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Old 08-14-05, 05:52 PM   #1
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Rice Cooker suggestions?

Hello Everyone!


I'm in the market for a rice maker. It will for the most part be for my sushi rice, which (with the help of my dads friend who is a sushi master) has been getting better. But my downside is the rice. So does anyone have anyideas of good places to get a 5 or 8 cup rice maker? A sushi rice maker would be nice but I think anything would do.

Its odd, in alot of places with the less cups of rice it makes the more expensive it becomes.

Well any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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Just make it in a pot, per the instructions, and keep it covered with the heat real low.
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Just make it in a pot, per the instructions, and keep it covered with the heat real low.
Ive tried it. Its reallly hard with sushi rice. If you mess it up thats it.
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I can tell you DON'T get the standard cheapy at Wal-Mart.....I got that last year and it lasted all of about 2 months and didn't make the rice very good most of the time.
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Well thats what im looking for. Does anyone know good names to be looking at?

I mean I can go on google and type in rice cooker and get tons of things. Its just a question of which ones are good companies and good products.
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I really think you should do it old school with a pot. Different rice cooks different lengths of time and requires different prep(Some need to be rinsed or soaked) I think if you practice and get your technique down you will be amazed how well pot cooked rice comes out. The trick really is to use the reccomended amount of water(or a little more if you have a hot stove or a gas stove you can't get the heat real low on), keep the heat very low, and keep it covered until it is done. I also reccomend using a nice heavy pot, not the thin cheap ones, they hotspot to much.
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Just make it in a pot, per the instructions, and keep it covered with the heat real low.
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key words "covered" and "heat real low"


Hi565, a pot will be as good or better than a steamer or some kind of specialized contraption--it will be easier to clean as well.

Just make sure the heat is low so the rice doesn't stick.

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If you consume a lot of rice and want it done well and consistently, a rice cooker is totally worth it, in my mind. If you get a decent one, it will do a better job than most people can do in a pot, will do it without supervision, and will automatically switch to a "warm" setting once the rice is cooked. Furthermore, a decent rice cooker will be easier to clean - the pots in these have an anti-stick coating that makes cleaning a breeze.

Zojirushi makes about the best ones out there. I have and love a Cuisinart rice cooker, which also doubles as a steamer. The Cuisinart cost me $60, and a Zojirushi will be a fair amount more, but probably worth it. They make both large and small models, as well as a number of other products. I've heard nothing but good things about their products.
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aaaa thanks fugazi!


zojirushi thats the name I remembered seeing. Yes we eat alot of rice at my house. I will look into the cuisinart one also. Well thanks.
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I really think you should do it old school with a pot. Different rice cooks different lengths of time and requires different prep(Some need to be rinsed or soaked) I think if you practice and get your technique down you will be amazed how well pot cooked rice comes out. The trick really is to use the reccomended amount of water(or a little more if you have a hot stove or a gas stove you can't get the heat real low on), keep the heat very low, and keep it covered until it is done. I also reccomend using a nice heavy pot, not the thin cheap ones, they hotspot to much.
I have always cooked decent rice in a pot, BUT in China and Japan and SE Asia and India--where they eat a ton of rice--everybody uses a rice cooker. Can 4 billion Asians be wrong?
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I have always cooked decent rice in a pot, BUT in China and Japan and SE Asia and India--where they eat a ton of rice--everybody uses a rice cooker. Can 4 billion Asians be wrong?
hey asian are always right. Even if they're wrong, they're still right!
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hey asian are always right. Even if they're wrong, they're still right!
You Asian?
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You Asian?
nnooooooo. I have a friend whos asian.
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Get yourself a Korean, the Japanese are rude and the Chinese would try to steal your secrets. Plus the you might get some kimchi out of her.
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There's a "delete post" option too. Might be the best option at this point, late at night, before too many people have seen your foolishness. I'm really toying with the idea of hitting the "spam" option on #14. I hate to see a fellow Michigander write such crap.
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damn, I got pwned

I always heard that pan was better. do the quality rice cookers (Zojirushi, cuisinart, etc) make it easy to avoid sticking--that's the only issue I have with pan (both sticky rice, and if too hot rice sticking to pan).

I want FLUFFY rice, what is a good cooker?
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Hitachi. That is just THE rice cooker. :-)
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just bought one at Target, it was 20.00 and very nice.. It also has a vegetable steamer on top..

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...sin=B0002OKDTW
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Zojirushi makes about the best ones out there.
Great info...I always knew that there were some really good Asian brands, but did know which ones. As I mentioned in a previous post, I had a pretty bad experience with a Wal-Mart cheapo.

But after your comments, I'm really liking the look of the NS-ZCC10 (5-cup) model.
http://www.zojirushi.com/ricecookers.html

They have them on Ebay (buy it now) for $132.
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Try the local Asian grocer. They often sell them.
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I have found a couple zojirushi that I love.

Zigg, you have come to the dark side I have tried a zojirushi one. Good products. I Cant wait until my dad says "yes" than Sushi party at My house!
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Yeah, I like the Hitachi ones too; they have a 'keep-warm" option after cooking. For the most part, all rice-cookers are similar, an enigma! I've taken quite a few apart and I have no idea how they can possibly work as well as they do. All you do is put in the proper measured amount of rice and water and push the button and that's it! The cooking time will be anywhere between 5-minutes to 45-minutes depending upon amount and I have no freakin' idea how the damn thing works! There's no timers in it, no sensors, no active electronics, the design hasn't changed since the 60's. It's pure magic!
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I ended up taking the plunge and ordering the Zojirushi zcc18 neuro-fuzzy rice cooker. I was going to ony get the 5 cup (zcc10), but realized the bigger one would allow me to do some big "full meal recipe" type things and it was only $10 more.
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have you got a large, deep corningware/oven safe bowl with lid? if so, try thisut in your rice and about 2cm of water on top, cover with the lid and microwave 5mins high 15 mins medium. that way you wont need a rice cooker. Trust me, I'm asian.
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