Panasonic rice cookers take the guesswork out of preparing rice. Whether you want a simple one-use tool or a more versatile appliance, use these tips to choose the right features and size for your kitchen.
Right Panasonic Rice Cooker Features
Consider the rice cooker’s size. For entertaining, a 10-cup Panasonic rice cooker will serve your crowd. For the average family, a 5-cup model should suffice. Look for these features in Panasonic models:
• Warmer Setting. Instead of shutting off, the warmer setting lowers the temperature when the rice is finished cooking. This is a convenient feature if you’re preparing multiple dishes that won’t all be ready to serve at the same time.
• Detachable Cord. Panasonic cookers have a removable cord to make it easy to store your rice maker when it’s not in use. It’s also convenient if you are transporting it from one location to another.
• Nonstick Insert. A nonstick insert prevents rice from burning to the bottom. It makes cleaning your machine quick and easy. If you lose or damage the insert, pick up a Panasonic rice cooker replacement inner pot.
• High-tech Settings. There are different types of rice, and they often require different cooking times. Look for Panasonic rice cookers with multiple settings for different varieties, such as white, brown and sticky rice. Panasonic's Microcomputer model uses “Fuzzy Logic technology” to monitor temperatures during cooking. This ensures that each type cooks perfectly.
For the best results, cook with fresh rice grains. Rice storage containers are designed with airtight lids to keep freshness locked in.
More Functions to Consider
Rice cookers do much more than their name implies. A multi-purpose rice cooker can cook oatmeal, soups, yogurt and quinoa. The Panasonic Automatic Rice Cooker comes with a steaming basket that is great for preparing vegetables, meats and seafood. A rice steamer can also be used to cook pasta. For even more versatility, opt for a slow cooker, which can cook just about any dish—including rice.