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Old 04-10-2021, 11:12 AM
 
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You can go to Chinatown and buy a rice cooker made by Panasonic or Taiwan company,cost you around $25 for a small one,the fancy Japanese one would cost in the hundreds,it comes with a small plate where you can use it to steam or heat ,placed on top of the rice when it is almost done,anything you want to warm or cook like egg custard.
For salty duck egg you have to add it before you start the rice cooker
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Old 04-10-2021, 11:15 AM
 
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The best part about a rice cooker is that the rice comes out perfectly every time and you don't have to stand at the stove making sure it doesn't boil over, burn or get gummy. Of course if someone wants to take the time to master the art with a saucepan and get it right every time, that's their choice.

I've watched quite a bit of Korean Dramas (love those soaps!) and everyday Koreans always seem to have a rice cooker in their kitchens and as part of their meals. I'll take my cue from people who incorporate rice into most of their meals. It's hardly a new "gizmo"
The Korean immigrants -usually a couple who runs a grocery store,closes late in the evening,they always use the rice cooker to cook their rice for dinner and heat up a casserole of meat and veggies prepared on their dayoff,hard working people.
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Old 04-10-2021, 11:30 AM
 
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Your experience is like mine, cooking brown rice in the rice cooker took forever, but the final product was quite good.

I do prefer to let the rice steam for a bit with a folded kitchen towel between lid and bowl for a few minutes.

I use a 30 minute cook time for brown basmati.
I cook brown rice most of the time and the water to rice ratio is different for brown rice than for white but the brown rice in my Zujirushis cooks just as fast as the white. Also, it's really important to wash the rice in a strainer first.
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Old 04-10-2021, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I cook brown rice most of the time and the water to rice ratio is different for brown rice than for white but the brown rice in my Zujirushis cooks just as fast as the white. Also, it's really important to wash the rice in a strainer first.
You might have a newer cooker than I had. Mine dated from about 2000, I believe. Brown rice took a very long time to cook. It came out beautifully, however.
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Old 04-10-2021, 02:56 PM
 
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You might have a newer cooker than I had. Mine dated from about 2000, I believe. Brown rice took a very long time to cook. It came out beautifully, however.
You're right - mine are about 10 years old
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Old 04-10-2021, 07:56 PM
 
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There's a recent article in Consumer Reports comparing rice cookers with instant pots. They say that rice cookers do a better job of cooking rice.

I put away my cheap-o rice cooker when I got my Crockpot Multi-Cooker (clone of Instant Pot). It pressure cooks brown rice pretty well in about 30 minutes plus about 5 minutes warmup time and another 5 minutes pressure let-off time at the end.

I like the fact that the pressure cooker needs way less water than cooking in a rice cooker or stovetop (I used to cook rice in a pot on the stovetop for many years). For brown rice, it's one cup water for one cup rice. Easy peasy.
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Old 04-10-2021, 08:26 PM
 
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I had the Aroma Professional rice cooker (if you look on Amazon, it's their top seller and easy to find). It was great--so great, I ended up using it all the time and eating too much rice.

I can cook perfectly good rice on the stovetop whenever I need it. It's less convenient that way, but my waistline tells me it's for the best. So I gave the cooker to my favorite ex, who works heavy construction jobs and can eat lots of rice without blowing up, but can't cook it right to save his life. He has since informed me that I am the Best Ex-Girlfriend Ever, so I take it he's happy with it.
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Old 04-10-2021, 10:25 PM
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The best part about a rice cooker is that the rice comes out perfectly every time and you don't have to stand at the stove making sure it doesn't boil over, burn or get gummy.
"Perfect every time" -- how many things in life can we say that about?
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Old 04-10-2021, 10:30 PM
 
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I have an old model Hitachi rice cooker/food steamer. (the Chime-O-Matic) I use it because it makes perfect rice every time. I use brown rice. I have an interest in the Instant Pot, but not for rice, since I already have that covered with my Hitachi. If I didn't have a rice cooker/steamer already, I'd investigate the Instant Pot. But I gotta tell you, I'm not the best cook, but I don't think there's ever been a time that the rice wasn't perfect or close to it (except once when I forgot to rinse the rice beforehand).


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Old 04-10-2021, 11:55 PM
 
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I recently bought a Pars rice cooker because I wanted to learn Persian cooking, especially the crunchy rice layer (tahdig) at the bottom of the pot. My boss told me about them - apparently all Iranians use them. If you get one, don't bother with the manual. It's laughably bad. There are much better instructions in the Amazon reviews.

https://parsrice.com/
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