Rice maker or cooker (suihonki)
An electric rice maker turns rice cooking into a breeze compared to making it on the stove top. After soaking the rice grains, put the pot into the rice cooker, plug it in, close the lid and push start. When the rice is done cooking you'll hear the button snap back to the off position. The rice will be finished after it sits for about 10 minutes. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Types of Rice Cookers
Rice cookers can get expensive depending on the extra amenities they come with. Techno computerized space ship-looking cookers may have settings for different types of rice grains. Long, short, brown etc. Others with computerized 24 hour timer. These can cost over $100.00 Dollars U.S.
Basic 20 dollar, 6-cup cookers is all you really need for sushi purposes.
Rice Cooker Care
Be sure to use a soft sponge to clean the inner pot. Modern rice cookers incorporate a non-stick surface and so even a fine pot scrubber can wear the surface down over time with micro scratches.
Never use metal utensils against the non-stick bottom of the inner pot. For the same reason as the above description.
Be sure to keep the outer side of the inner pot dry when inserting into the cooker. This will corrode the heating element and shorten the life of the appliance.
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