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Rice Cooker

Post by renue74 » Thu May 18, 2017 6:26 pm

Whoever's post it was last week that brought up rice cookers thank you. I bought a Zojirushi rice cooker last week and made rice tonight. OMG, it's the best rice I've ever made. Usually we use the 5 minute Success rice. This is soooo much better. Even the kids had seconds.

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Post by alpenglow » Thu May 18, 2017 6:41 pm

We use our Zoji at least once a week. It does a nice job on wild rice and quinoa too. Great kitchen tool!

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Post by hicabob » Thu May 18, 2017 7:26 pm

I think the new electric pressure cookers such as instant pot beat a rice cooker for most things, but I have and use both on the countertop.
IP (instant pot) brown rice is the best ever.

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Post by heyyou » Thu May 18, 2017 7:38 pm

It is one of those "can't go back after trying it" tools, because it works so well at making better rice.

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Post by Lindrobe » Thu May 18, 2017 7:57 pm

I got one for Christmas and have used it to make steel cut oats 5 days per week ever since. I read about the rice cookers from someone on this forum too and it has been life changing for me :happy

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Post by Clever_Username » Thu May 18, 2017 11:27 pm

I have had my rice cooker since college (I'm mid-30s now). It's amazing. I'm glad you like yours.
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Post by texasdiver » Thu May 18, 2017 11:44 pm

We've been using the Zojirushi rice cooker for about 10 years and it gets more use than any other appliance. Always perfect rice.

Pro-tip. Get a good rice cooker cookbook and branch out with more recipes than just white and brown rice. We have this one which is good but there are many others: https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Rice-Co ... 1558326677

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Post by takeshi » Fri May 19, 2017 7:52 am

renue74 wrote:I bought a Zojirushi rice cooker last week and made rice tonight.
I really miss my Zojirushi but since the other half has cut out a lot of carbohydates we really don't eat rice or a lot of stuff that the rice cooker handles well so I ended up giving to my brother.
hicabob wrote:I think the new electric pressure cookers such as instant pot beat a rice cooker for most things, but I have and use both on the countertop.
IP (instant pot) brown rice is the best ever.
Does the Instant Pot have a GABA setting? I haven't seen anything that indicates it does. That said, the Instant Pot is probably a better fit for us these days.

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Post by sschoe2 » Fri May 19, 2017 8:40 am

I use mine to make non quick cook brown rice I just have the cheap Black and Decker from Walmart.

I add 2.5 cups rice and rinse a few times
8 chicken bullion cubes
about 1.5 tablespoons monosodium glutamate
a bit of garlic, onion and parsely.
I then fill up the chamber almost full.
It takes about 1.5 hours but gets makes good brown rice.

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Post by kithwang » Fri May 19, 2017 8:50 am

Definitely worth the price because my old one would burn the rice.

If you like steel cut oatmeal, put a timer for it to be ready in the morning when you wake up.

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Post by TomatoTomahto » Fri May 19, 2017 8:52 am

Lindrobe wrote:I got one for Christmas and have used it to make steel cut oats 5 days per week ever since. I read about the rice cookers from someone on this forum too and it has been life changing for me :happy
I'm on vacation now, in Grand Cayman, with my family. I miss my pets and my steel cut oats. Uh, thats it.

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Post by Ricecakes » Fri May 19, 2017 11:04 am

Yes, I love my rice cooker. Use it for rice of course but also oatmeal(as mentioned), as a slow cooker for pulled pork, and can bake cakes in it as well. A true multi-functional tool in the kitchen

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Post by Casper » Fri May 19, 2017 11:37 am

I've never used a rice cooker and am just wondering what is the difference versus making rice in a pot on the stovetop? I take one cup of rice and two cups of water, bring to boil, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Don't stir or open the lid. It's easy and comes out perfectly and everyone loves it. Is a rice cooker appreciably different? What does it do better? Not being smart-alecky -- just never used one before and am wondering if I'm missing out. We make rice frequently and if a rice cooker is that much better/easier I might look into it.

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Post by lyrictulip » Fri May 19, 2017 11:41 am

I second the recommendation to get an Instant Pot and use it as a rice cooker. It makes great rice, including brown rice (which many rice cookers struggle with), and is a much more multi-functional device than a dedicated rice cooker

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Post by itstoomuch » Fri May 19, 2017 11:45 am

^ ^it turns itself off when rice/etc is cooked. Don't have to worry if you go to the bathroom. :oops:
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Post by texasdiver » Fri May 19, 2017 12:04 pm

Casper wrote:I've never used a rice cooker and am just wondering what is the difference versus making rice in a pot on the stovetop? I take one cup of rice and two cups of water, bring to boil, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Don't stir or open the lid. It's easy and comes out perfectly and everyone loves it. Is a rice cooker appreciably different? What does it do better? Not being smart-alecky -- just never used one before and am wondering if I'm missing out. We make rice frequently and if a rice cooker is that much better/easier I might look into it.
1. You can make any volume quickly. The measuring cup for the rice matches the water markings on the side of the cooker
2. It is turn on and forget. Put the rice and water in, press the start button and the cooker runs through its cycles and holds the rice warm when it is done. So you can walk away for 2 hours and come back to perfect rice
3. The cookers work slower than stovetop so the rice comes out more tender
4. There are settings for different kids of rice that require different amounts of water and cook time compared to ordinary white rice.

So basically it is more convenient and eliminates all the points of error. But yes, you are right. People have been cooking rice over stovetop for thousands of years.

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Re: Rice Cooker

Post by Ricecakes » Fri May 19, 2017 7:39 pm

texasdiver wrote:
Casper wrote:I've never used a rice cooker and am just wondering what is the difference versus making rice in a pot on the stovetop? I take one cup of rice and two cups of water, bring to boil, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Don't stir or open the lid. It's easy and comes out perfectly and everyone loves it. Is a rice cooker appreciably different? What does it do better? Not being smart-alecky -- just never used one before and am wondering if I'm missing out. We make rice frequently and if a rice cooker is that much better/easier I might look into it.
1. You can make any volume quickly. The measuring cup for the rice matches the water markings on the side of the cooker
2. It is turn on and forget. Put the rice and water in, press the start button and the cooker runs through its cycles and holds the rice warm when it is done. So you can walk away for 2 hours and come back to perfect rice
3. The cookers work slower than stovetop so the rice comes out more tender
4. There are settings for different kids of rice that require different amounts of water and cook time compared to ordinary white rice.

So basically it is more convenient and eliminates all the points of error. But yes, you are right. People have been cooking rice over stovetop for thousands of years.

Agree with 1-4 above and would add:
5- my rice cooker is non stick so clean up is easy and
6- it never boils over.

I use it mainly because living in SE Asia I don't have an oven or a proper stove; just a little two burner thingy. It's impossible to get a flame low enough not to burn the pots up. A rice cooker eliminates that worry.
Also there are many different types of rice available here-white, jasmine, Japanese, sticky, and many more. My rice cooker has settings to cook each of these which all require different ratio of rice/ water and cooking times.

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Post by yatesd » Fri May 19, 2017 7:48 pm

Ricecakes wrote:
texasdiver wrote:
Casper wrote:I've never used a rice cooker and am just wondering what is the difference versus making rice in a pot on the stovetop? I take one cup of rice and two cups of water, bring to boil, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Don't stir or open the lid. It's easy and comes out perfectly and everyone loves it. Is a rice cooker appreciably different? What does it do better? Not being smart-alecky -- just never used one before and am wondering if I'm missing out. We make rice frequently and if a rice cooker is that much better/easier I might look into it.
1. You can make any volume quickly. The measuring cup for the rice matches the water markings on the side of the cooker
2. It is turn on and forget. Put the rice and water in, press the start button and the cooker runs through its cycles and holds the rice warm when it is done. So you can walk away for 2 hours and come back to perfect rice
3. The cookers work slower than stovetop so the rice comes out more tender
4. There are settings for different kids of rice that require different amounts of water and cook time compared to ordinary white rice.

So basically it is more convenient and eliminates all the points of error. But yes, you are right. People have been cooking rice over stovetop for thousands of years.

Agree with 1-4 above and would add:
5- my rice cooker is non stick so clean up is easy and
6- it never boils over.

I use it mainly because living in SE Asia I don't have an oven or a proper stove; just a little two burner thingy. It's impossible to get a flame low enough not to burn the pots up. A rice cooker eliminates that worry.
Also there are many different types of rice available here-white, jasmine, Japanese, sticky, and many more. My rice cooker has settings to cook each of these which all require different ratio of rice/ water and cooking times.
We enjoy our instant pot for rice, steel cut oats, and for almost anything that will work in a crockpot. BTW, I would trust rice recommendations from someone that uses "Ricecakes" as a user name. :D

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Post by Ricecakes » Sat May 20, 2017 11:04 am

yatesd wrote:
Ricecakes wrote:
texasdiver wrote:
Casper wrote:I've never used a rice cooker and am just wondering what is the difference versus making rice in a pot on the stovetop? I take one cup of rice and two cups of water, bring to boil, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Don't stir or open the lid. It's easy and comes out perfectly and everyone loves it. Is a rice cooker appreciably different? What does it do better? Not being smart-alecky -- just never used one before and am wondering if I'm missing out. We make rice frequently and if a rice cooker is that much better/easier I might look into it.
1. You can make any volume quickly. The measuring cup for the rice matches the water markings on the side of the cooker
2. It is turn on and forget. Put the rice and water in, press the start button and the cooker runs through its cycles and holds the rice warm when it is done. So you can walk away for 2 hours and come back to perfect rice
3. The cookers work slower than stovetop so the rice comes out more tender
4. There are settings for different kids of rice that require different amounts of water and cook time compared to ordinary white rice.

So basically it is more convenient and eliminates all the points of error. But yes, you are right. People have been cooking rice over stovetop for thousands of years.

Agree with 1-4 above and would add:
5- my rice cooker is non stick so clean up is easy and
6- it never boils over.

I use it mainly because living in SE Asia I don't have an oven or a proper stove; just a little two burner thingy. It's impossible to get a flame low enough not to burn the pots up. A rice cooker eliminates that worry.
Also there are many different types of rice available here-white, jasmine, Japanese, sticky, and many more. My rice cooker has settings to cook each of these which all require different ratio of rice/ water and cooking times.
We enjoy our instant pot for rice, steel cut oats, and for almost anything that will work in a crockpot. BTW, I would trust rice recommendations from someone that uses "Ricecakes" as a user name. :D
"BTW, I would trust rice recommendations from someone that uses "Ricecakes" as a user name. " :beer

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Re: Rice Cooker

Post by dual » Sat May 20, 2017 12:10 pm

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Post by dual » Sat May 20, 2017 12:15 pm

For years we had a PORC (plain old rice cooker) and were happy with it. Then I read the raves about the fancier ones so we decided to buy one. Big mistake:

1. The new one has the top attached to the body so we cannot wash the top in the dishwasher. We never wash the bowl in the dishwasher because it eats up the non-stick coating. We just soak it in hot water and then brush away the stuck-on rice after it softens. But washing the top is important because the foam accumulates there. The new cooker has an aluminum plate insert that you can pull out to wash but foam gets around it and dirties the non-removable top, which is very difficult to clean.

2. The new one takes about twice as long to cook the rice as the PORC

3. the taste of the cooked rice is the same (subjective of course)

I also think steel cut oats are over-rated. We have had it a number of times and it tastes OK but nothing special and I don't like the granular texture. And yes, we cooked it according to instructions for a long time stirring often etc. etc.

Another point, when we were on an extended vacation, we bought a 2 cup rice cooker. Another big mistake. The darned thing foams over and dirties the counter top even though we only cook one of the plastic measures of rice and fill the water as recommended. Always buy a lot larger than you think you need--at least 6-8 cups cooked for a single measure of rice.

The rice grouch :annoyed
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Post by rebellovw » Sat May 20, 2017 12:44 pm

I've just been doing the microwave method of first washing the rice until the water is clear - then fill glass bowl with rice and one inch of water over rice then microwave on high with glass top about 15 minutes - comes out fine. I don't miss my cheap rice cooker.

But I do have their breadmachine which i love.

Do you folks wash your rice prior to cooking it? Wash - I mean - cover with water stir until water turns white - drain - and repeat about 2 more times until water is clear? If you don't do this - you usually have a gel like goop mess to deal with.

I learned about rinsing rice from some Japanese friends - they were like - you don't rinse your rice? You have too!

You have me tempted for this machine.

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Re: Rice Cooker

Post by anoop » Sat May 20, 2017 1:31 pm

I bought a Zojirushi a while ago, but I don't use it much at all because I bought one that is too big. I'm single and this one is rated at 6 cups. So if I try to make 1/2 a cup it doesn't turn out right. I should have gotten a 3 cup version. After that I bought a really cheap one with a stainless steel bowl (instead of a teflon coated one). It works ok, nothing great. I get better rice when cooked in a Zojirushi at my friends'.

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Post by anoop » Sat May 20, 2017 1:32 pm

rebellovw wrote: Do you folks wash your rice prior to cooking it? Wash - I mean - cover with water stir until water turns white - drain - and repeat about 2 more times until water is clear? If you don't do this - you usually have a gel like goop mess to deal with.
I always do, but I don't enjoy the process at all. There is something called rinse free rice, but I have never tried it.

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Post by 5th_Dimension » Sat May 20, 2017 3:56 pm

rebellovw wrote:Do you folks wash your rice prior to cooking it? Wash - I mean - cover with water stir until water turns white - drain - and repeat about 2 more times until water is clear? If you don't do this - you usually have a gel like goop mess to deal with.

I learned about rinsing rice from some Japanese friends - they were like - you don't rinse your rice? You have too!
One of my best friends is of Japanese descent and he turned me on to rinsing. In my opinion that is a must. :happy

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Post by Clever_Username » Sat May 20, 2017 4:09 pm

rebellovw wrote:Do you folks wash your rice prior to cooking it? Wash - I mean - cover with water stir until water turns white - drain - and repeat about 2 more times until water is clear? If you don't do this - you usually have a gel like goop mess to deal with.
I didn't realize there were people who didn't wash the rice prior to cooking.
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Post by rebellovw » Sat May 20, 2017 4:50 pm

Clever_Username wrote:
I didn't realize there were people who didn't wash the rice prior to cooking.
Yep - you need someone on the inside to tell you :)

I thought it was like pasta - measure and throw in. Where did all this goop come from??

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Post by anoop » Sat May 20, 2017 5:02 pm

Clever_Username wrote:
rebellovw wrote:Do you folks wash your rice prior to cooking it? Wash - I mean - cover with water stir until water turns white - drain - and repeat about 2 more times until water is clear? If you don't do this - you usually have a gel like goop mess to deal with.
I didn't realize there were people who didn't wash the rice prior to cooking.
I used to be one of them until I learned about it. I first learnt how to cook rice in grad school from my roommate, and he didn't rinse.

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Post by VaR » Sat May 20, 2017 7:02 pm

anoop wrote:I always do, but I don't enjoy the process at all. There is something called rinse free rice, but I have never tried it.
I bought a rice washing bowl from Amazon that makes the rinsing process that much easier.

I also find that brown rice needs less rinsing.

BTW, as an aside, I recently found a partially milled brown rice that I like a lot. It has the taste and texture of white rice but comes with the benefits of brown rice.

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Post by anoop » Sat May 20, 2017 7:28 pm

VaR wrote:
anoop wrote:I always do, but I don't enjoy the process at all. There is something called rinse free rice, but I have never tried it.
I bought a rice washing bowl from Amazon that makes the rinsing process that much easier.

I also find that brown rice needs less rinsing.

BTW, as an aside, I recently found a partially milled brown rice that I like a lot. It has the taste and texture of white rice but comes with the benefits of brown rice.
Which one?

For some reason most brown rice I have tried cooking tastes rancid.

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Re: Rice Cooker

Post by renue74 » Sat May 20, 2017 8:44 pm

I just cooked brown rice in my new Zoji cooker and it was really good.

2 cups of Walmart great value brown rice
2 chicken bullion cubes
Onion and garlic powder

Set the timer and it was great.

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Re: Rice Cooker

Post by Traveller » Sat May 20, 2017 8:48 pm

Although I am not qualified to speak about anything culinary, my wife says her rice cooker is one of her MUST HAVE kitchen tools. She will never go back. :beer

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Re: Rice Cooker

Post by rebellovw » Sat May 20, 2017 9:25 pm

Inspired by this thread - I just bought 5lb Botan Calrose Rice - used my microwave recipe - rinse 3 times - microwave for 15 minutes - let rest for 5 - came out great. My son actually said - rice came out great tonight - very sticky.

I'll stick to my glass bowl.

Thanks,

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Post by VaR » Sun May 21, 2017 4:47 pm

anoop wrote:
VaR wrote:BTW, as an aside, I recently found a partially milled brown rice that I like a lot. It has the taste and texture of white rice but comes with the benefits of brown rice.
Which one?

For some reason most brown rice I have tried cooking tastes rancid.
It's called Sukoyaka Genmai. It's a bit expensive - particularly at Amazon, where I buy it.

If you can't find it just from the name let me know and I'll send you a direct link.

BTW, one thing about (uncooked) brown rice is that it does turn rancid quickly (6 to 9 months) if not refrigerated or frozen.

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Post by anoop » Sun May 21, 2017 4:54 pm

VaR wrote:
anoop wrote:
VaR wrote:BTW, as an aside, I recently found a partially milled brown rice that I like a lot. It has the taste and texture of white rice but comes with the benefits of brown rice.
Which one?

For some reason most brown rice I have tried cooking tastes rancid.
It's called Sukoyaka Genmai. It's a bit expensive - particularly at Amazon, where I buy it.

If you can't find it just from the name let me know and I'll send you a direct link.

BTW, one thing about (uncooked) brown rice is that it does turn rancid quickly (6 to 9 months) if not refrigerated or frozen.
Thanks. :)

It's a bummer that most packaged foods in the US do not have a packed date, just a best by date. I usually pay close attention to the best by date but I have still found them rancid even though they are within that date, and this is from some well known brands like Trader Joe's and Lundberg.

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Post by htdrag11 » Mon May 22, 2017 12:28 pm

DW does not like to splurge, except for her Zoji and the Instant Pot (still way cheaper than the former).

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Post by barnaclebob » Mon May 22, 2017 12:44 pm

rebellovw wrote:
Clever_Username wrote:
I didn't realize there were people who didn't wash the rice prior to cooking.
Yep - you need someone on the inside to tell you :)

I thought it was like pasta - measure and throw in. Where did all this goop come from??
We don't rinse our rice and don't have goop issues with an aroma housewares 8 cup rice cooker. The increase in quality with washing was minimal. We mainly cook calrose rice.

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Re: Rice Cooker

Post by Elsebet » Mon May 22, 2017 2:19 pm

anoop wrote:
rebellovw wrote: Do you folks wash your rice prior to cooking it? Wash - I mean - cover with water stir until water turns white - drain - and repeat about 2 more times until water is clear? If you don't do this - you usually have a gel like goop mess to deal with.
I always do, but I don't enjoy the process at all. There is something called rinse free rice, but I have never tried it.
I used to hate washing rice until I bought one of these, now it is quick and easy:

https://www.amazon.com/Inomata-Japanese ... shing+bowl

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Re: Rice Cooker

Post by anoop » Mon May 22, 2017 3:37 pm

dual wrote:Always buy a lot larger than you think you need--at least 6-8 cups cooked for a single measure of rice.
Most rice cookers have a min recommended amount. So if you want 1 cup and have an 8 cup cooker, it will not cook it properly. IME, most of the cookers recommend cooking no less than 1/6 of what it was designed for. When cooking for 1 person, I have found I typically make around 1/2 cup and that means anything bigger than the a 3 cup cooker tends to not have good results--very dry rice along the bottom of the pan and this is not fixed even if more water is used.

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Re: Rice Cooker

Post by UpsideDown » Mon May 22, 2017 4:14 pm

Am using an Aroma - $20 on sale at Target. Use it for steaming veggies alone or with rice. It steams shrimp too.

Haven't tried Shrimp Grits; Grits in the pot and shrimp in the steam tray. Anyone tried this, with cheese ?

Am so pleased with the inexpensive Aroma that I am considering one of the $200 Korean or Japanese brands. Folks at the Asian markets prefer those and have recommended them over the Aroma. They say it's a lifetime purchase instead of the inexpensive ones that have thin pots and wear out.

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Post by anoop » Mon May 22, 2017 4:35 pm

UpsideDown wrote:Am using an Aroma - $20 on sale at Target. Use it for steaming veggies alone or with rice. It steams shrimp too.

Haven't tried Shrimp Grits; Grits in the pot and shrimp in the steam tray. Anyone tried this, with cheese ?

Am so pleased with the inexpensive Aroma that I am considering one of the $200 Korean or Japanese brands. Folks at the Asian markets prefer those and have recommended them over the Aroma. They say it's a lifetime purchase instead of the inexpensive ones that have thin pots and wear out.
Well, the expensive ones have teflon coated pots which unless you're very careful to baby will also scratch over time. Then it becomes a choice whether to eat teflon or replace the pot.

I have owned expensive ones (2 Zojirushis) and cheap ones (Aroma). I have not noticed any difference in them for basic rice. If you mix in things like lentils and spices, the expensive ones seem to do a somewhat better job.

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Re: Rice Cooker

Post by htdrag11 » Tue May 23, 2017 8:40 am

Elsebet wrote:
anoop wrote:
rebellovw wrote: Do you folks wash your rice prior to cooking it? Wash - I mean - cover with water stir until water turns white - drain - and repeat about 2 more times until water is clear? If you don't do this - you usually have a gel like goop mess to deal with.
I always do, but I don't enjoy the process at all. There is something called rinse free rice, but I have never tried it.
I used to hate washing rice until I bought one of these, now it is quick and easy:

https://www.amazon.com/Inomata-Japanese ... shing+bowl
+1.

That looks very familiar. :happy

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