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    Published on November 1st, 2017 | by Greg


    Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker: Now With Quinoa!

    This Halloween, we’re treating ourselves to something a little different, setting aside all of the sugary candies and making a spooky, healthier alternative- a black sesame rice dish. It’s a nice and creepy accompaniment to just about any sort of potluck or party, great for kids and adults, and it can skew savory or a little sweet as you wish. Plus, it’s vegan, gluten free, and pretty easy to make- as long as you have a good rice cooker, that is.

    The new Zojirushi NL-BAC05 Three-Cup Micom Rice Cooker is a compact, chef’s best friend- and actually, a companion to even the most ham-fisted of kitchen incompetents. It can create perfect rice on demand, with little more than an assist and the ingredients from you- and it can do way more than just your basic white rice, including sushi rice, brown rice, long grain white rice, steel cut oatmeal- and fairly uniquely, white, red, black or rainbow quinoa as well! Like most decent, modern rice makers, is uses fuzzy logic for best results, and there’s an automatic keep warm mode which means you cna enjoy your rice later (without worrying about ti drying out, as often happens with cheap models).

    We’ve seen plenty of Zojirushi gear in the past, as the Japanese company makes some the best water boilers for tea, and a wide variety of different rice cookers too. This one has a detachable rather than retractable cable, and even the function to bake a cake (which we didn’t test). As always, their gear is easy to clean, and boasts fold-away handles for easy filling and movement. Controls are fairly large and the display panel is easy to read, and one nice change is that the steamer vent is removable (which makes cleaning easier but also allows for higher-temperature cooking without the messy frothiness). It offers triple heating elements, but it’s not super-speedy- on a normal setting, you might expect an hour or so to make a batch, and even the quicker setting still takes two-thirds of the time. But the end product speaks for itself- excellent rice, with no fuss.

    There are bigger models, fancier ones, but this one (the NL-BAC05 as tested) feels like a workhorse of sorts. Expect to spend around $130 online and in stores, a nice figure for a very capable machine, especially if you’re a quinoa fan. It’d make a great gift, or simply a perfect way to keep your food budget low this winter while still allowing a huge range of options.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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