Pros: Small footprint; digital display; delay timer
Cons: Cord is not retractable; cooking directions
I like rice! And I would eat it every day if I could. My wife: not so much. So, I don’t cook it as much as I’d like. But also rice is notoriously difficult to get right two times in a row. Thus I make most of my rice dishes in the oven in the form of casseroles where it is almost impossible to screw the whole affair up.
But now that I am attempting to eat more healthy day-to-day diet, I want to make rice—more specifically brown rice—a larger part of eating routine, especially for lunch. And this means a whole lot of rice cooking, which is why I decided to purchase the Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Rice Cooker. Why this unit? I like that the rice cooker has a digital display, 15-hour delayed timer, and settings for both white and brown rice.
Product Description (from the manufacture): This digital rice cooker from Aroma makes perfect rice, soups, stews and even steams meat and vegetables simultaneously. Its unique Sensor Logic heating system flawlessly prepares up to 10 cups of any type of rice, with a water reservoir that channels away excess condensation. With a programmable control panel, multiple functions that include automatic keep-warm and a delay timer, it's the perfect addition to any busy kitchen.
My first time at bat with the cooker was a failure, I’ll admit. The ratio of rice to water is supposed to be 1-to-1, that is one cup of rice to one cup of water, but for the brand and type of white rice I was using this proved problematic. I used too little water, so what the (automatic) cooking process ended, the rice was not cooked thoroughly. I add more water and time, but the die was cast; hard under cooked rice!
My second go around I went back to the measurements I have used in the past to cook rice on the stovetop, that I one cup of rice to 2.0 cups of water. The result: much better though I had to turn the cooker off before it cycle ended for fear of over cooking the rice. Third time was a charm as they say; I used one cup of rice to 2.5 cups of water. The result: perfect rice!
So the key to perfect rice is to ignore the recommendations—at least in this instance—of the included book and use the instruction that come with the rice as to how much water to add. Nonetheless, I like the fact that I can just pour all of the ingredients into the non-stick bowl, turn the Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Rice Cooker on and walk away without having to worry about regulating the temperature or adjusting the top to make sure the water doesn’t boil over and make a mess. Care must be taken however to make sure the steam outlet port is pointed in a safe direction.
Despite my rather fumbling start, I am quite pleased with the Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup Rice Cooker. The unit is small, but versatile, and easy to master, though the cord is not retractable making storage a little difficult. Clean-up is a breeze thanks to the non-stick rice bowl, and the little spatula is dish washer safe.