Rice cooker

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You can make all the delicious rice you need in a simple pot on a stovetop, or any source of heat, including a fire. I do it all the time. But an electric rice cooker useful to have and convenient and I use mine all the time. You can turn it on and do other things while it makes rice for you, which is helpful when you’re busy.

If you go shopping for a rice cooker you’ll find American-made rice cookers, Japanese-made, Chinese-made, and Korean-made. The prices can range from $12 to $600 and it can be hard to figure out which to buy.

Cuckoo Rice Cooker

In Korea everyone used to swear by Zojirushi, but these days the most popular brand is Cuckoo, which is what I use. Mine is also a pressure cooker, so I can use it to make multigrain rice without having to soak any grains, and I can even use it to make ginseng chicken soup. It was expensive but rice is my favorite thing to eat, and I eat it every day, so it was totally worth it: my rice cooker makes delicious rice and delicious soup.

If you go shopping for Cuckoo rice cookers keep in mind that the instructions, buttons, and functions can be written in Korean and the English is not always great. Take a good look at it, and look at the buttons, make sure you can understand how to use it. Mine even speaks to me in Korean! It’s always telling me the progress of the rice cooking lol.

If you don’t make a lot of rice, I would suggest you just make it in a pot, or buy the cheapest rice cooker for now. Rice cookers are becoming more and more popular in the West these days. They can be found in some department stores and almost alwaysin Korean, Chinese, or Japanese grocery stores, and online as well.


Korean rice cooker


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  1. cherickson5 My profile page joined 6/15
    Posted June 16th, 2015 at 5:55 pm | # |

    I just bought a Cuckoo Rice Pressure cooker, but haven’t seen any good YouTube videos on cooking with it. I would like a “from start to finish” tutorial, not just a these are the buttons tutorial. Would you consider making a video using the Rice pressure cooker for white rice, mixed rice and possibly a soup recipe using this appliance.

  2. Bobbsie Chicago, IL My profile page joined 3/12
    Posted March 13th, 2012 at 12:29 am | # |

    Just purchased my Cuckoo HN-1059 F Induction Pressure Rice Cooker
    Wonderful appliance
    But I have questions:
    What setting do I use to steam food?
    What is Nutritious Rice (the cooker has a setting for that
    What is the Multi Cook setting for?

    If someone is familiar with the Induction Pressure Cuckoo cookers I would appreciate your reply
    Thank you

  3. littlez Boca Raton, FL My profile page joined 8/11
    Posted January 17th, 2012 at 2:42 pm | # |

    Oh, my goodness… I have to say I feel like the luckiest person here. I bought my rice cooker at Target for $12.80 American dollars (on sale) plus tax. It has both white and brown rice buttons, and I can steam food in it too. It makes perfect sushi rice! I would imagine that it would work plugged into my European adapter should the need arise (don’t those things have plugs for New Zealand and other countries too?) I trust the adapter with my computer, why not a rice cooker?! They’re not super expensive even when they’re not on sale. If anyone wants one, Let me know!

    Cheryl :)

    • Botpol San Diego, Ca My profile page joined 8/14
      Posted August 22nd, 2014 at 11:25 pm | # |

      The rice cooker you are talking about is not of the same caliber as the cuckoo

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