Zojirushi “Fuzzy Logic” Rice Cooker Giveaway

rice cooker with fuzzy logicWhat can I say? As a woman in my mid-40s, I’ve accepted that there are some tasks I will never master. One such task is cooking rice. Really. It sounds simple enough- rice, water, pot, flame- I just never get it right. So I was intrigued when I was offered the chance to review the Zojirushi Micom Unamami Rice Cooker/Warmer.

In recent years, I’ve admired the Japanese appliance line at the International Housewares Show. And I sometimes wear a Zojirushi apron embellished with their happy elephant mascot when I cook, thanks to a Clutter Cast from Kim Tracy Prince. And given that I can’t cook rice worth a damn, I decided a Zojirushi rice cooker was just the thing I needed for my new kitchen. (Okay, one of many things.)

I love the handle that makes the unit so portable, but I’ll admit that at first it seemed like the cooker had a lot of bells and whistles (or songs really, it plays Mary Had a Little Lamb when it starts up) and the directions were confusing.

Then I found the set written in English and decided to give it a go.

Still, I had one of those, “Why did I bother with this?” moments. After all, I have a rice cooker–my husband.

And then.

A little electric song indicated that my rice was ready and Oh. My.

It was perfect.

So perfect that I wound up cooking four batches of rice in three days (a lifetime record!). And I don’t think that a single grain was left over.

While fuzzy logic seems to be my m.o. it doesn’t always work in my favor. However, fuzzy logic is also behind the technology that helps this rice cook each batch of rice, whether brown, white, sushi*, etc., to perfection. The easy-to-read LCD panel spells out all the many choices (and has a clock). People, this rice cooker is so high-tech that ThinkGeek sells it.

But wait, there’s more!

It has slow cooker functions, so it can be used to make soup, or just keep your batch warm while you run the end-of-day carpools that always interfere with getting a hot dinner on the table. Along those lines it also has a delay timer, a feature I’ve not yet tried. And then there’s that umami setting that takes rice to a new level by gently soaking and steaming it.

The unit is easy to operate, simple to clean and did I mention the flip-up handle that makes it so wonderfully portable? Invite me to a party and ask me to bring rice!

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Or win one of these Zojirushi lovelies for yourself.

To enter:

1. (Required) Comment once on this blog by 11:50 PM CST on December 22, 2011 (Happy Chanukah!) for a basic entry. US addresses only. No purchase necessary to win, but the winner must be 18 years of age. The prize has a retail value of approximately $150 -180. Winner will be randomly chosen by the WordPress plug-in, “And the Winner is.”

You can also have up to five optional extra entries; I need a separate comment for each of these items, so I can count each one as an extra entry:

2. Tweet about the entry and come back to let me know you did.

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Winner will be chosen and notified by December 23, 2011 and will have two days to respond to me. If no response if received, a new winner will be chosen.

 Disclaimer: I was sent a product to review. All opinions are my own. Except for the one about me not being able to cook rice- that is the opinion of my family as well. The company will be shipping a similar product to the contest winner in early 2012.

* I had to wing it when I used brown sushi rice, my fifth batch in the unit. Do I use the sushi rice setting or the brown rice setting? I wish I remembered which one I chose, because I need to try the other one next time. See? Damn my fuzzy logic.

107 Responses to Zojirushi “Fuzzy Logic” Rice Cooker Giveaway
  1. marty
    December 14, 2011 | 11:04 am

    Oh please. I need this. I can’t even cook rice in a bag. Occasionally I get rice right in jambalaya, but sadly, even that is a crap shoot.

    Plus, I’ve been looking at their very pricey bread makers – I would love to know if the brand is worth the dough. Heh.

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    December 14, 2011 | 11:05 am

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    December 14, 2011 | 11:10 am
  6. Natalie
    December 14, 2011 | 11:19 am

    This is super nice! I really need a new rice cooker! nlevdan3 at yahoo dot com

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    December 14, 2011 | 11:20 am

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  12. Lisa
    December 14, 2011 | 11:54 am

    I am so glad to see that I am not the only one who can’t make rice!

  13. Lisa
    December 14, 2011 | 11:55 am

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  14. Lisa
    December 14, 2011 | 11:56 am

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    December 14, 2011 | 11:58 am

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  18. Jeremy
    December 14, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    Love Zojirushi products! Growing up, we always had a rice cooker… ahhh the smell of warm rice. Thank you for the chance to win!

  19. Jeremy
    December 14, 2011 | 12:17 pm
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    December 14, 2011 | 12:18 pm

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  24. Sharon
    December 14, 2011 | 12:34 pm

    This Zojirushi is way at the top of my wish list! Thanks for the chance to win one. :)

  25. Sharon
    December 14, 2011 | 12:35 pm

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  29. Naomi
    December 14, 2011 | 1:07 pm

    I still have the teensy basic rice cooker my mom sent me off to college with. You know how old that makes it… It still works, although it’s dinged up and looks a bit like the ’80s robot in the new Muppet movie, but it only makes two cups- hardly enough for a family of four with Japanese ancestry! I lust after my mom’s Zojirushi. She keeps rice in it at all times, seriously.

  30. Claire
    December 14, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    I would really love to win this, it looks super nice. Thanks a ton!

  31. Naomi
    December 14, 2011 | 1:12 pm

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    December 14, 2011 | 1:16 pm

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  35. Kathleen
    December 14, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    I too have my troubles with cooking rice. I’ve heard Zojirushi cookers are the best. Fingers crossed!

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    December 14, 2011 | 1:45 pm

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  38. lisa
    December 14, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    this looks amazing! I always burn rice. lol thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. melanie
    December 14, 2011 | 4:37 pm

    i have a very old (and cheap) rice cooker on its last legs, but we have rice several times a week because of it. i will never master rice-in-the-pot!

    i love all the bells and whistles this one has!

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    December 14, 2011 | 4:37 pm

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  46. Thien-Kim
    December 14, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    Learning to cook rice was a right of passage for me a child. It was totally old school-in a pot, no measuring cups!

  47. Thien-Kim
    December 14, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

  48. Thien-Kim
    December 14, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    I am subscribed to your newsletter-that’s how i found out about your giveaway!

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  51. Judy
    December 14, 2011 | 6:36 pm

    I LOVE this rice cooker!! And my old one just died – so this would be perfect timing!!

  52. Judy
    December 14, 2011 | 6:40 pm

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  54. Judy
    December 14, 2011 | 6:42 pm

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  55. Marla
    December 14, 2011 | 6:45 pm

    I have wanted one of these for…forever. Thanks for the chance to possibly maybe win one!

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  56. Marla
    December 14, 2011 | 6:47 pm
  57. Caitlin
    December 14, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    I can’t cook rice either : )

  58. jennifer
    December 14, 2011 | 7:48 pm

    Oh pleeeeease! This would be awesome!

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    December 14, 2011 | 7:49 pm
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  64. Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen)
    December 14, 2011 | 8:18 pm

    My husband can’t cook rice to save his life and would love to have a cooker in the house.

    Happy Hanukkah!

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    December 14, 2011 | 8:18 pm

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    December 14, 2011 | 8:19 pm

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  67. abitnerdy
    December 14, 2011 | 10:01 pm

    oh lala, I love rice. I love it plain. with soy sauce. with my eggs. hams. spam. you name it i’ll eat it with rice, and Zojirushi is the best not to mention I love a brand who knows their social media. Would looooooove this! xx

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    December 14, 2011 | 10:02 pm

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  69. Vasily
    December 14, 2011 | 10:48 pm

    Very nice! I just looked at one of these in the store the other day! Would be great to win one! vasily3 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  72. Kim Spencer
    December 15, 2011 | 9:51 am

    Yep…my rice is always sticky or tends to clump together. I’m glad Brad let me know about your blog…very interesting to watch a house rennovation I don’t have to partake it. Maintaining a house is enough work for me now! Good luck and I hope you are in it soon!

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    December 15, 2011 | 9:58 pm

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  77. Johanna M. Cook
    December 16, 2011 | 7:51 am

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  78. Stephanie
    December 16, 2011 | 10:19 am

    I can never get rice right either…! Thank you for a chance.

  79. Stephanie
    December 16, 2011 | 10:20 am

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    December 16, 2011 | 10:21 am

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  81. Denise/EatPlayLove
    December 16, 2011 | 4:05 pm

    This may sound silly but I’ve always dreamed of owning one of these! What an amazing giveaway!!

  82. DrLori71
    December 16, 2011 | 4:15 pm

    What a nice rice cooker! I hope I win!

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    December 16, 2011 | 4:16 pm

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  84. Donna
    December 16, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    I always thought I did know how to make rice — but my Asian friends all say I need one of these. And they’re usually right.

  85. Maria R.
    December 16, 2011 | 8:12 pm

    We eat a lot of rice in our household and this would be a great product for us!

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    December 16, 2011 | 8:13 pm

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    December 16, 2011 | 8:14 pm

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  88. Stef
    December 18, 2011 | 7:37 am

    This totally beats the $15 rice cooker I have from the supermarket! Would love to upgrade!

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    December 18, 2011 | 7:38 am

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  90. Tammy
    December 18, 2011 | 8:04 am

    Clicking for a rice cooker!

  91. Leighann
    December 18, 2011 | 9:31 am

    There’s nothing better than perfectly cooked rice. (Okay, maybe chocolate, but I really do like good rice.)

  92. Delora
    December 19, 2011 | 5:18 pm

    This would be so useful in our house. No more excuses that the 11yo can’t start dinner before mom gets home!

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  96. Yoga Mom
    December 20, 2011 | 8:48 am

    This would be awesome! Love rice, it is harder to cook than it seems!

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    December 20, 2011 | 8:48 am

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  98. Lisa - Hannemaniacs
    December 21, 2011 | 1:25 pm

    A rice cooker was the #1 thing on my list for Santa this year, but I have a feeling he’ll only have cars and trains in the bag he lugs down our chimney…

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    December 21, 2011 | 1:29 pm

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