September 25, 2023

Diving Deliciously into National Rice Month with Chef Hari Cameron and Zojirushi

By Chef Hari Cameron

Green Herbed Rice Greetings food lovers,

I'm thrilled to report back to you all on my collaboration with USA Rice and Zojirushi America in honoring National Rice Month! Rice has been a cornerstone of my culinary adventure and the month of September, which is dedicated to this versatile staple, allows me to share my expertise and passion for crafting the ultimate pot of rice.

Every chef understands the pivotal role of rice in the culinary world. It's not merely a side dish, but a canvas upon which myriad exquisite meals are painted, marrying flavors and textures in delightful symphonies. While techniques to cook rice have evolved, the quest remains: achieving that perfect pot.

Speaking of perfection, I recently enjoyed using the new Induction Heating Rice Cooker from Zojirushi America. It is, hands down, the best rice cooker I've encountered. The induction technology guarantees impeccable cooking for every rice variant, whether a cozy dinner or a feast for a famished football squad. Its efficiency aside, its sleek aesthetics make it a stylish yet indispensable addition to any kitchen. For a chef, this isn't just another gadget; it's the heartbeat of our culinary creations. 

Did you know the United States stands tall among the world's top rice producers? States like Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas, and Florida contribute to a legacy of superior quality rice, known for its rich flavor, consistent cooking traits, and sustainability. This homegrown rice spans a remarkable spectrum, from aromatic jasmine and basmati to diverse grains like long, medium, short, and unique varieties like black or red rice. The brilliance of the Zojirushi rice cooker is its ability to handle each of these types masterfully. 

A close up of the Induction Heating Rice Cooker from ZojirushiThe cherry on top? As we revel in National Rice Month, every rice cooker purchase on this September champions a noble cause. For every sale, Zojirushi commits $5 to the Table for 2 charity. In perspective, just $25 can provide 100 school meals to needy children. Since its inception in 2007, this organization has been a beacon, addressing global food disparities and ensuring each meal has purpose and impact.

As we embark on this gastronomic journey through National Rice Month—a tradition celebrating the U.S. rice industry for over three decades—I want to share a special Green Rice recipe I made for National Rice Month below and I invite you to participate wholeheartedly in this celebratory month. Your shared meals, photos, and rice cooker acquisitions are more than just gestures; they're catalysts for change. Let's harness the prowess of Zojirushi technology, ensuring every grain is cherished and offering a helping hand to the world with each meal. Here's to a delectable National Rice Month! Always remember, it's a great moment to #thinkrice.

In gratitude,

Chef Hari Cameron 

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