Hey guys, so I'm looking to buy a rice cooker. I'm not really up to date on what brands are good and what's crap, but after poking around a bit I've seen Zojirushi being brought up a bit. They seem top of the line though, and I'm not sure if I'm ready to drop $150+ on a rice cooker. Are there any other brands/models you guys would recommend? I had something along the lines of a $60-80 stainless steel cooker in mind.
How often would you use it? Do you want to use it for brown rice too?
Rice is one of the easiest things to make so I don't think it's worth getting an expensive piece of equipment that will take up a bunch of counter space unless you use it almost every day and alternate between several different grains.
>How often would you use it?
Probably several times a week. I'm pretty big on rice.
>Do you want to use it for brown rice too?
I primarily eat brown rice at home. I don't really alternate between several different grains. I see what you're saying though, and really the only reason I'm considering these is because brown rice can be kind of a pain to make just by boiling it in a pot and I don't want to have to constantly monitor it while it's cooking.
It makes sense to get one for brown rice. I can't help you with a brand since I just use a pot myself. My previous roomie from China used a shitty looking one called National Rice-o-mat. It worked fine for white rice.
>wash rice if you want it fluffy rather than sticky
>add appropriate amount of cold water for the grain type and season with whatever you like
>bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes with lid on
>turn off heat and let it rest for 10-15 minutes
Wow, that sure was difficult.
you coulda at least made an actually funny comment instead of being lazy :/
yeah I'm not super familiar with rice cookers but I have heard that they CAN be versatile like crock pots so I wasn't sure if I should spring for a cheaper 2-setting one or grab one of those fancy digital ones. Plus the Zojis apparently cook it even better.
i use the shittiest $12 rice cooker ever and it fits the bill for me. i go through phases where i'll use it multiple times a week and it's held up. it's at least ten years old. i use mine for white, brown, and wild rice, and quinoa. one time i cooked pasta in it. the point is, if you don't need bells and whistles you can get just about anything.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KDNKTJG/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=1944687502&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B004S59E5K&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0X0HNDHGXC6M62MK6CCJ got this one, and it's great.
Just learn how to cook rice properly, its a cheaper solution to buying a rice cooker. I couldnt cook rice for years, always came out mushy til I took the time to research and perfect it. The key is to only use as much water as required and no more, excess only causes it to become mushy. Google the absorption method to find out how to do this. Might vary for different types of rice but its the same idea.
Tldr use a saucepan but learn how to cook it properly. Also can make pilau and other variations without much effort
I bought a cheaper car than I could afford that's not going to impress anyone because I consider a car to be a means of getting around and don't like driving anyway, or care about what people think of my car.
I bought a $200 rice cooker because I enjoy being in the kitchen, having perfect rice every time, and just being around beautiful cookware/appliances.
I know I'm the only one comparing rice cookers to cars, but all I'm saying is that it's a matter of priorities, and when you look at the unnecessary shit that people throw their money away on (I work with a guy who buys a new pair of fucking sneakers every month for that much) a couple hundred dollars for something like a high end rice cooker that will last for years doesn't seem so ridiculous.
Again, this is my first time buying one, I don't want to spend $20 on something cheap that will fail and need to be replaced, or is just of poor quality to begin with. It's like the difference between buying cheap pots and pans that will rust or peel after a few months, and spending a bit more on ware that will last decades.
sounds like you fucked up rice on your own and think the only way is therefore a rice cooker, it's braindead fucking easy just look up the water ratio and cooking times for whatever rice you have and it's just boil then simmer with lid on, that's all a rice cooker is doing but it just automatically changes heat instead of you having to do it yourself, but it's over $100 and a pot is $5
>a pot is $5
I'm now imaging you eating pig slop out of a bowl for every meal while sitting in front of your computer and laughing at all the pretentious fucks on the food and cooking board for caring about their food and cooking, when it's all just a means to an end and isn't meant to be enjoyed.
>making rice in a pot instead of a cooker is comparable to eating pig slop
I'm in college, get a fucking grip you sperg
>that's all a rice cooker is doing
Well, mine has a keep warm function and a delayed start option, and a GABA setting.
Steel cut oats go in the night before with a delayed start for my breakfast, then rice goes in with a delayed start for dinner. If there's rice leftover I just use the keep warm function and eat it for breakfast.
Japanese people use rice cookers because rice is a huge part of their diet and they have tiny homes so it makes sense to have a rice cooker.
You want one because you're too stupid to cook decent rice on your stove-top and want to spend $200 on a useless appliance as if it'll solve all of your problems.
>Japanese people use rice cookers because rice is a huge part of their diet and they have tiny homes so it makes sense to have a rice cooker.
This explanation doesn't make sense. If the amount of space in their homes is a factor, that's a argument against extra appliances, not for it.
>You want one because you're too stupid to cook decent rice on your stove-top and want to spend $200 on a useless appliance as if it'll solve all of your problems.
Or maybe rice is a huge part of my diet and it would solve one of my problems?
This is a really poor attempt at trolling. Henry pls go.
>a useless appliance as if it'll solve all of your problems
Well it has significantly curbed my depression, while providing me with a few moments of joy each day that I didn't have before.
I've also been told that I'm not as angry or violent when I get black-out drunk.
It's by no means all my problems, but it's a nice start at least.
>And I'll only charge you $199 for this tip.
I'll be sure to donate whatever change I get back after I buy the rice cooker to the ongoing red cross efforts in your country.
Mine actually helped me stop drinking altogether.
>dat fuzzy logic
I have a Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT meme cooker.
I use it twice every single day: once for rice with dinner, once for oatmeal that I prepare in the evening and put on a timer for the morning.
It makes amazing rice. If you're making 1-2 portions only, buy the 3-cup model, rice cookers have a minimum volume and the 3-cup model's is about 90ml of rice, which is good for one big portion. A larger cooker will have a larger minimum recommended volume. This doesn't matter so much with analogue cookers but cookers that have computer chips do all sorts of calculations to decide when it's done, and it could make a mistake if you have a weird amount in it.
I paid $200 CAD and have never regretted it, it's fantastic.
Weather or not a rice cooker is worth it I guess solely depends on your rice intake. I eat rice (almost) every day, so it was worth the counterspace and money for me to be able to 'set it and forget it'.
I got this one http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-NSRNC10FZ-Automatic-5-5-Cup-1-0-Liter/dp/B008JO0CTI and it was worth every penny. Cooks one or two cups of rice just fine.
Stovetop rice isn't hard, no, but it's nice to free up a burner and in my experience the rice is always noticeably better out of a GOOD cooker (so not a $20 walmart piece of shit) anyway.
FYI, those Zojirushi on Amazon are all made in China now and
Expect to pay well over $200 for one that isn't shit now
You have two options, get a sub $40 one or get the $200+ one. The inbetween is just a massive waste of money for the exact same quality as the sub $30 cookers.
The made in Japan ones are still great and will last you decades.
Be careful though, the made in China ones are sold in Japan too, so make sure the weeb store/site you get it from isn't jewing you over with the way the word it. Make sure it's made in Japan, not imported from Japan.
These really are great investments if you make a lot of rice. However, If you just occasionally eat rice or only make a small amount daily, then get the cheaper ones.
>Source on Zojirushis being made in China.
Just look on the Amazon product details. The majority of the sub $200 cookers are now made in China.
I generally tend to avoid Amazon reviews, because they're either posted by shills or complete retards, but lots of reviews state that the made in China versions fail within three years.
I bought this when it was on sale on Amazon Prime Day for 100$. I use it 5-6 times a week, perfect rice every fucking time, will keep rice hot for 12+ hours without becoming dried out.
Wash rice in the morning, set it to be ready by lunch, have enough in there for rice for dinner.
possibly the best $100 i have ever spent.
what does this thread think of just a simple bamboo steamer?
I got the Cuisinart rice cooker for Xmas and I have used it a number of times already.
I think its really good.
Before I was making rice via the absorption method in a pan but controlling the heat was a pain because its always different it seems.
But with the rice cooker its coming out very consistent and its good rice that sticks together.
I have also used my rice cooker as a sous vide machine.
Because I have a sous vide temp controller and all I have to do is plug the rice cooker into that and I have total temp control to the degree.