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great product but I do not follow the instructions provided
on June 10, 2013
This cooker does exactly what I want it to. I was put off by the price at first but all the other positive reviews convinced me to ignore that and now, after a year of use, I'm glad I did. Here are the useful points of my experience I feel I should share. First, I do not follow the instructions regarding water volume because the results were not good. I live near sea level and have some of the softest water in the country (Portland) so I had to adjust for ideal results and you will too. Here is what works. I always cook only one portion, 140 grams, 500 calories (approx.), one clear measuring cup full - this is the minimum you can prepare but its all I need. I have no doubt that if I scaled up the portion I would get the same excellent result. I do not use the water lines in the cooking pot, instead I use the same clear measuring cup (included) for water after I have measured the rice. The best ratios for my unique altitude and water quality are: White Rice = 1 water to 1 rice; Brown Rice = 1.5 water to 1 rice; Wild Rice = 1.75 water to 1 rice. You may wish to increase water slightly for Sushi and Risotto rice but this requires some experimenting. Remember, more water means longer cooking time and softer, stickier rice. Also, not avoidable, always rinse your rice first or the results will be sticky bad; rinse until the water runs clear. Cooking times for this volume are consistently 40 minutes for White Rice and 80 minutes for Brown Rice settings. And when cleaning this thing afterword I never use soap and I never scratch the pot. Just rinse with hot water and wipe it clean. The apparatus in the lid must also be pulled apart and wiped dry but it only takes a few seconds and is nothing to complain about. I should also add the I frequently prepare the purple heirloom variety known as Forbidden Rice and it is uses the same setting and volume as White Rice. I normally do not write reviews but I can't deny that this product was money well spent.