Takeru Super Lunch Jar

I bought one of these today on my way home from work.  It’s actually an exact replacement for the one that I’ve used pretty consistently for about 3 years.  My original broke yesterday after one last perfect batch of rice.  I removed the cord from the cooker and the connector fell apart.  I don’t know how long appliances normally last, but this one was dependable friend that did its job extremely well.  It is a Super Lunch Jar made by Takeru, a compact rice cooker the size of a large thermos (a little over 6″ tall and almost 6″ in diameter) that cooks just under 2 cups of rice hot and fresh in about 20 minutes – perfect for one or two servings.  I’ve used it often to prepare my meals at work.  I bring leftover mochiko chicken, stir fry, or sometimes I open a spare can of prepared unagi (broiled eel) that I keep at work that my mom generously sends me in her care packages from Hawaii.  I put it in the little round container that it comes with and after the rice “pops” done, the container can be put over the rice to be warmed by the steam.  Open it up a couple of minutes later, dump it on my rice with some furikake and I have my own unagi-don.  Mmm.

The cooker comes with a removable power cord, a spoon to scoop out and serve your cooked rice, a pair of chopsticks in a case, the round food container that I mentioned above,  a measuring cup for your dry rice and a reusable bag to hold it all in. 

 

It all packs up nicely:

All you need is a few handfuls of rice, rinse it several times until the water runs clear, add water, and press the start button down.  Do you know how to measure the amount of water to put in any size rice cooker?  I’ll tell you the secret.  Shake the pot a little to settle the rice so it’s even across the top.  Stick your finger in the pot until it touches the bottom.  Mark where the surface of the rice is with your thumb and leave it there.  Lift up your finger so it’s on the surface of the rice.  The water should be filled until where your thumb mark is so the height of the water will be exactly double of the height of the rice.  You can use this formula for any rice cooker using Japanese sticky rice (calrose).

Fresh, hot rice for lunch.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

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