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Old 05-30-2007, 10:00 PM   #1
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Question Rice Cooker Questions

I am looking at purchasing a new rice cooker. I want the ability to cook different types of rice or other items, and to avoid the dry crust on the bottom that we get with the traditional rice cooker. Steaming would be a nice but not necessary option. I am interested in a cooker with fuzzy logic, and perhaps with the new induction heating. I have a few questions:

1. If a cooker lists a capacity of, say, 6 cups, is that pre-cooked dry rice, or the finished, cooked rice?

2. Does anyone have a recommendation? I have a large family and want a larger capacity cooker. I know that Zojirushi, Tiger, and National are quality brands, but at the top end price-wise. What about some of the others, like Sanyo, Fujitronics, Aroma, or Sunpentown, etc?

3. Is there a big difference between the normal fuzzy logic cooker and the new induction heat cookers?

Any advice would be very helpful.

-bill

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Old 05-30-2007, 10:28 PM   #2
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First...welcome, Bill. We're glad you've found DC.

As for your rice cooker question, I have no clue but, believe me, you will receive plenty of answers from those who have experience.

Hope you will stay with us a nice long time.
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Old 05-31-2007, 12:20 AM   #3
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Hi Bill,

Welcome to DC! The good folks here helped me to decide on which brand of range to purchase so I'm happy to help you in your selection of a rice cooker.

I have a 10 c. Aroma rice cooker. I bought it at Sam's Club for about $25. It has an insert for steaming. I can cook rice and steam pot stickers at the same time in it. I also cook different types of rice in it. A few times the bottom was a little crusty, but I think I needed to add more water than I did. Most times I got perfect rice out of it. It can also be used for making soup but I haven't used it that way yet.

In addition, it cooks the rice quickly. Much quicker than it would on the stove, plus it has a keep warm feature that kicks in automatically when the cooking in completed.
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I believe the 6 cups is cooked rice, not raw.
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Old 05-31-2007, 12:45 AM   #5
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I am the world's worst rice cook. However, I was lucky to receive a steamer as a gift. I don't have a lick of problems with quick rice (5 min instant) in the steamer. Right b4 serving I add whichever spices or vegie or meat I desire. Don't get me wrong, I wish I had the knowledge to make perfect rice. But, until I do, quick and simple is quite delicious.

The steamer also can steam fresh vegies and chicken or fish all together. Great for rice meals!
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I used to have a 6 cup Aroma rice cooker, which I gave to my son when I bought my new Krups rice cooker/steamer/slow cooker. Aroma is an excellent brand, endorsed by Martin Yan, and he doesn't lend his name or his reputation to just anyone.

However, I abso-friggin-lutely LOVE my Krups! 10 cup capacity (yes, that's finished product), I can steam veggies while I cook rice, orif I am not cooking rice, with an extra steamer basket I can steam two vegetables at the same time. I haven't tried the slow cooker fuction yet, but I already have a crock pot that I haven't taken out of the cupboard in years.
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I am looking at purchasing a new rice cooker. I want the ability to cook different types of rice or other items, and to avoid the dry crust on the bottom that we get with the traditional rice cooker. Steaming would be a nice but not necessary option. I am interested in a cooker with fuzzy logic, and perhaps with the new induction heating. I have a few questions:

1. If a cooker lists a capacity of, say, 6 cups, is that pre-cooked dry rice, or the finished, cooked rice?

2. Does anyone have a recommendation? I have a large family and want a larger capacity cooker. I know that Zojirushi, Tiger, and National are quality brands, but at the top end price-wise. What about some of the others, like Sanyo, Fujitronics, Aroma, or Sunpentown, etc?

3. Is there a big difference between the normal fuzzy logic cooker and the new induction heat cookers?

Any advice would be very helpful.

-bill


Six cups of rice for a six-cup cooker is the FINISHED product.

You start off with 3 cups of rice and 6 cups of water. And for long grain or short grain, or most other rice, use slightly less water to avoid too-soft or gummy rice.

Zojirushi, I think, is the best one to get. I own a small one. And it WON'T overcook or undercook the rice either.
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:04 AM   #8
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The less devices I have the better "lol". I begged for a rice cooker for Christmas because I couldn't make rice. I made it in there once and it seemed like it took a long time. It was ok. But recently I have learned how to make rice better on the stove and I like it. So I'm going to get rid of the rice cooker.
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:14 AM   #9
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One tip that may help avoid the "rice crust" is when the cooker clicks to the warm setting, give the rice a fluff with the rice paddle, let it sit with power on for at least 10 - 15 minutes and the crust should be eliminated. Also, with the non-stick cookers crusts are hard to come by, but I still let the rice sit after cooking.
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most of the brands you have listed are reputable and good brands although i have never heard of superpentown
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