Hello and Welcome! Today’s post is a little different than my recipe or Ingredient Spotlight posts. That said, I suppose this post does shine a spotlight on a specific piece of kitchen equipment I never thought I needed, or wanted. Yes, a rice cooker! But this isn’t just any rice cooker. The 5.5 cup Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker is a rockstar piece of kitchen equipment. It does its job perfectly every time. So, read on about the Neuro Fuzzy Rice cooker; and down below, I will link to some Djalali Cooks recipes perfect for a side of rice. Let’s Do it!
This is not a sponsored post, but every once in a while there is a piece of kitchen equipment or cookware that is really worth mentioning and recommending to you. Especially if it’s a product that really changed my mind. Frankly, I didn’t care about rice cookers. Even though I frequently make rice, it just never occurred to me to buy a rice cooker. The ease of use and the perfect-every-time-results made me a convert. The other thing is that brown rice and white rice made in the Zojirushi just tastes better than stovetop-made rice.
Neuro Fuzzy Technology
You might be wondering what the heck Neuro Fuzzy means. A Neuro-Fuzzy system is a learning machine that finds and uses the parameters of a “fuzzy” set of rules. “Fuzzy” refers to the allowance of more vague (read: human) assessments in computing. So, the Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy basically uses an algorithm and IF-THEN sets to learn and make fine-tuned adjustments to temperature – ensuring perfectly cooked rice, every time. It seems complicated but you can think of it as a type of AI.
A Worthy Investment
The 5.5 cup Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker has a steep price tag, but think of it as an investment piece – like an InstantPot. It doesn’t just make really good rice! In fact, you can use the Zojirushi Rice Cooker similarly to an InstantPot. There are entire cookbooks devoted to InstantPot-style recipes made in the Zojirushi. From cakes, to steamed vegetables, frittatas, beans, stews and more.
Simple to Use
The Zojirushi is really easy to use. Measure out the amount of rice you want to cook, rinse it well under cold running water and transfer the rinsed uncooked rice to the rice cooker bowl. Then fill with water to the line indicating the amount of rice you want to cook. I am cooking 2 cups of rice; so I poured in my 2 cups of rinsed rice and filled the water to the line between the 1 and the 3 under WHITE RICE.
Set the rice cooker bowl in the cooker, close the lid and press the pink COOKING|REHEAT button. A cute Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star tune will play and it’s on its way to perfect rice!
The clock will not indicate how many minutes remain until it gets to the ten minute mark. When it’s done, it will play another little tune and kick over to the KEEP WARM setting. The rice cooker itself is compact, lightweight and its retractable cord not only works smoothly, but it makes the whole rice cooker easy to store.
Rice Perfect Recipes
I hope you found this recommendation for the Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker helpful and interesting. I hope if you’re ever in the market for a rice cooker, you give this Zojirushi consideration. And if you’re not in the market for one, perhaps this post will change your mind, like mine was. Take care and be well everyone! xo Kelly