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Old 12-03-2011, 02:47 PM   #1
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"Wild" Wild Rice

Found some in my pasta cabinet, it must be over 10 years old. I cooked it up anyway to add to a CP chicken dish, and I was skeptical as to whether or not it would turn out.

Oh my. I've been eating it like popcorn. It has that wonderful "chew" I remember from my childhood, and from life on the Canada border.

There is really no substitute for wild gathered wild rice. The cultivated stuff is so not in the same league.
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:53 PM   #2
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It seems to me that my grandmother sent us some from Minnesota when I was a child, and I've never again tasted wild rice that tasted anything like it.
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:06 PM   #3
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You can order Nett Lake Wild Rice online: Wild Rice - Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

When in MN, I stock up on natural wild rice (sometimes I'll even share it and give it to friends). I buy Grade A...when I was growing up, we used to buy 25 lb gunny sacks of wild rice from the tribe. The paddy farmed (cultivated) wild rice is not the same re: texture or taste. I'd rather not eat wild rice than eat that and call it wild rice.
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:21 PM   #4
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This was Lakeland Wild Rice, out of Winnepeg. I remember picking it up at the border. DH loved it so much, he went to order it online, and the only way to get it was to pick it up at the border store, or to call some lady at their local fabric shop.

CWS, I totally agree. Give me wild wild rice, or no wild rice! I was just shocked and awed as to how long the stuff lasts!

Thanks so much for the link, now I don't have to call the fabric store!
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Dawg, I just read that it will last forever. CWS.........I just ordered some from that site. I can't wait to get it.
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I like real wild rice, but I also like the paddy grown stuff. To me, they are like 2 different grains. I use the real stuff in salads or pilafs, and the tame stuff in soups and casseroles. I particularly like broken wild rice in wild rice soup with mushrooms.
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Okay--I've eaten natural wild rice many ways (I have also harvested it--not that I had a license, but a friend did). OMG, popped wild rice is amazing! What you do is heat oil in a skillet, put the rice in (not washed) and when it turns white, pull it out of the skillet. OMG...it is soooooo good.
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I like real wild rice, but I also like the paddy grown stuff. To me, they are like 2 different grains. I use the real stuff in salads or pilafs, and the tame stuff in soups and casseroles. I particularly like broken wild rice in wild rice soup with mushrooms.
Wild rice is not a grain--it is a grass.
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My dad brought wild rice to his aunt in CA when he was stationed there--she fed it to the birds! Happy birds!
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This was Lakeland Wild Rice, out of Winnepeg. I remember picking it up at the border. DH loved it so much, he went to order it online, and the only way to get it was to pick it up at the border store, or to call some lady at their local fabric shop.

CWS, I totally agree. Give me wild wild rice, or no wild rice! I was just shocked and awed as to how long the stuff lasts!

Thanks so much for the link, now I don't have to call the fabric store!
Yes--it lasts a long time. I'm still working on the last 25 lb bag my dad bought when I go there.
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