a rice cooker that seemingly is burning the rice
leaving tannish coloration on parts of the rice. is this a rice cooker equivalent of burning?? is the rice cooker defective?? my wife is asian and certainly knows how to use the cooker.
sounds like the rice cooker is too hot.
You could try increasing the amount of water used to slow the cooking process and keep the rice from scorching, or get a new rice cooker. Seems the temperature control is not accurate (note this is not a knob or control you can adjust, but the internal workings of the cooker).
My rice cooker cost me $12 so I can't really complain, but it does run hot. I add a bit more water and make sure to wash and soak my rice. I also make sure as soon as it turns off, i remove the bowl from the cooker and don't let it sit there on warm, I also immediately stir the rice and then cover again, that seems to help. If i leave it awhile sometimes it will still develop a little brown or crust, but thats considered the good stuff and is definitely delicious. If it is still burning your rice after you've removed it right away and stirred it you probably need a new one.
also, my girlfriend told me before that if the rice is old it needs more water anyways so maybe it is absorbing the water too fast and then burning? not sure if that'd be the case, does it come out fully cooked otherwise?
Are you fluffing the rice as soon as the cycle completes? How long are you leaving it on "keep warm"? Is it a "fuzzy logic" or induction type model, or just a standard rice cooker?
What does you wife say?
I've used many rice cookers over the years. They ALL leave that wonderful tan crust at the bottom. There probably isn't anything wrong at all with your rice cooker. Just consider it like any other type of 'browning' you can get in cooking.
Sounds like the older fashion of rice cookers. Previous generation of rice cookers do that all the time.