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Using an Aroma rice cooker is generally straightforward. Here's a basic guide:

**1. Rinse the rice (optional but recommended):** This removes excess starch that can make cooked rice sticky. Rinse the rice in a fine-mesh strainer under cold running water until the water runs clear. Drain well.

**2. Add rice and water to the inner pot:** Use the provided measuring cup for the rice. Aroma refers to cup measurements in their instructions based on their scoop, not a standard measuring cup. 

* **Water ratio:**  The water ratio can vary depending on the type of rice. 

    * White rice: Aroma's instructions often recommend a 1:1.33 ratio (1 cup rice to 1⅓ cup water). You can also use the water line markings inside the pot for white rice (refer to your specific model's manual if unsure).

    * Brown rice: Brown rice typically requires more water for cooking. Refer to your Aroma rice cooker manual or the specific rice package instructions for the recommended water ratio for brown rice.

**3. Add any additional ingredients (optional):** Some models may have settings for cooking rice with other ingredients like vegetables or grains. Refer to your manual for instructions on these features. You can also add ingredients like a pat of butter or a pinch of salt for extra flavor, following your preferred recipe.

**4. Place the inner pot in the rice cooker:** Make sure the pot is properly seated and the lid is closed securely.

**5. Choose the cooking function:** Most Aroma rice cookers have buttons for different types of rice (white, brown) or a multi-function setting.  Consult your manual for specific functions on your model.

**6. Start cooking:** Press the appropriate button to start the cooking cycle. The indicator light will usually illuminate, and some models may display a countdown timer.

**7. Automatic switch to keep warm:** Once the rice is cooked, the rice cooker will typically switch to a "keep warm" function automatically. This keeps the rice warm for serving later.

**8. Fluff and serve:**  After letting the rice rest in the "keep warm" mode for 5-10 minutes, open the lid carefully (steam will be hot) and fluff the rice with a fork or rice paddle. This helps separate the rice grains and prevents sticking.  Serve your rice and enjoy!

**Here are some additional tips:**

* **Consult your manual:**  For specific instructions and water ratios related to your Aroma rice cooker model, always refer to the manufacturer's manual that came with your appliance.

* **Experiment with water:**  The water ratio can affect the final texture of the rice. If you find your rice too dry or mushy after the first try, adjust the water amount in subsequent uses based on your preference.

* **Cleaning:** Clean the inner pot, lid, and exterior of the rice cooker with warm soapy water after use. Refer to your manual for proper cleaning instructions.

By following these steps, you should be able to use your Aroma rice cooker to cook delicious rice!

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Using an Aroma rice cooker is generally straightforward. Here's a basic guide:

**1. Rinse the rice (optional but recommended):** This removes excess starch that can make cooked rice sticky. Rinse the rice in a fine-mesh strainer under cold running water until the water runs clear. Drain well.

**2. Add rice and water to the inner pot:** Use the provided measuring cup for the rice. Aroma refers to cup measurements in their instructions based on their scoop, not a standard measuring cup. 

* **Water ratio:**  The water ratio can vary depending on the type of rice. 

    * White rice: Aroma's instructions often recommend a 1:1.33 ratio (1 cup rice to 1⅓ cup water). You can also use the water line markings inside the pot for white rice (refer to your specific model's manual if unsure).

    * Brown rice: Brown rice typically requires more water for cooking. Refer to your Aroma rice cooker manual or the specific rice package instructions for the recommended water ratio for brown rice.

**3. Add any additional ingredients (optional):** Some models may have settings for cooking rice with other ingredients like vegetables or grains. Refer to your manual for instructions on these features. You can also add ingredients like a pat of butter or a pinch of salt for extra flavor, following your preferred recipe.

**4. Place the inner pot in the rice cooker:** Make sure the pot is properly seated and the lid is closed securely.

**5. Choose the cooking function:** Most Aroma rice cookers have buttons for different types of rice (white, brown) or a multi-function setting.  Consult your manual for specific functions on your model.

**6. Start cooking:** Press the appropriate button to start the cooking cycle. The indicator light will usually illuminate, and some models may display a countdown timer.

**7. Automatic switch to keep warm:** Once the rice is cooked, the rice cooker will typically switch to a "keep warm" function automatically. This keeps the rice warm for serving later.

**8. Fluff and serve:**  After letting the rice rest in the "keep warm" mode for 5-10 minutes, open the lid carefully (steam will be hot) and fluff the rice with a fork or rice paddle. This helps separate the rice grains and prevents sticking.  Serve your rice and enjoy!

**Here are some additional tips:**

* **Consult your manual:**  For specific instructions and water ratios related to your Aroma rice cooker model, always refer to the manufacturer's manual that came with your appliance.

* **Experiment with water:**  The water ratio can affect the final texture of the rice. If you find your rice too dry or mushy after the first try, adjust the water amount in subsequent uses based on your preference.

* **Cleaning:** Clean the inner pot, lid, and exterior of the rice cooker with warm soapy water after use. Refer to your manual for proper cleaning instructions.

By following these steps, you should be able to use your Aroma rice cooker to cook delicious rice!
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