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May 6, 2013 07:33 AM

Timer Help! Zojirushi Rice Cooker

First time poster. I'm going nuts trying to figure out the timer system on my Zojirushi rice cooker. I've had it for 8 years, and now wanting to use the timer. I've watched the vids on YouTube, and googled instructions. I still can't don't get it. There's no a.m. or p.m. ... with the timer, are you setting a specific time or number of hours? And if it's time, why does it go up to 20:00-plus. It's not military time. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I'm not sure if your model works like mine, but on mine you click the timer button and a 24-hour time setting will appear (e.g. 21:00 means 9pm). set that time to when you want the rice to be done (use the up/down arrows). when you're done, press the Cook button. The display should show your selected rice completion time.

    mine has two timers, so you can pre-set two clock times for when you want the rice to be done (just keep clicking the timer button to toggle between the two).

    It's actually nice because the rice tastes better if you let it soak for an hour or two after washing but before cooking. if i don't need the rice immediately i usually use the time button to include a soak. or you can wash the rice in the morning before work and have it ready when you come back home.

    3 Replies
    1. re: calumin

      I'm so not techy. What is a 24-hour time setting? There's no am or pm. Why is 21:00 9 p.m.? I have two timers as well. Why?

      1. re: Tracyap

        Tracyap - the two timers is useful if you have two times in the day in which you normally eat rice (e.g. lunch and dinner). You won't have to continually reset the timer each time - you can just alternate between Timer 1 and Timer 2.

        1. re: calumin

          Made steel cut oats for the fam this morning. Set the clock and the timer correctly last night, and it came out great. How I did not know about military time all these years is beyond me. Thanks for hint about the two timers.

    2. You first have to set the time, using 24 hour format.

      Once the correct time is set, you simply set one of the two timers available for the time that you want the rice to be finished. For example, if you want to eat at 6 pm, you'd set timer one for 18:00.

      Now that you have it set up, to use the timer, simply select the timer that you want to use (e.g. timer one @ 18:00), and use the menu key to set the desired cook setting (e.g., brown rice). Then press the "cooking/reheat" key. That's all there is to it.

      Please note that the timer will not work with the following: quick cooking, mixed rice, sweet rice. Please also note that the clock and timer are powered by a lithium battery. I've never changed mine but according to the owner's manual, the battery life is expected to be 4-5 years. If the clock shows 7:00 and continues to blink when plugged in, your battery needs to be replaced. However, you will still be able to use the rice cooker including the timer as long as the unit remains plugged in and there is no power failure.

      I hope this helps you. It's easier than it (probably) sounds!

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      1. re: MrsPatmore

        If there's no am and pm, how are you sure that 6 pm is 18:00? I guess I'm also confused at what a 24 hour format is. Clearly, I'm fairly dense on these issues. (-:

        1. re: Tracyap

          0:00-12:00 = morning (am


          12:01-24:00 = evening (pm)

          There are 24 hours in a day, so rather than divide in half and call it am and pm, it uses just the full 24 hours, anything above 12;00 is pm, just do time -12 and you will have your time

          18:00 - 12:00 = 6:00pm

          This system is used pretty frequently throughout the world as it leaves no question as to whether one is talking about am or pm. It is used for airplane tickets for example, in the military, hospitals, etc.

          1. re: TeRReT

            Gotcha. I've lived all these years without knowing this information. Then again, I'm not a numbers girl. (-: Thank you!

            1. re: TeRReT

              One more Q: When the Zojirushi timer says 7:00, I am assuming that's 07:00?

              1. re: Tracyap

                Yes. 7am is 7:00 and 7pm is 19:00. I've got a Zojirushi.

        2. does anyone know why you can't cook sweet rice with the timer?