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Rice Cooker, Panasonic

Would you like to make perfect rice, every time? Made in Thailand by National/Panasonic, this attractive, modern rice cooker (model SR-TE) is all you'll ever need. At left is the new appearance (January 2008) simulated stainless steel instead of floral. All functions are the same as the pre-2008 model. The floral design shown below has been discontinued.

Before you buy, please take a look at the detailed pictures and description below. The 5 cup rice cooker is approx 9 inches tall and 10 inches in diameter, and makes 5 cups of raw rice (or a bit more). The 10 cup version (recommended) is approx 10 in. tall and 11 in. diameter. Compare our prices as well, because you can pay much more for Zojirushi brand which offers same functionality and style. The rice cooker is now Panasonic brand, as National is no longer used since 2005. Whatever you do, don't settle for a derelict rice cooker.

5 cup rice cooker
10 cup rice cooker
Inside the rice cooker is a non-stick pan that makes serving rice simple, as it never sticks and it's easy to clean. To make perfect rice every time, just open the lid, place a measured amount of rinsed jasmine rice (or other variety) inside, add the same amount of water as rice, close the lid and turn it on. The rice cooker goes to work until the rice is perfectly done, then automatically stops cooking and switches to "keep warm" mode. The rice will stay fresh, moist and warm for up to 12 hours. Notice the nice violet orchid design on the high quality, easy-to-clean shiny plastic surface. Click here to see enlarged image.
The rice cooker has a domed lid, a new design that helps prevent water drops from falling on rice (so it won't get soggy). Most water drops evaporate before they come into contact with the rice as they flow down the side of the lid. There is also a "moisture cap" on the lid which collects excess moisture during cooking and helps keep adequate moisture after cooking for fluffier rice. Click here to see enlarged image.
After adding rice and water, all you do is push this button down and relax. When the rice is perfectly done, the cooker automatically switches to "keep warm" mode. Click here to see enlarged image.
There is a nice long electrical cord that pulls out and locks at the length you prefer, and it has an automatic self-rewinding feature for great convenience. Click here to see enlarged image.
Each rice cooker comes with a steaming basket that fits nicely inside the rice cooker, so you can steam vegetables or anything else. Click here to see enlarged image.
Connected to the lid lock mechanism is a convenient holder for the plastic rice serving paddle (included). Click here to see enlarged image.
Click here to see photographs of the box that your rice cooker comes in.
Why do stores like Walmart and Target, even online shops like Amazon or cooking.com always have this kind of rice cooker for sale? Well, we don't know. But they're obviously clueless about rice preparation. The glass-lid style of rice cooker you see at left, which we estimate as 95% of what you'll find in American stores, is practically an ancient relic throughout Asia. These cookers are a bit cheaper, but they don't have a proper ventilation system to capture and maintain moisture, so unless you serve the rice immediately after it's cooked it dries out. There is no "keep warm" feature either. You can still find this style in some Asian households that haven't yet upgraded, but not in Asian stores because modern versions such as ours have been available for over 15 years. So if you're looking for a rice cooker, buy what's best not a historical artifact.
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Ever wonder how a rice cooker knows when to turn off? There are a number of appliances that "know" when they should turn off. A rice cooker is one of them. The water-heating portion of a drip coffee maker (as opposed to the burner under the pot) is another. If there is water in a heated container and the water is boiling, the container will maintain a constant temperature. At sea level, the boiling temperature for water is 212 degrees F or 100 degrees C. As soon as all of the liquid water has evaporated (or, in the case of the rice cooker, as soon as all of the water is absorbed by the rice), the temperature inside the container immediately rises. The appliance has a thermostat that can detect when the temperature rises above 212 degrees F in the container, and it turns itself off.
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