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Good Rice Cooker for small amounts of rice.

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Gumbo Guy Feb 9, 2008 08:47 AM

What rice cooker do you think is the best for cooking small amounts of rice,
and it has to be easy to clean.

Thanks for your replies,
Charlie

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    pabboy RE: Gumbo Guy Feb 9, 2008 09:38 AM

    I'm a fan of the 5 cup Panasonic rice cookers SR-LE10, SR-NA10 and SR-YB05P. They are every bit as good as the comparable Zojirushi for 75% of the cost. I find that anything less than 5 cups, the rice comes out uneven. I would definitely avoid the unsealed rice cookers because they tend to overflow even when you follow the directions!

    1. thew RE: Gumbo Guy Feb 9, 2008 10:56 AM

      i went through a few rice cookers over the years... im now using the zojirushi NS-LAC 05
      which im very happy with

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        hollerhither RE: thew Feb 18, 2008 11:53 AM

        Yes, I really do like my "fuzzy logic" Zojirushi -- smaller capacity than my non-fuzzy cooker, but it's turning out much better rice.

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        jim2100 RE: Gumbo Guy Feb 10, 2008 06:58 AM

        Hi Charlie

        I went through this a year ago myself. I wanted a rice cooker that would do what I was unable to do, and that was to make rice perfectly and easily. In my search I ended up on bulletin boards where Oriental students discussed the rice cookers they had in their dorm rooms and at home, here and in the Orient.
        Looking at the prices of those with "Fuzzy Logic", I was put off. I am single and don't need ten cups of rice, and really don't eat rice that often. So how could I spend $400. on a rice cooker. But then I ran across this one. Here, http://tinyurl.com/29wzqk, Here is one also, http://tinyurl.com/2lyhao.
        I got it from Target so that if I didn't like it i could easily return it.
        Well I love it and now know that I would have paid several hundred dollars for a Fuzzy Logic cooker, even being single.
        The other thing that I thought of is, I know manufacturers make and sell the same product under a different brand name. And that is what I was hoping to find. I think I found just what I was looking for. I have had it now for at least a year and have gone through a 20 lb. bag of Jasmine rice. Not bad for a guy who really doesn't like rice to speak of and who is single.
        I also recommend buying your rice at Costco or Sam's club. I called a local shop to price Jasmine rice and they wanted $4.00 a pound, now I see that you can get almost 20 lbs. for that at Costco.
        http://tinyurl.com/2mz77j
        Good Luck
        Jim

        PS
        I even make one cup of rice at a time and still it is perfect. I am very pleased. And only get the Fuzzy Logic, It thinks for it self to make perfect rice every time.

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          monkeystank RE: jim2100 Jan 23, 2009 10:46 PM

          Please don't refer to people as Orientals. Oriental refers to objects from the orient not people. It is extremely offensive to many people and the term is dated and dehumanizes people. It was used during a time when women and men were treated as subhumans and traded like objects. Although there continues to be people of Asian descent who use the word Oriental, it is not okay to use.

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            thew RE: monkeystank Jan 28, 2009 04:15 PM

            besides it means "to the east" or "eastern" which are ridiculous concepts on a globe. i fly west to go to japan, is it still eastern/oriental?

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              paperback RE: monkeystank May 26, 2012 05:55 PM

              This advice is good if you're in the US. On the other hand, oriental is a perfectly acceptable word to use in reference to East Asians if you live in the UK as "Asian" is used primarily to refer to South Asian/subcontinent/India/Pakistan.

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            will47 RE: Gumbo Guy Feb 10, 2008 09:05 AM

            I have a 3.5 cup Sanyo (a ECJ-E35S), which works great. I definitely recommend not doing 1 cup at a time though - do at least 2. Put the extra rice in saran wrap and make little "hamsters" out of it, and freeze them. I suggest getting a model with brown rice and porridge modes, at least if you ever think you might possibly cook either. Rice cookers are great for brown rice, because it comes out perfectly, and you can let it soak from the night before, put the timer on, and come home to perfectly cooked brown rice.

            With smaller amounts the rice might brown a little, but fluffing right when it finishes cooking will help with that.

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              ChowFun_derek RE: will47 Feb 11, 2008 04:24 PM

              This 3.5 cup fuzzy logic Sanyo is the one I've used for the last few years...works quite well

              here's a link http://www.amazon.com/SANYO-ECJ-B35S-...

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                amyzan RE: will47 Feb 12, 2008 09:07 AM

                This is what I have, and it works great for rice and other grains as well as making small amounts of oh, say rice pudding. My only complaint, and it's minor because we actually kind of like rice crust with many dishes, is that if I get hung up working and end up eating hours after the cook cycle's finished, the rice will be browned on the bottom. I think Sanyo tried to rpevent that with the extra thick pot on this smaller capacity model, but it's a difficult thing to prevent. I just think you need to know that, in case you all don't like rice crust and you know your schedule is irregular. It won't be a problem otherwise.

              2. Robin Joy RE: Gumbo Guy Feb 12, 2008 04:15 AM

                I've had two of these and even the smaller one wasn't much use for just a portion or two. Way better for up to four servings is my microwave rice cooker: 1 cup rice, 2 1/2 cups water, a little salt, and nuke it for 20 minutes. Dishwasher safe too.

                Edit: Those amounts serve 2.

                1. trentyzan RE: Gumbo Guy Feb 12, 2008 08:02 AM

                  I'd second the suggestions above: springing for "fuzzy logic" and going with a 5-cup. You may not need that capacity every day, but having the optional capacity for slow-cooking stocks, soups, stews, breakfast porridge, steaming etc. is well worth an extra $20. Look for a durable, easy-to-clean and thick titanium bowl. If you have a Japanese appliance store in your area, that's a good place to look for sales. I'm a single guy using a Sanyo ECJ-F50S for many years, and you'd be surprised how much use you'll get out of a good machine!

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                    ChowFun_derek RE: trentyzan Feb 12, 2008 08:51 AM

                    The 3.5 cup Sanyo fuzzy logic does all of those things and produces more than enough rice for 3
                    The newest model even bakes bread..can you believe...what next!

                    http://www.amazon.com/Sanyo-ECJ-S35S-...

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                      trentyzan RE: ChowFun_derek Feb 12, 2008 09:40 AM

                      Sure, capacity is an individual judgement call. I just found that paying a tiny bit more for a larger bowl made it easier to make stocks, slow-cooked items and braised recipes that improve with a little time and can make the work week easier. I considered the 3.5 cup when buying, since it has a thicker bowl. Do whatever you like, I just thought it worth mentioning that the larger model cost little more.

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                        ChowFun_derek RE: trentyzan Feb 12, 2008 02:50 PM

                        ...but can you believe the model that bakes bread also???!!

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                          trentyzan RE: ChowFun_derek Feb 12, 2008 02:53 PM

                          Yeah, talk about a multi-tasker!

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                    Vshu RE: Gumbo Guy Feb 13, 2008 08:08 AM

                    How much rice do you eat and how often? I believe I am one of the few Asian Americans out there who does not eat rice often. And when I do, I only cook 1/2 cup, which is perfect for my husband and me. I use my handy-dandy 2-quart All-Clad saucepan and it works beautifully: Measure out rice and water (just under 1:2 ratio), turn on flame, bring to a boil, cover, bring to a simmer, simmer 15 minutes, turn off flame, rest 10 minutes: perfect rice. And the saucepan is a cinch to clean.

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                      pabboy RE: Vshu Feb 13, 2008 09:28 AM

                      I don't eat much rice either but your 9-step instructions are about 8 steps too many for most people. That's why a rice cooker is perfect for them.

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                        thew RE: Vshu Feb 13, 2008 02:19 PM

                        i used to feel that way about rice cookers. Until i had one. Think about it.. the amount of water and time really needed for rice varies with rice type, and age. A rice cooker has a thermostat that can tell when all the water is gone, so it always shuts off exactly when the last bit of water is absorbed. just measure and turn it on.
                        A good cooker will have settings for diffferent types of rice and porridge/congee as well. And a timer. And it frees up a burner on your stove as well. For instance tonight i set the timer for my kid's bedtime, and turned it on while i cooked his dinner. Now, being bath night, i don't have to worry about timing and paying attention to the rice, and when it's quiet here , and im ready to eat, the rice will be there for me. When i'm sick or needing comfort food, rice soup/porridge is a simple one pot affair, with a minimum of fuss. I used to think they were useless. now i can't imagine my kitchen w/out one.

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                          ChowFun_derek RE: thew Feb 13, 2008 03:56 PM

                          Fuzzy Logic takes all the guessing and additional work out of the equation...don't ask me how,... and don't ask me for a definition of "Fuzzy Logic" cause that's all you'll get from me..I'm afraid!!!

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                        currymouth RE: Gumbo Guy Feb 13, 2008 04:20 PM

                        As the owner of 2 rice cookers, A 6 cup Panasonic as well as a Sanyo 20 cup, we bought for parties. we now use a microwave ricecooker we picked up at Target. It has a capacity of 6 cups, is made of plastic, so it is easy to clean, and cooks the rice to perfection.The only criteria is a high powered microwave and good rice.

                        1. lincat RE: Gumbo Guy Feb 18, 2008 03:07 PM

                          I love my little Tiger rice cooker. It's designed to cook up to 3 cups of raw rice. Since I usually cook a lot less than that (usually less than a cup) it's perfect for me and takes up very little space on my counter. I suggest going to an Asian grocery store if you have any in your area. They usually have a big selection and sales going on on rice cookers in all sizes and price ranges.

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                            racer x RE: Gumbo Guy Mar 25, 2008 04:15 AM

                            I suppose the OP bought his rice cooker and moved on weeks ago. So my two cents for future reference.
                            I've had the same Hitachi rice cooker for about 25 years (the model line was the Chime-o-Matic, which seems to have been discontinued, but the RD405P and RD5086PB advertised on amazon.com seem to be essentially the same). I don't cook as much as I used to, but for many years I used it every 1 - 3 days. Still works like brand new.

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                              ricepad RE: Gumbo Guy Mar 25, 2008 06:52 PM

                              I, too, have a 20-year old (plus) Hitachi Chime-o-matic (that no longer chimes), 8.3C capacity. I use it about half the time I make rice. The rest of the time, I use a plain old pot on the stove...the better to create the 'koge' (crust) that my kids and I love so much. When the rice cooker dies, I may not replace it...and I make rice as much as five nights a week.

                              1. Demented RE: Gumbo Guy Jan 28, 2009 05:54 PM

                                I'm sure this isn't what your asking, anyway...

                                A 1 quart sauce pan on the stove top for 30 minutes. For 1 – 3 cups of rice...

                                Bring 1 – 1 ½ cups of water to a boil over medium high heat, add 1 -1 ½ teaspoons of salt to boiling water, stir in ½ to ¾ cups of rice.

                                Cover and reduce heat to low, set timer for 10 minutes. When timer sounds off, turn heat off and reset timer for 15 minutes.

                                When second timer sounds off, rice is done.

                                This method of cooking rice works every time, and requires about 3-5 minutes of your attention.

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