What 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.
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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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.