Rice Cooker Recommendations

new2bento
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I am planning for Christmas and hoping to upgrade my rice cooker. I am interested in opinions from my seasoned veterans regarding which automatic rice cooker you recommend. I am willing to invest a little bit but I don't want to waste money. Who does? Please advise.

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Re: Rice Cooker Recommendations

Thanks for your input. I will be surfing the net today.
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Re: Rice Cooker Recommendations

new2bento,

[I like your handle, BTW.]

Try Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&Description=ri.... This will give you a listing (by price) of rice cookers currently available at Newegg.com. Prices range from $20 - $440 !!! (Ouch!).

Benefits of using Newegg... 1) You can pay with Paypal. 2) No sales tax (well, not for me). 3) If you register and sign up for their weekly EggXclusives newsletter, you'll find (within a month or two) a Rice Cooker in one of their newsletters with one or more of the following: sale price, plus a promo code for an even better price, plus free shipping! (I got my mine for $30, no tax, no S&H; instead of $70, plus tax, plus S&H.) Pick the ones you like, and wait for the sale. You can also select out-of-stock items to "Auto-notify" you when they become available, and select "Price Alert" on price drops... very helpful.

Stay away from non-stick or Teflon coated pots; in fact, make sure you go with a stainless steel pot.

My thinking here was simple... "I'm going to buy a rice cooker from a well-established, reputable ASIAN brand, that's SOLD IN ASIA." So, I personally own a mid-priced TATUNG rice cooker and a TATUNG Water Pot. BTW, my next rice cooker will be a Zojirushi. I simply could not recommend Black and Decker or any other such brand. I mean, come on... We're cooking rice here, not nails. Of course, if you can spring for a Zojirushi... Well, duh.

I realize this seems like a testimonial sales-pitch for Newegg... Sorry about that. But... seriously, that's where I did my research for (and purchased) my rice cooker. I buy most of my electronics from them because nobody else can beat their prices and policies. One more thing, read up on the product reviews there, too... they were also a big help. Just keep in mind, that there are people in this world that can't even cook rice in a rice cooker... that doesn't necessarily mean the product is at fault. [Grin.]

Let us know what your top choices are. Maybe you can get some more specific feedback.

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After 20+ years of a 10-cup, one-click Japanese rice cooker, that I didn't use very often, I bought a 3-cup National rice cooker with several different settings that I use 4-5 times a week. (National was a division/label of Panasonic and may not be available any more.) The smaller size is much more reasonable for my 2-person household. And I can still cook enough to have a freezer stash. The two features that I would recommend to you are 1) a timer, and 2) a non-stick interior . We usually have steel-cut oatmeal in the morning and these two features make prep and cleanup very easy. I can avoid a little a.m. hassle by setting up the oatmeal the night before, and I only have to stir when I add the water and just before serving. When I use the timer setting for rice, the washed rice actually gets time to sit before cooking - which really does make a difference!

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new2bento, have you taken a look at this page? I hope it can answer your questions. I don't recommend a specific model, but I am a fan of Zojirushi. Tiger would be my second choice.

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Thanks Maki, will copy and read thoroughly.

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maki wrote:

new2bento, have you taken a look at this page? I hope it can answer your questions. I don't recommend a specific model, but I am a fan of Zojirushi. Tiger would be my second choice.

Any recommendations for UK readers?

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UK Rice Cooker Recommendation

I'm very happy with my Sanyo ECJ-FS50EU - another Justbento reader said that their own broke within 3 months but I've been using it heavily since April and there have been no problems.
http://justbento.com/forum/rice-cooker-helpdo-i-really-need-one?page=1#c...
(my review is the comment above this one)

I saw the Sanyo ECJ-FS50UK version on sale at the Japan Centre earlier this year but there's no sign of it now on the online part of their store.
This website says they will be selling them again soon (£89)
http://www.cheapelectricals.co.uk/acatalog/Sanyo_ECJFS50UK_Rice_steam_co...

A Zojirushi model would cost £130 and upwards

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Re: Rice Cooker Recommendations
arkonitebabe wrote:
maki wrote:

new2bento, have you taken a look at this page? I hope it can answer your questions. I don't recommend a specific model, but I am a fan of Zojirushi. Tiger would be my second choice.

Any recommendations for UK readers?

I'm like Maki and a Zojirushi fan. Arkonitebabe, I live in the UK too and bought a Zojirushi from Yum Asia after doing lots of research and coming across Maki's sites on Google.

I previously owned brands like Tefal, Sanyo and other (non-brand) cheaper rice cookers and they just kept on breaking so I decided to get the very best...I am sooooooo happy with my TGQ10, it's far better than the other rice cookers I had. I have started to use the timer function (now it's got a bit colder!) to have my oatmeal ready for when I wake up for brekkie and then before I leave for work I set it so there's cooked rice waiting when I get in!

Definitely, definitely recommend Zojirushi!

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Thanks Jude, I'm going to start saving the pennies for one!

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Maki, another source in UK for Fuzzy Logic rice cookers is
www.cookjapan.com
I have just ordered one from them and it will be delivered soon. I'll be reviewing it on my blog when I get a chance to play with it!

Sarah-Jane
Thank you Maki!!

I just wanted to say a big thank you to Maki for the blog and all the informative articles on rice and rice cookers. I live in the UK and was looking for a rice cooker, I bought a Zojirushi from Yum Asia who Maki wrote about on the Just Hungry section. I received it two weeks ago and all I can say is wow! The Japanese guys at Zojirushi really know how to take an appliance and build it to the highest standard.

I've just discovered that I can cook risottos, cheesecake, stews and even yoghurt in it, so the next thing I'm going to buy is this book http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Rice-Cooker-Cookbook-Porridges/dp/1558322...

Has anyone else used this book?

Pat
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I recently upgraded my rice cooker from Tiger brand, with regular cook/keep warm, to Zojirushi Induction. While searching around, I found one of their FAQs helpful:

Q5. Which is the right rice cooker for me?
A5. It depends on what you’re looking for in a rice cooker. Will you be cooking brown rice? Porridge? Do you need a timer function to ensure your rice is ready when you get home from work or wake up in the morning? If you don’t need all those features, a non-micom conventional rice cooker is the right one for you. If you are looking for something more sophisticated, micom or even an IH rice cooker would be the smart choice with its brown rice and porridge functions, reheating cycle, timer and other features. If you want the most advanced features and the best tasting rice in town, we recommend the Pressure IH rice cooker. See How to Choose and Compare (http://www.zojirushi.com/ourproducts/how_and_chart/comparison_pdf/Zojiru...) to compare the features available with our many models of rice cookers.

The main reasons I wanted to upgrade were for the timer function and avoid boil-over when cooking brown rice. I haven't tried cooking brown rice in it yet, but here are my observations so far:
It takes longer to cook (white rice: 45-55 min. compare to 25 min. on my old one.)
The induction technology generates an soft but audible rotating sound when the rice cooker starts. The sound cycles on-off during keep warm (more like a buzzing sound though).
I'm currently using Japanese white rice called "Haruka". It's not really short grain like previous brands I've tried, it's more like medium grain. Anyway, with that, the rice came out drier than my old rice cooker when I use the water amount recommended in the manual. I have to add more water and use Softer setting. The manual doesn't differentiate the grain size nor does it have water amount correction for long/medium grains, and it implies short grain for all available cooking options.
Can't wait to finish up this 20lb bag of Haruka rice! I'm not enjoying it even w/ fancy rice cooker.

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I have been considering buying this one http://www.aroma-housewares.com/kitchen/appliances/ARC-856.html?id=8n6Vz... for myself, but I'm a little worried that the price is too good to be true. Has anyone used Aroma's better rice cookers? My only experience so far is with the tiny, cheap, glass lid cookers, so I'm sure it would be amazing by comparison, but could it even begin to compare to a Zojirushi?

Rebecca
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I have been using Beth Hensperger's Rice Cooker book since it was published. It is invaluable if you are interested in using your rice cooker for an amazingly wide variety of rice and non-rice dishes. The instructions detail the type and size of cooker for each recipe and offers a lot of information about varieties of domestic and imported rices. I've learned a lot and really enjoy the book. Like all cookbooks there are some dud recipes but I still give it my highest praise.

You mention yoghurt....where would I find instructions for making yogurt in my rice cooker. I would be sooooo happy...

As far as rice cooker recommendations - I love my Zojirushi (sp?) Neuro Fuzzy 10-cup rice cooker with non stick bowl. I've been using it several times of week for five or six years. I do not recommend the Aroma Rice Cooker that they sell at Costco - perhaps I'm not patient enough to work out the right proportions for that particular cooker but I end up with undercooked rice.

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Jenni wrote:

I have been considering buying this one http://www.aroma-housewares.com/kitchen/appliances/ARC-856.html?id=8n6Vz... for myself, but I'm a little worried that the price is too good to be true. Has anyone used Aroma's better rice cookers? My only experience so far is with the tiny, cheap, glass lid cookers, so I'm sure it would be amazing by comparison, but could it even begin to compare to a Zojirushi?

Hi Jenni,

The aroma rice cooker you mentioned will certainly be better than the 'pointless and messy!' glass lid rice cookers which you have been using. Although I don't understand how it can be a 6 rice cup cooker but also make 12 cups of rice? A normal sized household would rarely need more than a 5.5 cup rice cooker and 10+ cups only for very big rice eaters or large families.

If you actually go into a store and compare a Zojirushi rice cooker with that of most brands it is immediately obvious that the build quality is much higher in the Zojirushi japanese brand. Usually the inner bowls, electronics and overall appearance do not usually come close to the Zojirushi when you see the cookers side by side. I did quite a bit of research on rice cookers myself and found that there are literally hundreds of electronic rice cookers made to all sizes and shapes and prices but most are made in China and are often of quite poor quality (they are not true Japanese rice cookers). With the likes of Zojirushi, Tiger etc you get an efficient and long lasting machine because that is the minimum which the Japanese would expect from a kitchen appliance.

I guess it's just a case of personal choice. I use my Zojirushi everyday and so it's very important to me in the Kitchen in the same way as I use my gas stove everyday and want durability. If you are just starting out with trying rice dishes then a cheaper model such as the aroma may be worth a try but then you can always move to a Zojirushi when you start regularly eating rice or have any problems with your aroma.

I hope this helps

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You don't need a rice cooker or any other fancy gadget for making yoghurt. I make a litre of it every week or so in a thermos flask. I add about a cup of milk powder to a litre of milk (I like my yoghurt thick), heat it to 40 deg C in the microwave, add a tablespoon of last week's yoghurt, mix it thoroughly, then leave it in the thermos flask overnight. The milk is already pasteurised when I get it in bottles, but if I get it from a farm I pasteurise it first. I've been sub-culturing the same yoghurt for the last eight months or so, and it's still delicious.

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Pat
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I agree that a side-by-side comparison will help. My parents have Aroma and the rice sticks to the bottom of the pot so you have to soak it well before you wash. I think if Aroma costs $70, you might as well spend $100-120 on Zojirushi Fuzzy Logic; it is cheaper than induction kind (I paid $240 when it was on sale, 5.5 cup) but works very well too. The capacity can be confusing for some. My old Tiger brand is "3-cup capacity" meaning I can only use 1.5 cup raw rice, it makes 3 cups cooked rice. I've cooked more in it, but it will boil over and you'll have to clean the mess on and around the rice cooker.

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I have owned a Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy rice cooker for almost two years. I love it. Perfect rice every time, and the rice cooker is so cute that we call it "porquinho" (little pig) and gets a pat on its back from us almost every time we pass: even guests comment on it if they happen to venture into the kitchen. I also make delicious rice pudding for cold winter mornings using the overnight timer function. The rice cooker is so easy use that my Brazilian housekeeper who is generally not a fan of appliances (for example, she doesn't want to have a dishwasher in the house) swears by it, too, and uses it daily - the traditional Brazilian way of cooking rice involves salt and oil and produces a lot of burned kettles, whereas the Zojirushi is a breeze to clean. We have the 5-cup model and it's a great size for a family where we need to prepare food for 3-4 adults and one toddler.

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I'm interested in your opinion on the CookJapan rice cooker as I'm thinking about getting one too- what is your blog address? Have you tried brown rice in it?
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Quick question guys, what is the opinion of the Cuckoo brand? I've seen a good deal on one and it's slightly cheaper than a Sanyo one so was wondering. Thanks.

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My family has had a Zojirushi rice cooker for as long as I can remember (the same one). When I moved in with my girlfriend, we bought a little 3-cup Zojirushi that has been used 2-3 times a day (we like fresh rice) for a few years now. It has been absolutely perfect. It makes great rice every time, never any burned or soggy parts, and we have used it for congee occasionally. If I absolutely must say a bad thing about it, the little condensation collector can start to smell if you let it dry out without cleaning it, but this is such a minor quibble that I barely even want to bring it up. I would enthusiastically recommend it.

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Aren't all Zojirushis teflon-coated?

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I received the Zojirushi 3-cup micom rice cooker for Christmas, and I love it! It's the perfect size since I;m just cooking for one, but it would work for a small family as well. It makes lovely rice every time, and I love not having to worry about cooking the rice on the stove anymore. My favorite thing about it is timer function. This is pretty much invaluable to me. Now I can have fresh rice ready for breakfast whereas before I would just heat pre-cooked frozen rice which is fine but far from as good as fresh rice. I also love have sweet brown rice "porridge" for breakfast and I could never really make it before because it takes too long to cook for the mornings. It's not technically a porridge, but I use a little more water than you would otherwise, about 1 part rice to 2.5-3 parts water. In the morning I added a chopped date, chopped walnuts, and cinnamon to the sweet brown rice and I have a delicious breakfast that tastes so much better than oatmeal. I find the rice turns out better if you make a bigger batch. So I usually make about 4 cups and make whatever rice I won't be eating into onigiri that I freeze for later.

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Does anyone have any suggestions about buying a rice cooker with timer in Italy? The problem is that all the rice cookers I have seen so far in Italy do not have a timer function, which is essential to me. My best choice would be the 3.5-cup micom rice cooker by Sanyo, but I have no idea where to find it, or whether it would be possible to have it shipped to Italy at a reasonable price...

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I believe the Sanyo rice cooker you're referring to is the ECJ-FS50EU model.
I have this and am really happy with it, but I bought it in Japan.
The Japan Centre in London only has the ECJ-FS50UK model and won't send it to Italy.

Unless you buy it from somewhere like the Rakuten site and pay or shipping to Italy, the only suggestion I have is that you contact Sanyo Europe and ask them. http://eu.sanyo.com/portal/About-Us/Network-search/
From what I can tell, it was marketed in Spain some time ago as a 'Petit Gourmet' machine, but this trail has dried out and the website that was set up for it is now redundant.
It's even become harder and harder to find this cooker in Japanese sites, I guess there are other newer models available now.

Re: Rice Cooker Recommendations
esperanza wrote:

Does anyone have any suggestions about buying a rice cooker with timer in Italy? The problem is that all the rice cookers I have seen so far in Italy do not have a timer function, which is essential to me. My best choice would be the 3.5-cup micom rice cooker by Sanyo, but I have no idea where to find it, or whether it would be possible to have it shipped to Italy at a reasonable price...

We sell Zojirushi rice cookers in the UK and Europe - Maki mentioned us a while ago on his Just Hungry blog and we notice someone else on here mentioned us too!

Esperanza, 3 cup rice cooker models with timers are available for shipping to Italy. For example, we have a 220-240v Zojirushi 3 cup model which has a timer on and we ship to Italy too - we also offer a 12 month warranty on all the products we sell. The timers on the Zojirushi's are for up to 13 hours in advance and really are good for having rice cooked for when you want it...we definitely wouldn't be without ours!

We hope this is ok posting here to help Esperanza out!

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Hey there guys.. I have a question.

I cannot afford a Zojirushi rice cooker, but I've found an alternative that I'd like an opinion on?

I recently saw this Aroma 10 cup rice cooker at Walmart for $40...
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Aroma-10-Cup-Digital-Programmable-Rice-Cooker-...

with a time, keep warm button, white/brown rice, etc.
It sounds like a great deal to me, since I'd like to have a steamer option too (which it has).

Are Zojirushi rice cookers that much better than all other rice cookers? (as far as I know from this thread, it sounds like it :( ... )
I'd really only be cooking for 2 or 3 (maybe more on rare occasion)... so there's no need for 10 cups (says it cooks 20...)
Should I save my money for something a bit better? I really can't afford anything more than say 50$. It got an average of 4 stars between amazon and walmart websites. My boyfriend has an 8 cup one that works okay, though it's a little different than this model, same brand.

It's to take with me for college. Should I just go with something more basic? We aren't extremely avid rice eaters, eating mostly 1-2 times a week (Though I want to start bento-ing, so I might get a little bit more use of it)

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idk but Zojirushi rice cookers are the only ones i know that are 3 digit priced, and I hear there are some special features about them, though I think they'd be too small for my cooking

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Well, Zojirushi cookers are just really well made, so over the years they pay for themselves. They come in several sizes and several types by the way (they are one of the top kitchen small appliance makers in Japan, and Japanese people tend to be very picky about quality).

I have never used Aroma cookers myself, but they seem to get generally positive reviews on Amazon.

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I have an aroma rice cooker I've used for approximately 2 years now. It works okay for me - They are right though, brown rice has to be washed and soaked for it to not stick to the bottom or burn. I bought mine for 39 dollars at Sams Club. I do not use it everyday, but for a starter rice cooker it's great.

After 2 years, it's done it's job and i'm now ready to upgrade to a newer, better version and will probably invest money in my next one. I honestly was not sure how much I'd like it or how much I'd use it and didn't want to pay 150 for my first rice cooker.

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Okay. now I have a new question.

Does anyone know if there is a significant difference between rice cookers like this one

http://www.amazon.com/Aroma-ARC-998-16-Cup-Digital-Stainless/dp/B001A2E4...

and fuzzy logic (aside from the rice portion size?)

I found this rice cooker:

http://www.amazon.com/Aroma-ARC-856-Digital-Cool-Touch-Steamer/dp/B0002O...

Which has been already mentioned. I'm sold on the fact that it's sensor logic, but I must stop myself first and ask "What's so different about this one than the other rice cookers (aside from looks as well) "... I was tempted to buy it just because it's the sensor logic... but if there's nothing special, I don't think I should get it. o_o i know it probably doesn't compare to the zoijirushi, but all the same it's "sensor logic", just not high end.

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Can I ask, do I really need to invest in a rice cooker? Ever since I started cooking rice I have always got it perfect in a pan (I know I have been surprised too) and without burning the bottom! Just seems to be an extra expense, or am I overlooking something here?

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I think the reason we get rice cookers is really for the convenience of them. It's totally up to you if you want to buy one, and even then, you don't have to get the best of the best.

what's great about them is that you just "set it and forget it" until the rice is done.. there's really no need to have to keep an eye on it or worry to much about burning etc. & there's also the factor that some rice cookers have the "keep warm" option so that your rice stays warm for a few hours.

Some rice cookers will cook other types of rice for you as well.. so you won't accidently mess up on a batch ie. brown rice... although this may not be a issue for you

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I don't have one and never will. I have too many kitchen gadgets as it is, and my rice comes out just fine without a rice cooker.

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Take a look at this forum discussion where people on both sides of the argument weigh in.

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Hi everyone! *wave*
This isn't so much a question of a reccomendation for a rice cooker (though it may evolve into one, as you will see!), but I hated to start a new thread as I do think it's relevant here.
My question has to do with expected lifespans of a rice cooker.

I've had my rice cooker (I think it's an Oster) for almost 21 years. Have used it regularly, though not weekly, throughout that time. Recently, I noticed that my rice wasn't cooking fully. I thought at first that I had lost my touch for adding the right amount of water, but a few days ago I carefully measured the water, and still had crunchy rice after the first cycle. My husband and I decided to experiment. First we added more water and left the cooker on Warm for ten or fifteen minutes, but the rice still wasn't fully cooked, so we added more water and ran it through another full Cook cycle, and it was perfect.
So now I am thinking that maybe my rice cooker is losing efficiency. Thing is, I'm not the type to replace something until it just stops working completely. I'm planning to figure out what the workaround is - how much extra water and how many extra cycles to go - so that I can, once again, have the convenience of set-it and forget-it rice.

But I'm interested to hear your comments and experiences with rice cooker longevity.

Also, on the topic of non-stick coatings, I'd really prefer not to have it. Are rice cookers still made that don't? I've seen some clay ones; what are the benefits and tradeoffs of clay? Other comments?

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It does seem as though your rice cooker is breaking down. 21 years is a great lifespan for any appliance though. Mine is a bit older even I think (I know I've had it for about 15 years, but my mother had it before me and I am not sure how long she had it, but it was at least 5 years).

I think that basic rice cookers have plain aluminum inner bowls. A few very expensive rice cookers, mostly sold just in Japan, have cast iron inner bowls to mimic the "tetsugama" (traditional cast iron pot) that rice used to be cooked in. Most rice cookers these days come with inner bowls that are coated in some way though. You'd have to look at the descriptions for individual models to see what they have.

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I used a $15 3-cup Aroma cooker for years in college, and while I'm so happy to have upgraded to my nice Sanyo, the cheapo one worked very well for me as long as I had the time to soak the cooker pot afterwards. I went through two of them in about 6 years before I upgraded, and I do miss the steamer rack.

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Thanks very much!

I think I will probably treat myself to an upgrade sometime in the next year.

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A co-worker of mine gave me this rice cooker earlier this week: http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-NP-HBC10-Induction-Heating-Stainless/dp/...

It's in wonderful condition, but has no manual or accessories (rice paddle, etc). I've never owned a rice cooker before, so I'm at a loss with how to operate it! Any ideas?

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Re: Rice Cooker Recommendations

Hello Wyatt's Mom
Congratulations on your new rice cooker, it's a beauty!
The manual itself is easy to get hold of
http://www.zojirushi.com/servicesupport/manuals/manual_pdf/nphbc.pdf
( the main page for your cooker is here: http://www.zojirushi.com/products/nphbc )

I'll leave it to someone else with a zojirushi to advise you further. I believe your next step will be to ascertain what measurement of rice you'll need to make up a rice cooker cup. I don't want to advise you on this because I suspect we do it wrong in our family and have a higher rice to water ratio than is recommend (the rice cooker cups we use have a marking saying 1/2 a cup and then 3/4 cup near the top rim, when measuring cups for the rice cooker I will fill it up to the near top - the 3/4 mark - twice and put enough water in the machine to come to the 1.5 cup level. But this is how we like it)

Wyatt's Mom
Re: Rice Cooker Recommendations

Thanks so much, Loretta! After reading through the reviews on Amazon, I feel pretty confident that the missing rice cooker cup is about 3/4 of a cup (American measurements). I'll have to do some trial runs to be sure, but I'm excited to start using my new-to-me rice cooker!

Yum Asia
Re: Rice Cooker cup measurement

Hi Wyatt's Mom,

The standard measuring cup included with rice cookers is 180ml, this might help you in measuring out the correct amount of rice!

Yum Asia

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