The Best Japanese Rice Cooker

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Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer, Black and Stainless Steel recommended by Skillet Director
Tiger JNP-S10U-HU 5.5-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer, Stainless Steel Gray recommended by Skillet Director
Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U-W 5.5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker with Food Steamer and Slow Cooker, White recommended by Skillet Director
Zojirushi NP-GBC05XT Induction Heating System Rice Cooker and Warmer, 0.54 L, Stainless Dark Brown recommended by Skillet Director
Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer, 3-Cups (uncooked), Stainless Black recommended by Skillet Director
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Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker
Tiger JNP-S10U-HU 5.5-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer
Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U-W 5.5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker
Zojirushi NP-GBC05XT Induction Heating System Rice Cooker
Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer
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Zojirushi
Tiger Corporation
Tiger Corporation
Zojirushi
Zojirushi
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Price
$239.97
$122.89
$76.84
$200.55
$142.94
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Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer, Black and Stainless Steel recommended by Skillet Director
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Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker
Brand
Zojirushi
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Price
$239.97
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Tiger JNP-S10U-HU 5.5-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker and Warmer, Stainless Steel Gray recommended by Skillet Director
Title
Tiger JNP-S10U-HU 5.5-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer
Brand
Tiger Corporation
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$122.89
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Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U-W 5.5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker with Food Steamer and Slow Cooker, White recommended by Skillet Director
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Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U-W 5.5-Cup Micom Rice Cooker
Brand
Tiger Corporation
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Price
$76.84
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Zojirushi NP-GBC05XT Induction Heating System Rice Cooker and Warmer, 0.54 L, Stainless Dark Brown recommended by Skillet Director
Title
Zojirushi NP-GBC05XT Induction Heating System Rice Cooker
Brand
Zojirushi
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Price
$200.55
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Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer, 3-Cups (uncooked), Stainless Black recommended by Skillet Director
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Zojirushi NS-LGC05XB Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer
Brand
Zojirushi
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Price
$142.94
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How does rice cooker work?

When you use a rice cooker, you start by putting water and rice into a metal bowl, under which is a heater and a temperature sensor. When the rice cooker is switched on, the heater starts heating the bowl, conducting heat into the water, and the rice. The mix heats up until it begins to boil, and the heat becomes steam that rises from the bowl. The rice grains start to absorb the water while becoming less connected to each other, so you need to add enough water for the rice to absorb and swell, but not enough to break them down completely into goo. When all the water is absorbed by the rice, the heater will still be pumping heat into the bowl, but it won’t have any loose water left to remove, so the temperature of the bowl quickly rises and the mechanism inside the rice cooker turns the heat off.

How to cook sticky rice in a rice cooker?

This recipe is very easy and only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. The first step to cooking sticky rice in a rice cooker is gathering all the ingredients, which are Thai sweet rice, salt, and water. Place two cups of the rice into the rice cooker, then add 2 ½ cups of water to the rice and stir. Let the rice sit at least 40 minutes and to a maximum of 4 hours. Sweet rice has a hard shell that needs to soften for it to be sticky. Afterward, add ½ teaspoons of salt and stir well. Turn on your rice cooker and let it cook. When the machine indicates the rice is done, let the rice sit inside for at least 5 extra minutes. Sticky rice gets stickier the longer you let it sit, so plan ahead if you want it extra sticky.

How to clean the rice cooker?

Before starting to clean your rice cooker, make sure to read the manual to see which parts are removable for easier cleaning, and what you should pay attention to. You can always find manuals online with the model name. Let your rice cooker cool down and unplug it from the wall. Take the inner pot out and soak it in hot dishwashing detergent either overnight or until you see all the food come off. Rinse it until there is no soap and dry with a soft towel. Soak the cups, spatulas, streamer tray, and anything else that can come loose from the cooker. Be sure to clean the lid gasket too. Clean the heater when it is completely cooled. Then, wipe the inside of the cooker, the control panel, and the lid with a soapy sponge or cloth. Do not scrape or use abrasives. Let everything air dry for a few hours before storing it.

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Author: Emily Howard

I have about 300 different recipes in my collection, and I try to look for new tastes every week. I love to learn dishes from around the world and pamper my big family with a signature Italian cheese pie and my favorite Ukrainian borsch.