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Old 03-30-2007, 10:30 AM   #11
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No peeky either.
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Old 03-30-2007, 10:37 AM   #12
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Ill try these things. I wasn't washing the rice. It's long grain rice, so it takes 45 minutes to cook. The instructions say 2 1/4 cup water for each cup of rice.

It's this brand they have it all over the place:
Amazon.com: RiceSelect Long Grain Texmati Brown Rice, 36-Ounce Jars (Pack of 4): Grocery
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Old 03-30-2007, 10:38 AM   #13
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Old 03-30-2007, 11:17 AM   #14
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My suggestion is - once you bring the water to a boil and reduce it, cover your pot - make sure your water is at a simmer (bubbly but not a rolling boil). If it's not bubbling a bit then you are not evaporating the water quickly enough and this is getting your rice mushy. If at the end of the cooking process you take a few grains off the top and they are done but you still hear water boiling in there - remove the lid and turn the heat up a BIT. Stand there and when you don't hear the water boiling anymore then it has evaporated. I actually put my hear down to the pot and listen. With the lid off you are just letting the steam escape versus steaming your rice more, making it even more mushy. I truly think you just aren't bringing it to a high enough simmer.

Also, Texmati is a brown rice, which has to be cooked longer than even a long-grain white rice. The only time I would peak is after you put the lid on and the heat has been reduced. Wait a couple minutes to make sure your water is at a simmer (you want to see it bubbling).
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Ah, I didn't know texmati was brown.. then it can take considerably longer than white rice to cook. My whole grain rice takes over an hour to be cooked, but by soaking it in water with a pinch of baking soda shorten the procedure well.
In order to test the cooking time, I suggest the second option Sarah gave to cook the rice, this way it is much easier to check the consistency. If you are steaming, you shouldn't raise the cover too often, or not at all if possible to cook it properly.
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Old 03-30-2007, 01:55 PM   #16
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urm - I am of the opinion, just like you - DO NOT OPEN THAT LID! LOL

I think, however, that the OP isn't doing an actual simmer thus her water is not cooking off. Anymore than that one peek to see if it's simmering and the rice police will get her!
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urm - I am of the opinion, just like you - DO NOT OPEN THAT LID! LOL

I think, however, that the OP isn't doing an actual simmer thus her water is not cooking off. Anymore than that one peek to see if it's simmering and the rice police will get her!
I too am a little impatient with the cooking of rice. Sometimes I have the heat too low because I have too much going on with the other ingredients and I don't want the mess of it overflowing when it boils up. I always think that I can turn the heat up when I am ready for it to be done but that does not work and the rice is mushy and sticky. I just need to cook the rice and then start the preparations for the other stuff. I also had the habit of making too much rice. I would start with the right pot size and then add an extra serving of water & rice. There was not enough room in the pot and I got grainy, mushy, straight up mess. I got a rice cooker a couple of months ago. After checking it out and showing it off, the cooker went into the cabinet and the instructions are somewhere else....will I ever connect the two? I know that the manual had some do's & don'ts that I want to see before I use it. As for peeking under the lid, it would be a good idea to get some pots & skillets that have glass lids. You could probably buy one for cooking rice without having to purchase a whole set.
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Old 03-31-2007, 06:04 PM   #18
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I use short grain brown rice
one cup of rice in pan
add 2 cups liquid ...I use chicken broth

heat medium and bring to a boil

after it comes to a boil lower heat
to low or simmer and let it cook until liquid is absorbed.

listen to hear the boil. DO NOT REMOVE LID....at least 30 to 45 minutes

you can take a look after 30 minutes...don't want it to burn

If you want rice to cook quicker...soak your rice overnight. Drain the water
place in a pan and then add your liquid 1 cup rice 2 cups liquid
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Old 03-31-2007, 07:23 PM   #19
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I cant offer any clever suggestions since rice has always been problematic for me as well. I switched to boil-in-a-bag rice and it comes out perfect everytime. I dont have the patience for long cooking rice.
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