Zojirushi appliances

I heart Zojirushi stuff, a lot! We’ve owned two Zojirushi appliances: a rice cooker and a 5-liter hot water boiler.

My sis-in-law gave us the rice cooker as a housing warming gift when we moved down to Austin over twenty years ago. You read that right: twenty, as in, two decades! The rice cooker still works as perfectly, cooking our rice almost every day. Its Teflon-coated liner has collected a layer of gunk, from years of
cooked rice bits not properly cleaned off thus getting “re-cooked” upon the next use. Despite such abuse, the non-stick coating still works and rice does not stick. All the same, I don’t like the way it looks, so I researched into getting a new liner. I emailed Zojirushi’s support. They replied:

Unfortunately our model NMDC-R10 has been discontinued since 1998.  We no
longer manufacture the inner pans. The inner pans are not interchangeable
with other models. I apologize for the inconvenience.

It’s so old Zojirushi no longer makes parts for it! I suppose such is the downside of appliances that last forever!