Zojirushi NP-HBC18 10-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer with Induction Heating System, Stainless Steel
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- Measures 15-5/8 by 10-13/16 by 9-5/16-inch.
- Spatula, spatula holder, and rice-measuring cup included
- Multi-menu cooking functions; LCD control panel; keep warm; timer
- Superior induction heating evenly distributes heat for excellent results
- 10-Cup rice cooker and warmer with micro computer technology. Select the Extended Keep Warm Mode for keeping rice warm for more than 12 hours.
- NOTE: Please ensure to measure rice in the cup that comes along with the product ONLY
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|Item Dimensions||16 x 11 x 9 in||11 x 15.5 x 9.5 in||9.9 x 11.1 x 15 in||11.1 x 16.5 x 10.1 in||9.12 x 11.82 x 7.5 in||9.1 x 11.8 x 7.5 in|
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|Size||10 Cup||1.8 L||1.8 Liter||1.8 Liter||—||3 cup|
Zojirushi NP-HBC18 10-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer with Induction Heating System, Stainless Steel
Perfectly Cooked Rice with the NP-HBC18
Extract the full nutrient potential of rice with this advanced rice cooker from Zojirushi. The induction heating method heats the inner cooking pan resulting in exceptionally well-cooked rice. GABA brown cycle activates gamma-aminobutyric acid, a beneficial nutrient in brown rice. 10-cup capacity is great for parties or large families. Note: Capacity is stated in 6-ounce cups of raw rice. Cooked yield is roughly double the amount. Features automatic keep warm and extended keep warm cycle. Menu settings include: white rice (regular, softer or harder) sushi mixed porridge sweet GABA brown brown quick cooking. Easy-to-read LCD control panel with clock and timer display. Measuring lines on inner cooking pan for precise control of ingredients. Removable inner cooking pan makes clean-up a breeze. Convenient detachable inner lid allows easy washing. Comes with a rice measuring cup and a rice spatula with holder. Menu settings include: white rice, brown rice, sushi rice, mixed rice, and porridge.
Make Every Type of Rice
This is a menu setting designed to cook delicious brown rice. In order to cook hard rice bran and the rice inside, preheating time is extended for better absorption of water, and is cooked at a lower temperature to allow the rice to cook longer without becoming mushy.
Because sushi rice will be processed after it's cooked, it's easier to handle when it is a little firmer. This menu setting is very similar to regular white rice, but uses less water (adjusted by the water fill lines) for a firm finish.
Mixed rice is rice cooked with additional ingredients and seasonings. This setting extends preheating for better absorption of seasoning. Also, the cooking temperature is slightly lower than regular white rice, to avoid ingredients from boiling over.
Instead of cooking rice in larger amounts of water and risk making it sloppy, use the porridge setting to cook fluffy porridge. Cooking temperature is slightly lower than regular white rice, to be cooked longer for soft texture.
GABA Brown Rice
A newly discovered way of cooking brown rice to "activate" it and increase natural occurring gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an amino acid in brown rice believed to have health giving properties such as lowering blood pressure, improving kidney function and relieving stress. The brown rice is "activated" by soaking it at 104°F for 2 hours before the actual cooking begins. All Induction Heating System rice cookers, including the IH Pressure models, have the GABA brown rice setting.
Zojirushi NP-HBC18 Features
- Superior induction heating (IH) technology
- Healthy cooking options: brown rice and GABA brown rice settings
- Easy-to-clean clear coated stainless steel exterior
- Automatic keep warm and extended keep warm
- Delay timer (2 settings)
- GABA brown setting or Brown Rice Activation activates brown rice for increased nutritional values
- Menu settings include: white (regular, softer or harder), mixed, sushi, porridge, sweet, brown, GABA brown and quick cooking
- cETLus listed, tested to comply with FCC standards
MICOM (Microcomputer) Technology
Aided by microcomputer technology, this category of rice cooker takes having rice on your menu from occasional to serious. MICOM allows the cooker to have multiple functions on its menu, making it a necessity for any avid rice fan who wants to incorporate rice into her daily diet. The microchip does all the thinking for you by, based on the type of rice you are cooking, from adjusting cooking times, temperatures, and timing the pre-soak of the raw grains to the final "wait" period during steaming.
Conventional rice cookers simply turn on and off in reaction to temperature. The "fuzzy logic" of MICOM fine-tunes this adjustment to adapt to various rice types, such as white, brown, sweet or porridge, which all have different cooking requirements. The trigger to everything is the thermal sensor, a small round button at the bottom of the inner body of the cooker. As the inner pan's weight rests on it and activates the sensor, it starts the cooking process and keeps an eye on the temperature and time.
Induction Heating (IH) system for precise temperature control
Induction Heating took rice cooking to another level by introducing another dimension to the heating process. Where the heating element would normally be located at the bottom of the cooker, IH transforms the entire inner cooking pan into a heat conductor, allowing for higher, more precise and more uniform cooking temperatures.
Induction heating occurs when a magnetic material enters a magnetic field. This is recreated by passing an electric current through coils located at the bottom of the rice cooker's body. As the special, 2-ply inner cooking pan is placed inside, a magnetic field is created, which in turn generates instant heat. The entire cooking pan becomes the heat source, with the ability to cook at higher temperatures, which can be turned on and off instantly for greater control.
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Zojirushi is known as probably the best rice maker for the home market. I've used cheap rice makers in the past and finally sprung for this, no regrets whatsoever.
Induction heat makes better rice without a doubt. The rice is perfectly even, every grain cooked the same as every other grain and to one's specifications per the selection of method and water used. I expected a lot and got more than bargained for - a good surprise.
Before getting this rice maker I presumed the settings would take time to use. Not so.
One should read the instructions first, but it's only a few pages in one's language. Not much to read. For settings - just select one of the rice types or modes. There aren't that many selections, you'll see.
The actual pan is just incredible. On one side it's got all the measurements for white rice, the other includes brown rice. So you can see how much water to use based on how many cups (the Zojirushi cup that's included in the box) one has used. Could not be easier. Of course, by now I've learned to deviate from that by a little. I've been playing around with using less water to make rice more al dente, and the results are amazing.
To me, this rice maker is priced correctly although I would have bought it sooner had the price jumped right out at me. The price signal led me to incorrectly expect that I had to learn a lot to use the machine, when the reverse is more accurate. Now with experience, the price means to me that I do very little and the machine does a lot - and that's in fact what I paid for.
Well, I purchased my Zojirushi rice cooker over 2 years ago, and I still adore it. The rice cooker has been life changing for my entire family, and even being 2 year old and surviving a drop from the counter, it still makes the perfect, better than restaurant quality rice. We have monthly family get together's with 30+ people, and often we choose a rice dish as it is most filling, and every time we are asked to bring the rice. My mom will make rice as well in her rice cooker, and even though the rice cookers are both opened and put side by side, our Zojirushi rice is ALWAYS emptied first due to its superior taste and quality. My 14 year old niece even commented one time when we put the rice in a fancy glass dish, that she wouldn't eat rice unless it was "our magical rice." When we entertain we get tons of comments on the texture and taste of the rice and how it's the best rice ever and how it must have taken so long to perfect the texture- little do they know I just add rice and water to the machine! I love my rice cooker so much that I consider it, and my Zojirushi bread machine, to be the most valuable and life changing, items in my kitchen- even though there are things in my kitchen with a price tag far more than theirs. We use the rice cooker 5+ times a week between making rices, porridge, tapioca, and oatmeal's. I love my Zojirushi products. All I do is put in the ingredients and the press the start button on the machine and then take the food out when it is done for delicious meals- perfect for this busy stay at home and working mom. the Zojirushi products I own are very durable and very reliable, and I recommend them to everyone. Thank you Zojirushi for making such high quality products.
Really, this rice cooker is a billion times better than other store bought rice cookers. Your rice will be light, fluffy, flavorful, and perfect every time, as opposed to the dryer or over cooked rice other cookers give. You can also cook a huge variety of foods in it- I purchased a rice cooker cook book and often make oatmeal, porridge, and different rice varieties and even after 2 year of experimenting, I have not been dissapointed once. the texture is always perfect and the items are always delicious. The Zojirushi rice cooker has literally changed my family's life. Words cannot describe the perfection that is this rice cooker!!
Upon receiving the package, it was such a mangled mess that it looked like the UPS truck that delivered it was hungry on the way. Upon opening it, the styrofoam showed no sign of major flexing or breakage, the product was in tact with no signs of damage so I didn't make a fuss about it. I will say that I can't necessarily put the fault at Amazon or UPS in its entirety because the box is a self sealing box that once the top tabs come loose, the whole thing can start to fall apart pretty quickly. Amazon should have some due diligence and give it a once-over with some packaging tape just to play it safe though.
Once I opened the cooker's packaging up and rinsed the bowl, spoon and measuring cup, what was I to do? Well, make rice of course! Instructions and operation are pretty strait forward and easy. The instruction manual has a limited set of recipes, so I would suggest "The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook" to give you some ideas you may have not even thought about using this machine for, it's proved an invaluable resource to have with this cooker.
I selected this machine because I am a huge fan of induction cooking due of the speed and precision that it can offer. Combine an appliance with induction heating and stainless steel and I'm pretty much a moth to a flame.
So far, this rice cooker has made flawless rice dishes for my family, and equally flawless breakfasts. I've used it so far for white rices, pilafs, cous cous, yellow rices, oatmeal, steel cut oats, grits and rice pudding. I've yet to have a bad batch some from the cooker.
The cooker is well built and feels exceptionally solid. The stainless is beautiful and easy to clean, although quite the magnet for fingerprints or smudges. The only noises you hear from it is a small exhaust fan and of course the little tunes that the Zojirushi machines seem to be well known for.
For a rice cooker novice, I have no buyer's remorse. I had to buy this size over the smaller size because I have a wife and 2 kids, so if you are single or just a couple, you might be better served by the smaller version of this which has a smaller footprint, which I think is my only real complaint about the machine. Also, I've yet to use the "Quick" setting, but the cooking process does take time. This machine is best served to people that are planning to eat at certain times as opposed to filling the immediate crave for food.