I like to use a rice cooker because it is fast, efficient and quick and easy to do. Pretty much you plug it in and it comes out a bowl comes out in it, you put your rice in the bowl. You could wash the excess rice in to the rice cooker. The only hard part is getting the measurements right for rice. What my mom thought me is you add water to it for a little while and see what it comes to. What you do finger in where the top of your finger touches the rice and let the water hit your first line or first knuckle so when I do that it shows the water has not hit so I need to add a little bit more water and that is how you do it you have to hit the top of the rice to the tip of your finger not the tip of your finger of the bottom of the bowl. So once that is in you put the rice in the rice cooker. Standard rice cookers you just have to hit the bottom and it says rice cook and you are done. You have to wait it takes usually to 30 minutes or so. Good fried rice is made with a day old rice you could cook it 24 hours in advance put it in the refrigerator and let it harden and let all the water evaporate and it becomes a hard type of rice. Because what you are doing when you are cooking it you are putting liquids back in the rice to make it softer and what you do not want to do is have the rice really mushy when you are cooking it.