Originally Posted by Michael in FtW
Time to be finished - cooking time = start time
I don't see the problem ...
My cooker doesn't come on when plugged in - you have to push a button ... but if someone had a cheap one that comes on when plugged in ... I don't see why using a timer wouldn't work.
I do not know the exact amount of time it takes to cook so I would not know the amount of time to set it for. The expensive ones have all sorts of things built into the time such as a soak period which gets you better tasting rice. I have no idea how long the soak period is or how long it takes to cook 4 cups or brown rice vs 2 cups of white vs 6 cups of arborio vs 1 cup of porridge vs...well you get the idea. All of these variables change the amount of time it cooks for in order to get it perfect.
I am not saying that the timer method will not work. You get probably get it close to where you want after experimenting a bit. With my unit though, it will be done the minute I tell it to be done. Is that worth the extra hundred dollars? Probably not, but that feature combined with all the other features plus the fact that mine makes the best tasting rice by far that I have ever made and does it consistently every time no matter what makes it worth it for me. I got mine through my credit card reward points so I did not actually shell out the $ and would not have, but now that I have it I do think that for me it is worth it and when the time comes for a new one I will not hesitate to spend a small fortune to get one like the one I have now.