Many people ask me what is the best way to cook rice. The answer is short – rice cooker. Today’s rice cookers are fully computerized devices that regulate the cooking process from beginning to end. Even professional restaurants commonly use rice cookers to cook rice or other grains.
If you want to enjoy delicious perfectly cooked rice, the question is not how to cook it, but which rice cooker to choose.
Today I would like to review one of the best rice cookers on the market – Zojirushi NS-ZCC10. Zojirushi rice cookers are known for their high quality and very tasty rice that you can cook using these devices.
According to many users, the NS-ZCC10 is one of the best rice cookers of this company and in my opinion the best rice cooker at all. Why? In this review I’ll give you the answer to this question.
What Can You Cook in This Rice Cooker
The biggest advantage of Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 rice cooker is the quality of cooked rice. However, that’s not all. This rice cooker has a lot to offer when it comes to the types of rice and various dishes you can cook in it.
If you like white rice or white rice dishes you will not be disappointed. The option of cooking regular/sushi rice will please every supporter of this Japanese popular dish. Rice cooked in this way is sticky and has a great texture perfect for making sushi.
If you are a fan of more exotic varieties of rice such as jasmine or basmati, this is not a problem for this rice cooker. Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 cooks these types of rice in a very delicate way. Thanks to the software that regulates the cooking process you can enjoy the full aroma and taste of these rice varieties.
The cookbook attached to this rice cooker has many recipes for dishes based on rice, but not only. Due to the fact that this device has many fans and supporters around the world, on the web you can find plenty of recipes for all kinds of dishes that you can cook using this rice cooker. With Zojirushi NS-ZCC you can cook pasta, beans, various types of soups, goulash, porridge, cake and more.
For more information about the cooking features of the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10, please read below.
Appearance and Design
This rice cooker looks great, different from the other rice cookers of this company, but the neat look and white colour give it simplicity and elegance. The universal design makes it fit any kitchen regardless of the decorate or other equipment.
It has a uniform and attractive appearance. The white plastic covering this model has high quality and looks very aesthetically.
Digital Control Panel
The digital control panel may seem complicated but trust me, it is very easy to use. The navigation system between the various options is very intuitive.
As I wrote, this rice cooker has many different options for cooking rice.
Below I’ll describe the main features that this rice cooker offers.
- Pre-Washed Rice – if you want to cook pre-washed rice or musenmai, you can do this by choosing this option. More on musenmai later.
- Menu – click this button to choose what and how you want to cook.
- White rice – this option allows you to cook white rice.
- Reg/Sushi – thanks to this option you can cook the rice needed to make sushi.
- Softer – thanks to this option you can cook more delicate rice, suitable for making rice croquettes, rice dumplings covered with bean jam etc.
- Harder – by choosing this option you can cook more crispy rice suitable for making e.g. curry.
- Brown rice – you use this option if you cook brown rice.
- Semi brown rice – option to cook semi-brown rice.
- Porridge – rice porridge cooking option.
- Sweet – if you like sweet rice or dishes based on sweet rice, this option is for you.
- White rice – this option allows you to cook white rice.
- Keep Warm – This is the standard option available in any rice cooker. With this feature, you can set your rice cooker to cook rice for a specific hour, e. g. when you return from work. If you’re late, the rice cooker will keep your cooked rice warm even for 5 hours. So you do not have to worry that after returning home you will eat cold rice.
- Reheat – The reheat option is to increase the temperature of rice when it’s in keep warm mode. The temperature should be similar to the temperature of rice immediately after cooking.
As you can see, this rice cooker has many interesting options. However, that’s not all. There are many other varieties of rice you can cook in this rice cooker. From the user manual included with this device this device, you will learn how to cook rice varieties such as basmati or jasmine.
Also, do not forget that rice cooker is a very universal device. With this model, you can cook a lot of different dishes not necessarily based on rice.
For example, you can cook pasta, goulash, soup, chicken, chocolate cake and many other things. You can find many recipes on the manufacturer’s website or on the internet.
Construction, Volume and Dimensions
Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 has a volume of 5.5 cups of uncooked rice. This capacity is enough to prepare rice for 3 or 4 people. If you would like to prepare meals for more people, consider buying the Zojirushi NS-ZCC18, it’s the same rice cooker only bigger with a capacity of 10 cups of uncooked rice.
This rice cooker and its larger counterpart are handy and easy to carry devices. The weight of the Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is 6.4 pounds, not too much for this type of device. Zojirushi NS-ZCC18 has 8.2 pounds.
It’s worth mentioning that these devices have comfortable handles. If you travel a lot or occasionally want to take your rice cooker somewhere, it shouldn’t be a problem. Another thing worth mentioning is the power cord that can be extended or retracted. The retractable cable makes transporting the device much easier.
Features and Cooking Options
The most important thing to write here is Neuro Fuzzy Logic technology. Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 / 18 has a microcomputer that adjusts the cooking time and temperature to the type of ingredients inside the inner pan. Thanks to that, the dishes are cooked in the best possible way.
The comments of users who have used rice cookers equipped with this technology are very positive. You will not have to worry about rice being burnt or undercooked. The appliance will choose the right temperature and cooking time for you.
As I wrote earlier in this rice cooker you can cook white, brown and sweet rice. In addition, Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 has a porridge cooking option. So, if you are a fan of this dish, then surely this fact will please you 🙂 In the user manual included with this rice cooker, there are several recipes for various rice dishes.
Another option I’ve written before is the option of cooking plain rice or pre-washed rice (Musenmai). White rice before cooking should be rinsed (even several times) this is normal practice. Pre-washed rice is a kind of rice without an outer sticky coating, so you don’t need to rinse it before cooking. It’s a convenient and ecological solution because the water after the rice rinsing is contaminated.
This is a big problem in countries where the basis of a diet is rice. If you don’t want to continually rinse your rice or you care for the environment, the pre-washed rice is an interesting option.
In my opinion, Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 is the best rice cooker on the market. The quality of the device is great it’s hard to find any flaws. Certain components, such as the retractable cable and the detachable inner lid make this device easy to use.
For me, the disadvantage is the lack of steaming tray. On the other hand, the lack of a tray makes the rice cleaner because the cooked meat or vegetable juice doesn’t drain down to the inner pan. So the quality of cooked rice is higher. As you see it all depends on your personal preferences 🙂
The price of this rice cooker is also very attractive considering the high quality of this device.
This rice cooker has many supporters for a reason. If you are looking for a rice cooker that cooks amazing rice, that is easy to use, easy to clean, which doesn’t take a lot of space and looks great, it’s the best choice. Zojirushi NS-ZCC10/18 is a great product that I highly recommend.