the rice to a certain level where rice is usually well prepared. These cookers shut down automatically as soon as they got to a certain temperature.
There were numerous disadvantages attached to this old method. Not everyone had enough time to look after the rice while all the time it was cooking.
Secondly, weather played a huge role in influencing the temperature of the rice cooker. The company acknowledged all of these problems and tried to come up with a revised and infinitely better version of rice cookers.
This version had significant improvements and people started favoring rice cookers more and more.