Types of Rice Cookers
In the next price range, the cooker will cook the rice and reduce the heat when it is done – maintaining it at a constant heat. The length of time that the rice is kept warm varies, so if this is important to you, check before you buy. Most of these are turned off by unplugging the unit. Some have other features such as non-stick pans and steamer baskets so shop around.
The next most expensive rice cookers keep the rice warm for up to 12 hours and are generally used in restaurants.
If you are a rice connoisseur with a large budget, you may like to treat yourself to a ‘fuzzy logic’ rice cooker. Fuzzy logic is the new buzz word in appliances. It’s a method of artificial intelligence on a computer chip. The chip lets the appliance make complicated adjustments to basic commands put in by the user – to deliver optimum results. These cookers have settings for soup, porridge, brown rice, cooking the rice to al dente or soft and sushi rice.
At the top of the range is the state of the art ‘Induction Heating’ Rice Cooker. These amazing machines can compensate for any error in measuring and still deliver beautifully cooked rice. If the user is going to be cooking many different kinds of rice, these are the best – but also the most expensive.
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