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Old 09-08-2013, 01:26 AM   #1
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Strange instruction

I was reading a cookbook tonight from which I really want to make some of the recipes. The recipes often ask for "2 cups of rice, precooked." I don't know if that means to cook two cups of rice (which would become four) or 2 cups of cooked rice. It's just an odd way to put it. What do you think?

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Old 09-08-2013, 01:34 AM   #2
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2 cups of finished cooked rice isn't that much a quantity, so maybe they mean 2 cups of rice uncooked to start with?
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:43 AM   #3
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I was reading a cookbook tonight from which I really want to make some of the recipes. The recipes often ask for "2 cups of rice, precooked." I don't know if that means to cook two cups of rice (which would become four) or 2 cups of cooked rice. It's just an odd way to put it. What do you think?
You're right. It's badly written.

But you should be able to figure out what is meant from the context of the recipe.

I'm guessing they mean two cups of cooked rice.
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:26 AM   #4
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I agree. Two cups of cooked rice. The word 'precooked' in the recipe is a strong indicator.
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:39 AM   #5
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2 cups of finished cooked rice isn't that much a quantity, so maybe they mean 2 cups of rice uncooked to start with?

Sorry to disagree, it's 2 cups of cooked rice.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:30 PM   #6
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When I write out recipes, I would say Leftover or Already cooked. Not precooked.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:44 PM   #7
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I would interpret that as using rice that has been cooked before adding to the recipe. Also, the other instructions in that recipe would be a good indicator of clearing up the poorly written instruction. I'm usually lucky figuring that rice will at least double when cooked. I might even consider that a recipe to use when I have left over rice. I'm fond of plan-overs.
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:10 PM   #8
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"precooked" means "already cooked."
pre = before
cooked = cooked

Where's the confusion?
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:51 PM   #9
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"precooked" means "already cooked."
pre = before
cooked = cooked

Where's the confusion?
I think the confusion comes from the odd wording. Typically, a recipe will call for 2 cups of cooked rice, not precooked.
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:13 AM   #10
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I think the confusion comes from the odd wording. Typically, a recipe will call for 2 cups of cooked rice, not precooked.
Perhaps it means the stuff you buy ready cooked in a packet or a tin such as Uncle Ben's (bleuch) or Tilda (good)?
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