3 thoughts on “Aroma Professional 20-Cup (prepared) (10-Cup UNCOOKED) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, metal outdoor (ARC-2000SB)

  1. Drakkenfyre
    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Aroma 20-Cup Rice Cooker, July 30, 2014
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    Drakkenfyre (Virginia, USA) –

    This review is from: Aroma Professional 20-Cup (Cooked) (10-Cup UNCOOKED) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, Stainless Steel Exterior (ARC-2000SB) (Kitchen)
    I bought this to replace another Aroma rice cooker, which had been bought to replace an old one that had fallen, and suffered a big dent. It still worked, but I wanted a new one so when I was cooking for people, it didn’t look so bad.

    The original model was an out-of-manufacture model which only had cook and warm settings. The replacement model was much higher-end, but it was 2-3 times slower in cooking rice. My old model could cook an entire pot of rice in 25 minutes, and the newer one took 50 to cook two cups.

    I returned that model, and decided to go with a higher model. That was this one.

    It still isn’t as fast as cooking rice as my old one (I contacted Aroma and asked about the previous one, they said their newer rice cookers prioritize optimally-cooked rice over speed, and if I wanted fast rice, that many of their rice cookers had a “quick rice” setting. This rice cooker does tend to do better rice, my old one occasionally burned rice on the bottom, where this one has only burnt the bottom of rice once, and I think that was my fault, I didn’t stir the rice after adding water.)

    I didn’t realize until after I had it that it’s Aroma’s highest-end consumer rice cooker model.

    This rice cooker can do so many things. Not only is its rice-cooking capabilities great (does white rice great, makes perfect brown rice) but can also do soups and stews, and steamed things. Aroma’s website even has a recipe for a perfect omelet made by this rice cooker in about 5 minutes on the steam setting.

    The Saute then Simmer function is really nice. You can make soups, stews, and chilis with it. You place your ingredients in the ricer cooker, then press the Simmer then Saute button. The rice cooker will heat the liquid, until it’s simmering. Then it will simmer it for about an hour. If you need to simmer it longer, you just press the power button to clear it off of keep warm, then press the Saute then Simmer button again.

    The delay function works well. You can delay rice up to 15-hours. I do wish it could be used for all functions (Steam, Saute then Simmer) but it only works for white rice, quick rice, and brown rice.

    The steamer function has a max of 30 minutes.

    The rice cooker will also keep food warm for hours. Even without using the keep warm function, it is well-insulated and will keep the food warm. I have had soup stay hot for hours after cooking.

    The lid opens front-to-back, unlike my previous two rice cookers, which opened from left-to-right. This is much more convenient because it means you don’t have to turn the rice cooker sideways to open it if it sat just barely under a cabinet or something while cooking. The lid is also spring-loaded, so pressing the button will make it open by itself, whereas my other two didn’t do that.

    Aroma’s website has many recipes that you can use this rice cooker for. You would be surprised at some of them. But the burgers just don’t look good. Steaming instead of frying doesn’t give them the correct color. The pictures of pink-grey burgers do not look appetizing.

    I DO wish they had a deeper steamer tray available. If you aren’t cooking anything along with steaming, you could use a deeper steamer tray. The current tray isn’t small, but if you’re doing lots of vegetables, you will have to do several batches to do them all.

    The steam vent on the back of the lid is integrated into it. It cannot be removed. I kind of wish it could like my old model. This lets you wash the entire thing. The bottom part can be removed to be washed, however. But the top grate cannot.

    The condensation collector on the back is larger than my previous model, but it does not connect as securely. The old model snapped in, and didn’t come out unless it was pressed. The one on this one fits in very loosely, and has popped out several times just for being lightly touched by something behind it.

    The power cord is not detachable, unlike my original rice cooker model. It would be nice if you could, for storage.

    The rice cooker comes with a steam tray, a rice cup, a rice paddle, and a soup ladle. If you use the rice paddle or soup ladle with soups, they will likely stain. Tomato-based soups will permanently stain the plastic red. This doesn’t affect their use, and no residue remains after washing, but the color will be permanent in them.

    This appliance can replace so many other ones. It can be used as a rice cooker, steamer, a sauter, a small stove for liquids, even baking (according to the recipes provided by Aroma) and would make a great thing for small spaces.

    The price is very reasonable for its versatility.

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  2. Becky (in NOLA)
    45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent and versatile rice cooker, February 19, 2013
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    Becky (in NOLA) (Down South aways.) –
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    This review is from: Aroma Professional 20-Cup (Cooked) (10-Cup UNCOOKED) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, Stainless Steel Exterior (ARC-2000SB) (Kitchen)
    17 or so years ago I had my first introduction to a rice cooker. We were living in South Korea and I bought a Zojirushi, simple, on/off switch, worked great. I went from scorched gross rice to delicious rice my first use. Moving back to the states my beloved Zo was dropped. I bought another one. We love rice in this house. We do a lot of Asian food, korean, Chinese, Thai, and we make a lot of rice. We also make a lot of rice for our cajun food, red beans and rice, etc.

    My Zo was showing it’s age and I went to the base exchange to buy a new one. As we were putting it in the cart I noticed this aroma.. hmm.. half the price! At one time I had tried a fuzzy logic Zo and hated it so I had went back to on/off make the rice. It worked for me. However, this rice maker says it makes rice, brown rice, steams, and has a 15 hour delay! It also sautes. My goodness! I figured I’d try it and if I hated it I could always take it back and buy the machine I had headed out to buy.

    The aroma made a lovely batch of white rice, but really, they all do I think. Next I tried the brown rice setting, perfect! I bought 300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes: Also Including Legumes and Whole Grains and wanted to try some of the saute settings. In the rice cooker book it tells you how to make porridge but only with a fuzzy logic settings. The little recipe booklet that comes with the aroma tells how to make porridge and it was easily adaptable using the aroma guidelines.

    The 15 hour delay seemed odd, I was worried the rice would be mush from soaking, but it turned out lovely. I thought the quick rice was for making converted or instant rice, but upon reading the booklet it’s what I use to make the porridge. The manual is very helpful in figuring out how to use the buttons and different settings, although the aroma is not hard to use.

    It steams, sautes and cooks, makes white rice, brown rice, and meals. I feel guilty, having been happily using the Zo for years, but I got a lot of bang for my half the bucks in this versatile and easy to use, easy to clean rice maker.

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  3. Amazon Customer
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good rice cooker, September 20, 2013
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    This review is from: Aroma Professional 20-Cup (Cooked) (10-Cup UNCOOKED) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, Stainless Steel Exterior (ARC-2000SB) (Kitchen)
    Being (Asian) Indian, rice is a staple. This cooker is totally worth the money.

    Pros:
    Cooks 8 dry rice cups, i.e about 16 cooked cups. Haven’t tried upto 20 cooked, never needed it.
    I also put tadka (oil, mustard seeds, spices) as in most indian recipes.
    I have sauteed veggies, and recipes have turned out well.
    Cooks well, without the bottom “getting burnt/crispy”.
    Haven’t used the timer, but I guess it works fine.
    Behind the lid is a small water collector to hold water (cooled steam) when the lid is opened. Clever.
    The container is non-stick, and I load it in the dishwasher.

    Cons:
    Cleaning the lid is a prob, because it is not detachable. I use vinegar+water cleaner and wipe it clean before and after using it.
    Wouldn’t keep the “warm” turned on more than an hour, as it might make the rice on the bottom crispy. But i think this is common with all cookers.

    Do I like it? Yes.

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