I went to pick up a new rice cooker today. My wife had told me the model she wanted. Now, I have never purchased a rice cooker before and therefore had no frame of reference as to what is good and how much they cost. The model Sarah wanted was the Zojirushi NP-HTC18 with the “Induction Heating System.” I found the cooker at Osaka Supermarkets at the Yaohan Centre. The final price came to a bit over $400. As I’ve said, because I had no frame of reference, I really didn’t know if this was expensive or cheap. I just bought it because Sarah wanted it and I know the secret to maintaining a happy marriage is to always give the wife whatever she wants.
As I do with most new experiences, I sent a tweet about it to all my Twitter followers, who seems to know a lot more about rice cookers than me. Their reaction to the rice cooker ranged from shock and awe to are you nuts? From the replies, I can now safely conclude that $400 is indeed a high price to pay for a rice cooker and my wife has very expensive taste buds.
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@JohnChow I love rice but always wondering if this is worth the $. Tell us if it is worth it.
@JohnChow That’s a spiffy rice cooker you got there! Zojirushi is an excellent brand.
@JohnChow $400 for a rice cooker…what kind of rice are you going to cook in it?
@JohnChow: Please don’t tell my mother about that $400 rice cooker. I was planning to send her a pot with a lid.
@JohnChow That looks awesome! I hope the rice made from that tastes great.
@JohnChow WOWO you must really love you sum rice!!!! sorry dosent look like its worth $400 to meeeee…… better make sum damn good rice
@JohnChow Sheesh, for $400 I was expecting to see diamond-studded controls, or at least some gold plating lol.
@JohnChow Are you cooking? I need some quality food though , Very picky on what i eat =) Looks good… lots of buttons!
@JohnChow What are you going to do with it John? You don’t cook! lol I like it though, Bit pricey though..
@JohnChow Zojirushi is good; I had one before our current Mitsubishi. They say the thicker the "kama" (inner pot) the better the rice
@JohnChow that LITTLE thing is $400 man you’re crazzzzy! Bring the rice to my house, I’ll cook it for ya!!
@JohnChow 400 bucks for a rice cooker, John? probably no better/worse than a twenty dollar one. just saying.
@JohnChow Is it the induction heating one? Never made a bad pot of rice no matter the water level. Awesome congee too!
@JohnChow For heavens sake John just put the rice in a pot,millions of Asians can’t be wrong.Why complicate?
@JohnChow don’t ya mean Zojirushi, the one with the elephant? they’re REALLY good. we have one at home.
@JohnChow As long it’s one of the Zojirushi cookers with Neuro Fuzzy Logic, it makes FANTASTIC rice!
@JohnChow I cook perfect rice in a 2 qt saucepan, 2 cups water, 1 cup rice, simmer 20 min covered, let stand 10 mins. Voila!
@JohnChow 400$ for rice-cooker? Gee, I need to read your newsletter more thoroughly… 😉
part 1 RT @JohnChow: Picking up a $400 Sojorushi rice cooker. This thing better make good rice!
@JohnChow good grief! mine cost 20 bucks and makes great perfect rice. Thats BEYOND ridiculous dude… get a 20$ one and donate the rest!
@JohnChow Holy Smoke better put that Rice Cooker in the Vault or Chain it up to the Kitchen shelf he he
@JohnChow Hey!! I have on that I bought in Wal-mart (Black & Decker) for $15 a make really good rice.
@JohnChow $400 to make rice..for that price, it better go to the store to get the rice too..lol
@JohnChow The oldest metal rice cookers actually make the best rice.It’s also the quickest. Technology sometimes just complicates things.
@JohnChow it better grow it, harvest it, and make it into something divine! LOL