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Rice Cooker

Rice Cooker

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I strongly recommend you to invest in a good rice cooker, if you eat cooked rice frequently. It is a must item in any Japanese household, because without properly cooked rice, there won’t be any enjoyable Japanese food.

I used to own a cheap $20 rice cooker, and I had problems with rice sticking inside of the cooking vessel and undercooked brown rice.

When I visited Japan, I had a chance to cook the same ordinary rice using 2 different rice cookers. I was amazed by the difference of taste. This experience convinced me to invest in a rice cooker. I went to a store right after coming back to New York and bought the decent.

A decent rice cooker costs from around $130. When it comes to a rice cooker, I recommend Japanese brands, such as Zojirushi, Tiger, and Panasonic, and to avoid more affordable U.S. brand. A good one may be expensive, but it lasts years. Decent rice cookers have timers and many different settings to cook white rice, brown rice, sweet rice, and other rice properly. A good rice cooker really does make ordinary rice outstanding without failure. It’s well worth it.

Just a couple of notes. Make sure to take off the lid and wash it after each use, especially if you don’t wash rice before cooking. Also the internal coating of the cooking vessel is susceptible to acid. When you make sushi, always take out rice from the cooking vessel before adding any vinegar mix.

It is difficult to find stores that sell good rice cookers in the United States, but a wide range of rice cookers are available online. Here are some of my recommendations;

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3 Responses to Rice Cooker

  1. admin September 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    When it comes to rice cookers, price does matter, I think. But once you buy, it lasts for years. I bought mine at least 5 years ago… may be close to 10.

  2. Andrea January 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    I used a rice cooker for the microwave for some months but was frustrated because the microwave was always a mess, no matter how I adjusted water, time or temperature. Now I`ve got a Korean model, a Cuckoo, and it works just great. Interestingly not just for different varieties of rice but for quite a lot of different foods, too.
    I`ve also seen them heavily advertised in Russia. Not as rice cookers, but as multi cookers (http://www.advancedtechnologykorea.com/12908/). They have quite a following there and many sites are dedicated to new Russian, Uzbek, Georgian or other recipes prepared in the ricecooker. But so far, I think, only available in Russian.

    • Yuki January 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

      Hi Andrea,
      I’ve never bought a Korean rice cooker, but I’m sure that they work very well. Koreans eat rice in the same way Japanese do and I often buy Korean rice from Korean grocery stores as they provide slightly better price than Japanese grocery stores. Investment on a rice cooker is certainly paid off. Enjoy eating rice!

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