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  • Keep warm feature
  • Removable liner for easy cleaning
  • UL and NSF Listed; 120V
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How to Use a Rice Cooker

How to Use a Rice Cooker

Looking to cook rice quickly and consistently? Does your rice cook uneven or stick to your pots and pans? Well, look no further! With our wide selection of cookers, warmers, combination cooker/warmers, and sushi rice containers, you’ll have no trouble finding the right unit to suit your needs. Plus, we have accessories that can make using your rice cooker even easier. This video will show you step-by-step instructions on how to cook rice in our Panasonic 23-cup rice cooker. Rice cookers can be used to cook all types of rice, including but not limited; white, brown, parboiled or rice in the husk, Indian-style such as basmati or jasmine and quinoa. We offer a great selection of rice and rice cooking accessories. Cooking rice in your rice cooker is easy and consistent. Follow these simple steps and tips for the perfect steamed rice every time! The first step when using a rice cooker is to measure the correct amount of rice into a bowl. If your recipe calls for standard U.S. cups, you will want to adjust your measurements accordingly, but otherwise, you should use the rice cup that came with your rice cooker. This measuring cup is based on a Chinese cup measurement and is equal to about 3/4 of a standard U.S. cup measurement. For most types of rice, the second step is to thoroughly rinse the grains until the water runs clear. The purpose of rinsing is to remove any pesticides that may be present, give your rice a more consistent texture, and lessen the chance that your rice cooker will bubble over. Do note that while rinsing your rice is generally the rule, it’s important to read the packaging. Some rice comes enriched with water-soluble vitamins and minerals such as iron or thiamin that will dissolve if it is washed prior to cooking. After rinsing, transfer the rice from the bowl to the inner pan of your rice cooker. Before transferring the rice, you might want to line the pan with one of our reusable rice napkins as they can greatly reduce cleanup time and maximize water drainage for fluffier cooked rice. The next step is to add water to the pan using the same measuring cup you used to measure the rice. Many rice cookers come with graduated marks on the inner pan indicating how much rice and water should be added. However, the general rule in U.S. standard cups is to add 1 ½ cups of water per 1 cup of rice, or in the case of unwashed rice, 2 cups of water per 1 cup of rice. This can vary based on the type of rice you’re cooking and how moist you prefer it, so for more specific measurements, check out the chart in our rice cooker buying guide. Place the inner pan in the cooker. At this point, some people will let their rice soak for 30 minutes. You can also add a bit of butter, salt, oil, or even bay leaves or cardamom pods to your cooker to enhance the flavor of your rice. Once the inner pan is in place, plug in your rice cooker. Press the switch to turn it on. Generally, there will be a light on the front of the unit that turns on when cooking is in progress. While your rice is cooking, do not remove the lid as this may cause your rice to dry out. When this particular unit is finished cooking, the switch will pop up and the light on the front of the unit will go out. At this point, you should let your rice rest inside the cooker for at least 15 minutes in keep-warm mode. This will allow your rice to finish cooking and stabilize the water level so that excess moisture steams out of your rice. After 15 minutes, your rice is ready to be served and you can unplug your cooker! Since the inner pan is made of a non-stick material, it’s best to use plastic serving utensils when serving your rice. Try one of our rice ladles that are designed specifically for use with rice and rice cooking equipment! If you used a rice napkin, cleanup takes no more than a minute. If not, you can soak the inner pan in hot water to loosen cooked-on rice, and then clean it with a non-metal brush or sponge. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t use abrasive cleaners or steel wool on the pan because you will ruin its non-stick surface. And that’s it! Now you know how easy it is to cook rice in a rice cooker. As always, thanks for watching, and if you have questions, feel free to use our live chat button.

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The WEBstaurant Store carries many rice cookers and warmers designed for cooking rice to perfection! Watch this video for step by step instructions on how to cook rice in the convenient and efficient Panasonic SR-42HZP 23 cup rice cooker!

Width 16 7/8 Inches
Depth 14 7/16 Inches
Height 11 7/8 Inches
Amps 12.9 Amps
Hertz 60
Phase 1
Voltage 120 Volts
Wattage 1,550 Watts
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Cooked Capacity 37 Cups
Dry Capacity 23 Cups
Installation Type Countertop
Power Type Electric
Type Cookers

Customer questions about this product

What's the difference between rice cookers and rice warmers?
Rice cookers are exclusively meant to cook rice, and they tend to be smaller than rice warmers. Rice warmers are meant to keep cooked rice at foodsafe holding and serving temperatures for a period of time. Rice cookers / warmers are capable of both functions.
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The Panasonic SR-42HZP 23 cup rice cooker can make up 23 cups (138 oz.) of raw rice in just 30 minutes and has a cooked rice capacity of 37 cups (222 oz.). It features a built-in thermostat for precise automatic temperature control.

This Panasonic rice cooker also has an easy-to-clean, removable pan liner, a "Keep Warm" feature to make sure the rice stays at proper serving temperatures, and easy, push-button operation.The SR-42HZP is UL and NSF Listed and requires a 120V electrical connection.

Overall Dimensions:
Width (including handles): 16 7/8"
Depth: 14 7/16"
Height: 11 7/8"
Dry Rice Capacity: 23 cups (138 oz.)
Cooked Rice Capacity: 37 cups (222 oz.)

Also known as SR42HZP.


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The Panasonic SR-42HZP rice cooker is backed by a 6 months replacement manufacturer's warranty. Warranty Valid in the Continental United States Only.

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Overall User Rating: Panasonic SR-42HZP 23 Cup Rice Cooker ( 4.8 stars from 9 reviews )

    This rice cooker is magnificent. It can cook 23 cups of raw rice which is plenty... Especially at this price. Plus, it only takes 30 mins!

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    This is an excellent midrange rice cooker that will not let you down. Perfect for starches of all sorts, will consistently cook rice time after time.

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    Great rice cooker for the great price. Sleek look that fits any home kitchen and fits any commercial kitchen, I have used this rice cooker many times and works wonderful

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    Really good rice cooker. Have used it for white and brown rice and both varieties come out good with this product. Don't know what I would do without it.

    from Johnson & Wales Univesity Posted on

    I really love this rice cooker. It has not failed me yet, and it makes the demand for a high volume of rice per service an ease.

    from Johnson & Wales Posted on

    Love this cooker. Great price and very functional. We use this at home, our son loves rice. The rice comes out very soft and delicious

    from The new haven cafe Posted on

    can not go wrong with Panasonic maker. This Japanese made rice cooker cook perfect rice, also keep rice last longer than most other brands. I love it

    from Kajun Burger Posted on

    We love this rice cooker! The rice cooks evenly and consistently. We use this cooker every day - for both white and brown rice. Excellent product.

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    I use this Panasonic rice cooker at home to make cooked rice. It is very nice and worthy rice cooker in my opinion, I did research and found that it would be perfect for my needs. I did not wanted to buy some cheap no-name rice cooker, so I went with this Panasonic and have no regrets about it.

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