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Old 01-03-2012, 01:26 PM   #21
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As mentioned above, Fried Rice. We always end up with plenty of left over rice. We use them plain the next day or use them for fried rice even several days later.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:29 PM   #22
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I think the general measurement is one coffee cup of rice per person. As for recipes for leftover rice, I make a hot and sour soup to go with rice.

Which coffee cup? I have little ones for espresso and large ones for lattes.
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:17 PM   #23
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I think generaly doctors recomend a regular size cup of a side dish per dinner, rice included. But you are of course correct Frank.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:16 PM   #24
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Being on Time-of-use electricity has made me much more aware of how much energy things use, of course, running the house on a generator for 12 days also made me aware of these things. And having just enjoyed 6 days out of the last 9 days on "cheap" power (before TOU rates), I really miss being able to be "unaware" of power rates. Fortunately, I only cook for 1 most of the time and I'm in the city Wednesday and Thursday nights this week. And, I really hate TOU--it penalizes those who are at home (whether working, caring for children, or retired) during the day. It also makes it really hard for people to cook from scratch because the rates don't change to lower rates until 7 p.m. Most people want to eat before that or have something ready when they come home. I see it as being counter-productive re: trying to encourage people to eat better...

When this was implemented in April 2011, my goal for 1 year was to to see if I could keep my energy costs around the same as they were before TOU rates. I figured this would be a sufficient length of time to alter life-long behaviour patterns. A friend put a water holding tank on his woodstove, routed the warmed water to a hot water tank (it was a little more complicated than that). His electricity bill has dropped by $30/month since doing this. He used to have his hot water tank on a timer. Now, he complains that sometimes the water is too hot and he has to run a bucket off. He's thinking of rigging up a solar means of warming the water for the summer months.

For example, I wanted to take 1/2 of the pork loin I had left from Saturday and cook it and freeze it for another time. I checked to see if (a) 10 hours on low in the crockpot, (b) 5 hours on low in the crockpot, or (c) ~2 hours at 325 in the oven would use less energy. Given the consumption rates for the crockpot and oven/hour/setting, the crockpot on low for 10 hours would be more expensive than either (b) or (c) with (b) being slightly cheaper and more energy efficient. Cooking rice in a saucepan would be more energy efficient than using a rice cooker.

I have found that rinsing the rice under hot water until it runs clear helps. I also bring the water in the saucepan to a boil, add the rice, stir, and then reduce to a simmer, cover, and don't peak for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, let sit for about 5 minutes, fluff with a fork. If I want rice for a pilaf, I reduce the water slightly--instead of 2 c water to 1 c rice, I use 1-3/4 c water to 1 c rice.
Don't you have a wood burning cook stove?
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:24 PM   #25
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I think generaly doctors recomend a regular size cup of a side dish per dinner, rice included. But you are of course correct Frank.

Oh I have some of those too.. well.. which regular size?
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Hey don't start with me, I cannot stand the standard measuring system, it makes no sense what so ever. The whole world is using Metric; it is time for the States to switch. Even the British who came up with that nonsense are using metric nowadays.
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The US is a metric country... the US is a metric country... the US is a metric country. (If we say it enough it will actually be true).

And don't get me started on the British with their liters of gas they go miles with to get a pint of beer and and grams of peanuts.
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I too wish we could switch to the metric system, but I don't see it happening anytime soon. The US had a plan to go metric when I was in college and now I've had my entire career and retired and there's still no progress in going metric. I sometimes wonder if the US is waiting for the world to recognize the error of their ways and go off the metric system. It's embarrassing to be the only significant country in the world not on the metric system. In fact the US may be the only country not on the metric system.
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I think I read somewhere that there was some other small country still using it.
I say our president should give money to the switch instead of the banks. Imagine how many people will have to be hired to do the job, the paper work, etc. Economy will jump 100%, we will start producing products that Europians will want to buy for a simple reason that the products are in metric. I really think I am onto something here...
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I think the general measurement is one coffee cup of rice per person. As for recipes for leftover rice, I make a hot and sour soup to go with rice.
That's cooked rice, correct?
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