We’ve been using this “new” rice cooker, almost every day, for more than 12 months now. Before we purchased this new baby, we used an older model of Zojirushi rice cooker for more than a decade! Yes, they do last that long! That’s why I love Zojirushi’s products.
First of all, we’ve been eating brown rice for a few years now. However, the texture of the brown rice varies quite a bit with different brands. Some could be quite rough and chewy (especially true for the cheap brands). This new rice cooker features 2 options for brown rice, a regular brown and GABA Brown (aka germinated brown rice). It cooks the rice to a perfect consistency and texture every single time. For the GABA Brown option, it takes a lot longer to cook though and here’s the explanation why. If you’re interested to learn more about GABA rice’s health benefits, simply click here.
Another reason that convinced me to get this new cooker was because my daughter started to eat solid food, and this cooker has the porridge option! Cooking porridge on the stove top is time consuming and needs a lots of attentions to prevent the rice from 'burning,' or to prevent the ingredients from sticking to the bottom of the pot. With this rice cooker, making porridge is a breeze. Simply chop and dump all the ingredient into the cooking pan, press a button, and you're all set! It’s that simple!
Also, this rice cooker comes with sushi rice, mixed rice and sweet rice cooking options. There are quite a few recipes that come along with the user menu for reference as well.
Last but not least, you’ll hear the twinkle twinkle little star melody when you press the “cooking” button! Of course, I didn’t know about this feature until the first time I cook with it. My kids just love the melody whenever I cook rice! hahahaha….