This device is actually two in one called the Sanyo ECJ-HC55S 5-1/2-Cup Micro-Computerized Rice Cooker and Slow Cooker. Of course it can be used to cook restaurant quality rice but it also has the additional option of being used as a slow cooker and can cook things such as soups and stews. You can also easily use it as a vegetable steamer. Further it comes with a tofu making function to allow you to prepare your own home made tofu. That said, it is primarily sold as a rice cooker.
If you decide to buy a Sanyo ECJ-HC55S you will discover that it has not one inner cooking bowl but two. This means that it is technically possible to cook both rice and a slow cook dish at the same time. However please be aware that one bowl sits inside the other. Therefore this actually as an impact on the amount of rice that you can cook. Further the inner bowl has plastic feet and these would sit in the rice and boiling water as it cooks. There do not seem to be any warnings not to do this however personally the thought of cooking my rice with plastic is not very appealing. I am sure that Sanyo must have tested this thoroughly for safety though.
The rice cooking pot is relatively think at 3mm. It is coated with a non-stick finish that makes it easy to scoop your rice out. As with most “non-stick” coatings you may actually find that brown rice does have a habit of sticking to the pot. Personally I primarily eat white rice so I do not really encounter this issue but it is worth being aware of. You can read more customer reviews on Amazon to get a more rounded picture. The rice cooking pot has a round bottom. This means that heat is distributed more evenly which is ensures the best results. As noted above, this is a 5 1/2 cup rice cooker which provides enough rice, when filled to capacity, for about ten people. It is just the right size for a family and it gives you a bit of leeway should you be entertaining guests. There are a whole range of settings that allow you to make a wide variety of rices, for example, you can cook Japanese white rice, brown rices, mixed rices, sushi rices amongst others. This really is a top quality rice cooker. Like Zojirushi rice cookers, this Sanyo machine is able to adjust the temperature automatically to prevent the rice from burning and ensure that it comes out perfectly every time.
When you buy a cheap Sanyo ECJ-HC55S you will notice that there is a 24 hour LCD clock which can be set as a 12 hour clock. Similar to other rice cookers it has a keep warm function. This can be used for up to about 12 hours before the rice starts to dry out. Another option is to not bother with this setting. As the lid fits on so well, just leaving the machine once your rice has cooked will keep the rice warm for a couple of hours anyway with absolutely no loss of moisture. If you would like to find a cheap Sanyo ECJ-HC55S, some of the best online prices can be found on Amazon.
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