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Effortless Efficiency: The Zojirushi Commercial Water Boiler & Warmer CD-LTC50

Water boiler and warmer on a white backgroundWith Zojirushi’s Commercial Water Boiler & Warmer CD-LTC50 your business will always have access to precisely heated water on demand. Whether it’s for a quick cup of tea, a necessary ingredient for a dish, or a warm welcome to a guest, this reliable hot water dispenser is there to enhance every interaction. Join us as we dive into the remarkble features of this product and discover how it can  elevate your service and delight your guests. 

 

Tailored Temperature Control: 

This machine gives you the control you need, whether you’re brewing various types of tea or ensuring foods are cooked at the ideal temperature. This water boiler and warmer offers versatility for your culinary needs with three different temperature settings: 208°F (98°C), 195°F (90°C), and 175°F (80°C).  

Did you know that matcha is ideally made at 175°F, while black is best brewed at 208°F? Check out our full tea brewing guide here to see how this commercial water boiler and warmer can accommodate a wide range of common beverage needs. 

 

Generous Capacity and Convenience: 

The CD-LTC50 boasts a generous 169 oz. (5-liter) capacity, capable of serving up to 21-8 oz. cups. This makes it a must-have for busy restaurants, cafes, and event spaces. With the convenient REBOIL feature, you can quickly bring water back to a boil, and the optional QUICK TEMP mode reaches 195°F or 175°F without boiling, saving both time and energy.  

CD-LTC Control Panel from the top

Designed for Safety and Ease: 

Zojirushi understands that safety is paramount in any commercial appliance. The Commercial Water Boiler & Warmer CD-LTC50 includes an automatic dispense-lock—a safety feature that prevents unintended dispensing to prevent accidents and burns. Additionally, its 7-hour delay timer can be set up the night before, ensuring that hot water is ready when you open for business in the morning. 

 

No Plumbing Required: 

One of the standout features of the CD-LTC50 is its ease of use. With no plumbing required, this countertop hot water dispenser can be set up and ready to use in any commercial setting quickly. It’s not only effective but also incredibly convenient, fitting easily into any business model without requiring extensive modifications or installations. 

 

Made in Japan: 

Crafted in Japan, the CD-LTC50 adheres to the highest standards of quality and performance. Conforming to ANSI/UL STD. 197, it’s certified for commercial use, ensuring that it meets strict safety and performance criteria. 

Consider the Zojirushi the Commercial Water Boiler & Warmer CD-LTC50 a reliable business partner that adapts to your pace. Whether you’re catering to a rush of morning customers or need a steady supply of hot water throughout the day for the office, the CD-LTC50 is designed to keep up without skipping a beat.  pouring hot water into the cup noodleHow has our Commercial Water Boiler & Warmer changed the game in your business? Do you have any tips or tricks you want to share, or a particular drink or dish that’s become easier to prepare thanks to this water boiler? We’d love to hear your stories! Share your experiences with us on social media by tagging us on Instagram and Facebook using. #Zojirushi #ZoFan 

 

 

Throwback to Innovation: Meet Zojirushi’s First Micom Rice Cooker!

Happy May, Zo Fans!

Floral patter vintage rice cooker at a museum with a colorful background

Are you ready to see back in time to discover the origins of one of Zojirushi’s iconic products? The Micom Rice Cooker transformed the way people cook rice around the world, and remains as one of our most beloved and popular products to date. Without it, we wouldn’t have any of our higher-end IH and Pressure IH rice cookers, as well!
But before we delve into the details, let’s rewind the clock and start where the innovation all began.

Innovating for Over 100 Years

More than a century ago in 1918, Zojirushi introduced the groundbreaking glass-lined vacuum bottle. This innovative creation, leveraging vacuum insulation technology drastically changed home convenience, laying the foundation for our enduring commitment to “Creating a Quality of Life.” From that passion, Zojirushi continued introducing a range of products designed to simplify and enrich daily living. 

Fast forward to the late 1970s and early 1980s, an era marked by unprecedented technological advancement developed in Japan. Known as the “microcomputer boom,” it led way to accessible appliances with capabilities like never before. From phones to washing machines, Japan saw a changing landscape of life with new technology making lives more convenient. 

This boom started competitions from many companies over the best way to cook the best rice. As a result, it was during this period that Zojirushi released its first Micom Rice Cooker. This would, in turn, be a significant step in the realm of rice cooking for generations to come.

Meet the Original Micom Rice Cooker

Profile view of floral vintage rice cooker with a colorful background in a museum

Zojirushi Micom Rice Cookers & Warmers made their debut in 1983, with the release of a product called Waza Irazu (NMT model). This Micom Rice Cooker fused traditional Japanese culinary techniques with cutting-edge microchip technology that automated much of the cooking process, allowing only washing before and fluffing after as manual tasks. 

Unlike its predecessors, which relied on traditional timers, the Micom technology offered precise control over cooking parameters, ensuring consistently flawless results with every batch of rice. Last but not least, the microchip allowed users to alter the rice-cooking procedure for different types of rice and other rice based dishes, including white rice, okayu (rice porridge), brown rice, and okowa (sweet rice).

Understanding Micom Technology

Micom is simply short for “microcomputer.” The microcomputer within our Micom rice cookers creates ideal cooking environments for various types of rice and rice dishes found in everyday homes. It essentially transformed your rice cooker into a smart appliance, capable of creating optimal cooking conditions for various types of rice and rice dishes. 

It replicated the beloved, precise heating method of a traditional Kamado stove, with a new level of control. By adjusting cooking time, temperature, and other parameters, it ensures the perfect batch of grains every time. Micom works tirelessly to manage soaking, cooking, and steaming behind the scenes to orchestrate the entire cooking process seamlessly. 

There’s a Japanese saying that captures the essence of Micom’s role in everyday life. Taken from the Kamado stove that the Japanese loved, the saying goes: “Hajime choro-choro/ Naka pa-ppa/ Akago naite mo/ Futa toruna!” which translates to “At first it bubbles, and then it hisses. Even if baby cries, don’t open the lid!” This passion for rice cooking laid the foundation for research that now translates into our products today.

Continuing the Legacy

We have always crafted our offerings, from high-end IH and Pressure IH rice cookers to internet-connected home appliances, with one overarching goal: to elevate the everyday experience. At Zojirushi, we remain steadfast in our commitment to craftsmanship, attention to detail, and high safety standards. Drawing upon our rich heritage and innovative technologies, we are excited to continue innovating new waves of products and services designed to inspire confidence and help everyone create treasured moments that they can share.

So, there you have it—the captivating tale of Zojirushi’s first Micom Rice Cooker! If you want to learn more about other Zojirushi throwback products, make sure to check out our Food & Culture blog. 

Do you have any stories of throwback Zojirushi products you want to share with us? We’d love to hear them! Tag us on Facebook and Instagram with hashtags #Zojirushi #ZoFan.

Commercial-Grade Comfort: Zojirushi’s Professional Electric Rice Warmer THA-603SA/803SA

Two Zojirushi's Professional Rice Warmer with white background

There is something about a warm bowl of rice that provides perfect comfort in a bowl! When you are running a bustling restaurant or a thriving catering business, serving up that homey feeling with every scoop of rice is crucial. That’s where the Zojirushi Electric Rice Warmer THA-603SA/803SA comes in — designed to keep rice warm at the perfect serving temperature and tasting like it was freshly made, without drying, scorching, or yellowing. Let us explore how this professional-grade appliance keeps your rice warm and deliciously fluffy, making your guests feel right at home. 

A person wearing a white shirt and apron opens the lid of the rice warmer

First Look: Capacity and Convenience 

The Zojirushi Commercial Rice Warmer THA-603SA/803SA is expertly crafted from durable and elegant stainless steel, making them elegant in the kitchen and durable and effortless to clean.  

Whether you are growing your restaurant business or have a bustling establishment unparalleled flexibility with options of 6 or 8-liter capacity, which equals approximately 66 or 88 servings! Plus, the smart design ensures effortless cleaning after a long shift. Some key features include a nonstick inner pan, a hinged/detachable/washable lid, and handles on the inner pan for easy removal. This allows you to focus on what matters most—delivering exceptional dining experiences.

A person wearing a white shirt and apron is holding the inner pan that has been removed

Safety and Reliability 

At Zojirushi, we prioritize not just the functionality but also the safety and cleanliness of our products in both home and professional kitchens. This is why the Electric Rice Warmer THA-603SA/803SA is backed by certifications for safety and sanitation. Being cETLus listed ensures that it meets rigorous safety standards set by the Electrical Testing Laboratories (ETL) for both the United States (UL) and Canada (CSA). Moreover, its ETL Sanitation listing guarantees compliance with sanitation requirements essential for commercial food service environments.  

How has our Electric Rice Warmer changed the game in your kitchen? Do you have tips or tricks you want to share, or a special dish that’s become easier to serve thanks to this rice warmer? Share your stories with us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging us. Remember, every meal you serve tells a story. Let’s spread the warmth together! #Zojirushi #ZoFan 

 

Elevate Your Kitchen Game with Zojirushi’s Multicooker EL-CAC60

Top view of the multicooker with seafood stew. Besides it two served plates with a side of bread and salad.

Happy December, Zo Fans!

Are you looking for a kitchen appliance that can do it all? Then look no further than the Zojirushi Multicooker EL-CAC60! With its nine menu settings, this kitchen appliance is like a Swiss Army knife, ready to help with sautéing, searing, simmering, slow cooking, steaming, cooking rice, keeping food warm, and even making yogurt! See what sets this Multicooker apart from other kitchen appliances in today’s guide.

Front view of the multicookerThe Zojirushi Multicooker EL-CAC60 is made with high-quality materials and construction, with a heavy-duty tri-ply stainless steel cooking pot with resin handles that are resistant to corrosion and rust. The pot has a 10-inch diameter, making it capable of accommodating large cuts of meat or cooking larger batches of food. So, feel free to invite the whole family over, as there’s plenty of room to cook for everyone!

A serving of pot roast with chunks of meat, potatoes and carrots. A plate with four spoons on the side.

Culinary Applications:

  • Sauté and sear proteins like chicken, beef, or tofu directly in the pot.
  • Slow cook soups, stews, and chili on a simmer without the need for constant supervision.
  • Steam vegetables and fish with the included basket, locking in nutrition and flavor.
  • Cook various types of rice — from white to brown to quinoa — with the press of a button.
  • Use the “keep warm” function to maintain the temperature of dishes until ready to serve.
  • Experiment with making your own yogurt, controlling ingredients for a healthier option.

Multicooker front panel

Functions & Accessories

From a full-color recipe book to inspire your next meal to a measuring cup for precise ingredient additions, each Zojirush Multicooker EL-CAC60 comes equipped with everything you need to maximize your multicooker experience.

Grid view of lid, steamer and cooking pan

Features and accessories include:

  • A powerful 1,350 watt heating plate for uniform cooking.
  • An intuitive, upward-facing control panel with an LCD display.
  • A sturdy, self-standing tempered glass lid.
  • Dual temperature settings for effortless sautéing and searing.
  • Smart pre-programmed settings for grains and yogurt, making intricate cooking easy.
  • A stainless steel steaming basket lets you use the Multicooker for steaming dishes like fish or vegetables.
  • A rice measuring cup, along with a vibrant recipe book.
  • Plastic parts are BPA-free for peace of mind.
  • Practical design elements like a removable power cord and recessed handle for seamless storage and portability.
  • ETLus certification, ensuring quality and safety.

Recipes

With the Multicooker EL-CAC60, anyone can be a gourmet cook. Check out some of our holiday-friendly slow cooker favorites:

A white plate with a serving of fettuccine bolognese sprinkled with basil and parmesan cheese with a side dish with parmesan cheese on the side.

Fettuccine Bolognese – The key to this delicious Italian meat sauce is simmering over low heat for 6 hours to bring out the flavor and richness of each ingredient. The Zojirushi Multicooker’s LO SIMMER setting makes it effortless!

Plate with three beef tamales - one is cut in half topped with green and red salsa, and sour cream. Sides dishes with green and red salsa, and sour cream on the side.

Beef Tamales – These are a savory selection, expertly steamed in the Zojirushi Multicooker to yield a moist, flavorful masa filled with spiced beef, making them a sought-after dish for any festive occasion.

Plate with slices of braised pork and braised eggs cut in half with a side of dipping sauce.

Japanese Nibuta (Braised Pork) – Pork butt or shoulder roast makes delicious, tender nibuta simmered in a sweet soy sauce base. It’s perfect as a main dish or topping for ramen noodle soups.

So, Zo fans, what will you whip up with the Zojirushi Multicooker EL-CAC60? We’re excited to see your creations! Make sure to share your comments and tag us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. #Zojirushi #ZoFan

Twas the Night for Zojirushi (revisited)

rice bowl with santa
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house–
Nothing was stirring, not even a mouse.
And just when even a mouse wouldn’t squeak,
The Zojirushi products decided to speak!

rice cookerThe Rice Cooker said, “They can’t live without me.
Rice is a staple, their dinners need me.
Whatever the side dish, whatever the soup,
You need fluffy rice, to complete the group.”

Honey brick toast drizzled with honey“You’re wrong you know,” the Breadmaker said.
“What staple is there, other than bread?
I can bake it fresh, and it smells so good,
Their mornings are mine, that’s understood.”

water boilerWait just a minute. Wait for the spoiler!
“That’s not how this ends,” chimed the Water Boiler.
“It all starts with water and I heat it with ease.
Tea drinkers love me, everyone agrees.”

shepherd's pie coming out of oven“So what? Big deal.” said the Toaster Oven.
“I can toast bagels or an English muffin.
I can bake a cake or a whole lasagna
I’m the one and only, I’m tryin’ to tell ya!”

insulated drink mugs“Ah, but here’s one thing that’s wrong with y’all.
You guys are stuck here, you’re plugged to the wall!”
The Stainless Mugs just started to smile;
“We’re tall and sleek, we’re a lifestyle.”

miso soup served in food jarsThe Food Jars, they heard this discussion.
They said, “We agree, we second that motion!
We’re essential, maybe the best of the bunch.
Without us, how can you enjoy your lunch?”

flat griddleAnd that Gourmet guy, you know the one–
that Tabletop Griddle who has all the fun.
The life of the party, always looking so chic;
let out a sigh and rose up to speak.

“Hold it, listen you all. You’re missing the point!
It’s not who’s great, or who rocks this joint.
We all serve a purpose; we follow a plan.
We make life easier whenever we can.

We all love to cook, and that’s the truth.
We satisfy cravings, or any sweet tooth.
So let’s enjoy what we do–we are truly blessed.
It’s not about skill, or who is the best.”

A sudden silence then came over the kitchen.
The arguing stopped and they started to listen.
The Zojirushi spirit is alive and well.
“He’s right, good point! They started to yell.”

And so it was on that Holiday night,
with the fire in embers and the stars out of sight,
a commotion was settled, the rebellion rejected.
Peace came again, with the kitchen protected.

Zojirushi products were once again quiet
They knew better than to start a riot.
It’s so much better to give up the strife—
they started Treasuring Everyday Life.

(with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)

Click on images to see past posts from Bert-san

Products used in this post: Rice Cooker NW-QAC10/18, Breadmaker BB-PDC20, Water Boiler CV-JAC40/50, Toaster Oven ET-ZLC30, Stainless Mugs SM-VA60/72, Food Jars SW-KA52H/75H, Gourmet Sizzler® Electric Griddle EA-DCC10

Please note that these recipes were not tested by Zojirushi America.

All images by Bert Tanimoto ©2023

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