Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Zojirushi Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker With Warmer

Zojirushi Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker And WarmerThe Zojirushi Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker with Warmer is a high quality appliance for those with a fine taste for rice, and for those who eat rice very frequently, necessitating some versatility.I used to live in Japan and my wife is Japanese so we eat white rice literally every day. If you are a rice connoseur and won't settle for less than the best rice, and you cook rice every day for one or two people, then this Zojirushi unit is most certainly an excellent option for you to consider purchasing. But if you are not so picky about the subtleties of your rice and you don't make rice very frequently, then to tell the truth I think other cheaper rice cookers should be good enough.

I got this rice cooker a few months ago since I got really tired of my old and cheap Panasonice rice cooker. Even though my Panasonic made pretty good rice, good enough to keep me from buying a different one for a couple years, the coating of the no-stick pan had started peeling and falling off after some heavy use (like I said, we used it every day). It also failed to keep the rice heated after cooking so having no choice but to prepare rice immediately before eating it was quite problematic for time management.

Because of all that I made the decision to get a nice rice cooker. Zojirushi is among the most reputable and best-selling rice cooker makers in all of Japan and in fact. A large number of our friends and relatives in Japan own Zojirushi rice cookers so I knew they made great rice. I had some doubts about the quality of the American export models of their appliances, though. I thought that maybe the standard of quality would be set lower for exports to countries where rice is not as well understood as it is in Japan. But those fears turned out to be unwarranted, at least for this somewhat highend model.

Using the Zojirushi Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker, even cheap rice turns out very moist and sticky. It works for all kinds of rice flawlessly. Even when I'm not using it for cooking rice, I often cook side-dishes in this. In addition to the stay-warm feature, the digital timing-clock is very easy to use, saving me lots of time by making a meal beforehand. The pot is highly durable and the no-stick coating doesn't peel off, at least not in any short period of time. Overall I'm very happy with this quality rice cooker. It wasn't "cheap" but it was certainly the roughly $130 I paid for it.

Just remember that if any decent rice will do, you can get much cheaper rice cookers. The Micom 3-Cup is a more exquisite unit for more advanced rice connoisseurs.

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