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Zojirushi NP-HTC18 Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker and Warmer


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  • Automatically selects from three pressure levels according to the menu selected
  • Healthy cooking options; brown rice and GABA brown rice settings
  • Vacuum insulated inner cooking pan distributes heat to the rice quickly without allowing it to escape outside
  • Easy-to-read colored LCD control panel with Clock and Timer functions
  • Detachable and washable stainless steel inner lid
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  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 9.2 x 10.9 cm ; 4.1 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 7 Kg
  • Item model number: NPHTC18
  • ASIN: B001KVZZGW
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: April 14 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,566 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Zojirushi's advanced rice cooker system uses precise heat control and pressurized cooking to create perfect rice. Induction Heating (IH) directs the heat right into the inner cooking pan, which is vacuum insulated to maintain temperature. Three pressure

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Zojirushi NP-HTC18 Induction Heating 10-Cup (Uncooked) Pressure Rice Cooker and Warmer

Perfectly Cooked Rice with the NP-HTC18
NP-HTC18

Make the most perfect, tasty rice every time with the Induction Heating Pressure 10 Cup Rice Cooker Warmer from Zojirushi. The induction heating method heats the inner cooking pan resulting in exceptionally well-cooked rice. GABA brown cycle activates gamma-aminobutyric acid, a beneficial nutrient in brown rice. 10-cup capacity is ideal for larger batches of rice for parties, large families, and more. Note: Capacity is stated in 6-ounce cups of raw rice. Cooked yield is roughly double the amount. Features automatic keep warm and extended keep warm cycle. Easy-to-read LCD control panel with clock and timer display. Measuring lines on inner cooking pan for precise control of ingredients. Removable inner cooking pan makes clean-up a breeze. Convenient detachable inner lid allows easy washing. Comes with a rice measuring cup and a rice spatula with holder. Menu settings include: white rice (regular, softer or harder), sushi rice, mixed rice, porridge, sweet GABA brown, quick cooking, and rinse-free.

Make Every Type of Rice

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Brown Rice

This is a menu setting designed to cook delicious brown rice. In order to cook hard rice bran and the rice inside, preheating time is extended for better absorption of water, and is cooked at a lower temperature to allow the rice to cook longer without becoming mushy.

Sushi Rice

Because sushi rice will be processed after it's cooked, it's easier to handle when it is a little firmer. This menu setting is very similar to regular white rice, but uses less water (adjusted by the water fill lines) for a firm finish.

Mixed Rice

Mixed rice is rice cooked with additional ingredients and seasonings. This setting extends preheating for better absorption of seasoning. Also, the cooking temperature is slightly lower than regular white rice, to avoid ingredients from boiling over.

Porridge

Instead of cooking rice in larger amounts of water and risk making it sloppy, use the porridge setting to cook fluffy porridge. Cooking temperature is slightly lower than regular white rice, to be cooked longer for soft texture.

GABA Brown Rice

A newly discovered way of cooking brown rice to "activate" it and increase natural occurring gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an amino acid in brown rice believed to have health giving properties such as lowering blood pressure, improving kidney function and relieving stress. The brown rice is "activated" by soaking it at 104°F for 2 hours before the actual cooking begins. All Induction Heating System rice cookers, including the IH Pressure models, have the GABA brown rice setting.

NP-HTC18
Easy-to-read LCD control panel
MICOM (Microcomputer) Technology

Aided by microcomputer technology, this category of rice cooker takes having rice on your menu from occasional to serious. MICOM allows the cooker to have multiple functions on its menu, making it a necessity for any avid rice fan who wants to incorporate rice into her daily diet. The microchip does all the thinking for you by, based on the type of rice you are cooking, from adjusting cooking times, temperatures, and timing the pre-soak of the raw grains to the final "wait" period during steaming.

Conventional rice cookers simply turn on and off in reaction to temperature. The "fuzzy logic" of MICOM fine-tunes this adjustment to adapt to various rice types, such as white, brown, sweet or porridge, which all have different cooking requirements. The trigger to everything is the thermal sensor, a small round button at the bottom of the inner body of the cooker. As the inner pan's weight rests on it and activates the sensor, it starts the cooking process and keeps an eye on the temperature and time.

NP-HTC18
Induction Heating (IH) system for precise temperature control

Induction Heating took rice cooking to another level by introducing another dimension to the heating process. Where the heating element would normally be located at the bottom of the cooker, IH transforms the entire inner cooking pan into a heat conductor, allowing for higher, more precise and more uniform cooking temperatures.

Induction heating occurs when a magnetic material enters a magnetic field. This is recreated by passing an electric current through coils located at the bottom of the rice cooker's body. As the special, 2-ply inner cooking pan is placed inside, a magnetic field is created, which in turn generates instant heat. The entire cooking pan becomes the heat source, with the ability to cook at higher temperatures, which can be turned on and off instantly for greater control.

NP-HTC18
Automatically selects from 3 pressure levels
Vacuum Insulated Inner Pan

Our vacuum insulated inner cooking pan distributes heat to the rice quickly without allowing it to escape outside. Vacuum insulation prevents the heat induced by IH from escaping outside, to produce better cooking results.

IH Pressure System

When pressure is added to the equation, even higher temperatures occur, resulting in a change in the structure of the starch within each grain of rice. This change makes the rice softer and easier to digest, and even fluffier to the taste. Rice cooked with pressure has also been found to stay soft for longer periods of time when compared to regular cooked rice.

A specially designed lid keeps the cooker airtight and sealed, which prevents the steam from escaping. As pressure builds inside while the rice cooks, the boiling point of the water increases beyond the normal 212 F. Once the water is allowed to boil, it cannot be heated further; but inside a sealed environment under pressure, higher temperatures can be reached, which penetrates everything in the cooker from the surface of the food to its center.


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By Rainpiggy on April 4 2013
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My mother wanted a really nice rice cooker for her birthday. After searching for 3 weeks we decided to go for the most expensive rice cooker because of the science and technology behind the product. True to the advancement of technology, the product has made perfect rice for us every time. The rice cooker makes perfect sticky rice, congee and sushi rice. But what we found more astounding is that it makes perfect wild and brown rice, which all the rice cookers we have used before have failed to do. My mother is diabetic and so we usually make three kinds of rice at home. We make the normal white rice, sushi rice and wild black or red rice and this rice cooker produces the perfect rice every single time we use it, all the grains of rice are cooked evenly and consistently.
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By arkun durmaz on Dec 25 2012
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Great cooker, perfect rice every time. We moved up from the non induction version, it certainly makes a better rice .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hai-Thuy Nguyen on Jan. 13 2013
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J'ai choisi cet article à cause des fonctions avancés pour chaque type de riz différent.
Aussi après avoir lu les descriptions sur la site Zojirushi, j'ai simplement espéré que Zurijoshi livre des articles de qualité comme promis sur la site de la cie.

Je n'ai pas déçu du résultat. Le riz est très bon, plus goûteux, mais pour le riz brun, j'ai du mal à distinguer la différence entre la cuisson normale et la cuisson GABA. J'attendais que si GABA libère plus de valeur nutritive, le riz doit être très goûté ....

Aussi le fonction timer (donne le temps qu'on veut le riz est prêt pour manger) est super practique, surtout pour le riz brun (façon normale ou GABA) qui prend beaucoup de temps à cuire.

J'ai essayé le riz basmati avec cet appareil, mais le résultat est pas très convaincant.
Il faut mentionner que le riz basmati n'est pas sur la liste du guide de l'appareil

Mais avec le prix du produit, j'aurai aimé :
- affiche du temps estimé de cuisson.
- la corde électrique rétractable.
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SS on Oct. 1 2012
I purchased this rice cooker On Nov 4, 2011. The tap on the inner lid is broken on Oct 1, 2012. I write to them ask for replacing of the inner lid, as the product is still in one year warranty. this is the replay from their customer service staff:

The only way to break the tabs of the inner lid is not inserted correctly. Product damaged by external force is not covered
under warranty.

Please read the instruction manual page 21 for the detailed information, how to detach and attach the inner lid set and make sure to follow the direction.

I've read through the instruction on the first of its arrival and attached the inner lid so carefully, as I noticed the lid is a plastic structure. It's not a $30 stuff, only God knows how carefully I treated it.

I love the rice it cooked, but I'm so disappointed on how they respond their customer. They do not stand behind their product. They make the customer who claims for warranty fell he/she is cheap and stupid.
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This is what happens today. I will follow up how they "stand behind" their product. Oct 1, 2012
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Amazon.com: 29 reviews
55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Great Brown Rice at 7,300 ft. Nov. 1 2009
By Betty Louann - Published on Amazon.com
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Just completed my first pot of brown rice at 7,300 ft. It is so much better than my usual pressure-cooked brown rice, it is amazing. And I didn't have to stand around adjusting the flame on my stove to keep the pressure up, but not too far up. I simply put in the brown rice to the levels recommended. I closed it and set it on the brown rice setting. Perfect the first time.
Yes, it is really expensive, but brown rice doesn't really get done at my altitude unless you use a pressure cooker. The controls on a pressure cooker are not very fine. This machine immediately brings the rice to the best temperature for cooking whatever kind of rice one chooses and raises the pressure, if necessary, to get the water to that temperature.
I looked at the non-pressurized Zojirushi rice cookers and realized that they would not work for me, so my sweet husband sprang for the NP-HTC18 and gave it to me for a gift. I am very lucky. Great husband, great rice-cooker. He figures he will be paid off in more frequent brown rice from now on and he is right.
64 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Yes it's expensive but worth it....... Dec 13 2010
By Dok S. Hoont - Published on Amazon.com
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I am quite aware as a non-Asian that my review of a rice cooker which is basically no more than a fancy, perhaps overpriced water boiler, might not be taken too seriously. However, I have been cooking Asian/Chinese cuisine for almost 35 years and for some reason have had an identity, if not a passion for the art of properly cooking rice. During this time I have owned 6 electric rice cookers. I began with a National basic rice cooker. You placed the rinsed rice into the aluminum cooking pot, clicked the switch to on and off it went. When the rice had boiled all the liquid away the temp spiked and my rice cooker shut off. The following rice cooker was again a National brand, but this was a much more sophisticated model that touted "Fuzzy Logic". I realize that it is a bit of a stretch to believe a microprocessor could be needed to merely "boil and cook" rice? However, given the assortment of rice dishes and not just cooking plain rice a convenience like this seemed to be a natural progression in the countries where rice was an everyday staple.

My next rung up the automatic rice cooker ladder was a more sophisticated Zojirushi rice cooker with more settings and again "fuzzy logic". Not long after this I was in a Korean grocery store and found a Panasonic brand "pressure" rice cooker that touted that it could not only cook outstanding rice of any variety, but an assortment of mixed grains, stews, and one meal dishes. I bought this and immediately feel in love with all of its features. Not only did it perform flawlessly cooking rice, it could also cook almost anything else, rice, grains, or otherwise and this is with what ever you chose to add.

I eventually ordered another pressure Panasonic rice cooker since they had stopped making them, from Ebay in order to have a back-up and/or parts. Some time after I received this second Panasonic pressure rice cooker I happened to have found a link to Zojirushi. I have always been very keen on this Japanese brand. To make a point, I was a very snobbish bread baker; sneering at anyone that would consider making bread in a bread machine. After receiving my Zojirushi BBCCX-20 bread machine I had to eat my words.

Anyway, I decided to try the NP-HTC18 Induction Heating 10-cup Pressure Rice Cooker. I have been cooking on induction cooking hobs for years and decided to give this a try, in spite of the cost. All I can tell you is that if you love rice and all the other rice/grain dishes that I do, you should invest in this awesome kitchen device. I have not had it long, but have cooked several batches of various white rices, barley, mixed grains and rice, and mixed rices. All of these have been either plain or with oils, mushrooms, spices, herbs, etc. I am not sure what is on the horizon here, but for me this is the ultimate anything cooker. I hope that more and more people buy this and experiment with all of it's amazing possibilities.
81 of 99 people found the following review helpful
The Lexus of Rice Cookers. Jan. 19 2009
By A. Kang - Published on Amazon.com
First off I know this rice cooker is super expensive. Why the heck does a rice cooker cost this much? But this isn't even the most expensive, there's a rice cooker that's $2000 in Japan, that's the Bently or Rolls Royce of rice cookers. This one is the Lexus of rice cookers.

The main selling point for this one is that it has induction cooking and pressure cooking. I'm assuming that if you are looking at this machine, you are probably Asian and eat rice everyday. Does this machine make the rice so much better that it's worth the price, not really. Not for it to be worth this much but if you like your rice to be perfectly moist, this does a great job. I'm comparing this rice cooker to my old Tiger which is just a standard rice cooker. This one is all computer controlled and you just can't mess up the rice.

The main reason to get this rice cooker over a cheaper brand is that you want to eat brown rice. Now to be perfectly clear the brown rice is a lot softer but it is not the consistency of white rice. I was reading some reviews and people say they got the brown rice to have the same consistency as white rice. It's softer by far but the brown rice still has the brown cover on it so it is still harder than white rice but a lot softer. This pressure cooker version even makes it softer than just the induction model. I have both. I bought the induction only model and gave it to my mom and now I have this one.

I have no idea if the GABA feature really works but might as well use it, can't hurt.

This machine is made in Japan, not China. Some of the cheaper Zojirushi rice cookers are made in China now.
31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
couldl not be happier! May 22 2009
By Marda - Published on Amazon.com
I have had a Zojirushi rice cooker for 22 years and it would still be going strong if I had not dropped it. It did not make me sad because it gave me the opportunity to buy the new one without guilt! I cook potatoes, artaichokes, soups and a lot more and oh yes rice too. I could not be happier and I know I will still be using it for years to come. As a professional chef I put my rice cooker right up there with my immersion blender and a good scale as a must have in the kitchen.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I LOVE this rice cooker! Nov. 14 2010
By Jill from Delaware - Published on Amazon.com
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Zojirushi NP-HTC18 Induction Heating 10-Cup Pressure Rice Cooker and WarmerPurchased this rice cooker a few months ago and use it several times a week for breakfast, dinner, and dessert dishes. It does so much more than just make perfect rice. I also purchased the Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook and it provides excellent recipes in addition to an education about different rice cookers and rices. I highly recommend it in order to make the most of this extravagant purchase.

Update - Over 2 years later...my rice cooker is still going strong. The inner pot still looks like new after using it at least three times a week. I have had no issues and still highly recommend the Zojirushi NP-HTC18. I love the Quick Cooking option for days I work late. I use sushi rice (rinsed well) and 23 minutes later - awesome rice!

Update - (June 2014) It is now almost four years after I purchased it and I am still in love with my Zojirushi NP-HTC18 Induction rice cooker! I use it every week and have never been disappointed in the outcome. Simple to use, easy to clean, and versatile; I use it regularly to make oatmeal (with a combination of grains) and tapioca pudding.

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