Rice can be a tricky food to cook properly. If it’s under cooked, it can be hard and crunchy, but overcooked rice is gummy and sticky. So how can rice be cooked so that is just the right texture? Here are some tips:
Rinse the rice by putting it in a strainer then run water over it until the water becomes clear. This gets rid of extra starch that may cause the rice to become sticky when cooking.
Cook the rice – There are numerous ways to cook rice, including:
On the stove – When cooking rice on the stovetop, use two cups of water for every one cup of rice. Boil the water, then add the rice and a pinch of salt. Bring the water to a gentle simmer, and cover the pot, leaving the lid on for the entire cooking duration. Check white rice after 18 minutes of cooking and brown rice at 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice rest in the pot for a few more minutes.
In a slow cooker – Rub the slow cooker with butter or margarine, then use the same ratio above for rice to water. White rice will cook in about an hour to an hour-and-a-half, and brown rice will take two to two-and-a-half hours.
In a rice cooker – Rice cookers take all the guesswork out for you. The user simply follows the instructions for the type of rice, sets the timer, and opens the cooker when the rice is ready.
Fluff the rice – No matter what method is used to cook the rice, after cooking is completed it is best to use a fork to fluff the rice to improve the texture.
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