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Rice cooker must-haves?

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Rice cooker must-haves?

AzCats | Feb 20, 2002 12:13 PM

Okay, I've finally come to the realization that while my trusty Krups steamer is great for steaming green beans and asparagus, it will never come close to making not too sticky, not too mushy, perfect rice, let alone even edible brown rice. I know, sometimes it takes me awhile to catch on...

Which puts me in the market for a rice cooker. After doing some initial Internet shopping, I see that they range from about $30 up to $200, with varying bells and whistles. I'm usually a "you get what you pay for" kind of shopper, but I'm having a hard time justifying another expensive kitchen appliance purchase, especially since we probably only make rice a couple of times a month.

So my questions to you are: What are the bare minimum requirements for a decent rice cooker? Can I get away with one of the mid-range $50-$60 models and still get consistently great rice, just without bells and whistles? Do any of you have specific brand/model recommendations?

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