Rice: 2 cups rice, washed several times really good, then soak in water for 15 minutes and up to 45 minutes(drain after). You want water to be as clear as possible, and I do use short grain premium rice. Add about 1.5 cups of water, add 1/4 tsp salt, and cook on high until it boils. Do not take the lid off. Once it boils, turn the heat on low/simmer for 7 minutes. After 7 min. do not take the lid off, take the pot off the stove burner and let the rice steam for additional 3-5 minutes. Take the lid off, and fluff the rice. Should be perfectly cooked, but not overcooked or burnt. Cooking rice also depends on what kind of rice you are using. I stick to my method for years and I never overcooked it or burned it, but stay close.