Rice cookers and my big score

annie1992August 22, 2014

Here we have an online auction. It's like ebay, kind of, except it's local, we drive to a neighboring town to pick up our purchases and you can go to their building and look at anything that's up for auction, so there's no shipping

You can get anything from guns to the kitchen sink, I've gotten shovels and snowboards for the kids there, and I just bought a big box of pyrex that had 12 pie plates and a couple of casseroles for $3.00. I've gotten Griswold cast iron and four LeCrueset pans for less than $25 each.

A few weeks ago a rice cooker came up for auction. Used once. I promptly got on Amazon and looked up the Zojirushi pressure induction 10 cup rice cooker, number
NP-NVC18. $464.07? You've got to be kidding me, it's just for cooking rice!

Elery really, really wanted it. I finally bid it up, all the way up to $20.00.

So now it's been used twice, LOL. I've read the instructions 3 times and have given up impatiently each time. Today I cooked rice on top of the stove in a pan while the "machine" sat on the counter and looked at me.

We had one batch of rice and it was perfect right out of the machine but very dry the next day. I understand it has a "moist" setting, so there is apparently a learning curve.

I really gotta keep Elery away from that auction site or we'll need to build another barn, just to keep kitchen appliances in. (grin)


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    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 2:28AM
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Oh, wow!!!
If I were in the area of that sale, I would be in BIG trouble! Another barn might not be enough.
Great buy. At that price it is worth it to learn that you don't want it ;-)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 12:45PM
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Hey--whatever Big E wants. He's worth it!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 1:43PM
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LOL at your comment of making rice on the stove, while the rice cooker looked at you.

Years ago I had a rice maker, but I didn't like the crusty rice that was always at the bottom. I love the rice using the stove.

I've since found out from Johnliu that the crusty rice is what people love. :-)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 2:13PM
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What a steal!

Let us know how GABA brown rice turns out. GABA is supposed to do all sorts of wonderful stuff like lower blood pressure and stress.

Also, I bet steel cut oats would be great in that. I cook them in a 1.5 crock pot, but cleaning that crockpot is a PITA.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 3:25PM
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arley, I read the instructions and I read the reviews. Half of them say you can cook steel cut oats in it, and half say you can't. I guess I'll just have to try it. I'm also thinking maybe wheat berries, those take a long time to cook too...

I'm also wondering about making a big batch of brown rice and freezing some, I see those frozen packages at the store now, so I know it can be done.


    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 10:54PM
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What a great find! You will have to report back after you've had some more time with it to give us your thoughts. I am always tempted to purchase one when someone posts a good price on a deal forum I frequent but have stopped myself so far. Mostly because I am quickly running out of places to store all my kitchen gadgets in my small kitchen.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 1:44AM
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I've never had problems cooking any rice on the stovetop, and definitely don't have the room to store a rice cooker. Somehow I would have found storage space for the $3 box of 12 pie plates and casserole dishes! wow! I wish we had one of those auction places near here.

BTW: If you have too many pie plates, I've found that they work great as a tray under a large potted plant! :)

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 8:06AM
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That's wild! What a score!

Very curious about whoever spent $464, used it once, and didn't return it for a refund.

It will probably drive me nuts with the built-in Artificial Intelligence and fuzzy logic. In other words, it will guess what is best for you. Each time you set something up, it will change it to something else for you, and change again and again each time. The computer software programmer in Japan will be your cook.

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This post was edited by dcarch on Mon, Aug 25, 14 at 9:03

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 8:46AM
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I prefer the rice that I make in stove top Staub pot. My fuzzy logic Zoj takes too, too long to cook rice. And I love the crunchy stuff on the bottom.
P.S. I still use the Zoj if all other burners are otherwise occupied when I cook for a crowd.

This post was edited by kitchendetective on Mon, Aug 25, 14 at 9:40

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 9:39AM
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I'd be interested how it does on the other programs - brown rice, sushi rice, etc.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 9:48AM
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Great find if you enjoy using it. I've never gotten into the idea of using an appliance to cook rice when I have a saucepan that works just fine, but the local auction sounds wonderful. That Le Crueset would have been tempting me. I only have one pot, but for that price, I'd make room for another.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 10:54AM
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johnliu, I'm sure I'll be finding out, and I haven't made sushi in quite a while, now I need to get busy and make some.

dcarch, I have no idea what those characters mean, I'm only assuming it's complimentary. (grin)

As for the source of the auction items, the people who run it allow private sellers to take a photograph and write a description of their item to be auctioned, and the auction company keeps a percentage. I've seen items from a child's potty chair to tractors to "a box of awesomeness", LOL. It's easy to find, jnjonlineauction dot com.

In addition to the private sellers, the company and/or agents/sellers buy estate items, store liquidations, the items in abandoned/unpaid storage units, etc. This week there are 2,000+ items up for auction and many of them are complete junk, many are firearms and ammunition, and a few are real gems. You sort through, their search is pretty bad...


    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 12:45AM
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