Do it! Our big one recently bit the dust due to being used constantly for years. We replaced it with a Cuisinart 4-cup model that not only steams rice, but is capable of steaming fish and veggies as well! It's nice and compact (perfect for our small kitchen) and makes plenty of rice for our family.
I'm Japanese and grew up eating rice only from a rice cooker. I don't know that I've ever had rice cooked on the stove aside from in a restaurant! We always had a National brand rice cooker but my current rice cooker is a Zojirushi brand. I've had it for 10 years and it makes perfect rice every time.
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When I buy something second hand without directions or a manual, I look online at the company site. Most of the time, I find exactly what I'm looking for.
Good Luck, Lorain.
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Over the years I have had several rice cookers. (It is used daily, so I tend to burn them out) I have tried several brands and have found that there is not much difference between them. BUT I have never bought a cheap one (Always paid over $50.00 for them)
I BOUGHT A VEGETABLE STEAMER AT A GARAGE SALE. IT ALSO STEAMS RICE, BUT I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO STEAM RICE IN IT, BECAUSE IT DOES NOT HAVE AN INSTRUCTION BOOK. CAN ANYONE HELP ME?
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I've had a Hitachi for 40+ years. I use it constantly and love it. My daughters have other brands and like them too.
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We found a deal on rice cookers at Walgreens last year. We bought three of them and gave two away. It will stick a little at the bottom if you let it set to long, but makes great rice with little fuss.
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my only suggestion is to get one that has the option to choose white rice or brown rice.
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To make perfect rice in the microwave: Use a large glass mixing bowl. Put 1 c. rice, 2 c. cold water, 1/2 t. salt in it. Drizzle olive oil around the inside rim of the bowl, just above the water, about 1 T. total. This keeps it from boiling over. Cover with a plate, right side up, so the condensation drips back into the bowl. Microwave at 50% power for approx 30 minutes, depending on your microwave. Let sit covered for about 5 minutes after removing from the microwave.
I had a little cheapie off brand from Walgreens that was outstanding, except that it burned a little bit on the bottom sometimes. I didn't mind it though, because that little burned disk of rice is tasty too. It cost about 9 bucks. But when that gave out (I made rice every day), I just started making it in the microwave. It's quick and all you need is a deep bowl and something to cover it with (like a paper plate). Though cooking in the microwave does require a couple of stirs, where the rice cooker is set it and forget it.
Another rice cooker I had was a Black and Decker vegetable and rice steamer. That thing made excellent rice, plus, you could use it to cook a variety of other things.
I have this: http://www.amazon.com/Aroma-ARC-733-1G-3-C up-Cooker-Steamer/dp/B001QUV8S6/ref=sr _1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1295469049&sr=8-2
Or rather, the older version of that. I've had my little cooker for about 7 years now. It makes enough rice to serve up to 6 people (although right now it's just me and my husband), but it's small and compact and fits easily in the cupboard. It cooks the rice perfectly every time and within the last 5 minutes I can put fresh veggies in the steamer basket to have rice and veggies ready at once for dinner.
I've also used my cooker to make oatmeal in the morning so I didn't have to stand over the stove while getting ready for work.
Automatically shuts off and keeps rice warm when it's finished. Easy to use and maintain. Love it.
It really depends on what you need the rice cooker for.
My mom loves her rice cooker she got at the drug store. I hate it because it boils over with cooking only two servings of rice.
My own rice cooker is some sort of industrial model that I got at a remnant store. I have problems cooking less than four servings of rice without burning it.
They're pretty much all specialty machines with individual quirks.
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I received a rice cooker for Christmas and I love it! It is so easy to use and it makes perfect rice every time. Mine is a Sanyo, 10 cup. It is a very basic model, simple to use. You just add the rice, water and press start. The only down side is finding a place to store it. It is pretty big. I could have used a smaller one. I can't see myself making 10 cups of rice, but I am very happy with with how it works and have been telling all my friends that they need to get one!
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I have been thinking about buying a rice cooker, any suggestions on brand and type.
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