Once I moved into my new home, one of the cookware that I needed was a rice cooker. I knew I could not settle for a teflon-coated rice cooker for I have read the danger of using it.
Did anyone ever told you that if the non-stick coating of your inner pot was scratched or came off, you have to throw it away? And this is to prevent the toxic particle from getting into your food. Even with the coating intact, I wonder how it is possible for the toxic chemical to not get into the food…
If you do a search online, there are many voices debating over the safety of teflon-coated cookware such as non-stick pan and rice cooker. Some recommend that it is safe and even pointing to professional chefs using it. But others avoid it.
Check out this article, Is Teflon Safe, from ABC news.
From the article, I understand that a likely carcinogenic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA is used to manufacture teflon and other products such as oil and water-repellent coatings on carpet, textiles, leather and paper. In the process of manufacturing, PFOA was released and it contaminates the environment and affect the health of the people.
When it comes to non-stick pan, PFOA in teflon does not exist anymore. But if you heat up a teflon-coated pan to very high heat, it will start to release other types of toxic particles that are dangerous. If you want to know more and what are its negative impact, watch this video from ABC.
After checking out the article and video, what is your view? For me personally, with all those doubts, I will not take the risk even if someone said that it is safe to use.
After some search, I finally decided to purchase the Song Cho Rice Cooker with Buffalo’s inner pot as seen above. Buffalo developed inner pot that is made of stainless steel composite alloy that is safe for cooking. This inner pot can be used with other rice cooker brand, used on its own or used with Buffalo’s own rice cooker. See the benefits of Buffalo inner pot here.
Buffalo has a small range of rice cooker with inner pot in size of 5 cups (1 litre) and 10 cups (1.8 litre). The price is pretty high ranging from $99 to $399. The one I bought is an assemble of Song Cho’s rice cooker with Buffalo’s inner pot. The whole set is at $99 and I got it at OG departmental store in Singapore.
It has been more than a year and it is working well for me. For the model that I bought, although the rice does stick to the bottom of the pot, I simply soak it with water for a while and it comes off easily. And I do not have to worry about scraping the pot. For our health, I am not complaining. 🙂 As mine is a conventional design rice cooker, it may not keep warm for long though. If you have the budget, perhaps you may want to go for the original Buffalo smart rice cooker shown below.
For readers residing in Singapore, you can check it out at Buffalo Rice Cooker at Song Cho, the distributor in Singapore and at OG departmental store. As usual, please do your own research and homework before your purchase. 😉
What else can you do with this Buffalo Smart Rice Cooker? Here is the demo video.