Your rice cooker inner pot may need replacement especially if it has experienced a lot of wear and tear. While most modern rice cookers enable yo to simply swap the inner pot out, you still need to take care when buying one. So, here are some helpful tips on choosing the best rice cooker inner pot replacement.
How Do I Know When To Replace the Inner Pot?
Lets face it we all like to make things last as long as possible these days. The throwaway society has gone, hopefully forever, and more and more of us are making do and mending. However, things wear out and your rice cooker’s inner pot takes a lot of punishment so, inevitably, its going to give up sometime and need replacing.
Here are some of the reasons I swap my inner pot out.
The Coating is Gone or a Has Become a Health Risk
Non-stick rice cookers are popular because they are quick and easy to clean. Thanks to modern non-stick coatings and advanced tech such as fuzzy logic we rarely suffer from burnt food these days.
But, coatings, like all of our other handy appliances can, and do wear out. Over time they get scratched, dented and can start to flake off. Now, although I am a fan of inner pots which have coatings, I always worry about some of these materials ending up in the food so, as soon as I see signs of degradation, its time to replace the pot. No one want to take chances with their, or their families health!
Now, you can make them last longer by avoiding harsh, abrasive cleaners and never, ever, use metal utensils with a non-stick pot but, as I said, its inevitable that they will wear out. However, you should be able to get around 5 years good use out of a non-stick inner pot.
Holes or Cracks
Old pots wear out. If you have burnt the bottom too many times or if the coating has become damaged then they may rust. This can cause holes which, obviously aren’t a good thing. So, at the first sign of a hole developing, throw the pot in the trash. With ceramic or clay pots you need to watch out for chips or cracks. These weaken the pot and can cause it to break, and thats not something you want to happen while its full of hot food that you are carrying across the kitchen. So, safety first replace the pot.
There are Visible Dents on Body and Surface
As well as cracks and holes, metal inner pots can also become scratched and dented and while this is not usually a reason to replace them dents can affect the heat distribution and efficiency of the pot so, if you have the budget, its always a good idea to replace them pot before it becomes too damaged.
Different Kinds of Rice Cooker Inner Pot Replacements
Think that choosing a replacement inner pot is an easy job – think again!
There are several kinds available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages and, of course, they come in all shapes, sizes and prices.
There are product specific ones and universal options so, again, check before you buy.
So, lets find out what the different material options are and what each of them offers.
Ceramic Inner Pot
This is the number one choice for most people because its available with non-stick coatings and is generally considered to be one of the most effective and safest types of inner pot you can buy. Being ceramic, there aren’t any hidden chemicals making them 100% toxin free. Ceramic pots are also affordable and have great thermal properties resulting in an even temperature distribution which prevents food from burning
These dishes are also pretty safe for the environment as they dont have chemicals like you find in PTFE cookware. And, while there’s no evidence that such cookware is responsible for health issues would you really want to take the chance?
If you fancy a new rice cooker with a ceramic inner pot then I can recommend the popular and well-priced Aroma Housewares ARC-6206C. Or, if its just a replacement pot you need you could try this great 6 Quart ceramic cooking pot which will fit most mid-size rice cookers.
The disadvantages are that they are more expensive than metal or stainless steel inner pots and they are less durable. Like clay pots they are prone to breakage so you need to take extra care when using them.
They’re also quite expensive compared to other pots, but, again thats the price you pay for all of the advantages they offer.
Stainless Steel Inner Pot
Personally, one of my favorite types of inner pot is the stainless-steel inner pot. When it comes to durability and versatility, stainless steel just can’t be beaten. It heats well, has good heat distribution properties and is practically indestructible. Oh,m and its also one of the cheapest kinds of replacement inner pots you can buy. There’s also some thing homely about them – maybe its because my own mother used to use one and I can still remember cleaning it as a child. Hey ho.
Of course, it has some disadvantages. For instance, its fairly easily dented and scratched and burnt on food can be a nightmare to get rid of. But it will withstand almost any ind of cleaning agent and scouring pad you throw at it and modern stainless steel pots also contain iron, nickel and even chromium so they are super tough.
The OYAMA CNS-A15U Rice Cooker with Stainless Steel Inner Pot is one of the best rice cookers in its price range and comes with a great stainless steel inner pot. If you are just needing to change the pot in your existing cooker then I recommend the Double Insight 6 Quart Cooking pot which fits lots of the best cookers on the market today
Clay Inner Pot
A clay inner pot is one of the healthiest options that you can opt for because its an all -natural product – no coatings, no additives and no potentially harmful chemicals. Just ancient materials that have been used for cooking since we all lived in huts.
Clay also has fantastic thermal properties meaning that it heats up quicker and retains heat far longer than other kinds of inner pot. The only downside is, naturally, price – they are a bit more expensive and don’t last quite as long. You need to take extra care handling them and if you drop one, then expect to be picking up shards of clay from your kitchen floor for some time!
However, if you are health conscious and like the sound of a clay inner pot then we recommend the High-Fired VitaClay VF7700-8 as it blends modern looks with traditional properties as it is made from unglazed and slightly porous clay to ensure that it will retain moisture and important nutrients.
Non-Stick (Teflon) Inner Pot
Last but not least, you can replace your rice cooker inner pot with one that has a non-stick coating such as Teflon.
If you are worried about the safety of Teflon – don’t be. As far as non-stick coatings go, its a very safe and stable compound and has been used around the world on millions if not billions of pieces of cookware since it was first developed in 1938.
However, just to be on the safer side, it’s recommended that you never use the pot above 570°F or 300°C otherwise there is a danger that the coating will start to break down and release toxins. But, then again, most rice cookers never get anywhere near these kinds of temperatures so, for everyday use, you should be fine.
The main advantage of using an inner pot coated with Teflon is, of course, that its very easy to clean. But that doesn’t mean you dont need to take any precautions because the coating can be quite delicate so always use a non-abrasive sponge.
Your health should be the number consideration when choosing for a rice cooker inner pot replacement. Yes, it may be good to try out new and modern kitchen appliances and accessories, however, always lean on the safe side.
I have listed the different types of inner pot replacements above along with the pros and cons of each kind. Hopefully, you can decide on what inner pot should you get.
Overall, there are many universal rice cooker inner pot replacements you can find. All you need to do is to note down the size of your cooker and search for the best replacement material.