Aroma Housewares ARC-954SBD Rice Cooker, 4-Cup Uncooked 2.5 Quart, Professional Version
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- Perfectly prepares up to 8 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 and white rice, brown rice, steam and quick rice functions
- Saute-then-simmer function
- 15-hour delay timer for flexible meal planning
- Includes steam tray, rice measuring cup and serving spatula
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Aroma Housewares ARC-954SBD Rice Cooker, 4-Cup uncooked 2.5 Quart, Professional Version
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|Color||Professional Version||Black||Stainless Black||White||ARC-753SG||Instant Cooker|
|Item Dimensions||8.50 x 9.25 x 9.13 inches||11.13 x 11.25 x 10.75 inches||11.88 x 9.13 x 7.50 inches||10.00 x 9.00 x 5.50 inches||8.20 x 8.10 x 10.30 inches||11.02 x 10.75 x 10.75 inches|
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|Size||4-cup uncooked rice / 2.5 quart||Dimensions: 10.83 x 11.22 x 10.83 (Length x Width x Height)||3-Cups (uncooked),||6-cup||6-Cup(cooked) / 1.2Qt.||5L 20 Cups|
Enjoy easy home cooking with the Aroma 8-Cup (cooked) rice/multicooker, food steamer and slow cooker. Healthy steamed and slow cooked one-pot meals. Aroma takes the "cook" out of home cooking - turning kitchen time into your time. Simply set it and forget it! 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.
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There's a little bit of learning to do at first. I use more water with brown rice, more like 1.5 water to one brown rice. And some rice is drier than other rices, and need more water. I find that you can have a little more water, but you don't want to have too little, because the rice will be less than fully prepared. For instance, I forgot about the little measuring cup and absentmindedly used a full one cup measure but added water to the line for two gou. I got slightly underdone rice.
Remember that the cooker knows when the water has been absorbed. Rice cookers work because, so long as there is free water in the pot, the temperature cannot rise above 212F (at sea level). So all the pot need do is stop cooking and reduce temperature to warm when the pot temperature rises about 212F. That's why it works for all grains. And that means the cooker doesn't really know when the rice is done, only when the water is gone.
Now, you will see all sorts of different ratios recommended by rice cooker recipes and for different cookers. Lots of people use 1.5:1 for white rice. Quinoa is happier with a 2:1 ratio. Anything reasonably close will work, so long as you use enough water for the grain to be fully cooked when the water is gone. If you use a little more water than you needed, it will go on cooking until absorbed. The worst that will happen is that it might get a little softer than you'd like. And you can even fix it when you open the pot and find it isn't quite done. Just add a bit more water and start the cycle again. The cooker will still know when that water is absorbed. That's the lovely thing about a rice cooker. It can sort of peak under the lid for you, plus it doesn't have to be watched.
I consulted the manual and was dismayed that this crappy company declared that they would not service or exchange units! They knew their product would fail quickly. I tried looking up the company on-line and found they have an 800 number, so I thought "what the heck." The person answering was cordial and offered a replacement. Joy! The new unit arrived in a couple weeks. It managed to last a few months before giving up its ghost. So I called again, got a replacement for the replacement, and began using that one. It failed after a few weeks. So I called again and received a fourth copy that also failed after a few months. Each failure occurred in exactly the same manner, with the unit failing to cook but declaring that it was done. All four were treated gently according to manufacturer's instructions and still look brand new. At no point did the company have me send a failed unit back which tells me they probably know exactly what is wrong, they could fix it if they wanted, and they just don't care since they have my money and know I will eventually give up (though I don't think they expected me to come back as many times as I did). Typical company run by someone with no morals--but at least the frustrated employees I talked to on the 800 line were nice about it.
Now I have four failed rice cookers sitting around the house. My advice is to not buy anything from Aroma Housewares. I just ordered a Zojirushi.
So I went to a hardware store and bought the clamp in the two pictures I post here. I screwed the clamp and seems to be quite a solid close, let's see how long it will last.
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I cooked 2 cups ( rice cooker cups) of organic white basmati rice. I rinsed the rice first to remove the excess starch. Turned out perfect, nothing stuck to the pan and no mush or scorched rice on the bottom.
Also there was no liquid coming out beyond a small amount that went into the plastic piece at the back designed to contain it. I wonder if those that commented on water coming out added too much. My experience was that it worked exactly as it was supposed to.
The only reason I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5, and I admit deducting one star for this may be harsh, is because the paddle is too long to store inside the cooker when not in use. There is a place to attach it outside but it detracts from the aesthetics of the cooker and increases the height so not good for storing.
Apparently people cook all sorts of other things in rice cookers like Mac n Cheese and steaming soft and hard "boiled" eggs. I look forward to experimenting and plan to update this review after.
Delivery was excellent, arriving one day earlier than expected.
Still love this cooker
I tried making Mac and Cheese in it and am amazed how well it turned out.
If you want to give it a try here is my recipe
1 cup small pasta like elbow or penne
3/4 cup low sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup half and half cream (10% fat )
3/4 cup shredded sharp/aged cheddar cheese
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
pepper to taste
1. put uncooked pasta and chicken stock in cooking pot, close lid and cook on "white rice " cycle ( about 15 minutes in total )
2. Turn off, life lid carefully to avoid steam, and add cream, cheese, butter, mustard and pepper, Stir well
3. Close lid and turn on using "white rice" cycle but only let it cook for 5 minutes then turn it off
4. Open , stir, serve and enjoy
Note: it may appear runny but as it cools to eating temperature it thickens beautifully
I have also cooked 8 cups (cooked) brown basmati rice using the brown rice setting and it turned out perfectly. We left it on warm for nearly an hour and it was still great.
I also steam eggs in the top steamer. One cup of water in the bottom, eggs straight out of the fridge
4.5 minutes for cooked white and runny yolk
12 for hard "boiled" with creamy but fully cooked yolks
put them straight into a container and run cold water on them but no need to use ice
the hard "boiled" eggs peel so easily when steamed but I found the soft boiled ones did not peel easily. A chef suggested gently rolling them after cooking to loosen the membrane and I haven't tried that yet but will
This is a very useful machine
I contacted the company about the warranty and it will cost me more to get it fixed than to just buy a new one. I would have to pay to mail it to them which will cost around $20 to the USA from Canada. Then they also want $14 USD enclosed to mail it back. Avoid this product!
Nothing has stuck on so far, it comes cleanly out of the pot.
I've also used it to make quinoa with great results.
I highly recommend!
Hasta ahora muy buen producto, ojalá tenga una larga vida útil. Le doy 4 estrellas por el precio, lo considero elevado para la capacidad de la arrocera.