Zojirushi is a popular brand for household appliances. Most especially for their rice cookers. You can buy a conventional or computerized rice cooker. Where conventional rice cookers are simple touch-and-go models. Computerized rice cookers use Micom and programmed features for efficient cooking.
Whichever model you choose, here’s how to make the most of the best Zojirushi rice cooker.
How to Wash Rice?
The first step to cooking any type of rice is washing the rice.
Washing the rice doesn’t take a lot of time. If you do this one or twice, you should be able to get the hang of it. Zojirushi’s conventional and Micom rice cooker cook washed rice beautifully.
You may not have to soak the rice in water. Using a Micom rice cooker, Zojirushi does that for you. But for both, conventional and Micom rice cookers, you will have to wash the rice. This gets rid of the starchiness of the rice. Too much starch affects the texture and flavor of rice.
To wash rice properly, maintain a pool of water in a separate bowl. You can add the required amount of rice in the inner cooking pan of the Zojirushi. Most Zojirushi models come with a removable inner cooking pot. Making it easier for you to wash the rice in it directly.
Rinse the rice once by pouring water from the separate bowl into the cooking pan. Use a spatula to stir the rice soaked in water 2-3 times. Drain the rice water using a steam basket or a standard strainer.
Repeat this set at least 2-3 times. This should take you 10-15 seconds to do. Do not allow the rice grains to soak in the starchy water for a long time. Make sure you finish the initial rinse in less than 10 seconds.
The next step is to wash the rice completely. Make a claw with your right or left hand and stir the rice in a circular motion. About 25-30 circles are enough to remove excess starch from the rice. Quickly drain the water and repeat this process 2-3 times.
If you have added 4 cups of rice (or less) – wash the rice 2 more times.
If you have added 4 cups or more – wash the rice 3 times.
By the end of this cycle, you should be able to see the rice grains through the water. If the water is still murky, wash the rice until all the cloudiness is gone.
Before adding the rice to the rice cooker, rinse the water one last time. Pour plenty of water in the inner cooking pan, stir the rice twice, and drain immediately.
You have now successfully washed the rice for cooking.
How to Use Zojirushi Rice Cookers?
Cooking the rice
The first step to using a Zojirushi rice cooker is using the measuring cup. Most Zojirushi rice cookers (conventional or Micom) come with a rice measuring cup. Before washing the rice, ensure you take the proper dry rice measurement.
This also helps in measuring the rice-to-water ration while cooking later on. After you’ve measured the right amount of dry rice, add it to the inner cooking pan. Rinse the rice as mentioned above.
If you have the right Zojirushi rice cooker, you will see the water markings on the inside of the cooking pan. Based on the total number of cups of rice you’ve rinsed, add water. If it’s 3 cups of rice, you need to fill water up to level 3. Match the number of cups to the level number to get the appropriate amount.
Conventional Zojirushi rice cookers require you to soak rice for 30 minutes before cooking. You can soak the rice directly in the inner cooking pan to save counter space.
Micom Zojirushi rice cookers, however, do this automatically. All you need to do is choose the ideal menu button and a pre-programmed function. And the rice is soaked, boiled, and steamed automatically. If the cooking time is 40 minutes, it’s all a part of the cooking cycle.
What happens after the rice is completely cooked?
If it’s a conventional rice cooker, allow the rice is steam for an additional 15 minutes. Do not open the lid right after the cooking process is complete. The leftover steam will soften the rice further.
In a Micom rice cooker, this is done automatically. All you have to do is open the lid and fluff up the rice using a fork or spatula.
Then, the soft and hot rice is ready to serve.
Keeping the rice warm
Just in case you buy a rice cooker with an automatic keep warm feature. You should know that most Zojirushi models can do this for 12 hours. This automatic keep warm feature is amazing because it keeps the rice both warm and moist for 12 hours.
A Zojirushi rice cooker can keep the rice warm for 12 hours only. If you keep it for longer, it will spoil the soft texture and freshness of the rice.
Another important feature in most high-quality Zojirushi rice cookers is this. Extended keep warm feature. This is when you can reduce the keep warm temperature to prolong freshness. However, you can only do this after setting up the clock and timer settings on a rice cooker.
Here is how you can do that.
Clock and timer functionality
Except for some basic conventional Zojirushi rice cookers, most Micom models have this. To set up the clock, power on the rice cooker. There should be the up and down timer button on the control panel. Most likely, they’re right next to each in the middle of the display.
Press both buttons together until the time display starts to blink. When that happens, select the proper time using the up and down arrow buttons.
Now you can use the accurate timer functionality of the machine. Always remember that if you set up the clock incorrectly, it will reflect on the timer settings too.
If you are still unsure about your Zojirushi model, refer to the Zojirushi rice cooker instructions for more information. All rice cookers come with their own personalized Zojirushi rice cooker manual.
The extended keep warm feature can keep rice warm and fresh for more than 8 hours. By reducing the temperature of the inner cooking pan. In case you want to serve yourself rice during this time. You can switch the setting back to reheat or regular mode.
Zojirushi works flawlessly to cook rice at home. It’s easy functionality and practical design make it so.
Compared to other rice cookers, it is also quicker to use. These are Zojirushi rice cookers that ensure proper heat distribution. All thanks to the induction heating technology and secure lid. So learning how to use a basic to advanced Zojirushi model will take only minutes! And you can cook rice perfectly each time.