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Sep. 5th, 2006 | 12:53 am

I've been thinking about getting a rice cooker, partially 'cause it seems cool, partially because my girlfriend really likes rice, partially because it seems like rice can be a fairly healthy staple.

Eventually I stumbled across the Zojirushi NH-VBC18. Not only does it offer the ability to program rice (or porridge) to be done at a specific time, it also has a multitude of modes for cooking brown rice. (which is less common among rice cookers).

And it uses magnetic induction to cook with, which is cool. (and probably generates less heat for ones apartment too).

I gave in to the consumerism and ordered it. Here's to hoping I can use it to prepare a swath of healthy lunches and dinners.
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Nafees

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from: nogbogfrog
date: Sep. 5th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
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You are absolutely required to post a review after first uses! I own 2 rice cookers ( a 12 cup one, and a smaller backup one ), but I can't pass up nifty rice technology.

Do you think rice farming has had a positive impact on humanity?

-n

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Jane Tutor

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from: pixelpoet
date: Sep. 5th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
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That's a nice rice cooker. I have an old one my mom gave me. Doesn't do porridge or anything. :(

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Sep. 5th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
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it never fails to amaze me how many things americans put teflon in. it took me years to find a quality rice cooker that was non-nonstick.

[still looking for a non-nonstick waffle iron. i've been told by many people to check camping gear stores for new ones and thrift stores for pre-nonstick-technology ones.]

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 5th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
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Yeah I was unhappy with the teflon as well. Hopefully its not too dangerous if its not overheated.

You might also consider looking at restaurant supply stores. The smart and final near my house has a variety of simple stainless steel cookware with no coatings.

Also I think New York passed a law that will phase out teflon products, so non-teflon products should become more available with time.

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Sep. 5th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
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yeah, a lot of stainless steel stuff is pretty easy to find. rice cookers, pressure cookers, bread makers, and waffle irons are the ones i've had a lot of trouble with. rice and waffles are my favorite of those two subsets, hence looking harder for those. :)

teflon is being phased out all over the country, actually. dupont has to phase it out by, um, sometime within the next few years (i don't remember the exact time table). i imagine they will come up with some new nonstick thing that they claim is safer, though (not that they admit teflon isn't safe, even now).

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 5th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Round Cast Iron Waffle Iron.

It took me a while to dig up the correct spelling of "Lehman's" but they've got a wide swath of off grid/19th century style products.

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Sep. 5th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
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You'll have to get on your girlfriend's case for not mentioning that she has a rice cooker. :)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 5th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
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She mentioned it.

But its not an ultra uber programmable rice cooker.

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Susan

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from: aylara
date: Sep. 5th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Um...does that mean there's an extra one floating around? 'Cause...I was thinking about getting one of those.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 5th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
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You'll have to pester teh blinkster...

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Sep. 5th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
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How much programming does it take to cook rice? (Does that sound like the geek's equivalent of a lightbulb joke, or what!)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 6th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure how much programming it takes, 'cause its all closed source.

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Sep. 6th, 2006 07:57 am (UTC)
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Mmm. Well, the programming on Blinkie's rice cooker (which is at our house) is pretty straightforward: Plug in cooker, pour in rice, pour in water, flip switch on cooker, wait 20 minutes, eat rice. That's about as open source as it gets. :)

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