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Old 01-09-2016, 10:11 PM   #1
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Anyone have a rice cooker?

I am thinking about purchasing a rice cooker.
But, I am clueless about them and I am hoping someone can give me advice about what to look for in a good rice cooker.
I don't want to spend a small fortune. I know that there is a wide price range with them!
Thanks in advance for any info!
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Trust me. Spend a wad of money on a "fuzzy logic" rice cooker. DH got us a Zojirushi one from his work rewards program which cost us nothing but retailed at the time for about $200.

It is unbelievably easy to use and truly does make perfect rice of any kind every time. You can also set it to start your rice at a particular time. Keeps it perfectly at serving temp for ip to 12 hours, too.

When we got it, I already had a little one I'd paid about $20 for which was okay but only cooked rice for a given amount of time. If the rice was left much past when done, it would be overcooked. Strictly a cook-and-use-immediately one. I soon goodwilled that one after trying the Zojirushi a few times since it would even adjust cooking time automatically if your rice was very fresh or old and a bit dry so as to give you perfect rice every time. Brown, white, mixed rice, rice porridge--no matter. Just dump in the rice with the included measuring cup, add water to the line mark for whatever type you were making, close lid and push the start button. That simple!

A rice paddle is included, and the kettle is super easy to remove and wash. Has a non-stick surface which the cheap one did not.

As a result, I recommend a Zojirushi without any reservation. One may seem awfully expensive, but they are sooooo worth the cost.
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I'm on a mobile or would link to Amazon to the listing of the model we have. Here's its model number to plug into the search if you want to see what ours is like. Zojirushi NS-ZCC10

We've had it for over ten years and used it daily, sometimes twice a day, up until two years ago when health issues caused us both to quit eating rice. I've read reviews saying people have used one of this brand for 15-20 years with no problems.

We could likely have gotten by with a 3-cup model, but I'm glad we got the 5-1/2 instead as I found making extra was great for making fried rice the next day. Fried rice is much better when made with day-old rice that's dried out slightly.
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Dot - are you able to do other grains in your rice cooker?
I have also read that you can do other things like boiled eggs in the cooker as well?
Have you done anything other than rice in your cooker?
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No, I haven't.

Curious, I just looked through the instruction manual which says nothing about using it to cook anything but rice.

I'd be fearful that it either wouldn't cook other foods properly or that its "fuzzy brain" might be messed up by a food that hadn't the characteristics of rice. It is specifically designed to cook rice.

A rice cooker is likely a luxury appliance for anyone who doesn't cook a pot of rice once or more daily, so I can understand the urge to try using it to cook other foods. If that's why someone is wondering if it will cook other things, then I'd recommend buying a cheap one which is basically a small lidded kettle over an electric element that operates for a set amount of time and shuts off automatically. Except, since they're timed to cook rice, I shouldn't think one would cook other foods at all well. At least, if attempting to do so caused a boilover that ruined the element, it wouldn't be such a waste of money.

Because they're so costly, a fuzzy logic rice cooker is only practical, IMO, if you cook rice daily or need to keep it ready to eat for several hours as we used to do.
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Pfft, you do NOT need to spend $200 on a rice cooker.
I have a little 6cup cooked Oster rice cooker with steamer basket and it works just fine. Currently going on amazon for ~$20.


Oster 4722 3-Cup uncooked resulting in 6-Cup cooked Rice Cooker with Steaming Tray, Red https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001KBY9M8..._IKpLwb5SRYHF6
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No one says you need to, of course. A less expensive one may be good enough for someone who makes rice occasionally.

However, the fuzzy logic cookers are well worth their cost, IMO, for anyone eating rice daily. As I said above, they are fantastic at keeping rice at serving temp for hours with no difference in texture from rice that's just finished cooking.

The $20 rice cooker I had made okay rice, but it would get crusts around the sides if I attempted to keep it warm for any length of time. I never ever had anything but soft, moist rice of perfect serving consistency come out of the Zojirushi when it had been kept warm from lunch to dinner or even all day.
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How many people are you cooking for? Is it just for your family? For the past 20 years, I've been using a microwave rice cooker that cost me about $15. It's never let me down. I put one cup of rice and 2 cups of water in it. Set in the microwave and go. Perfect rice every time. And it's easy to clean. It's similar to this :

http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-In...microwave+rice

And, yes, I use this often. At least 3 times a week. And it's lasted 20 years.
I'm not willing to give counter space to an electric rice cooker.
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I have the cheapo $20. one. I restrict carbs so don't use if very often anymore butt it was well used when the kids were here. I think it is quick and much easier than cooking rice on the stove. I have done brown rice and quinoa in it.

If I didn't have a rice cooker, I would start with the $20. model, See how often you use it and if it is something you use several times a week you can always upgrade. If not, the basic one is fine.
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Yep mine was a around $20, and it steams veggies, etc. too. I use it about once a week, and my rice turns out perfect. I make what we'll eat, so I've never had a problem with any crusting, etc. from rice sitting in it. When I have had any leftover rice, it's been just fine.
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We have an Aroma rice cooker that we've had for at least 5 years. It probably cost about $20.

It gets used about once a week and it has never failed us. We put the flavoring right in the cooker. Family favorites are white rice with cut limes and cilantro, brown rice with salsa, and just plain sticky rice.
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