Zojirushi rice cookerI love cooking so much that I don’t even remember the first time I cooked. But there is this thing; I love to cook with a traditional bent of mind. I feel that until your hands and your mind doesn’t interact with the food, the food is not going to taste as good as it should. That’s why I don’t like eating out and all the attempts of my boyfriend to invite me on a date have been foiled. Walking, traveling, sitting at some quite place and doing nothing but talking; I am all good at that. But going to café, restaurants and other diners is just not my thing. It’s a good thing that he understands this and loves me a lot. Recently, I hosted a party and someone gifted me a rice cooker. Not that it was bad or something. It was a Zojirushi model and anyone would have jumped in joy at its sight. But me, I was confused at the very first sight.

I don’t believe in making cooking easy or fast or modern. That’s why I just thought to store it away and gift to someone else. But my boyfriend pursued me to use it at least once as my idea of dealing with it was rude. So, after a lot of speculation and persuasion, I used it to make basic white rice. I was surprised to find that the rice was super awesome. I have been using the rice cooker of late and think that I am in a good position to compare cooking rice with and without a rice cooker.

Advantages of cooking in a Rice Cooker

Rice dishesIt is pretty obvious that cooking in a rice cooker saves time, energy, is effortless and enables even a novice to cook various types of rice and other dishes. The ease of just measuring the rice and adding water etc, and wait for the device to just signal you the completion of the cooking cycle has made it a dire necessity of everyone’ cooking life. Pan is easy to clean, you don’t have stir the ladles, peep inside the pot to check whether the rice is ready or not and you don’t even have to fret over the texture as the rice cooker has a control for that too. Hence, the rice cookers have made it possible for even children to cook rice and not just one type; of different types, different textures, soups, porridge, stews and even steamed vegetables. Rice cooker is a wonder. Really.

These days, rice cookers come with the fuzzy logic and even more advanced, the Neuro-Fuzzy –Logic which makes them understand the cooking as we humans do. They have windows for minor measuring errors and provide further more options in terms of things you can make in them as well as textures of rice you can prepare using them. It is very easy to clean them, store them and use them. If you are interested in buying a rice cooker, I would recommend you Zojirushi brand. Best Rice Cooker Reviews of 2016 provide the best brands and a guide to help you choose the right one four your needs.

Now, let us have a look at the Disadvantages too.

Disadvantages of cooking in a Rice Cooker

Well, as such, there are no major drawbacks in cooking rice with a rice cooker. The cooking has been greatly simplified with it. But, the persons who know the cooking, taste and flavours can tell you that the rice cooked slowly over low heat in a ceramic pot or earthenware is just like a piece of heaven in your mouth. That distinct sweet and earthen aroma of rice and the fragrance reaches to your soul and enriches your body. The rice cooked in pots doesn’t require much electronic control and is easy to make too. If you want to add some condiments meanwhile the rice is being cooked, you will not be able to use the rice cooker.

Rice cooker means – Once the rice has been put for cooking, you cannot remove the partially cooked rice and add some condiments etc and set it to cooking again. There are a lot of varieties of dishes in which we do so. Apart from that, the cost of a pot is much less than a rice cooker and saves you a lot in terms of money too.

Comparing the list of the advantages and disadvantages of rice cookers, you might have noticed that there is not much one could signify as the disadvantages of the rice cookers. This is why I use my pot as well as my Zojirushi cooker as per my preference and hold no grudges against that (just for laughs).

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Best Zojirushi Bread Machines

by Lynn on June 22, 2016

Zojirushi bread makerZojirushi is one of the best bread machine brands in the market. Zojirushi bread machine line is chock full of options and contains some of the highly rated bread makers. If you have decided to purchase one of them, make sure to take a closer look at the top four picks from this brand. If you are unsure about the brand, Eco Chef will help you to get the best bread machine within your budget.

Our first pick is the Zojushi Bread Machine BBCC-X20. This machine will allow you to make any recipe you desire. It has a modernized look compared to previous models, which makes the machine seem professional and new. The viewing window is large enough to see the bread-making process. Despite this, the machine does not have a safety switch which means the machine will continue to work even after you open the machine lid. This particular model offers a variety of cycles to choose from, and as such you will be left with a double-choice: choosing this model and choosing the cycle to finally make your bread!

Zojirushi BB-CEC20The Zojirushi BB-CEC20 is the second pick. This is pricey, but totally worth it. This machine has some great features. It allows you to select the loaves side as well as the crusting level. This way the bread you get in the end it according to your own specifications. It has 10-programmed settings, the LCF control panel along with a 13 hour delayed timer. If these are the features that you are looking for, then this is the machine for you!

Our third pick is the Zojirushi BBCC-V20. This particular bread machine is known for its quality and good looking design. It has a horizontal pan that comes with two kneading blades which can knead any kind of dough. It is mostly used for recipes that involve somewhere around one to two pounds of bread-making. This machine does not have a vast selection of cycles, but it certainly contains the most important ones along with the crust color selection. One of the distinctive features of this machine is the cycle that can be custom programmed.  This provides greater control over time it takes to preheat, kneed, and finally, bakes. It is reasonably priced, making it a well worth investment for any household.

Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Bread MachineOur fourth pick is the Zojirushi BB-HAC10. Due to its small size and limited capacity of only 1 pound of bread, this bread machine is considered to be an ideal machine for the small families or those who want to use it for individual purposes. The portable size is also beneficial for kitchens that lack sufficient counter space, as this machine does not even need a lot of it. As such, one can freely recommend this bread machine to anyone looking for a reasonably priced and efficient bread machine. Being easy to use all while performing well, the Zojirushi BB-HAC10 represents the machine to go. Indeed, it will quickly make you the bread of your choice and you will get to enjoy its taste without having to purchase anything in addition.

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