Asian, Mexican and other restaurants that prepare large quantities of rice every day will need a commercial rice cooker to get the job done. Similar to a croc-pot in form and function, all the operator needs to do is dump in dry rice and water, put the lid on, turn on the power and walk away. In about a half an hour, the rice is ready to drain and serve. Most rice recipes call for equal parts of rice and water to prepare. Since rice absorbs most of the water during cooking, cooked rice is about twice the size of dry rice. Take this into consideration when looking for a rice cooker to suit your capacity needs. If you serve up about 50 cups of cooked rice every day, then you will need a unit designed to hold at least 25 cups of dry rice. As capacity increases so does size. You will want to check the overall diameter and height of the cooker you select to be certain that it will fit on your countertop. Additionally, while many commercial rice cookers can also hold and warm rice, some units don’t hold cooked rice well, so it is important not to confuse these units with dedicated rice warmers.
Another important feature to consider when looking for a commercial rice cooker is whether the unit is powered by gas or electricity. Electric rice cookers are the most popular choice, but many require special voltages or their own dedicated circuits, so it is important to make sure that the rice cooker you are considering is compatible with your establishment’s wiring. Gas rice cookers need to be hooked up to a gas line, so you will need to make sure that the inlet size is correct for the size of your gas line and that you have the correct hoses and couplings for the installation.