Zojirushi Rice Cooker – Secret to Perfect Rice

rice cookerWhile having dinner at my mother’s house yesterday night, I just couldn’t stop admiring the sushi she had prepared. Everything was perfect, the veggies, the meat and especially the rice. There was a distinct flavor to it. It tasted better than any of the Chinese restaurants I have been and believe me, I have been to many of them. I am a huge fan of Chinese Food which is why my mother cooked sushi for me. I was all praises for her and said that she should have explored the profession as a chef. I told her about all my foiled attempts to make sushi rice in my rice cooker and learnt the secret behind her amazing sushi. She had a Zojirushi Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker. The cooker was a genie in the bottle for my mother and served her the best cooked rice with different textures, different types and even adjusted with minor errors in measurements. I listened to all of its features and placed an order for one before I wished my mother a good night. If you are also thinking of buying a new rice cooker, then you must first read rice cooker reviews at Chef Brazil. Chef Brazil analyzes user-generated rice cooker reviews and recommends rice cookers for purchase based on their research and findings.

Gaba riceZojirushi Rice Cooker is one of the most popular cookers and has garnered only positive reviews from all the customers all across the globe. The name – Zojirushi is synonymous to quality and repute and is associated with dozens of products. I browsed the internet, review forums, discussions and lots of other sources which said that the Zojirushi Rice Cooker is the best thing they have come across in the market. And when I used one, I learnt that they were right. I am fan of my rice cooker. It comes with a huge number of options and settings that enable me to enjoy rice in a number of ways. Apart from being intelligent and lovely cooker, it also offers an option for the GABA rice which is a really healthy option. Some models also allow for the UMAMI setting which makes the rice taste just like a piece of heaven in my mouth. I love rice and I love Zojirushi Rice Cooker as much.

The rice cooker can cook Brown Rice, White Rice, Sweet Rice, Sushi Rice, Regular or Normal Rice and Rice Porridge. GABA rice feature is present in some high-end models which are one of the healthiest meals as it is rich in GABA which stands for Gama-Amino-Butyric-Acid. This compound is good for the brain and keeps the blood pressure low. Hence, I use this setting a lot. The prolonged soaking and steaming of rice gives it a very peculiar taste and texture which is an absolute yum when eaten. This can be done using the UMAMI setting in the Zojirushi Rice Cooker. Apart from making different rice, I am even able to make same rice with different texture such as dry, wet, and sticky etc.

Soups, stews, cakes, porridge etc can also be prepared in the Zojirushi Rice Cooker. Using the steamer trays, I am able to steam my veggies and soya chunks in the cooker which taste absolutely just like Chinese restaurants.

Zojirushi Rice Cooker is a blessing. Though pricey, I love it to the moon and back.

Got a Bread Maker as Birthday Present

Cuisinart CBK-200I recently celebrated my birthday, count, I am not going to share with anyone (just for laughs). It was a good one. My parents took a flight and gave me the best surprise, my brother took a day off and spent the night at our place, we watched old videos and chatted late into the night sipping wine near the fireplace. Among the other things which made me feel extra special on that day, was the gift my parents gave me. It was nonetheless one of the top bread makers in the market – Cuisinart CBK-200. The model is stylish, modern, sturdy and compact and what makes it so lovely is that the name is Cuisinart; which is synonymous with quality.

Features of my new bread maker:

The machine is awesome, makes 2 pound loaf in one go which is ideal for me, my husband and my two kids. The baking is done by the convection heating process which makes the crust crispy and evenly brown. The machine will beep on the completion of all the steps. Once the ingredients are put in and the kneading is done, the beep will warn you to remove the kneading paddle. Next, you will be able to specify the cycle you wish to use for the bread i.e. you can make gluten free bread, low carb bread and the artisan bread. There is a small LCD screen which shows all the information about the bread being baked such as the remaining time, crust color and size of the loaf etc.

nutty breadThere is another lovely feature that I have used right now, which informs the user that the time to add the other things such as fruit bits, nuts etc. is reached. I am making nutty bread today, hence, have added finely chopped nuts. The other controls are start, pause and stop. Overall, the machine is easy to use and can be handled by every person. I am not a big fan of numerous controls over the machines these days and love to keep it simple. I really find it easy to bake bread in Cuisinart CBK 200.

The bread pan is kind of a fusion of the vertical and horizontal pan and can bake like 16 variations of the regular bread. As per the manual, I can make

White, whole wheat, rapid whole wheat, rapid white, quick bread/cake, French/Italian, rapid French/Italian, low-carb, artisan dough, sweet breads, gluten free, dough/pizza dough, rapid sweet breads, bake only, jam, and the last minute loaf in my single machine. Till now, I have tried 10 variations and find them totally satisfying.

Cleaning bread makerThough some ingredients are left in the corners of the bread pan, the bread comes out fine and properly cooked. The machine is easy to clean for the ones who like to clean after every use and have enough time for that. If you wish to clean the bread machine only occasionally, then sadly, the machine will not allow so as the colour is black and it would give off the grit.

Well, all in all, my compact machine is a real beauty and I love to have it sitting on my kitchen counter all set to make all the new kinds of breads, cakes and dough I could get on the internet.