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The Aroma ARC-914SBD is an 8-cup rice cooker and food steamer in one, so you can cook your whole dish with one simple appliance. You can make 2 to 8 cups of cooked rice, and the included steamer tray cooks meat and vegetables at the same time. It has programmable digital controls and has an automatic Keep-Warm mode and functions for white and brown rice. The rice cooker and food steamer outfit includes a food steamer tray, rice measuring cup and a serving spatula.
This Aroma food steamer makes it easy to cook rice and healthy steamed meats and vegetables at home. It has a removable non-stick pot with measurements on the inside which makes it easy to determine how much water to use. The outside of the steam cooker stays cool to the touch. This rice cooker and food steamer has a digital front panel display and a control panel with a timer so you can delay the start. The digital control panel has only three buttons, and the simplicity makes it easy to use.
The Delay Timer is designed for flexible meal planning, allowing you to make healthy meals even when you’re busy. The timer lets you place rice in the cooker in the morning and delay the start of cooking so you can time it to ready when you are. When the rice is finished, the cooker will automatically switch to Keep-Warm mode.
This is a relatively small cooker, which means it takes up less counter and cabinet space than larger models, though that also makes it best for a couple or small family. It is designed so that the inner cooking pot and all accessories remove easily for cleanup with soap and hot water. There is also a steam vent and a condensation collector which snap on and off easily.
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The instruction booklet is easy to follow, and it includes instructions on how to cook rice and how to clean the appliance. There are also timetables for steaming a variety of foods as well as help on determining the amount of water you need for different types of foods. The included measuring cup and the water level measurements inside of the removable pot mean you don’t have to guess whether you have the right rice-to-water ratio.
This is a good steamer for busy couples and small families. The rice cooker and food steamer combination is a compact appliance that cooks small, healthy meals and cleans up with ease. It is an affordable option with great features.