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Panasonic SRG06FG 3 cup rice cooker

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The cheapest Panasonic rice cooker is their SRG06FG 3.3-Cup Automatic Rice Cooker. This machine is available for a very reasonable price. There are in fact machines made by other manufacturers such as Aroma and Black & Decker that are even cheaper. However if you buy a Panasonic SRG06FG you are getting a Japanese rice cooker rather than one from an American company. Due to the fame of the Japanese electronics industry and the fact that people in Japan eat rice every day and therefore require the best appliances available, the best rice cookers come from that country.

This Panasonic rice cooker is admittedly a very simple model. It does not have the fancy electrical components nor the sleek design of many other Japanese machines. However it is a fraction of the price of units such as the Zojirushi NS-TGC10 or the Sanyo ECJ-PX50S. These are more appropriate choices for people who have more money to spend and demand a machine that can cook a range of different styles of rice. Also, it is only really worth buying a more expensive rice cooker if you plan on using it regularly. If it ends up just sitting on your kitchen counter then it would be a waste of money to do get one.

What I like about the SRG06FG is that it can easily be used to make hot pot style dishes too. This is not so easily the case with a more expensive model. This is because the Panasonic cooker has a glass lid that you can just lift off to give your food a stir. Also the fact that you can see into the cooker without having to take the lid off makes it an appropriate choice for anyone who wants a rice cooker to make more than just rice. As already mentioned, this is a basic rice steamer. It would be a good machine for a student. It is easy to make up your own hot pot recipes. Just chuck in some things that you like, flick the switch to on and see what happens. There is nothing like a bit of experimentation in the kitchen. This kitchen appliance would be perfect for anyone living alone, couples and even small families. If you have more than five or six people to feed then the Panasonic SRG06FG would probably be a bit too small for your needs.

It is simple to operate. It has an on/off switch with an automatic shut off when the rice has finished cooking. Even though it does not have specific settings for different kinds of rice, this does not prevent you from using it to make whatever type of rice you want. It comes with a measuring scoop so you just add the amount you require. Then as with any rice cooker it is best to wash your rice before cooking. You do not have to but it makes for a better final product. Then add the appropriate amount of water. This is easy, you just add the water up to the line equaling the number of cups of rice you added. So two cups means you have to fill up the cooking bowl to the line marked two. Brown rice may require a bit more, just use your discretion.

Three tips to help your rice have a better texture and taste great are:

  1. Wash the rice in the cooking bowl before you start cooking – you can find out how to wash rice here.
  2. When you have cleaned your rice and added the water to the pan, let it sit for between 10 minutes and half an hour, then start cooking.
  3. After the machine switches itself off let it sit for a little while, 10-15 minutes or so, and then serve.

These tips will help you get the best out of this budget rice cooker.

Other rice cookers in this class include the Black & Decker RC3303 3-Cup Automatic Rice Cooker and the Aroma ARC-733G 3-Cup Pot-Style Rice Cooker and Food Steamer. If you want something larger then it might be worth considering the Aroma ARC-838TC 8-Cup Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer.

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