Review: Zojirushi Umami Rice Cooker Review, Part 3 and Giveaway!
Yes people, you are allowed to get extremely excited because it’s true: Zojirushi has agreed to sponsor a giveaway of their Umami Micom Rice Cooker on Adventures in Bentomaking! Details to follow the review.
I apologize for taking so long to post Part 3 of my review series (see Part 1 and 2), but I’ve had the most horrifying week of Easter leftover eating. You cannot possibly imagine how gagtastic it is to live with a family that snubs their noses up at leftovers, especially when you forgot to put out the big bowl of mac salad for your 24 guests to take home. I’ve been leading the leftover eating initiative on my own since Sunday and after today, I officially give up. The chickens can eat the rest.
For today’s final review I cooked with two more settings: Sweet and Porridge.
I had originally intended to try making something called Ohagi (using the sweet rice I got from Asian Food Grocer), which I’d never heard of before, but came up in my search for sweet rice recipes. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t pay too much attention before cooking the rice and didn’t notice I needed to mix in regular rice as well. So there I was with a batch of nicely cooked sweet rice and I’d already messed up the recipe. I googled the next thing I could think of, home made mochi.
It sounded simple enough, you just pound it by hand for 10 minutes in a mortar and pestle, which Mr. Pikko actually just bought for me a couple weeks ago. The thing is, have you ever pounded rice in a mortar and pestle for 10 minutes? Let me tell you, it ain’t easy! Especially when you can only fit 1/4th of your rice in it at a time!
I’ve never cooked sweet rice before, but this was no problem as all I did was use the Sweet line in the pot to measure how much water I needed for how many cups of rice I used. It came out looking great! I started pounding.
Boy did the novelty of hand pounding mochi wear off fast… Here I am about halfway done. After I was done, I sprinkled a cutting board with potato starch and divided the mochi in half.
I shaped them into nice balls and then coated them in more starch. I fried a couple and ate them with soy sauce and sugar, but thought they were a bit too sweet for my liking, which probably means I didn’t pound it nearly enough. I know this because I didn’t time myself. I simply pounded until I decided I was done. Baby Girl loved them though, lumps and all. She asked if I could make them again, but I’ll probably have to freeze them or make them in smaller batches because they didn’t store well in wax paper and a ziploc bag.
Last night, I tried out cooking oatmeal with the porridge function. I didn’t anticipate this going very well as I’m not a huge oatmeal fan in the first place, but own two huge bags of Coach’s Oats since I find the texture of that oatmeal to be pretty good. I actually used the amount of water called for on the package this time and used the Porridge function. I added a bit of milk and some sugar, but now that I think about it, I should have used less water to compensate for the milk or just left it out and added it in when it was time to eat.
It looked really great in the morning, though it was definitely goopier than I’m used to since I’d added the milk. Coach’s oats usually takes only 5 minutes to cook on stovetop or in the microwave, but I hate cleaning the pot so I never use the stove for it. I ate it as is and did find it to be a little overcooked, but I think this was because I just pressed cook last night and didn’t use the timer function, so it was heated for about 5 hours before I ate. In general though, it’s a good way to have breakfast ready for you when you wake up.
I hope you all have found all of my reviews on this cooker to be informative and helpful in your decision on buying a rice cooker. I noticed that Amazon’s page has an additional review instead of my lone review and was happy to read that the other reviewer agreed with me that there is a noticeable difference when cooking with the Umami setting!
First up, the bad news: this giveaway is restricted to the United States and Canada. Sorry! 🙁
The good news for all eligible people is that I’ll let you enter the giveaway a total of five times, depending on how persistent you are. Please follow my instructions carefully and only comment on this post if you are entering the giveaway. Every entry requires a separate comment here so that I don’t have to go insane keeping a Google doc of all the entries. I will be deleting any invalid entries to keep track consistently. This giveaway will close on Thursday, May 12.
Ways to Enter:
- Required entry: Comment on this blog post and tell me what you most want to try Zojirushi’s Umami rice with. It can be anything from a main dish to just plain furikake. (1 entry)
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