We cook rice and grains frequently, as do many Asian-Americans. We have used plastic-bowl microwave vessels, aluminum & teflon pots, steam pressure cookers and several others over the past five plus decades. They all work, but each has a down side. For instance... [Read more]
There is no shortage of companies products available on the market just waiting for you to put your rice in their steamer.
Among these potential suitors is the Miracle Stainless Steel Rice Cooker (ME81) is the long-awaited follow-up to the ME8, Miracle’s wildly successful debut into the rice cooker market. So how has Miracle managed to improve on its initial offering? They started by using stainless steel for the main bowl-a feature that prevents your rice from sticking as well as a lighter and fluffier finished product.
Other products competing in the same price range only offer aluminum or non-stick coatings, the drawbacks of which are discussed below.
The minds behind the ME81 didn’t forget how the world is full of distractions that prevent you from being able to stare at the cooker while the rice steams; so once the rice is cooked, it switches to a mode that functions only to keep your rice warm.
The ME81 is also equipped with a feature enabling you to steam vegetables while your rice is cooking. Here’s a solid nod to multi-tasking! Side note: This steamer is not limited to cooking just rice. Oatmeal, quinoa and couscous are also easy to cook. Here’s a nod to multi-tasking! As discussed earlier, it’s a nice feeling when the folks designing these products pay attention to the consumer as much as the product.
Rice cookers with aluminum or non-stick components are notorious for their lack of resilience, potential for burning, as well as the taste and smell burnt rice leaves behind.
Nothing could be worse than having your party end early because you overcooked the rice and find yourself alone scraping a burnt bowl with the taste of burnt rice in your mouth and its odor lingering in the air.
If you are reading this review, you value research as much as the product you are looking to buy, so you need to ask yourself one question: the Miracle Stainless Steel Rice Cooker (ME81) retails between $70 and $90, but how much is it WORTH?
The answer is pretty simple for a person rational enough to do the research for a rice cooker. How often do you eat rice?
While the quality of the rice cooked from this product, as well as the quantity (8 cups of white or brown rice will produce a hefty 12 cups), for a machine as simple as the ME81, the improvements are minor, so if you have the time but not the money, a less-expensive cooker makes more sense.
This rice maker is great for multitaskers as it allows you to do several things at once - a feature which everyone loves. If you're in the market for a quality, well-built rice maker this one is for you!