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I have to do a fair amount brown rice on my new meal plan. I need to pick a rice cooker. I know absolutely nothing about them. Will the $30 Aroma cooker from amazon get the job done. Thanks for suggestions.
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I have had an Aroma 8 cup ($34) rice cooker for a few years now. I generally cook brown rice twice a week. It does what I bought it for. This is actually my second Aroma, when it dies, I probably buy a third.

 

Oh yeah, it's not just for rice either. I have used for wheat berries, amaranth, buckwheat groats, barley,etc.

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Originally Posted by cheflayne View Post

I have had an Aroma 8 cup ($34) rice cooker for a few years now. I generally cook brown rice twice a week. It does what I bought it for. This is actually my second Aroma, when it dies, I probably buy a third.

Oh yeah, it's not just for rice either. I have used for wheat berries, amaranth, buckwheat groats, barley,etc.
yeah I was kinda wondering about quinoa also?
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Quicker cooking time items like quinoa, I would rather do in a pot; but that doesn't mean you can't do it in a rice cooker, I just haven't is all it means.

 

If I cooked quinoa more, I would probably figure out how to do it in the rice cooker. :~)

 

I love the plug it in and forget about factor of a rice cooker, it's just that sometimes it takes a batch or two of a different item to figure out ratio.

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Quicker cooking time items like quinoa, I would rather do in a pot; but that doesn't mean you can't do it in a rice cooker, I just haven't is all it means.

If I cooked quinoa more, I would probably figure out how to do it in the rice cooker. :~)

I love the plug it in and forget about factor of a rice cooker, it's just that sometimes it takes a batch or two of a different item to figure out ratio.
Great, thanks so much for the advice.
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I also make a lot of brown rice because have it with every meal. After owning a few rice cookers, I started pressure cooking the rice in my Kuhn Rikon. It didn't cook any faster, but the rice came out more flavorful and so much plumper I stuck with the pressure cooker.

 

So I could get away from having to time and watch the pot, I looked into electronic pressurized rice cookers, but they were $300 and up. Then I found a small electronic GoWise pressure cooker (4 qt., but they come in 6 and 8 qt. too) on Amazon. I wanted a small one because I never make more than a cup at a time (and it's plenty big for concentrating flavors in broth, the only other thing I use it for). I bought it over two years ago for about $85, I used it three times a week, and it has worked flawlessly so far. They now make more small pressure cookers than when I last bought one, but here's a link to the GoWise.

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I have to do a fair amount brown rice on my new meal plan. I need to pick a rice cooker. I know absolutely nothing about them. Will the $30 Aroma cooker from amazon get the job done. Thanks for suggestions.

I have this exact model and find it to be great. I have been using it for years and it's always worked great for me. 

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I wouldn't buy a rice cooker after having owned an Instant Pot. Its a pressure cooker that also serves as a rice cooker, crock pot and will even make yogurt. It sells from $99 to $129 when its not on sale, but totally worth it and replaces several other pieces of equipment. Most importantly, its a lot safer than my old fashioned aluminum pressure cooker.

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I wouldn't buy a rice cooker after having owned an Instant Pot. Its a pressure cooker that also serves as a rice cooker, crock pot and will even make yogurt. It sells from $99 to $129 when its not on sale, but totally worth it and replaces several other pieces of equipment. Most importantly, its a lot safer than my old fashioned aluminum pressure cooker.
Dammit, I bought the Aroma rice cooker. Those things look awesome. Found a bunch of recipes for them also. That might need to be my next purchase
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