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Zojirushi NP-HTC10 Pressure Rice Cooker
Price Range: Expensive
Rice Quality: Excellent
Benefits & Features: Several
Pros vs. Cons: Pros Outweigh Cons
Overall Rating: Excellent
We will start this page by stating that the Zojirushi NP-HTC10 pressure rice cooker is not for everyone, but only for a few reasons.
First, the unit is very expensive! At the time of this writing it has a pretty high price tag. That alone may lead many to another choice. Second is that if white rice is on the menu more than brown rice, then once again consider something else; perhaps the popular NS-ZCC10 or 18 model…or something in the Zojirushi “Micom” line up.
The Healthiest Brown Rice You Can Get
Having stated that, what this rice cooker does very well is cook brown rice to near perfection, and there is a bonus. Using both pressure and a technology called “GABA”, this unit turns beta starch in to alpha starch which in turn releases more nutrients and makes the rice easier to digest.
The texture of the cooked brown rice is very soft and fluffy and the flavor is excellent. Very close to mimicking the texture of cooked white rice.
However, this feature comes with a minus, that being it takes over 3 hours to prepare when using this setting since it requires longer soaking time. To counter that, the Zojirushi NP-HTC10 comes with a convenient timer so folks may program when they want it to start/finish (this is an approximation).
Aside from brown, it also has other settings including one for sushi style rice, one for sweet rice, and one for white rice. The insulated pan distributes heat evenly when cooking all three types which makes this model almost worth it.
Why almost? Well, for the very high price it would be nice if it offered slow-cooking and steaming functions in addition to rice cooking.
Despite its technical look and feel, it is quite simple to operate as all folks need to do is make the instructed measurements, select their desired rice type, and press start. The Zojirushi NP-HTC10 will take it from there and produce some of the most tasteful rice dishes currently offered by an electric rice cooker.
Once the rice is complete, the unit automatically switches into a keep warm mode holding the rice at a moist ready to eat temperature until served (just be sure not to let brown rice linger too long to avoid discoloration!)
This Zojirushi NP-HTC10 5.5 cup pressure rice cooker prepares a maximum of up to 16 cups of cooked white rice and comes with 2 measuring cups, serving paddle with side holder, non-stick bowl, and manual.
- great quality build and attractive modern design
- makes excellent tasting rice
- easy to read display panel with back light
- programmable timer
- audible sound alerts the user when rice is finished
- keeps rice warm
- very expensive, perhaps too much -vs- other models
- no steaming option for cooking vegetables, shrimp, etc.
- takes a long time to prepare brown rice
- some folks state that it is limited to rice (cannot cook steel oats)
Where to Buy a Zojirushi Rice Cooker
Purchase at Amazon.com
When it comes down to it, this model may or may not really be worth your investment. Depends how often you plan to use it. We just state this because of its high price…
Once more, the unit should not be purchased if folks only plan on cooking mainly white rice…for that there are less expensive choices.
However, for folks who absolutely love brown rice and want it cooked to near perfection, the Zojirushi NP-HTC10 unit is one of the best available…just be sure to measure correctly using the included instructions and accessories.
Tip: keep unit plugged in to prolong the internal battery life…please note the unit will still continue to perform properly without it as it just runs the clock when the cooker is unplugged. Battery life is approx. 4 yrs.
Measures: 9 – 7/8 x 14 – 3/16 x 7 – 7/8 Inches | 5.5 Cup Capacity (approx. 16 Cups Cooked Rice)