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Old 02-17-2009, 08:45 AM   #11
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We have one and love it (can't think of the brand right and and am too lazy to walk to the pantry to check) ... We've made plain old rice as as well as some of the box mixes (think Rice-a-Roni) as well. Ours also has a steamer rack on top which makes it nice for veggies. When / if it breaks down, we will definately replace it!

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Old 02-17-2009, 08:53 AM   #12
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One thing that I love about mine (and this justifies the entire price for me) is that I can set it up in the morning before I leave for work and tell it what time (to the minute) I would like the rice (or any other grain I am cooking) to be done. I get home kind of late and need to get dinner on the table quickly since we have young kids who need to get to bed. This makes it that much easier for me.

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Old 02-17-2009, 10:23 AM   #13
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Thank you - EVERYONE - for your replies ... I suspect it won't be long before I buy one ... but I think I'll get one that cooks rice, steams, soups, etc.

GB ... What brand is yours? And do you mind if I ask how much 'cha-ching'?
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Old 02-17-2009, 10:34 AM   #14
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I got the Zojirushi NP-HBC18 Zojirushi

I think I paid about $225 on Ebay
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:37 AM   #15
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if you have any Oriental groceries in your area they sell rice cookers as well......they just might sell a zojirushi as well......I know that they are not cheap and you're right GB....being able to program it is a very nice feature if you're working away from home......and kids do want to eat as soon as they get home...........if we have to delay my granddaughter she's being crammed with cheese sticks and fruit........
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:49 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by JoMama View Post

GB ... What brand is yours? And do you mind if I ask how much 'cha-ching'?
This is the one I have. It retails for over $200.
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:14 PM   #17
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I have never used a "rice cooker". I cook my long grain brown rice in my pressure cooker. Use 1 1/2 cup water to one cup rice, and cook 15 minutes when up to pressure and then let pressure drop naturally. That makes perfectly cooked brown rice. When my electricity was off recently I cooked one pound of rice, twice, on my gas stove and made stir fries for many meals using the rice.
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:32 PM   #18
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I have a cheap Panasonic rice cooker but I love it. It is so easy to do rice, even rice pilaf in it.
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:44 AM   #19
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Living in Central America, rice is a staple in my diet. We make it every day. Here's an exerpt from an earlier post of mine about cooking rice.

"I always cook rice in an automatic rice cooker, if available. Rice cookers are the single most common small appliance in Latin American and Asian kitchens- more common than even coffee makers or toasters. They are by far the easiest way to prepare good rice. Amazon.com has a great selection and a lot of user reviews. Regular rice cookers cost from $25 to $50 and do a great job on white rice. Fuzzy logic cookers are much more expensive, from $100 to $200, and supposedly do a better job cooking brown rice and other varieties. I've never used one so can't comment further. The inexpensive regular cookers come in 2 styles, either with a separate, removable lid or with an attached, hinged lid. I use the first style. Panasonic and Aroma are both good brands. I've had poor success with Black and Decker, Oster and several of the others."
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:23 AM   #20
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I think our rice cooker is still the same one my mom had from college haha. It is an ugly yellow color and you have to bend the cord a certain way for it to turn on. As crappy as it may look on the outside, it still works perfectly. As far as I'm concerned a rice cooker is a rice cooker. In my family we don't even measure the rice. Just wash the rice and shake it so it has an even top then add liquid up to the first line on your pinky finger... never fails me.

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