Aroma ARC-838TC 8-Cup (Uncooked), 16-Cup (Cooked) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, White
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- Perfectly prepares 4 to 16 cups of any variety of cooked rice
- Steams meat and vegetables while rice cooks below
- Easy-to-use, programmable digital controls with automatic Keep-Warm
- Great for soups, jambalaya, chili and so much more!
- 15- hour Delay Timer for flexible meal planning
- Includes Steam Tray, Rice Measuring Cup and Serving Spatula
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Enjoy easy home cooking with the Aroma 16-Cup Digital Rice Cooker &; Food Steamer. Restaurant-quality rice. Healthy steamed meals. Delicious one-pot dishes. Prepare all this and more at the press of a button! Aroma takes the "cook" out of home cooking - turning kitchen time into your time! Help the kids with homework, get creative at play time or pick up that novel you've been waiting to dive into. All while delivering hot, hearty and healthy meals the entire family will love. This convenient cooker's large capacity perfectly cooks 4 to 16 cups of any variety of rice. Once the rice has finished, it will automatically switch to Keep-Warm so there's no need for monitoring or stirring. The Steam Tray allows for healthy steaming of meats and vegetables, even as rice cooks below. It's also perfect for oatmeal, chili, jambalaya, soups and so much more! The programmable 15-hour delay timer is great for families on the go, delivering delicious rice ready when it's needed. And when the cooking is done, the inner cooking pot and all accessories remove for easy cleanup in the dishwasher. Steam Tray, Rice Measuring Cup and Serving Spatula included.
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I enjoy the fact that the device has a sealed top which really seems to help the rice be more consistent and also makes me feel better having this unit used with three small children in the house running around. The rice receptacle inside is a delightful non-stick surface that is more then easy to clean. The steam feature for other items works wonderful as well. I have left rice in the device for over two hours after cooking and it is still moist, tasty and not burnt. The one touch button cooking is a breeze and for me it takes about 30 minutes or so in most instances for the quantity I cook.
The only thing I learned I had to do is not place the device under anything when cooking. There is a starchy steam that is released during cooking that can coat wood and other surfaces. On wood this starch coating can be a pain to remove.
This is a great device to cook an entire meal or side in quick mindless ease. I can't think of a feature I would change on this unit. A great device that actually has increased the amount of rice and vegetables I and my family consume. Unless you need larger quantities of rice then this device is capable of I really can't see why anyone would need anything else. This is a great product at a great price. Wonderful!
The only thing I don't like about it is that it takes longer than other rice cookers I've used. The cook time is about 50 minutes.
The cheaper basic models without sealed lids are pretty good too, for cooking rice. To prevent messy steam, the trick is to use an oversize cooker. If you only use half of the capacity, you shouldn't need to clean up the table after cooking. A non-stick coating saves you time cleaning and saves rice. The rice is usually on the soft and moist side of things, but that's most people prefer anyway. It's harder to do drier and crispier rice.
This model is almost perfect for cooking white rice. For the price I don't suppose you eat premium rice everyday from true Asian specialty shops, right? There's little difference for this model and high end models if your rice isn't that premium.
This cooker is primarily designed to prepare rice the way the Asians eat, particularly the Japanese and Chinese. This is not to make microwave multi-grain paste. You have to make the engineers and designers willing to eat your paste so they can understand how to cook it. No amount of high end fuzzy logic can make your paste the way you like it all by itself if the engineers haven't thought of it.
For cooking white rice, this one is as good as any, unless you have exquisite taste in premium rice. For steaming vegetable and other things, it's quite handy steaming alone or cooking rice at the same time. When steaming alone, it stops automatically when the water is all gone.
Everything is best eaten fresh. And with a delay timer, there's no reason to keep the rice in warm mode for long after cooking. The warm mode tend to dry out the rice a bit for long periods.
There's a bit of inconsistency in the manual. The steam vent of my model can only be pulled out from the outside, not from the inside. Lucky that I didn't damage the lid. You actually do not need to disconnect the electric cord when in the off state. But I'm sure it's not recommended for legal liability reasons, and to save some energy. In my opinion it's as safe as not unplugging the TV after watching. Also there's a flat little plastic cup below the lid hinge, for collecting condensed water from the lid, which the manual didn't mention. The little ring at the opposite side of the plastic cup is the temporary holder for the rice spatula.
For higher end models there is an extra electric plug at the bottom of the cookers, secured in position by magnetic force. Unplugging and plugging are as easy as pushing a button.
For more expensive models, basically there are two lids. The inner lid is easily detachable for you to rinse it in water together with the inner pot. The outer lid, fixed to the cooker, hardly ever needs cleaning or attention. For this model, even though the lid is directly exposed to the steam, the lid looked clean after cooking. I doubt very much if you need to clean it every time if you only cook rice in the normal way. If you steam vegetable or just put the steam tray in, you shouldn't be cleaning the lid at all.
With the single lid design, the steam condensed to water at the lid and soft plastic seal. When you open the lid, some of the condensed water will drain through the little plastic cup below the lid hinge. A small amount of water will be collected at the seals. It's not likely to happen, but if you close the lid again a few drop of water may drip down to the cooking surface, when you have taken the inner pot out. But then a few drops probably will not hurt the cooking surface or the inner pot.
I do not like that it beeps too loud, too high pitch, louder than my microwave. I do not like the - - sign shown when the delay timer is not in use. It's also too brightly red when in the off state. I prefer a green or yellow little dot, not too bright in the dark but easy to spot in day light.
As with all rice cookers, if you put it under anything, the wood above will be damaged because of the steam. I attach a thin plate of clear acrylic at the bottom of the wooden cabinet to protect it. Or you can just pull it out in the open while cooking, and push it back after.
If you are careful, the non-stick surface should last enough for your $40. I don't know about the plastic seal though. My experience with over the top kettles is that the seal is the first thing to go. But they sell replacement parts and the cost of the seal is still a small fraction of the kettle.
The cooker is on the slow side, taking about 30 min to cook. Higher end cookers don't cook a lot faster because you cannot boil away the water too fast. Big simple unsealed cookers can cook some 10 or more minutes faster. But the quality of the cook rice cannot be compared. I'm sure microwave can cook a lot faster.
Everything works like new, even better. I don't wipe clean the lid every use, because it won't get dirty and messy that much. I don't empty the cup to hold condensed water, because it normally will not overflow for my normal volume of rice. I don't dry the inner pot completely before starting cooking because it's pretty tough.
The plastic seal at the rim is still in perfect condition. The inner pot did not have any dent on it. The all important non-stick surface is still intact. Nothing came off or scratched. Looks the same as other higher priced models that I used. There are minor signs of wear and tear at the rim but expected.
It makes perfect rice, never burns it, and is easy to clean.
ive made sushi rice, brown rice, jasmine rice and even sweet rice and they have all came out perfect time after time
(i no longer think our local chinese restuarunts rice is so good)
I love it, easy to use and the beeper is LOUD
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