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When using a rice cooker (Zojirushi), do you have to let the rice stand for 10 minutes after cooking?

like you would if you were cooking on the stove... Thank you!

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  1. I don't know if you have to, but I do let the rice sit/stands for a little bit -- though not necessary 10 min per sa. When the "beep" comes on, I open the cover, mix the rice a just a bit, relese the extra steam, keep the cover open a bit longer if the rice a bit too moist.

    1. I've never seen the need...assuming your have the "fuzzy-logic" type, and if you measure
      the water/rice ratio as recommended, the rice comes out correctly as soon as the indicator states the rice is done...and it stays perfect for a long time after...

      1. If I need the rice as soon as the timer goes off I just open the top and fluff it to separate the rice. I think there's enough residual heat in the rice to finish off the rice whether you let it stand for 10 minutes or not. Applies to using a rice cooker or cooking on the stove.

        1. I don't know about Zojirushi, but I have an OLD el cheapo Panasonic (or is it National?) with a pretty beat up aluminum pot, and I find that if I let it rest for at least 10 minutes (15 is better), the rice releases from the pot more cleanly and cleanup is way easier. If I don't let it rest, the rice is fine, but I'll have a lot stuck to the bottom of the pot, which takes a lot of elbow grease (or an overnight soak) to clean off.

          1. i have the zojirushi rice maker (smallish one) and when the buzzer goes off, i lift the lid and use the paddle that came with it to fluff it - and let out some of the steam that, i think, makes it soggy if it sits for a long time. then i close it and it stays warm and perfect til we're ready for it.

            1. My old, simple cooker called for letting the rice sit for about 15minutes after it switched from cook to warm. This one boiled the rice vigorously until dry (due to absorption and evaporation), and the temperature started to rise. This tripped a thermostat, and switched it to warm. The resting time was needed to full absorb the water.

              My usual stove top method is to bring the rice and water to a boil, and then lower the heat, and let it slowly cook for 20 minutes (or so). No further resting period needed.

              I can imagine more sophisticated cookers (fuzzy logic etc) switching to a low power setting earlier, and beeping when that is done. I would expect the cooker's manual to explain things like this.

              1. yeah, its better to let it rest, but not necessary. the extra 10 to 20 minutes allows the rice to finish absorbing the steam more evenly.

                1. Maybe you don't need to if you have one of those induction-heated neuro-fuzzy-logic cookers. I can't say, having thus far avoided appliances that are smarter than I am. But when it comes to the old-fashioned cookers, letting the rice stand for a few minutes definitely improves the quality.

                  1. Yes, ideally the rice should rest after cooking. I'm not sure the scientic reason, although I see a response referring to absorbing all the steam after cooking. I know my mom, who made the best rice and hailed from centuries of rice growing and cooking experience in China always instructed me to let the rice rest with the best outcome...

                    1. My Japanese grandmother always opened the rice cooker, laid a thin piece of cloth over the top of the pot, and let the rice sit for 5 or 10 minutes before serving it. She did this even though her rice cooker was the hi-tech kind with all the bells and whistles.

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                      1. re: tanuki soup

                        and i bet she always rinsed the rice 3 times before cooking it too.

                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                          Bingo! Actually, I also rinse my rice three times, unless it's that new "no wash" type, in which case I only rinse it once.

                          1. re: tanuki soup

                            A friend of mine rinses his in a mesh colander. It drives his grandmother crazy.

                      2. I believe in modern rice cookers, the time to let the rice stand (murasu) is programmed into the timer function. Check the manual, it should give a good detailed explanation. As far as I know, you don't open the cooker during this time.

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                        1. re: Tripeler

                          True. My electric rice cooker has a ten minutes count down.

                        2. At Tripeler says, there are some Zojirushi cookers that have the "rest" time programmed in. I just bought a NP-GD05 - the Japanese version of the NP-GBC05 and the rice is ready as soon as it beeps. In addition, the cooking time is certainly longer than my previous Zojirushi (which I did need to let the rice rest in after cooking).

                          This page (http://www.zojirushi.com/user/scripts...) states, "5. When cooking completes, allow the cooked rice to 'rest' for 15 minutes. On some advanced models this is done automatically."

                          Unfortunately it does not specify which models include this extra time in the cooking cycle. I have a feeling it is the Induction Heating machines but this is just a guess.