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Rice Cooker Assistance, Please

Alright. I was so excited about receiving a rice cooker for my birthday and so dissapointed with the rice every time I make it. I never have problems making rice on the stove top. Never. In the rice cooker, utter failure. I know... It's not supposed to be this way....

I have not branched out to my other rices (basmati, jasmine, etc.) at present due to my lack of success with plain white Riceland brand rice. I have adjusted the water to rice ratio several times, tried rinsing the rice, washed the rice.... you get the idea.

I'd like to blame it on the rice cookers, but I'm afraid that it's probably my water to rice ratio which I have yet to get down pat.
It's never separated grains, just a big bowl of mush. What am I doing wrong?

Please help me before I put the darn cooker in a rummage sale box.

What water to rice ration do you use? Is the brand of rice part of the problem? Do you rinse the rice before cooking? What do you do for perfect rice every time?

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