Rice cookers are a convenient kitchen appliance that allow you to perfectly cook rice and other grains with the press of a button. Black and Decker makes several different models of rice cookers that vary in size, features and cooking times.
Typical Cooking Times
Most Black and Decker rice cookers take between 20-40 minutes to cook white rice, depending on the model and amount of rice being cooked. Here are some general guidelines for cooking times:
- 3-cup capacity: 20-25 minutes
- 6-cup capacity: 25-30 minutes
- 10-cup capacity: 30-40 minutes
These times are for cooking regular long grain white rice. The cooking times may be shorter for specialty rices like jasmine or basmati, or for quick cooking white rice.
Factors Affecting Cooking Time
Several factors affect how long a Black and Decker rice cooker takes to cook rice:
Rice Cooker Size
Larger capacity rice cookers generally take longer to cook rice since they are cooking more rice. A 10-cup rice cooker will take 30-40 minutes while a 3-cup may only take 20-25 minutes.
Amount of Rice
The more rice you are cooking, the longer it will take. Cooking the maximum capacity will take the full cooking time, while smaller portions may finish faster.
Type of Rice
The type of grain affects cooking time. Long grain white rice takes the longest, while specialty rices like jasmine and basmati or parboiled rice may cook faster by 5-10 minutes. Quick cooking white rice specifically cooks in only 10-15 minutes.
Rice to Water Ratio
Using the correct ratio of rice to water is key for the rice cooker to work properly. Too much or too little water can alter the cooking time. Refer to the rice cooker’s instructions for the proper ratio.
Temperature of the Ingredients
Starting with colder rice and water will increase the time for the cooker to come up to pressure and temperature. Using room temperature or warm ingredients can decrease cooking time by a few minutes.
Higher altitudes require slightly longer cooking times due to the lower boiling point. An adjustment of adding a few minutes may be needed if you live at 3000+ feet elevation.
Cooking Different Types of Rice
While white rice takes 20-40 minutes depending on the model, other types of rice and grains require different cooking times. Here are approximate cooking times for different grains:
|Long grain white rice||20-40 minutes|
|Brown rice||40-50 minutes|
|Wild rice||45-55 minutes|
|Jasmine rice||15-20 minutes|
|Basmati rice||15-20 minutes|
|Steel cut oats||20-30 minutes|
Keep in mind brown and wild rice typically require a 1:2 rice to water ratio compared to 1:1 for white rice. Consult your rice cooker manual for specific recommendations.
Tips for Faster Cooking
If you want to decrease the cooking time by a few minutes, here are some tips:
- Use quick cooking rice varieties
- Start with warm water and rice
- Don’t open the lid during cooking
- Use a little less water than recommended
- Don’t fill to maximum capacity
- Soak brown rice for 30 minutes prior to cooking
Common Black and Decker Rice Cooker Models
Here is an overview of some popular Black and Decker rice cooker models and their approximate cooking times:
RC3406 3-Cup Rice Cooker
- 3 cup cooked rice capacity
- Cooks 2-3 cups of uncooked rice
- Takes around 20-25 minutes
- Compact and budget friendly
RC506 6-Cup Rice Cooker
- 6 cup cooked rice capacity
- Cooks 4-6 cups uncooked rice
- Takes approximately 25-30 minutes
- Great mid-size option
RC1000 10-Cup Rice Cooker
- 10 cup cooked capacity
- Cooks 8-10 cups uncooked
- Takes around 30-40 minutes
- Larger capacity for families
These models all have simple on/off switches and cook white rice. Higher end models include options for cooking brown, quick and specialty rices.
Tips for Using a Black and Decker Rice Cooker
To get the most efficient cooking times, here are some tips for using a Black and Decker rice cooker:
- Always use the measuring cup included to properly portion rice and water.
- Make sure the exterior of the cooking pot is clean and dry before inserting.
- Rinse rice before cooking until water runs clear.
- Use a timer to determine exact cooking time for the amount of rice you cook.
- Allow rice to steam for 5-10 minutes after cooking before opening lid.
- Adjust water ratios as needed based on your altitude.
- Don’t fill past the maximum line marked on the cooking pot.
Black and Decker rice cookers typically take between 20-40 minutes to cook white rice depending on capacity, while brown rice and other whole grains take 30-60 minutes. Factors like amount of rice, temperature and altitude can all affect cooking time. Following the included instructions and using a timer can help you determine the optimal cooking time for your model and preferences.