Zojirushi NP-HBC10 5-1/2-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer with Induction Heating System, Stainless Steel
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- 5-1/2-cup rice cooker and warmer with micro computer technology
- Superior induction heating evenly distributes heat for excellent results
- Multi-menu cooking functions; LCD control panel; keep warm; timer
- Spatula, spatula holder, and rice-measuring cup included
- Measures 14-3/16 by 9-13/16 by 7-15/16 inches
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Along with micro computer technology, this 5-1/2-cup rice cooker and warmer provides superior induction heating for more evenly distributed heat to ensure perfectly cooked rice every time. Choose from a variety of cooking functions including white rice (regular, softer, or harder), mixed rice, sushi rice, porridge, sweet rice, and quick cooking. In addition, healthy cooking options include brown rice, GABA brown rice, and germinated brown rice. The unit's black, thick, spherical, inner cooking pan and heating system provide even heating, and its interchangeable melody and beep signal indicates when the cooking cycle has ended. Other highlights include a detachable and washable inner lid, an easy-to-read LCD control panel, and automatic keep warm and extended keep warm, as well as a delay timer with two settings and a retractable power cord. The unit's clear-coated stainless-steel exterior not only cleans easily, but also matches any kitchen decor. Accessories include a spatula, a spatula holder, and a rice-measuring cup. The 1230-watt rice cooker and warmer measures 14-3/16 by 9-13/16 by 7-15/16 inches.
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To be fair, rice cookers that are common here tend to be pretty inexpensive and basic. They certainly don't carry the several hundred dollar price tag of this beast.
So, I wasn't 100% sold that a $500 rice cooker would be any better than the cheap rice cookers, or any good at all.
That concern was quickly debunked the first time I used this. This is easily the best rice cooker I've ever owned. Here's why:
- It gives you much more control over the texture of the rice
- The different settings for different kinds of rice actually work- based on the results with my old rice cookers, I'd always suspected that their settings for, say, brown rice were akin to the close door button on an elevator. There for show and totally non-functional.
- Once it reaches the optimal cooking conditions, it will estimate how many minutes are left until the rice is done. This is incredible valuable when you are trying to plan when to make other items in your meal
- It changes the texture and consistency of the rice such that, when you reheat it in a microwave, it's almost as good as when it was freshly made- I've never experienced this in any rice cooker I've had before. Nor have I been able to get this with rice I've cooked on stove-top. Typically it is very tough and unappealing when reheated
- It's charming. From the little melodies it plays to let you know it's started or finished cooking the rice, to the rice paddle holder you can attach to it's side... it's just a fun little device
- It fits under my cabinets.
This was a very pricey purchase for me but I'm extremely happy with it and it is the first rice cooker I've ever owned that has a permanent space on my countertops because it is so good I'm using it at least twice a week.
I have used this to cook various kinds of rice, oats, quinoa and even on rare occasions had it stand in as a "crock-pot". Thanks Amazon reviewers for adding your suggestions and recipes for new ways to use the settings for best results on everything from oatmeal to amaranth and even hard boiled eggs!
Even though I am usually cooking for one these days and could have gotten by with a three cup model I bought this five and a half cup model; I recommend going with the largest capacity your budget allows which you'll never regret when using the cooker for entertaining. Additionally, when choosing sizes, a really great review I read for a Zo rice cooker gave the following information about the differences between the U.S. standard and Japanese cup sizes:
~The cup size that this cooker is refers to is the Japanese "Go" cup size - only 3/4th of the American counterpart; 180ml vs. 240ml.
~The capacity is reduced to 2 "Go" cups when cooking brown rice - that's 1.5 American cups.
Washing short grain rice is something important I learned from my mother-in-law; takes just a minute. Rinse 2-3 times until mostly clear. Makes a really big difference!
The keep warm setting does actually keep the rice "just cooked" perfect, well past 24 hours in my experience.
As a busy mom, I tended to be a little forgetful about emptying the bowl and washing the lid so my previous two models saw more than their fair share of rotten rice "soup" after I mistakenly put the unit away with rice still in the bowl. These days I *always* empty the bowl and wash the lid even if I have to toss a little bit of rice, that way I protect my investment.
I put this unit away in a lower cupboard in my kitchen and I guess when moving things around something in that same cupboard must have bumped into the front of this unit because it now has a small light crease in the stainless finish. Not a really big deal but be careful where you store it if you want to maintain a pristine exterior.
Altitude was mentioned as a possible factor in another review; I've had excellent results in NY as well as here in Utah where it has seen altitudes from 3,500 to 6,000ft.
Bottom Line: every single grain always perfect, always tender, always exceptionally tasty, every time. Highly recommended!
I use this nearly every day. It's worth every penny. I'd love it if Zojirushi made a rice cooker with a non-teflon coated interior pan, but other than that, this thing is perfect.