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Old 05-22-2006, 11:32 AM   #1
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Rice disaster

I have never had a problem cooking rice. Uncle Ben's, Carolina, Goya, sticky or parboiled, short grain medium grain long grain, just never had a problem. There is a ratio of water to grain, simmer time, lid on etc.

I have never had a probelm cooking rice until ... last night. Was making a paella, and used a good quality organic rice, long grain, (20 min) but...even an hour later the rice was part mush part crunch...what a disappointment.
This was a major organic food producer, sealed bag, no damage visible, not a bulk item. And I have used this brand before with good results making regular boiled rice.

The recipe I use is TNT and have been making it for years. I was not suddenly at high altitude, although my blood presure may have spiked. THe only difference was I had this rice which was good to use once before adn I grabbed it and ... not good. Next time...Uncle Ben's. There is a reason for certain processes...regularity, uniformity, guaranteed results.

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Old 05-22-2006, 12:06 PM   #2
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If you want a long grain rice, Riceland Rice is a good one. That's what I use for my Jambalaya, simply because that's what my Cajun cooking mentor used.
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Old 05-22-2006, 01:18 PM   #3
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Julia Child's recipe for paella is the BEST and she recommends Uncle Ben's. Arborio would also be the other choice--and thinking about your post, you may have had arborio and didn't fix it with the correct technique.
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Old 05-22-2006, 01:21 PM   #4
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Robo, can you share the recipe, and perhaps we can figure out what went a muck.
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Old 05-22-2006, 03:22 PM   #5
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it was not arborio
and the reipe is fine
it was fluke of this organic item that "got stale" and cooked unevenly
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Old 05-22-2006, 03:56 PM   #6
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I have had this happened to me too. It is most disgusting taste, some of the rice is way overcooked and some is simply raw, yuk.

I have been using Rice Land long grain parboiled rice for years now and absolutely love it.
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Old 05-22-2006, 04:27 PM   #7
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I didn't say it was the recipe
Glad you know what caused it since you seem to have posted asking for help
Glad it wasn't arborio but thought it worth a mention.
Won't bother you again.
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Old 05-22-2006, 07:26 PM   #8
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Gretchen, not a bother at all, sorry I was rushed. (did you see my spelling!! eegad!) I was posting mainly to say..."hey it happens, even when I think I got it all under control." And also to make a point that sometimes the "processing" of foods is for a reason.
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