The IMUSA Rice Cooker has a non-stick surface. So, I recommend using only wood or plastic utensils. This will prevent scrapes and scratches to the non-stick cooking surface. A measuring cup is packaged along with the IMUSA Rice Cooker and it is quite handy. If, by any chance, you misplace the cup, you can use a little cup and fill it up to 2/3 of a cup. When cooking rice, make sure to keep the lid on as the cooking process depends on the development of steam inside the pot. Letting steam escape may alter this process. After cooking rice, you can use your IMUSA Rice Cooker to steam fresh broccoli. While still on warm, place your broccoli on top of the rice, cover and let steam. Make sure to not cook raw ingredients such as eggs or fish in your IMUSA Rice Cooker. If the dish you are creating requires any of these items, cook them separately and then insert the cooked items into your rice.