You should always clean your Tiger Rice Cooker whenever you use it, and it should be on the same day, the manufacturer advises.
Doing so will help to remove odors and prevent germs growth. Also, you will get the best results if you clean each piece separately.
Steps to Cleaning Your Tiger Rice Cooker
- Unplug the machine, and let it cool, that is if you just used it.
- Remove the inner pot, inner lid, and steam cap.
To safely remove the inner lid, gently pull it towards you with both hands. For the steam cap, insert fingers into the cut and lift.
- You can either soak the parts in warm soapy water for a few hours or wash them straight away.
You may add a small amount, preferably a tablespoon, of bleach and vinegar to the solution.
- Rinse and dry the parts very well before you reuse the cooker.
- Wipe the outside with a damp cloth dipped in the soapy solution.
Step 1: Prep the Cooker for the Cleaning.
Your first step will be to remove any food from your rice cooker. After putting the food away, unplug the rice cooker from the electric socket.
Some models even allow you to remove the cord from the appliance itself. If this is the case in your situation, unplug it from the wall, then unplug it from the cooker itself.
You should not expose any electrical parts of the cooker to water. Doing this can spoil the appliance and may also harm you if you are not careful.
Allow your cooker to sit for a while if you want to clean the appliance just after using it. It is not going to be an enjoyable process if you clean the appliance while it is still hot. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes.
When the pot is ready to be cleaned, mix your dish soap with warm water and dip a cloth into the mix. Use this cloth to wash your pot. Rinse the pot with warm water and dry it off with another cloth.
Step 2: Clean Each Piece of The Rice Cooker Individually
You should clean your cooker piece by piece. Start with the main inner pot from the rice cooker’s base.
Pour in a mix of hot water and dish soap, and allow it to sit for about 10 to 20 minutes. You can wait longer to ensure that no food particles remain stuck in the pot.
If you do not allow all the food particles to come off before using the pot again, it will become really difficult to clean the pot. Hence, let that pot soak well.
The lid is also another important part of your cooker that needs cleaning. The Tiger Rice Cooker lid is detachable, so you can remove and wash it.
Use a soft sponge or cloth dipped in warm soapy water to gently wipe the lid. After this, use another sponge or cloth to rinse the lid off, then another to dry the lid.
Step 3: Clean the Inside and Outside of Your Rice Cooker
The inside or outside of your rice cooker can be tricky places to clean when dealing with your rice cooker.
If you want to use a cleaning solution, spray it on the damp cloth you want to use. You should not spray the solution directly into or onto your rice cooker. You can also dilute it with warm water.
Note: Avoid abrasive cleaners. They can destroy your appliance.
Wipe the inner and outer parts of your cooker using this rag. Use another one to rinse off your cooker and another to dry off completely.
Make sure every part of your rice cooker, including the lid and inner pot, is dry before you reassemble and use it.
Note: You might need to scrape off some food residue from your pot. Use a plastic utensil, as metal utensils can leave unwanted scratches on your appliance.
What You Should Know Before You Begin to Clean Your Rice Cooker
Keeping your cooker clean is very important because it helps you to maintain the overall use of the appliance. You should clean your appliance to prevent mold or germs from growing inside of it.
You should note that not all rice cookers are the same. Their cleaning routines differ from each other. Therefore, you should read your cooker’s manual before you handle it.
Do not make the mistake of cleaning your Tiger Rice Cooker the way a friend cleaned their Zojirushi Rice Cooker, although the theory is fundamentally the same.
Always check the labeling to know if there are special instructions unique to your cooker.
You should also never clean your cooker while it is plugged in. Electrocution is very much possible. Unplug your cooker and if possible, remove the power cable from the cooker.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Happens to My Cooker if a Power Failure Occurs?
If the power failure is for a short time, all functions should resume normally once the light is back, including the clock.
However, if the outage is over a long period of time and the screen displays 00:00, then you should set the cooker to the current time for the cooking process to continue.
What Should I Do if Steam is Shooting from My Cooker?
You might be cooking above the maximum limit allowed by the cooker or below the minimum. Please confirm that you do not void the maximum and minimum limits.
You should also use the measuring cup that comes with the cooker. Otherwise, check if the steam vent is blocked or if there is burnt rice on the heater plate or sensor.
Can My Rice be Scorched?
Yes, this is possible if your timer is set for over 12 hours or there is a rice starch build-up at the bottom of the pot.
Your Tiger Rice Cooker is a multi-capacity appliance. It is not just a rice cooker; it is also a steamer, slow cooker, and warmer.
Furthermore, you can prepare both rice and meat simultaneously with this appliance because of an external tray that is on the top of the inner bowl of the rice cooker.
You should have this in your kitchen, as it will help you to cook your meals faster and more efficiently.