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Old 09-15-18, 03:12 PM   #1
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Default Rice cookers that don't cook

I've had rice cookers for more than 30 years. They get used three times a week. Over the years they went from lasting five years to less than a year.

THE PROBLEM:
The bottom of the removable pot must conform to the surface of the heating element or the shut-off mechanism trips too early or too late. The result is undercooked or burnt rice.

The shorter lifespan of the newer cookers is due to thinner material used for the pot. The included rice scoop will deform the bottom in the first use. Our last cooker was ruined in one week, the third in a year. The pot in our current cooker is only slightly thicker than a beer can. (They know how to sell rice cookers.)

THE SOLUTION:
Don't use the scoop. Don't drop the pot. Don't exert pressure on the bottom when cleaning.

After the shut-off trips, remove the pot from the cooker and set it on a heat resistant surface for ten minutes with the lid on. Remove the lid, turn the pot upside down into a refrigerator container and gently tap on the rim with your hand. The rice will fall out in one lump leaving the pot fairly clean. Clean it immediately so the starch doesn't have time to harden.

Some people cook rice on the stove without problems. I would rather watch paint dry.

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