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Old 10-19-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Brown Rice Advice Please.

I don't have a rice cooker because I don't have a lot of space or need for one as I usually cook rice in the m/wave. I don't usually use brown rice but Slimming World seems to want me to so I need some info.

I usually "boil" white rice in twice its volume of water (boiled in the kettle so it's hot) in a large bowl for 10 minutes. Any advice on brown rice:water ratio and timing please. And should I add salt at the beginning or after cooking? Not that fussed about salt really so often forget to add it to things like rice or potatoes.
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Old 10-19-2013, 02:43 PM   #2
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Same rice to water ratio but it takes a lot longer to cook. As much as 45 minutes at a simmer.
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As Andy wrote, same ratio, longer simmer.

I bring mine to a boil, and turn it down to a medium boil, as opposed to a full out, steamy, very active, rolling boil. I leave it boiling like that for 7 minutes, 'cause that's what works on my stove. Anywhere from 5-10 minutes should work, depending on the stove and pot. I use enamelled cast iron.

Once the boiling time is up, I put the lid on and turn it down to a simmer. Regular brown rice usually takes 45-50 minutes of simmering. Brown basmati rice usually takes about 35 minutes of simmering, but is very forgiving of longer times.

Don't stir. When I check to see if it's done, I insert a large wooden spoon in the middle of the rice and gently push some to the side, so I can see to the bottom. I grab a few grains and taste them.

I tried cooking brown rice with no salt, but it came out a bit mushier/stickier. So, I would definitely say to add salt at the beginning. I have found that 1/4 teaspoon of salt works well for 250 ml or 500 ml of raw rice.
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:35 PM   #4
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Thanks Andy and Taxlady. Will give it a try.
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:48 PM   #5
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Tried the suggested method and it worked but I don't think I'll bother again. Didn't enjoy it very much. Back to good old white rice and to h*ll with Slimming World.

I love wholemeal bread and breakfast cereals but both wholewheat pasta and brown rice both turn me right off.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:21 PM   #6
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Brown rice has so much more flavor and the texture is nice. I guess to each their own!
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:28 PM   #7
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Mad Cook, did you rinse the rice in a colander before cooking it?

I find the texture of brown rice so much nicer than white.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:14 PM   #8
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Brown rice is just lovely , have you tried using some in a home made vegetable or chicken soup ? That's one of the ways I use it , I just add a couple of handfuls to a big pan of home made soup and it will thicken it nicely and it's so good for you !
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Try converted brown rice. It is par-cooked and is easy to prepare in your microwave. I always add a little more water or broth than the directions recommend as well as a little olive oil and some Italian spices. While the rice is cooking in the microwave, I sauté veggies in olive oil --- examples: carrots, mushrooms, onion, garlic, broccoli florets, green beans, diced tomatoes, pea pods, etc. When the rice is cooked, add it to the veggies. Season with salt and pepper and, if desired, a sprinkle of Parmesan. Excellent as a meatless meal or as a side dish.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:55 AM   #10
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Mad Cook, did you rinse the rice in a colander before cooking it?

I find the texture of brown rice so much nicer than white.
Yes. I always rinse rice to get rid of dust and any surface starch


I think I just don't like it. Must be me because others do like it.
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