Do you know about the new BEST way to cook white rice?

It’s rice. It’s white. This is the simplest of foods and I’ve been cooking it for years. I didn’t think you could surprise me with a new method or recipe when it came to white rice.

In a pot. On the stove.

In a rice cooker. My favorite. My OLD favorite.

Best Way to Cook White Rice - In a Thermal Cooker

When I got my thermal cooker, rice was one of the first things I tried.

It’s simple.

It’s fast.

And it comes out perfectly in the thermal cooker every time.

We’ve experimented with cooking time and have had great, perfectly-cooked rice with a total cooking time of anywhere from 2-5 hours so far. The five-hour rice was a bit mushier than the two-hour but still delicious, no more mushy than if it had sat in a rice cooker for 5 hours.

So if you’re up for perfect, delicious, portable rice, try it in a thermal cooker. The good news is, if you have a cooker with nesting pots, you can cook the rice in the top pot and sauce and meat in the bottom.

Best Way to Cook White Rice - In a Thermal Cooker

Stay tuned. We’ve got some great recipes for chicken or meat and sauce to cook up in the bottom pot.

For today, white rice.

Best Way to Cook White Rice - In a Thermal Cooker

Bring 4 cups of water and a few shakes of salt to boil in your inner pot.

Add 2 ½ cups of white rice (I used Jasmine rice) and boil for three minutes.


Insert pot into thermal cooker. Cover with inner lid. Close outer lid. Take the rice with you wherever you want to eat.

2-5 hours later open the thermal cooker and eat your perfect, amazing, white rice.


The thermal cooker works great for brown rice as well and Heather will be posting about that in the near future.


The Best Way to Cook White Rice - In a Thermal Cooker
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  • 2.5 cups white rice
  • 4 cups water
  • a pinch of salt


Bring 4 cups of water and a few shakes of salt to boil in the inner pot of your thermal cooker.

Add 2 ½ cups of white rice and boil for three minutes.

Insert pot into thermal cooker and close the lids.

Wait 2-5 hours, open the thermal cooker, and enjoy your rice.


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