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How to Cook Rice

Rice Cooking

You don't want to overcook rice. Follow these tips along with our handy chart below as a guideline.
  1. Measure the amount of water specified into a medium saucepan.

  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  3. Slowly add the rice and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to low.
    Slowly add the rice and return to a boil.
    Slowly add the rice and
    return to a boil.

  4. Cover; simmer for the time specified or until the rice is tender and most of the water has been absorbed.

  5. To test for doneness, bite into a grain of rice or squeeze it between your thumb and index finger. The rice is done when it is tender and you cannot feel a hard center.
Guide to Cooking Rice

Simmering Time
Arborio Rice
1 cup
11/2 cups
20 minutes
2 cups
Basmatic Rice
1 cup 21/2 cups 20 minutes 3 cups
Brown Rice 1 cup 2 cups 45 minutes 3 cups
White Rice 1 cup
2 cups
20 minutes 3 cups

Rice Storage

Store all uncooked grains in airtight containers. White rice can be stored at room temperature indefinitely; brown rice can be stored for up to six months.

Store all cooked rice in an airtight container for up to one week in the refrigerator or for up to six months in the freezer.

Now that you have down the basics on rice, you're one step closer to preparing an Asian meal -- or any meal -- the whole family will enjoy.

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