My Zojirushi rice cooker review is based on five years of experience with this wonderful appliance. I use it once or twice a week!
Five years ago, a bunch of readers shared their love of the Zojirushi rice cooker. Because I didn’t want to buy yet another kitchen appliance, I approached Zojirushi and requested what I thought was a $40 rice cooker.
My rice cooker at the time, a $15 model from Walgreens, had never made anything but soggy rice so I had decided that rice cookers didn’t work. I can tell you now that I was very wrong.
A couple of weeks later after my request, this lovely rice cooker showed up on my doorstep. It is ridiculously easy to use.
1. Measure and rinse your rice (measuring cup provided).
2. Pour in water to correct line. See below:
3. Choose the “Brown Rice” setting.
4. Wait for one hour and 40 minutes to have perfectly cooked brown rice.
Oh, I forgot, you need to plug in the machine.
The brown rice was easily the best that I have ever had and I found myself shoveling it in my mouth without even any salt on it. This is a find!
I have been asked many times about the arsenic levels in brown rice. Yes, brown rice has arsenic but it also has the "bran" of the rice kernel and therefore has more nutrients than white rice. What I try to do is eat it in moderation so I don't risk an overexposure. My grains include quinoa, polenta, and wheat. Consumer Reports found:
Brown basmati from California, India, or Pakistan is the best choice; it has about a third less inorganic arsenic than other brown rices.
Brown basmati is my very favorite! You can also rinse your rice thoroughly to help cut the arsenic levels. Check out this article: How Much Arsenic is in Your Rice?.
After making wonderful rice, I checked Amazon.com to see what link I should post to this amazing product (see below) and found that Zojirushi had sent me a $130 rice cooker. OMG! No wonder it was such a gem.
This is a Japanese rice cooker, folks. This type of cooker is essential in most Asian kitchens and if you cook a lot of rice, you need to check it out.
The one they sent me is a 3 cup version which is perfect for 2-4 people. You can program it to finish cooking at any time. I set mine up at 8 AM and programmed it to be done at 6 PM so when I walked in the door, my rice was done.
You can also “cook” in your rice cooker (not unlike a crock pot). Check out this recipe page – Zogirushi Rice Cooker Recipes. It makes wild rice, and steel-cut oats, quinoa, sushi rice, and white rice. There is a recipe for Baked “Mac and Cheese” Style Brown Rice that may help me get my son to eat brown rice (he only likes white rice).
I make my Crockpot Oatmeal with Old Fashioned oats but I could also make my oats in this cooker if I wanted to give it a whirl. I have stuck to white and brown rice but it is such a great machine, I may someday want to branch out.
Anyway, I would never have spent $130 on a rice cooker because I am too cheap. Now that I have one, I realize that it is going to save me time, the rice is amazing, and I like using it. Go figure.
Do any of you have a top end rice cooker? Please share.
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