SANYO Gopan, The World's First Rice Bread Cooker
The GOPAN was developed to rejuvenate, more interest in rice consumption. According to survey, the consumption of domestic rice has decreased by half compared to data way back in 1962, affecting the livelihood of local rice farmers in Japan. This is because establishments such as fast food has influenced the eating habits of consumers. With the use of the GOPAN, people will naturally be taken in to liking the concept of being able to make rice bread at home, with a quick press of a button, increasing the demand for rice grains.
The usual process of making rice bread involves you to mix several ingredients, kneading and baking it in the oven. The Gopan Rice Bread Cooker automates everything for you. You just have to put washed 220g of rice, 210g of water, 4g of salt, 16g of sugar, and 10g of shortener in the bread pan. Then place 50g of wheat gluten and 3g of dry yeast in the automatic ingredient dispenser. With a press of a button, the machine first turns the ingredients in the bread pan into a paste. The paste is then kneaded, allowed to rise, and then baking is performed. The total time to make the rice bread is about 4 hours.
It is not only limited to making rice bread. You can also make wheat bread, wild yeast bread, wheat butter roll, rice bread with minor grains, brown rice bread. With the different settings, the Gopan can make in total of 22 kinds of bread and dough.
Sanyo has projected to sell 10,000 units a month, at an expected price of around 50,000 yen. It will be available to other parts of Asia by 2011.