Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Cuisinart Rice Cooker

Cuisinart is one of the most reputable makers of kitchen appliances in the world. They are known for providing reliable quality at prices appropriate to the average household. This is also true of cuisinart rice cookersCuisinart rice cookers, which get quite consistently good reviews from consumers.

One example of their best-selling products is the Cuisinart 4-Cup Rice Cooker, the CRC-400. This is a small unit that can cup up to 4 cups of rice, enough for a small family but maybe not enough for big dinner parties and the like. It's square shape and dimensions make this rice cooker easy to store or simply slide into the corner of your kitchen counter, and its retractable cord help with that, It's stainless steel finish gives it a modern look. It can be used for steaming not only rice but also meats and vegetables in its stainless steel steaming basket. One thing I really like about it is that it automatically switches to warming mode once the cooking cycle is finished. That means that if you forget to go check on your rice, that's ok because the machine won't shut off so your rice will still be warm. I'm a forgetful person, so I need this! One thing to be careful about with the CRC-400 is that the instructions for cooking rice that come with the machine don't give optimal results. Most users seem to feel that the amount of water is too high. It's probably a better idea to follow the instructions on the bag of the rice you're using.

A larger version of the same machine is also available, which fits 8 cups of rice. It is called the Cuisinart CRC-800.

Another Cuisinart rice cooker is the Cuisinart FRC-800
. This machine is quite a bit more expensive with a list price of $270 (though it can be bought at a large discount if you shop around), but it has features that make it definitely worth the price if you can afford it. One of the features that make this unit special is fuzzy logic technology, which automatically adjusts the cooking temperature and cooking time to the rice inside, so there are no "mishaps" and your rice is excellent quality every time. This is also a large cooker, which makes up to 15 cups of rice at a time, so it's great for serving larger groups of people. This is actually a common rice cooker in restaurants because of its size and the automation that fuzzy logic technology allows for (in other words, you don't have to monitor the rice very much). There are also 6 pre-programmed rice preparation modules, for white rice, hard white rice, sushi rice, brown rice, risotto rice, and soft white rice. It also has pre-programmed settings for oatmeal, soup, reheat, quick cook, and slow cook. The only real downsides to the Cuisinart FRC-800 are its higher price, and its larger size. But for those serious about cooking great restaurant-quality rice those are not huge considerations.

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