Rice cookers have been perhaps the most important small appliances in kitchens in Asia and Europe for many years. Rice can be tricky to make properly, and preparing it in a saucepan requires a fair amount of attention if you don’t want to burn it or serve it before it’s done. More cooks than ever are discovering how easy and effective standalone rice cookers like the Panasonic SR-G06FG are at making perfect rice, every time. By using the supplied measuring scoops and cups and following a few easy directions, anyone can have perfectly prepared rice in as little as twenty minutes.
The Panasonic SR-G06FG has easy one-touch operation. It automatically shuts off when the rice is fully cooked, and an indicator light on the front of the device tells you when the contents are ready to serve.
- Automatic rice cooker, warmer, and steamer
- Holds 3.3 cups of uncooked rice
- Glass lid
- 310 watts at 120 volts
- Non-stick coated aluminum pan
- Includes measuring cup and rice scoop
- Indicator light
- 8.1 x 10 x 7.9 inches
- Weighs 2.9 pounds
- One-year limited manufacturer’s warranty
Features and Benefits
Rice is a nutritious part of any meal. It’s a versatile base for thousands of healthy and tasty recipes, and rice cookers like the Panasonic SR-G06FG make is easier than ever to produce evenly cooked rice.
Many people avoid preparing rice dishes because it can be difficult to produce rice that’s not undercooked or overcooked. Because rice dishes often require other ingredients to be cooked separately and then added to the rice, it can be a chore to make the rice come out at the correct time in order to serve it at the peak of flavor for all the ingredients. That’s where a standalone automatic rice cooker like the Panasonic can be invaluable. Because the unit turns itself off automatically when the rice is ready, cooks can work on other menu items without constantly checking on the progress of the rice.
Rice cooked in saucepans often burns at the bottom before the rice on the top is fully cooked. That can lead to layers of rice that are hard, then soupy, then pasty. It’s common for batches of rice to boil over on the stove if they’re not watched carefully as well. Automatic rice cookers like the SR-G06FG have a see-through glass lid that allows the chef to keep an eye on the progress of the rice if desired, but it doesn’t require constant checking. An indicator light tells you when your cooking cycle is over, and while the SR-G06FG doesn’t have a warming cycle after the cooking cycle is over, the tight-fitting lid and the aluminum cooking pan keeps the rice at the perfect temperature for up to half an hour without drying it out.
Panasonic doesn’t recommend cooking brown rice in the SR-G06FG, because the unit is optimized to cook white rice, and cooking times and the amount of water necessary for brown rice varies. Many users report that they’re able to make brown rice, however, after they tinker with the proportions of rice to water.
- Simple, one-button automatic operation makes preparing rice dishes easy
- Inexpensive to purchase and to operate
- Easy-to-clean, so you’re more likely to use it often
- Automatic timing produces perfectly cooked rice every time
- Small unit takes up very little space when stowed away
- Rice cooker does not have a keep warn setting, but with lid on, the cooked rice stays warm for up to 30 minutes without drying out
- See through glass lid lets you keep an eye on the progress of your batch of rice while it’s cooking
- Small adjustment of the cooking procedure produces excellent sticky rice for sushi dishes
- Not designed to cook brown rice
- References to cups in the instructions refer to supplied measuring cups, which can cause confusion
The Panasonic SR-G06FG is a best seller, and gets great reviews from users. Almost 80 percent of reviewers give the unit at least four stars. Purchasers like the one touch operation of the unit, and say that it’s easy to make perfect rice without watching over it while it’s cooking. The SR-G06FG is a very small appliance, and reviewers mention it makes a terrific addition to any dorm room, and that in addition to preparing rice, the device can also be used to make quick, one-pot meals. Users also like the appliance’s ability to make other types of rice like sticky rice for sushi dishes by soaking the rice for an extended period before cooking the rice.
Users like how easy it is to clean the SR-G06FG after cooking rice. Cleanup after cooking rice in a saucepan can be a real chore, but the Panasonic’s removable aluminum cooking pot has a non-stick coating that makes it easy to wash. Since the unit turns itself off automatically at the end of its cooking cycle, you’re unlikely to ever have to clean burnt rice out of the pot, another plus. The Panasonic SR-G06FG is highly recommended.