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Miracle Exclussives ME81 Stainless Steel Rice Cooker / Steam
The Model ME81 is Miracle Exclusives newest Stainless Steel Rice Cooker. The ME81 stainless steel rice cooker is an 8 cup rice cooker that will yield up to 12 cups of cooked white or brown rice. The ME81 cooks rice automatically and then switches to "warm" mode to keep rice warm for hours. The inner cooking bowl is stainless steel (grade 304). The cooker contains no Teflon® or other non-stick surface materials. Includes Rice paddle, removable stainless steel vegetable steamer tray * 46 inch power cord. UL Approved
Stainless Steel (grade 304) cooking bowl
Stainless Steel vegetable steamer tray - Measuring cup and rice paddle included
Glass Lid allows you to view the rice while cooking
No "Teflon ®" nor other non-stick surface materials
Automatic Cook to Warm Mode
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403 of 406 found the following review helpful:
It is the stainless steel cooking surface that counts - 4 years later in 2012..Apr 24, 2008
By Saty Satya Murti
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 wait till your visitors or grand kids hear the hissing monster of a pressure cooker.
We feared aluminum toxicity, teflon ingestion, plastic leaching and plain uncertainty of what new epidemiologic research will unleash on us tomorrow. My wife and I have conveniently labeled our failing intellects as chronic "rice-in" toxicity. Forget age, it must be all that peeling cooking pot and rice!
The stainless steel Miracle is a reasonable answer, unless we find out in some distant future that stainless steel is also a hazard. Probably not. This cooker performs well and passes muster readily with us. We have not noted any spills or crusty rice paste sticking to the bottom. We do have the advantage of having cooked rice and grains for many years. But this is an easy skill to acquire if you learn to vary the amount of water used to suit the type of rice or grain. Don't lose heart too soon.
The pot washes easily if you soak it in water for a few hours -- and better still leave it overnight for your spouse to take care of tomorrow!
A vege tray comes with the cooker. It steams beans, peas and carrots well and to a ready-to-eat tender state.
I agree that a price of some $50.00 would have been better, but the convenience and safety are worth the added whimper while you pay the price. You could shop around and may be able to find a slightly lower price. And don't blow the savings on pricey coffee.
IT HAS BEEN 4+ YEARS since my initial review. I am grateful for the kind and helpful comments from all of you. My technical articles never reach this level of positive acceptance. Alas.
I still cook rice, and occasionally pearl barley, quinoa, amaranth or lentils. Except for quinoa and amaranth, the others do stick a bit at the bottom. There is some spillage also, and the cooking times vary from 30 to 50 minutes. Much depends on the amount of water added. Sometimes the lights do not go off, and therefore, I check the contents and manually flip the switch off.
The bottom line (excuse the cheap pun) is that this cooker is suited ideally for rice cooking and vegetable steaming. My experiments with other grains and lentils are just a mix of curiosity and a periodic excess of time at hand. I do clean up the mess: my mess and my responsibility, cautions my other half.
By the way, if you are blessed with almost daily sun light, then try solar ovens. I switched 75% of my cooking to solar heat finally this year. Oh, what a delightful culinary conversion!
111 of 113 found the following review helpful:
I have no complaintsNov 23, 2007
By Me and My House
I bought the rice cooker a year ago when I was looking for one that did not have non-stick coating or aluminum or plastic bowl. I'd been looking for a long time and was happy to find that this one had been changed/updated to include a stainless steel bowl.
We use it most for brown rice (which we eat at least once or twice a week) - comes out great! perfectly done and fluffy. Have also used it for oatmeal and other grains such as quinoa, as well as a bit for steaming vegetables. I found a ton of recipes online to make in this. Haven't tried all of them that I want to.
My company sells another, top of the line, expensive rice cooker. I don't use it because I don't want the "non-stick" bowl. I almost gave this one 4 stars then realized I have no complaints about this cooker, so gave it the full 5. Maybe I was hesitant because I just found out there is another rice cooker that has a crockery bowl. :-) I'd sure like to try it.
89 of 90 found the following review helpful:
Exactly What I Wanted. Soak Then WashJan 03, 2007
By Amazon loyal since 1996
Highly recommended. Cooks very well. I have not cooked brown rice yet. White rice comes out great. I add slightly more water than with previous rice cooker. I wish every appliance had a non-teflon option.
It isn't coated. In order to clean avoid leaving warming heat on when there's very little rice left, keep lid on for warming, and simply soak cooking pot in water for a few minutes and wipe away easily with a sponge.
54 of 55 found the following review helpful:
Stainless steel pot!! Not toxic nonstick or aluminum!Jun 28, 2008
I searched and searched, and found this company directly and paid around 80 bucks for it.
Let me say that I have NO nonstick, or aluminum in my kitchen. I store my food in stainless or glass. I absolutely LOVE this thing. I lived in a tiny 8x10 dorm room at Columbia U last year, and the miracle rice cooker, and a toaster oven were the ONLY things I had to cook with.
I got very good at making one pot meals in this thing, the steamer basket is amazing and with just this one rice cooker, you can make a decent dinner.
Now, I'm back at home, and with a full kitchen, and I STILL use it to make dinner. Last night, I left it on for a bit too long and it started to stick, so I shut it off, and twenty minutes later, the moisture in the rice pulled everything off the bottom.
It's no stick! Go figure!
I like it so much, I bought a second one (on ebay, for $70) to take back to Columbia with me, when I go back to finish my graduate degree. That way, my hubby and I don't have to fight over it.
42 of 42 found the following review helpful:
Cooks well, super fast, too!Dec 27, 2009
"All We Have is Now"
I'm...ahem... Asian, so rice is a part of many meals. I had a somewhat fancier model Aroma brand rice cooker before, but the cooking pot was teflon coated and gosh... it was so slow. I have stayed away from teflon-based cookware for health concerns but the rice cooker was the last thing I had yet to get rid of. And I noticed the teflon was flaking off the pot, so I knew I had to get rid of it soon.
I bought the Miracle rice cooker from Amazon and got free shipping. The pot of this cooker is of course stainless steel and it's nicely polished. But the thing that really suprised me was how FAST it cookes white rice. I've never seen a rice cooker cook so fast. And it cookes rice very well, despite the fact that I don't always add the same proportion of water to the dry rice. Many Asians "eye-ball" the water level and despite the variance of rice-to-water proportion, this rice cooker cooks rice on the moist and tender side - the preferred texture that most Asians like. I cook brown rice once in a while and will update this review once I get a chance to cook it a few times.
There are some negatives. One is that there is no brown rice setting. The instruction booklet states you can cook brown rice but you just let the rice cooker stay in the warm mode for 15 minutes to fuly cook brown rice. The warm mode kicks in after the normal cook time is done. Another negative I can think of is the cooker looks homely, plain, and old-fashioned. It would have been nice if the exterior was better designed and more modern-looking, perhaps with a stainless steel finish as well. And the last negative is the price. Other than the stainless steel pot itself, the materials, design and workmanship is not different than some no-name rice cooker so I don't understand the high price. Perhaps they have a monopoly on the stainless steel rice cooker market and can get away with over-pricing it?
Moving on to other plusses: the lid is glass. The Aroma brand and other rice cookers have a hinged lid, which in my opition has become a negative as the lid is attached to the main body of the rice cooker, which makes it more of an ordeal to clean the lid - and therefore is less sanitary. The glass lid with this rice cooker is what I prefer in that I can take the whole pot with lid and put it in the fridge - you can't do that with hinged rice cookers. And the glass lid is easier to clean and you can see the progress of the cooking.
It comes with a steamer basket but I dont' plan on using it so can't say how that performs. As for the pot itself, it's very easy to clean the pot. Just soak the pot in some soapy water, let the rice soften a bit and then just wash it down with a dish cloth or sponge. Overall I'm happy with getting rid of the last teflon item in my kitchen and the fact that it cooks so fast.
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