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Which rice cooker do you recommend to buy?

I am a single male, trying to find ways to make food without wasting too much time. Currently, I think a rice cooker is a good way to start adding products in the kitchen.

I have been looking at various cookers but I can't really tell which one to choose from, as I have no idea how to tell which one is better.

I hope anyone who knows or uses a rice cooker will recommend any brand.

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Re: Which rice cooker do you recommend to buy?

Hi there,
I will be the first to admit that rice cookers can be a nice luxury to have, especially if you eat rice quite a bit. However, if your CH kitchen is like the one I had it was quite small so having an appliance that serves only one function had to be one that got A LOT of usage. Rice is a pretty easy staple to cook so there is part of me that would suggest in investing in a quality pot (small stockpot, French oven, medium sized sauce pan) that would allow you to make a nice pot of rice BUT could also be used for other cooking purposes. If it is made in a pot or a cooker you still have to measure the rice and add the water. Cook times will be similar I think. I always went for the inexpensive not fancy cookers that had a nice seal when closed, a detachable lid, marks on the inside of the pot for water, and a keep warm function. The last one I bought was a no frills Aroma brand but unsure if you can get that in CH. I’ve had friends report that they purchased the Instant Pot and had success in making rice. This might be a consideration if you are looking to cook in a hurry, stick to a frugal food budget yet buy a “gadget”. The pressure cooker option would be great for tougher less expensive cuts of meat and cut down on prep time for certain legumes and grains. Best of luck!
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Re: Which rice cooker do you recommend to buy?

A japanese guy I knew just froze it proportioned, probably the fastest way because cooking time might be boring but wasting time washing stuff is worse.
In general cooking large batches of freezer-friendly food and freezing is a good option to cut down on cooking time, more than adding clutter to the kitchen.
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Re: Which rice cooker do you recommend to buy?

Go down to the asia store and get the one on offer don´t pay more than 30 bucks
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Chinese takeaway ?
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Re: Which rice cooker do you recommend to buy?

Don’t bother with a rice cooker. Rice is quick and easy to cook in a saucepan.

If you want to save time look at getting the Instant Pot. It cooks almost everything. Including rice.
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Re: Which rice cooker do you recommend to buy?

Hi, I think a rice cooker is a great machine to have in one's kitchen. You essentially have two options: a very cheap, simple model, or a more elaborate, programmable one. I've tried both and both worked for me. I've been using a small zojirushi neuro-fuzzy for over ten years, it works perfectly, can handle different kinds of rice, and is a pleasure to use. You can find it in Zurich at the small Korean grocery store near HBF. But again, something much more basic should also work fine.
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Re: Which rice cooker do you recommend to buy?

I claim the exact opposite of slammer - don't buy the cheapest one you can find in some local Asian store. Buy the best one that fits your budget. We got a https://www.zojirushi.com/app/category/rice-cookers and I love it. The rice tastes a lot better from a pressurized cooker and I am not afraid to set the house on fire as I was with my 20 CHFs cooker...
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I claim the exact opposite of slammer - don't buy the cheapest one you can find in some local Asian store. Buy the best one that fits your budget. We got a https://www.zojirushi.com/app/category/rice-cookers and I love it. The rice tastes a lot better from a pressurized cooker and I am not afraid to set the house on fire as I was with my 20 CHFs cooker...



The Rolls Royce of rice cookers !


As usual, you get what you pay for, and if you like rice, then these machines really are worth the money without a doubt.
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Re: Which rice cooker do you recommend to buy?

Had a cheap Chinese one in Malta and had it for years, not only rice I also did slow soups, casseroles, slow cooked meat, lentils and a lot more.
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I claim the exact opposite of slammer - don't buy the cheapest one you can find in some local Asian store. Buy the best one that fits your budget. We got a https://www.zojirushi.com/app/category/rice-cookers and I love it. The rice tastes a lot better from a pressurized cooker and I am not afraid to set the house on fire as I was with my 20 CHFs cooker...
agree it is budget dependent. another vote also for zojirushi.
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Re: Which rice cooker do you recommend to buy?

I'm very lazy myself, but I never found cooking rice to be a chore that I ever felt I needed to avoid.

But if the rice cooker specifically helps you achieve a specific taste or consistency that otherwise you couldn't do, that would be different.
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Re: Which rice cooker do you recommend to buy?

You can start spending a lot on the tech etc, some cookers have internal ceramics that spread the heat around, unlike a saucepan where the bottom is hottest. They can have lots of settings but you're likely to use the same one.

Be careful buying online as Japanese models are great but are 120 volt and you want 230-250V for Switzerland rather than blowing up the machine or having an annoying transformer.

Alternatively I like Just_A_Mutt's suggestion of a good pot, some have special lugs on the underside of the lid to help the steam drip back onto the rice which is said to be helpful. Better still, improve your cooking and you might not be a single male for too long
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I claim the exact opposite of slammer - don't buy the cheapest one you can find in some local Asian store. Buy the best one that fits your budget. We got a https://www.zojirushi.com/app/category/rice-cookers and I love it. The rice tastes a lot better from a pressurized cooker and I am not afraid to set the house on fire as I was with my 20 CHFs cooker...
Hi, not sure if you will read this ... did you buy it in Switzerland? Online? If you bought in Zurich (the korean shop mentioned in the post above) was it with the correct voltage? (or did it come with a voltage converter?)

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Re: Which rice cooker do you recommend to buy?

The Korean grocery store has the right voltage and plugs. I ordered mine directly from the brand in Japan, and they sent me a unit manufactured for the Taiwanese market, which apparently uses 220V.
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Re: Which rice cooker do you recommend to buy?

The simplest rice cooker: A pan with a thick bottom.
Add rice and water (same amount per volume). Bring it to a rolling boil. Switch off heat and put lid on pan. Wait 20 minutes. Done.

You can get 220 - 230V Zoijrushi on amazon.de, delivery to Switzerland seams to be possible,
https://www.amazon.de/ZOJIRUSHI-Reis.../dp/B004R7XI74

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The simplest rice cooker: A pan with a thick bottom.
Add rice and water (same amount per volume). Bring it to a rolling boil. Switch of heat and put lid on pan. Wait 20 minutes. Done.
I've been puzzled before at how some people struggle to cook rice - it's about the simplest thing in the world as far as I can tell.

I do use the absorption method sometimes, specifically when I'm doing "mexican rice" (heated in a little oil first, then cooked with chopped onion, coriander and chilli), but more often we simply put it in a pan with a lot of well-salted boiling water, simmer it until it's cooked, then rinse it in a seize with more boiling water. Takes about ten minutes.

Never been able to understand why people find it difficult, nor why a dedicated machine like these would be needed.
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Re: Which rice cooker do you recommend to buy?

I usually eat something with the rice. I often only use one hob for everything. I use a pan for the rice.

I put the rice on first and whilst it is boiling, I chop the other stuff.
(zero extra time for the rice)

When the rice comes off the heat, I put it on the side for fifteen minutes with the lid on to finish cooking whilst I cook the other stuff that I have just chopped.
(zero extra time for the rice)

Obviously some dishes served with rice get started the day, or several hours before before but still, cooking the rice does not add to the overall cooking time - ever.

I appreciate that a rice cooker may improve the texture of the rice but it doesn't speed up overall meal cooking and prep time.
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I usually eat something with the rice. I often only use one hob for everything. I use a pan for the rice.

I put the rice on first and whilst it is boiling, I chop the other stuff.
(zero extra time for the rice)

When the rice comes off the heat, I put it on the side for fifteen minutes with the lid on to finish cooking whilst I cook the other stuff that I have just chopped.
(zero extra time for the rice)

Obviously some dishes served with rice get started the day, or several hours before before but still, cooking the rice does not add to the overall cooking time - ever.

I appreciate that a rice cooker may improve the texture of the rice but it doesn't speed up overall meal cooking and prep time.
with a rice cooker you can put on ahead of time and it keeps warm until you are ready to eat. if you cook brown rice, the time takes significantly longer so doesn't make sense to start the other stuff at the same time as the rice.
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with a rice cooker you can put on ahead of time and it keeps warm until you are ready to eat.
Yebbut... why? it's so simple and quick to cook why not just wait until you're nearly ready to eat and cook it fresh?

I think these machines come from cultures where families would eat massive amounts of rice throughout the day, perhaps not all at the same time, so you can see some sense in it, but if you're just cooking for a single meal, even if it's several times a week, the same factors aren't in play.
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