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Old 05-06-2017, 05:01 PM   #1
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ISO Rice Cooker

I'm in need of a rice cooker.

What is the best brand?
What size should I buy?

It definitely needs to be hassle free as much as possible.
This is for Mr.Munky. He will be using it.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Old 05-06-2017, 05:31 PM   #2
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Some folks here swear by the Instant Pot. It does everything but wash your windows, including cooking rice. I have a little Aroma rice cooker, but it hasn't washed any windows yet. Very inexpensive.
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Old 05-06-2017, 05:48 PM   #3
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We've tried the IP. Nobody liked it.
Mr. Munky can't lift the IP.
He's still only able to use one hand.

I was just looking at the Aromas on Amazon.
Going back to look at them again.
That Tiger brand was a little weird, to me anyways. A bread baker to? Well hey, that's new..

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Old 05-06-2017, 05:49 PM   #4
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An Instapot is a pressure cooker, slow cooker and rice cooker and it makes great rice. It's about $100 but well worth it, IMO. I love mine

Every adult in my extended Korean-American family owns a Zojirushi rice cooker and they are pretty foolproof although I've used them, I don't own one.
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Old 05-06-2017, 06:19 PM   #5
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I have had several brands over the last thirty years, but my favorite is also my current cooker, the Krups 5-Cup 4-in-1 Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, and Oatmeal Cooker. I had a 10 cup model for about 10 years before it died a slow, painful death, but I have never needed to make 10 cups of rice, so I opted for the 5 cup model when I needed a new cooker.
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Old 05-06-2017, 08:48 PM   #6
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I agree with Dawg on this one.
I also have an Aroma Rice Cooker, very simple, straight forward and cheap & friendly. Go to Walmart Munky, less than $20
My previous Rice Cooker was a Panasonic, but this is Aroma just fine!
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Old 05-06-2017, 10:44 PM   #7
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Munky Badger, Do you have the counter space for a rice cooker to set out? If so, I would go for the small Zojirushi. More expensive than the Aromas, of course, but worth every penny. You can also cook steel cut oats in it.
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I agree with Dawg on this one.
I also have an Aroma Rice Cooker, very simple, straight forward and cheap & friendly. Go to Walmart Munky, less than $20
My previous Rice Cooker was a Panasonic, but this is Aroma just fine!
I have an Aroma rice cooker--the biggest one they make. Bad idea. Not the brand, but the size. I bought it for a big gumbo cook, and it was perfect for that. But, it is too big for me to use for anything less than a big cook.

To be honest, for home cooking, I get the same results from one of my All-Clad sauce pans, on a more realistic scale. Rice is really pretty easy to cook.

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I have an Aroma rice cooker--the biggest one they make. Bad idea. Not the brand, but the size. I bought it for a big gumbo cook, and it was perfect for that. But, it is too big for me to use for anything less than a big cook.

To be honest, for home cooking, I get the same results from one of my All-Clad sauce pans, on a more realistic scale. Rice is really pretty easy to cook.

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Yes, rice is easy, however OP is interested in an appliance to make rice even easier for a handicapped (one useful hand) family member.
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:24 AM   #10
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I did some research before I bought my Zoji TSC-10. The general consensus is that most rice cookers work just fine for white rice. Although basic rice cookers make decent brown rice, microprocessor controlled rice cookers make noticeably better brown rice. I even found a review by someone who owned both an Aroma and a Zoji and confirmed this. As we frequently eat brown rice, I splurged on the Zoji.

Brown rice in the Zoji is unlike anything I made on the stovetop. Much fluffier and more nutty tasting. The risotto milanese I make in the Zoji (on the porridge setting) is equal to what I've had in good Italian restaurants. I've sauteed mushrooms, onions, etc. in the Zoji before adding the rice for a flavorful side. Lundberg's wild rice blend with a bit of diced bacon and mushrooms is really tasty.

The porridge setting on the Zoji is a lower temperature, so you can make steel cut oats in milk (really good stuff).

The brown rice setting on the Zoji takes 2 hours, and it goes through various soak and cook cycles through the process. One of the articles I read stated that you simply cannot make brown rice as good on the stovetop.

I have no regrets about spending the extra money for the Zoji, and wish I would have bought one years ago while I was working. It has a carrying handle, which makes it easier to put in the cupboard when not in use. Mr. Munky will appreciate this. Unless you are cooking for a really large group, I wouldn't get the larger capacity rice cooker, as it wouldn't work well for smaller quantities of rice.

Our daughter has an Aroma, and all they make is white rice, so it works well for them.

Although and Instant Pot has a rice setting, what do you do if you make something in the IP that you want to serve over rice?
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