Rice is one of those über cheap side dishes that you want to include in your weekly meal planning, so you buy it in bulk and then it sits there for years.  The trouble with rice is that it simply takes too long to cook and longer still to scrap burnt rice off the bottom of the pot you cooked it in.

It's true that your stir fry will take all of ten minutes to chop and fry, but it takes forty-five minutes to get that rice cooked properly.  By that time, you have already managed to fit in a glass of wine.  Your kids have already had a snack because if you were hungry, you can just imagine they are closer to the starving that they claimed to be.Stir Fried Prawns and Veggies with RiceCredit: beglib @ morgueFile

As they always do, Tupperware came to the rescue with their Microwave Rice Maker.  Don't scoff until you try it.  Rice for a family of four takes a maximum of fifteen minutes to make and when you take off the lid, you will be surprised at how perfect the rice actually is.  Better than that, rice won't be crusted on the bottom of the cooker and it is also dishwasher safe, so you barely need to think about it.  Tupperware offers their rice cooker at a low price, so you just need to find your local Tupperware salesperson and get cooking.  (Readers should exercise caution: buying Tupperware can be highly addictive; you may need to see the specials every month.)

How It Works

The Tupperware Microwave Rice Maker is so simple to use that you may have spent more time kicking off your heels as you walked in the door after work than you will preparing your rice.  Simply pour a cup of rice in the rice cooker, along with two cups of water.  Place the inner lid on top of the lip at the top of your Tupperware Rice Maker bowl.  (They are clever enough to imprint the direction on the piece itself so you don't get confused.)  Then snap on the top lid and pop it in the microwave.  An 800W microwave oven will need somewhere between ten and fifteen minutes to cook your rice perfectly.  You will need slightly more time the higher the altitude or the lower your microwave's wattage.Tupperware Microwave Rice CookerCredit: Taken from Tupperware Catalogue for promotion of their product

Once your rice is cooked, you may want to let it stand for a few minutes before serving.  This is a perfect time to ask your teenager once again to set the table or to open a bottle of wine.  Scroll down to the bottom of this article if you are interested in watching a video demonstration of a Tupperware Microwave Rice Maker in action.

There are a few things to keep in mind when using a Tupperware Microwave Rice Maker.  The first is that nothing else, such as salt or oil should be added to your rice while it cooks.  Add this after if you feel you need to.  Also, you should never exceed the one cup rice, two cups water as the container is not big enough.  It goes without saying, but never, never place your Tupperware in an oven or on a stove burner.

Quick Ideas to Spice Up White Rice

Once you have gotten the hang of your Tupperware Microwave Rice Maker, you may be quick to serve rice at almost every meal.  You may want to change-up how you serve your rice occasionally.

If you are serving an Asian styled stir-fry, make your rice into a tasty egg fried rice.  Simply chop half an onion and fry it with a scrambled egg and a quarter cup of frozen peas.  Once cooked, stir this with a tablespoon of soy sauce into your rice.  You may never order Chinese take-out again.

It is even easier to create a Mexican-styled rice.  Stir in a couple of tablespoons from a jar of your favorite salsa.  If you have fresh cilantro on hand, chop a small amount to stir in to the mix.  You could also add some fresh or canned chillies if you want.

If You Have Leftovers

Because the Tupperware Microwave Rice Cooker makes the perfect amount of rice for a pair of adults and their kids, you may find you never have leftovers for lunch the next day.  Make sure you do put any leftovers into the fridge as soon as possible.  Treat it as you would meat leftovers, as bacteria can develop in cooked rice.

Should you ever have a cup of rice left over, consider making these snacks for you or your kids to snack on before the next meal you don't have the timing down on.

Cheesy Rice BallsCook Rice in a Tupperware Microwave Rice CookerCredit: imelenchon @ morgueFile

Beat 1 egg lightly with a fork in a bowl. Add 1 cup of cold rice and stir gently to combine. Do not mash. 

Put a half cup of fresh or dried bread crumbs in a separate bowl.

Scoop 1 teaspoon of the rice and place a cube of mozzarella into the center. Top with another teaspoon of rice and press together.  Drop the ball into the bread crumbs. Cover the ball with the crumbs and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer.

Heat oil in a deep pan and fry 4 to 5 rice balls at a time until warmed through.  Drain on paper towels, then place in the oven to keep warm for serving.

Whether you cook enough for leftovers or every last grain is eaten on the night, you can't go wrong with a Tupperware Microwave Rice Maker.  Even if you have an electric rice cooker, you may find it sits on the shelf while your basic microwave one does all the work.  But don't worry, if you do have an electric rice cooker collecting dust, try these new ways to use your Rice Cooker.  Perhaps you can use it to steam the vegetables to go with the rice you make in the microwave.  Or you can use it to make dessert - really!

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