Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U Rice Cooker – Full Review
Love rice and want a more convenient way to make it? The Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer lets you make rice the easy way. With a special Tacook plate that allows you to make simple main dishes inside the rice cooker while rice is steaming below, this innovative appliance features four cooking menu settings so white rice, jasmine rice, brown rice, and other popular items turn out perfectly each time.
The Tiger Rice Cooker and Warmer is available in your choice of 5.5-Cup or 10-Cup size, so you can cook as much rice as you like. The smaller size is ideal for individuals, couples, and small families of up to four; the larger size makes enough rice so small families will have leftovers and larger families will have enough cooked rice on hand for a hearty meal. If the idea of having a slow-cooker appeals to you, you’ll enjoy the Tiger Rice Cooker’s slow cook setting, which allows you to make favorite one-pot meals such as stews and soups, chili, curry, and much more.
Easier to clean than old-style rice cookers without inner liners, the Tiger features a removable inner cooking chamber that can be completely submerged for washing. If you’ve ever struggled to clean a rice cooker that couldn’t be placed in water, then you will probably appreciate this feature as much as I do. The exterior is very easy to wipe clean with a soft cloth. It would be nice if the lid were also detachable, but it’s not – you have to wipe it and the rubber gasket clean.
The Tacook plate is removable and washable, and unlike the upper cooking chambers in some competing brands, is designed to prevent flavors from food cooking inside to affect the taste of the rice cooking below.
While this Tiger rice cooker model lacks some of the special features that come with more expensive ones, it is available at a surprisingly affordable price. Read on for more details about the pros and cons that come with owning and operating the Tiger JBV-A10U Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer.
Available in Two Appealing Sizes
One of the nicest things about this rice cooker is that it’s available in two sizes: A 5.5-cup model for smaller families, couples, or single people, and a 10-cup model for larger families or those who like lots of leftovers. The sizes are based on dry rice, not cooked, and the cup size is based on the six-ounce rice measuring cup that comes with the rice cooker, not a standard 8-ounce measuring cup. As confusing as this is, it seems to be the standard across all rice cookers; it’s not something unique to the Tiger brand or this particular model.
The engineers at Tiger did a pretty good job designing the JBV-A10U rice cooker. It has a rounded, rectangular profile with the buttons positioned on an angled panel on the front so that they’re easy to read. The rice cooker has a smooth, sleek profile; the overall design looks modern and is attractive. I do have one small complaint in this department – the cord isn’t retractable. You have to tuck it under the rice cooker or sort of wind it up and hide it behind the cooker when it isn’t in use. This isn’t a big deal but is worth mentioning.
A built-in carry handle makes the Tiger rice cooker easy to move from one place to another, whether from the kitchen counter to the table or buffet, or from your home to an event being held at a different location. As this appliance doubles as a slow cooker, I find this particular feature to be a rather useful one for anybody who enjoys the occasional potluck dinner!
Inner Cooking Chamber for Easy Cleanup
This rice cooker is equipped with an inner cooking chamber, that can be removed for easy cleanup. If you’ve ever used a rice cooker without a removable cooking chamber, you know just how difficult cleaning can be. You’re not supposed to submerge the cord in water, yet you need to soak sticky rice particles away from the interior, so you’re forced to fill the thing with water to get it really clean! In the event you don’t have time to wash the inner liner right away, you can soak it in soapy water for a few minutes. Once the water penetrates the starch, it will come right off and you will not have to waste much time scrubbing.
Innovative Tackook Plate and Function
The Tacook Function is a feature that is only found on Tiger rice cookers. It’s a special synchronized cooking program that automatically cooks meats and vegetables at the same time as rice is cooked, ensuring an entire meal is ready simultaneously.
Tiger’s Tacook Plate is made of hard BPA-free plastic. It fits inside the rice cooking chamber, where it utilizes the heat and steam from the rice cooking to gently cook foods like meat, vegetables, and seafood. Steam that has been used for the Tacook feature exits out of the top of the rice cooker so that the flavor and texture of the rice isn’t affected by the food cooking in the upper chamber.
While this function is fantastic for creating small meals, it isn’t the best for making lots of food. It gets big points for convenience, but as other reviewers have noted, yield is definitely decreased when using this feature. I find it’s ideal for making a quick, healthy lunch.
Slow Cooker Feature
In addition to the Tacook function, the Tiger JBV-A10U rice cooker features a slow cooker function so you can make one-pot recipes such as soups, stews, curries, jambalaya, and more. Anything you can make in a slow cooker, you can make in this rice cooker! The slow cooker function has a two-hour time limit, so recipes requiring more than two hours of cook time need to be put through more than one cycle.
Two Rice Menu Settings
You might already know that different varieties of rice require different cooking processes to come out with the right texture and flavor. Because brown rice still has its outer bran layer, it takes a longer amount of time to cook, and the temperature has to be brought up slowly so as not to spoil the texture. White rice takes less time and requires a simpler cooking process. You can choose between brown or white rice settings on the Tiger rice cooker so that your rice turns out the way it’s supposed to. I’ve noted some reviewers saying brown rice comes out watery when cooked on the white rice setting, and others saying the brown rice setting takes way too long. This isn’t a problem with the rice cooker itself, it’s a simple lack of understanding about the processes required to cook different types of rice properly. I’ve found that both menu settings are foolproof and I’ve gotten great results when cooking both brown and white rice.
This is a good place to mention that this rice cooker doesn’t have a setting for instant rice. You can cook instant rice with it, but you’ll need to pay close attention and check frequently to see if the rice is done, and then turn the cooker off when the cycle is complete. If you try to cook instant rice and let the entire cooking cycle run, you will wind up with a lot of crunchy grains on the bottom and sides of the rice cooker.
Keep Warm Function
While the Tiger JBVA10U doesn’t have a preset / timer function like more expensive models have, it does have a keep warm function that buys you some time between your rice being finished and other items being ready. The keep warm function isn’t perfect, as it will result in a layer of crunchy rice in the bottom of the cooker if left to sit for longer than about an hour, but this is a universal issue among inexpensive rice cookers that I see as a tradeoff for the lower cost. The rice tastes great, the cleanup is easy, the process of cooking is convenient, but anyone who wants to let rice sit for hours and stay in perfect condition is better off going with a pricier model.
“Can you use the Tiger JBV-A10U to cook rice with coconut milk or broth?”
Yes, you can use any kind of liquid to cook your rice, i.e. vegetable broth, coconut water, chicken stock, etc. You can also add any seasonings, spices, etc. to the mix as an alternative to pre-packaged rice side dishes!
“How big is the Tacook tray?”
The size of the Tacook plate depends on whether you choose the 5.5- or 10-cup model. It’s approximately three inches deep and is slightly narrower than the inner cooking chamber.
“Do you have to cook rice while using the Tacook plate or can you just add water and cook things in the upper chamber?”
You can use the Tacook plate without cooking rice. You can also cook things in the lower compartment with a little liquid. Poached fruit, whole artichokes, and corn on the cob are some of the things I’ve had good luck with.
“About how long does this rice cooker take to make a pot of plain white rice?”
The white rice setting takes between 20 and 30 minutes to complete.
“Can I use this rice maker to make porridge?”
Even though the Tiger JBV-A10U rice cooker doesn’t have a special setting for porridge, you can use it to cook oatmeal and other breakfast cereals! I used the slow cooker setting for making Irish oatmeal and got great results. Like any rice cooker, you can definitely experiment with this one and make a variety of different foods.
“Does the rice cooker sound an alarm when it’s finished?”
No, it doesn’t make any noise.
“Does the plastic Tacook plate have BPA in it?”
No. According to the manufacturer, the Tacook plate is BPA-free.
“Is the power cord detachable?”
While this rice cooker has a handle so you can take it places, the power cord is not detachable, meaning you’ve got to find a way to secure it to move it around. I just use a rubber band to hold it together.
“Are there measurement markings inside the cooking chamber?”
Yes, there are measurement markers inside the cooking chamber. The inside of the pot is dark grey and the markings are white so they are easy to read.
The Tiger Corporation JBV-A10U Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer with Tacook Plate is a nice entry level appliance that does everything the manufacturer says it will do. If you are willing to experiment a bit, you’ll find that this handy rice cooker does even more things! It gets a few extra points for the innovative Tacook system, which allows you to make an entire meal all at once without messing up the entire kitchen. Despite the added convenience this innovation provides, the price is quite affordable. Despite a few minor issues including the lack of a retractable / detachable cord and a little rice sticking to the inner chamber if the keep warm function is left on too long, I have no real complaints. The unit is definitely user friendly, easy to set up, easy to use, and easy to clean. It comes in two popular sizes, so you can get the one that suits your lifestyle best.
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