Most of the time I make my rice in a saucepan or the microwave (read The Science of Rice). But if you make rice often or need to keep foods warm for long periods of time, a rice cooker is the perfect tool. This may surprise you, but most Asian Americans use rice cookers.
My friends who eat rice almost every night told me that Zojirushi makes the best rice cookers, so I tried this model. They have a huge line with all kinds of bells and whistles, but all you really need is this low end unit, the Zojirushi NHS-18 10-Cup Rice Cooker/Steamer & Warmer. Works better than the 4 or 5 I’ve tried.
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