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Zojirushi rice cookers are very easy to use. The best kind to get is a Micom rice cooker. Prices for these models start at not much over $100. You can find the best price on Zojirushi appliances on Amazon. There are a wide range of different models. The cheapest machines such as the NS-LAC05 are very good. But if you want to get an amazing rice cooker you have to spend over $250. This is quite a price jump. Models like the Zojirushi NP-HBC10 feature their Induction Heating system which helps to make the highest quality rice.
In this article I shall be posting videos and photos of exactly how I use my Zojirushi NP-GD05 rice cooker which is a model sold in Japan. This machine is very similar to the NP-GBC05 which is available in the United States. The NP-GBC05 actually has a sushi rice setting which my machine does not.
There are lots of different rice cooking recipes that you can make if you buy a Micom device. They are great for cooking all sorts of plain rice including white, brown, rice porridge and so on. However a high quality rice cooker can be used to make so much more. To add some flavor, all that you have to do is use some stock instead of plain water and you can also add any other ingredients such as vegetables or meats that you want. You can take a look at my list of rice cooker recipes here.
Washing rice, particularly if you are cooking Japonica, Japanese short grain white rice, is a hugely important step. It is fairly easy. Typically the Japanese will give their rice three washes and rinses before they consider it ready for cooking. It is important not to treat your rice too roughly because it is easy to break some of the grains.
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