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On behalf of the rice cooker

Updated on December 14, 2011

Why not get yourself a cheap rice cooker?

I'm amazed at how few people have a rice cooker.

For less than $40, you can buy a kitchen appliance you'll use every day, that will save you time and money and effort and help you eat better.

This has nothing at all to do with my area of expertise, which is a good reason to take my word for it. Try it for a week and you'll see.

Sometimes, useful tools aren't complicated. This is one of those times.

The thing about rice

It takes time to cook.

It takes talent to do it right.

And a rice cooker solves both problems.

(that's not quite a haiku, but hey)

It doesn't really matter which one you choose

Aroma ARC-838TC 8-Cup (Uncooked), 16-Cup (Cooked) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, White
Aroma ARC-838TC 8-Cup (Uncooked), 16-Cup (Cooked) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, White

I picked this one, the Aroma, because it's pretty cheap, it's highly rated and it's cheap.

8 cups is just the right size, by the way, unless you're always cooking for one. That's because you can close the cooker and the rice will be just fine the next day.

I'm such an addict I have one with fuzzy logic, but that's merely affectation.


The most expensive one I could find

Zojirushi NP-HTC18 Induction Heating 10-Cup (Uncooked) Pressure Rice Cooker and Warmer
Zojirushi NP-HTC18 Induction Heating 10-Cup (Uncooked) Pressure Rice Cooker and Warmer

Consider purchasing for your spouse... instead of jewelry or concert tickets, perhaps.


One last thought

Brown rice is the way to go.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I love my rice cooker! :) I use it several times a week.

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      sybelle 6 years ago

      Oh, you have not lived until you have eaten rice produced by this rice cooker:

      a Puertorican mom.

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love my rice cooker! And I always make brown rice!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love rice. I use my rice cooker EVERY single day. No kidding.

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      HJtheNightOwl 6 years ago

      I have had a cheapo Salton rice cooker for over 10 yrs, it is my favorite kitchen appliance, and has been very reliable. I never have to worry about burnt rice in the bottom.

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      Something to consider. Nice lens.

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      RhondaSueDavis 6 years ago

      I see from the Amzon reviews that everyone who has rated the rice cooker I own seems to have experienced the same poor results... good to know there are better rice cookers out there.

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      RhondaSueDavis 6 years ago

      My current rice cooker overcooks the rice on the bottom third of the pan and makes the rice mushier than we like it. Think I might try out a different brand when the one we ahve wears out. Sure is a lot easier than the pot cooking method. To keep the steam water from splattering all over, I will sometimes cover the pot with a towel while it cooks. For making my own sushi rice or spicy rice dish where the consistency and texture of the rice is crucial, I still cook to spec carefully over the stove.

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      Nice Lens

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      zein12 6 years ago

      this nice and simple lens.. :)

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      Never really saw a need for a rice cooker. Maybe I should reconsider. We'll see. Merry Christmas.

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      miles3311 6 years ago

      hmmm i love rice... i can't live without it. Oh its time to cook for lunch.. gonna have rice & chicken adobo! Nice lens btw.

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      macharia-kairi 6 years ago

      haha clever lens

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Good info - have been considering purchasing a rice cooker so this was helpful! Thanks

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      RStiltskin 6 years ago

      I was wondering about the "Zojirushi NP-HTC18 Induction Heating 10-Cup Pressure Rice Cooker and Warmer" -does it come in different colors?LOL

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      enjoyed seeing these tonight, thank you.

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      victoriuh 6 years ago

      I thought, "Surely he mistyped in his intro to Google his first name and his blog would come up." Nope. Cool. I just joined and I am having so much fun. Thanks :)