Meet Zojirushi’s Full Breadmaker Lineup: Choosing the Right Breadmaker for You

As you know, at Zojirushi we draw inspiration from daily life. And with that in mind, there are few items as relevant to everyday life as bread and bread products. We launched our very first breadmaker, the Home Bakery Breadmaker, in 1988 (over 30 years ago!) and haven’t looked back since. Today, we offer four different breadmakers, each with a wide range of capabilities that allow them to bake different types of breads and some even make jam, pizza dough, meatloaf, and bake gluten-free bread. With all these different features, we thought that it would be a good idea to introduce you to each breadmaker to help you choose the right machine for you. Are you ready to meet the breadmaker members of our family?

Zojirushi Breadmaker Models

Our four breadmakers are as follows (pictured left to right):

The “Supreme” and “Virtuoso” are the bigger capacity breadmakers, while the “Mini” and “Maestro” are the smaller breadmakers. An easy way to distinguish between the breadmakers sizes is by looking at the numbers at the end of each product ID. If it ends in a “10,” it’s smaller. If it ends in a “20,” it’s larger.

We make a breadmaker that fits every household, each packed with settings for different types of breads to fit your own preferences and dietary needs. There are two different sizes of bremakers that make two types of bread shapes: vertical and horizontal.

Models Home Bakery Maestro® Breadmaker BB-SSC10 and Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker BB-HAC10 bake a 1-lb. mini loaf in a vertical shape. This small loaf is large enough to make about 5 sandwiches. If you like baking your own pizza at home, the dough made in the 1-lb. breadmakers is enough to make an 11” pizza.

Models Home Bakery Virtuoso® Plus Breadmaker BB-PDC20 and Home Bakery Supreme® Breadmaker BB-CEC20 bake a 1.5-2lb. loaf in a traditional horizontal shape. When the loaf can yield up to 16 slices of bread and if you’re interested in pizza dough you can make enough for two 12” pizzas.

Zojirushi Breadmaker Features and Specifications
After choosing the best size breadmaker that fits your needs, let’s dive into some of the different functions each breadmaker offers. If you’re looking to make specific types of breads, like multi-grain, vegan, or gluten free make sure to take a close look at the preset courses in this chart:

To learn more about Zojirushi breadmaker Course Settings, visit this link.

All Zojirushi breadmakers include:

  • Full color recipe booklet
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon
  • Instructional video

Closing Thoughts and Tips on How to Make Bread

Though our breadmakers may look different and have different course settings and customization options, it’s essential to follow the same guidelines for all Zojirushi breadmakers to ensure that you bake a perfect loaf every time. Here is a snapshot of the basics about bread you need to know when you start baking!

  1. Use fresh ingredients and measure accurately
  2. Attach blade(s) to the baking pan
  3. Add ingredients in the correct order
  4. Select the course and hit START! Happy baking!

Now that you’ve met all of our breadmakers, which exciting feature are you looking forward to using for your next baking adventure? Did you learn anything new about bread and how to make bread? Be sure to share your dishes with us on social by tagging your photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram! #Zojirushi #ZoFan

 

Pressure Induction Heating Rice Cooker & Warmer NW-JEC10/18

Are you ready to meet the newest member of our Zojirushi lineup? Our highest quality pressure IH rice cooker to date is here – the Pressure Induction Heating Rice Cooker & Warmer NW-JEC10/18. With up to 49 different customization settings, superior induction heating (IH) technology, our signature fuzzy logic smart rice cooking technology, and all made in Japan, this rice cooker truly cooks your rice your way. There are many more special features that we are excited to show you on this Zojirushi rice cooker, so let’s get to it!

A Quick Look

NW-JEC10/18 is available in two sizes: 5.5 cups and 10 cups

The Zojirushi Pressure Induction Heating Rice Cooker & Warmer comes in a sleek “Silky Black” color with a large easy-to-read, orange LCD control panel located right on top. Available in two sizes, 5.5 cups or 10 cups, this versatile rice cooker also features a detachable inner lid with an integrated steam vent that makes the cleaning process simple and hassle-free.

As always, all surfaces that come into contact with food are BPA-free, and the iron coated and platinum infused nonstick inner cooking pan changes the water quality for sweeter-tasting rice and provides even heating.

Don’t forget the accessories! Cook your rice perfectly every time with the dedicated rice measuring cup that comes with the rice cooker and fluff your rice with joy with the included self-standing spatula.

Iron coated and platinum infused nonstick coated inner pan, self-standing spatula, and rice measuring cup.

The Technology

We know that this is a pretty-looking appliance on the outside, but it’s really what’s on the inside that counts. Here’s a look at the technology that truly makes this rice cooker stand apart from the rest:

  • Pressurized Cooking: The simultaneous pressurized cooking and steaming infuses the sweetness back to each grain during the cooking process and produces sticky and plump rice. No need to worry about dry or overcooked rice – ever. The multiple fail-safe measures guarantee safe pressure cooking. And the sensors make sure that all parts are set up properly before starting to cook.

Strong convection brings out the sweetness of the rice.

  • New Premium Convection: Combining high heat with high pressure creates strong convection that stirs the rice while it cooks, enhancing the sweetness and delicious flavor of the rice.
  • Artificial Intelligence: We designed this Zojirushi rice cooker with our signature advanced fuzzy logic technology with AI, which intelligently adjusts the cooking cycle to cook rice to perfection regardless of season or ambient temperature. There is also a self-cleaning function that keeps the rice cooker clean and prevents any unpleasant odors from lingering over time, keeping this rice cooker good as new for years.

Just input how the rice turned out (firmness and stickiness), the rice cooker will make small changes to the cooking flow until it gets to the way you like it

  • Multi-menu Cooking Functions: This appliance comes packed with settings that allow you to cook different types of rice. The new “My Rice (49 Ways)” menu setting makes small changes to the cooking cycle based on your feedback on the firmness and stickiness of white rice. But that’s not all! This appliance includes umami, mixed, sushi, Jasmine, porridge, congee, brown, GABA brown, steel cut oatmeal, quick white, and quick Jasmine menu settings.

 To see this rice cooker in action, make sure to watch the product video for more info. You can find plenty of rice recipes on our website as well, on zojirushi.com.

What is your favorite feature on the new Pressure Induction Heating Rice Cooker & Warmer NW-JEC10/18? Be sure to share your thoughts with us on social by tagging your photos on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! #Zojirushi #ZoFan

Product of The Month: Stainless Carry Tumbler SX-JA30/40

Believe it or not, we’re in the home stretch of Winter, and Spring is just about to grace us with its presence. And whether you’re still savoring the coziness of our current season or preparing for new upcoming adventures, our product of the month – the Zojirushi Stainless Carry Tumbler SX-JA30/40, is sure to be a handy beverage companion to meet your needs.

This product is both a reliable coffee tumbler to help you warm up in colder weather and an insulated water bottle for your next outdoor adventure – truly perfect for all four seasons and any occasion. Interested in learning why this Zojirushi stainless vacuum insulated tumbler is so unique? Let’s dive in!

A Reliable On-the-Go Drinking Experience

Available in four matte colors (Watery Green, Vintage Rose, Fog Blue, and Forest Gray), the star of the Stainless Carry Tumbler SX-JA30/40 is the leak-proof, gasket-free, one-piece lid. You will never have to worry about losing or replacing a part, nor will you ever have trouble cleaning your lid. The lid also comes with a convenient handle, so you can carry it around with you on the go or pull it out with ease whenever you need it.

Thoughtfully Designed, Inside and Out

We specifically manufactured this stainless tumbler with a special technique that rounds out the sipping area for maximum comfort when drinking. In addition, it features SlickSteel® polished stainless steel interior that minimizes odors and stains and its specially designed lid reduces condensation from forming. This stainless tumbler is portable, durable, elegant, and reliable.

Superior Temperature Retention

As always, our stainless steel vacuum insulation technology keeps your drinks hot or cold for hours. The Zojirushi Stainless Carry Tumbler SX-JA30 has an 11 oz. capacity and a heat retention of up to 133 °F after six hours. Cold drinks will stay at a cool 50 °F after 6 hours as well. The bigger SX-JA40, which carries up to 14 oz., can retain heat up to 144°F after six hours, and cold drinks at 48°F after to six hours as well.

Fill Her Up

Now that you know the ins and outs of the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Tumbler SX-JA30/40, what are you planning on filling it with? Here are some of our top recommendations:

Silky Milky Oolong Tea

  • Silky Milky Oolong Tea – This sweet and creamy tea boasts a strong flavor of oolong and will keep you warm and caffeinated.
  • Iced Matcha Creamy Latte – Carry around a boost of caffeine with a bit zen with our iced matcha creamy latte. Adjust the sweetness to your liking.

Fresh Herb Tea

  • Fresh Herb Tea – If you’re in the mood for a refreshing and comforting beverage, this herb tea will revive and replenish your spirit. A perfect way to wind down or relax.
  • Iced Green Tea – You can’t go wrong with a bright and refreshing iced green tea. Sweeten it with some honey and enjoy it as a little pick me up during the day.

What are your favorite drinks to take on the go? Be sure to share your experience with us on social by tagging your photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram! #Zojirushi #ZoFan

 

 

Product of the Month: Limited-Edition PAC-MAN™ x ZOJIRUSHI Stainless Mugs (SM-SHE48PA)

This month’s product of the month is here to bring you a blast from your gaming past.

Imagine the days of yesteryear: you’re at your favorite arcade or gathered around your in-home gaming console. Your avatar is on a mission to eat as many pellets and fruit as possible, all while outrunning multiple colorful ghosts after your game lives. Yes, you guessed it – we’re talking about PAC-MAN™.

Well, we’re here to introduce you to our newest collaboration that will allow you to take the iconic imagery from this staple game with you wherever you are. Meet our product of the month: PAC-MAN™ x ZOJIRUSHI Stainless Mug (SM-SHE48PA).

Did you know PAC-MAN™ is one of the most successful vintage video games of all time?

Since PAC-MAN™ has a voracious appetite, we like to think that he’s always thirsty too, and what better way to quench that thirst than drinking from a world-famous stainless bottle made by Zojirushi.

These vacuum insulated stainless mugs come in two fun designs, featuring the famous PAC-MAN™ characters – designed to bring a little whimsy and retro flair to everyday hydration. Want to learn more about this item? Let’s dive in!

Cherry accent on the back side

Two Styles

The black version of the PAC-MAN™ x ZOJIRUSHI vacuum insulated bottle features the four PAC-MAN™ ghosts and PAC-MAN™ himself, while the stainless version features PAC-MAN™ and a bright yellow push-button. Both of these travel mugs come in 16 oz. sizes and feature Zojirushi’s famous vacuum insulation technology to keep your beverages hot or cold for hours.

SlickSteel® Interior

We’ve electro-polished the interior of this stainless-steel bottle, resulting in a surface that resists corrosion, repels stains without the use of nonstick coating, and makes cleaning the ultra-smooth interior extra easy.

Superior Temperature Retention

Through our signature Zojirushi vacuum insulation technology, these bottles will be able to keep your beverages hot or cold for hours. The vacuum insulation between the two stainless steel layers also minimizes heat transfer to keep the exterior from getting hot and minimizes condensation if you’re carrying a cold drink.

Leak-Proof

The PAC-MAN™ branded stainless mugs feature a flip-open lid that stays open and away from your face when you drink. It’s 2-step lid release process also prevents excess condensation on the stopper from being flung off while the lid opens, and locks down the tight fitted lid when closed to avoid unwanted spillage with help of the safety lock on the side.

Thoughtful Design

These bottles are lightweight and compact for added portability and feature a 1-5/8″ (4cm) wide mouth opening that accommodates full-size cubes. This also makes the bottle easier to fill and easier to clean. The air vent on the mouthpiece also ensures that beverages flow out smoothly, without gushing or overflowing. And as always, all surfaces that come into contact with food or beverage are BPA-free.

Convenient

Taking care of your stainless-steel bottle will be a breeze (when used according to the manual), as the stopper disassembles for thorough cleaning. Remember, do not use bleach on this product, as it will cause the stainless steel to rust and the stopper and cover to experience premature wear. Instead, the vacuum insulated mugs and its parts should be hand washed with a soft sponge and a mild dishwashing liquid.

Are you a PAC-MAN™ fan? Do you have any special memories of the PAC-MAN™ arcade game that come to mind when you see these branded bottles with the PAC-MAN™ characters? Be sure to share your experience with us on social by tagging your photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram! #Zojirushi #ZoFan

Cozy Wintertime Meals Made with the Umami® Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NL-GAC10/18

Happy New Year! We are so excited to cook our favorite wintertime meals this January as we cozy up to the colder weather. With Zojirushi’s versatile new Umami® Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NL-GAC10/18, we’re able to make so much more than white rice with just a single appliance, from soup, congee, and more. The exclusive Umami setting on this Zojirushi rice cooker is also great for cooking a variety of rice grains as well, as it extends soaking and steaming to make your rice fluffier, sweeter, and more delicious. Today, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite rice based dishes we’ll be preparing in January with the help of our Umami® Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NL-GAC10/18.

 

Zojirushi’s Umami® Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NL-GAC10/18Before we dive into the recipes, let’s get to know our rice cooker a little better. The Umami® Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NL-GAC10/18 is an elegant appliance that comes in a stylish Metallic Black color, with two sizes available to accommodate various household sizes: 5.5 and 10 cups. What makes this rice cooker unique is its advanced micro computerized fuzzy logic technology that allows it to offer a long list of menu settings including Zojirushi’s special Umami setting, that will help you whip up a variety of tasty dishes.

 

Menu settings include:

  • White
  • Umami
  • Mixed
  • sushi/sweet
  • Jasmine
  • Porridge
  • Congee
  • Brown
  • GABA brown
  • Quick white
  • Quick Jasmine
  • Steam
  • Slow cook

 

It features an easy-to-read LCD control panel, clock and delay timer, nonstick coated inner cooking pan, and all food contact surfaces are BPA free. The inner lid is detachable for easy cleaning, and the rice cooker also comes with additional accessories such as a steaming basket, rice spatula, and measuring cup. To see this rice cooker in action, visit our product video here.

Now that we’ve been properly introduced to our Umami® Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NL-GAC10/18, let’s dive into our dishes!

Rice Dishes:

Jambalaya

We love Jambalaya because it combines many great flavors into one delicious bowl. This hearty meal features shrimp, sausage, and a hint of chili flakes that will warm you right up.

 

Shiitake-Gohan

This classic Japanese rice dish is simple to make using the convenient mixed setting for an easy meal that will keep you satisfied with its umami-rich flavor from the shiitake mushrooms.

 

Soups:

Vegetable Brown Rice Zosui (Japanese Rice Soup)

Zosui is traditional Japanese comfort food that combines rice, chicken broth, and seasonal vegetables. This simple yet satisfying soup can be made from scratch or from leftover nabe base if you have it. Perfect for lunch or dinner on a cold day!

 

Keihan (Japanese Chicken Soup with Rice)

Keihan is another traditional Japanese dish that hails from the southern islands of Japan. This dish features shiitake mushrooms, chicken breasts, and egg crepes. Yum!

 

Casseroles:

Baked Rice Casserole with Artichokes and Mushrooms

Our baked rice casserole dish is excellent for mushroom lovers and is a gluten-free alternative to other traditional casseroles. Combine all ingredients into a casserole or ceramic bowl and bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.

 

Japanese Style Curry Doria

This Japanese-inspired doria is a wonderful way to make use of leftover curry and rice and turn them into the ultimate comfort meal. This dish comes sizzling out of the oven ready to eat, featuring mozzarella cheese, parsley, and butter.  

 

What are your favorite dishes to enjoy in the wintertime? Do you have any favorite recipes that you plan to try from this blog? Be sure to share your experience with us on social by tagging your photos on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram! #Zojirushi #ZoFan