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How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? #4753951
05/11/18 09:08 AM
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I love rice; it's my preferred starch. But I've noticed that when I get rice from Chinese restaurants, etc, the rice is perfect, not sticky or gummy.

When I cook it in a pot at home, it gets all sticky and gummy (especially certain brands or varieties).

Do I need to get a rice cooker? If so, what's the best one to get?


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Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: john_pifer] #4753972
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Perfect rice is cooked by someone other than me. Same prob

I think its a day old at the restaurants.



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Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: john_pifer] #4753973
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They use different rice.
Also a bigger size cooker.

If you have close to you indian or chinese or other Asian stores, you can find many types of rice.

Mine is the regular aldi/Jewel(midwest grocery store) 1-3 # bag.

1 cup of rice, 3-4 cups of water, salt, bit of oil/butter/coconut oil,
use a pot with tick walls, let it boil on slow, mix from time to time and add water gradually as needed.
also cover (it kind of steams itself)
about 15 minutes and done.

oddities:
you should see the face of my kids when they saw purple rice for the first time....

Last edited by pandus13; 05/11/18 09:26 AM. Reason: different colors of rice

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Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: john_pifer] #4753979
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I add a couple tablespoons of olive oil to mine. Sticky & gummy to me means a little over cooked...try taking off a minute or two.


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Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: john_pifer] #4753991
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Treat rice like pasta.

Big pot of water, bring to boil. Dump in rice. Let boil for 14 minutes or until desired texture is where you like it. you can taste as you go.

Drain in mesh collander, return to pot and bring to table.

Perfect every time.


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Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: JLTD] #4753998
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Originally Posted By: JLTD
I add a couple tablespoons of olive oil to mine. Sticky & gummy to me means a little over cooked...try taking off a minute or two.


???

I typically cook .5 cup of rice. I use 1 cup of water. I do cover it, and it gets cooked only until the water has all evaporated.

My favorite has been the Zatarain's "parboiled" variety. Doesn't seem to come out as sticky and gummy. But it's still not as nice and dry and fluffy, nor does it taste as good, as the rice I get from local restaurants - especially from the Indian restaurant. Their rice, and the rice I get from the local Middle Eastern/Persian restaurants is the best.


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Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: john_pifer] #4754000
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Given up white rice. Too much starch and potentially arsenic due to the flooded way its grown.

Brown or wild rice now.


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Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: 123Saab] #4754002
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Originally Posted By: 123Saab
Treat rice like pasta.

Big pot of water, bring to boil. Dump in rice. Let boil for 14 minutes or until desired texture is where you like it. you can taste as you go.

Drain in mesh collander, return to pot and bring to table.

Perfect every time.


Hmm...never tried it this way. I've always just followed the instructions on the rice bag, which do say to bring water to a boil. But then I cover and cook until the water is pretty much gone. Maybe I've been doing it wrong?


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Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: Donald] #4754004
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Originally Posted By: Donald
Given up white rice. Too much starch and potentially arsenic due to the flooded way its grown.

Brown or wild rice now.


I'm a distance runner and cyclist, so, I need the starch. Otherwise I'd "dry up 'n blow away", as my mom used to say wink


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Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: john_pifer] #4754005
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Originally Posted By: john_pifer
Originally Posted By: JLTD
I add a couple tablespoons of olive oil to mine. Sticky & gummy to me means a little over cooked...try taking off a minute or two.


???

I typically cook .5 cup of rice. I use 1 cup of water. I do cover it, and it gets cooked only until the water has all evaporated.

My favorite has been the Zatarain's "parboiled" variety. Doesn't seem to come out as sticky and gummy. But it's still not as nice and dry and fluffy, nor does it taste as good, as the rice I get from local restaurants - especially from the Indian restaurant. Their rice, and the rice I get from the local Middle Eastern/Persian restaurants is the best.


Maybe we use different varieties. Mine goes into boiling water, wait till it boils again, then cover on low for 20 minutes (45 for brown). That's where I came up with "take a minute off".


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Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: john_pifer] #4754006
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Steam the rice instead of boiling.


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Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: 123Saab] #4754008
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Originally Posted By: 123Saab
Treat rice like pasta.

Big pot of water, bring to boil. Dump in rice. Let boil for 14 minutes or until desired texture is where you like it. you can taste as you go.

Drain in mesh collander, return to pot and bring to table.

Perfect every time.


I think I'll try it this way next time, instead of cooking it until the water all evaporates.

I've never had any problems with cooking pasta. I like it "al dente", and, just a few minutes in the boiling water is perfect.


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Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: Oily_Thing] #4754010
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Originally Posted By: Oily_Thing
Steam the rice instead of boiling.


How?


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Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: john_pifer] #4754012
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Lot of different opinions!

I use 1 cup rice too 1 1/4 cups water with salt or seasoning added, sometimes I use half chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil, summer for 10 minutes, let sit covered for at least 10, comes out perfect.

Re: How Is Perfect Rice Cooked? [Re: john_pifer] #4754013
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Best thing is to get a rice cooker. Usually, if you make a cup of rice, you'd put equal amounts of water in it. If you want the rice a little moist, which makes it not as sticky, add a little more water. But first, rinse the rice a couple of times before you cook it. Find a local Asian market and get a 30 lbs bag of either jasmine or calrose short grain.


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