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Panasonic Rice Cooker
- Model number: SR-MS103
- Holds up to 5 cups of uncooked rice
- Yields up to 10 cups of cooked rice
- LCD control panel with eight options for cooking rice and other foods
- Includes measuring cup, rice spoon, and steaming basket
- Set finish time for up to 24 hours ahead
- Weight: 6.6 lb.
- Dimensions: 7.75”×13.81”×10.25”
Konosuke Matsushita founded Panasonic in 1918 on the strength of just one invention—his two-socket light fixture. It evolved into one of the world’s largest electronics companies, manufacturing everything from plasma and LCD TVs to TVs for your TVs. As Panasonic grew, however, it never lost sight of its founder’s philosophy of working to improve the lives of people and the development of societies worldwide. To this end, the company has created and supported numerous initiatives, such as the global Panasonic Kid Witness News, which educates children in underserved communities through video programs. In addition, the World Economic Forum has named Panasonic one of the most sustainable corporations in the world, thanks in part to its EPA-award-winning recycling operations.
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How Rice Expands: Growing Grains
There’s more going on in a bed of rice than meets the eye. Zoom into its surprising microscopic structure with Groupon’s close-up look.
A typical recipe on the back of a rice package might go like this: add one cup of rice to two cups of water and simmer it until it’s tender and steaming. You’ll also have to make sure you leave some room at the top of the pot for the rice to expand—which is a little surprising when you think about it. Sure, the water is absorbed into the grains of rice, but you’ll typically end up with rice that’s greater in volume than the volume of both its components. And it’s not as if this happens with every food you toss in boiling water: think of noodles, or broccoli.
What’s going on here? Put simply, rice doesn’t just absorb water like a sponge. Instead, a complex rearrangement of molecules makes the starch in the rice change structure and actually take up more space, much as a suitcase does when placed in an airplane’s overhead bin. Inside each uncooked grain is a three-dimensional lattice of starch molecules that makes the grain tough and mostly impervious to water. But bring the water to a boil, and this all changes: the starch molecules themselves swell and eventually burst, losing that neatly stacked structure in the process. When that happens, amylose, one of the previously water-fearing chains of sugars that make up each starch molecule, escapes into the surrounding space and takes on a structure that itself holds water.
You can imagine each of these elements as a thread in a sweater: normally it lies flat, but start pulling out the threads and instead of a sweater you’ll end up with a much larger heap of knots and tangles perfect for a kitten’s prom dress. Because the molecules go from a neat arrangement to a complicated mass, the rice itself expands more than it would if it were simply full of water.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 30 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Fine Print, any purchaser with an unredeemed voucher 30 days after purchase will receive a refund equal to the amount paid for the voucher. Only available for in-store pickup and only for the option purchased at the listed location. Returns and exchanges must be initiated in-store and are subject to the merchant's standard return policy. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.