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Zhizara 01-03-2011 12:47 AM

Rice in all its glory!
 
Having made a prepackaged long grain & wild rice and having it taste chalky, I've decided to make my own. Wild rice is available at my local supermarket, and I always have regular rice on hand.

Can anyone share their recipes with me? I'm looking for TNTs.:chef:

Midnight_Merlot 01-03-2011 01:04 AM

Hummmm....I'm not sitting on a great rice recipe myself Zhi, but, if I COULD help, I would! :) Secret? - I didn't even know what a risotto was until Hells Kitchen debuted. *tellz on me, I killz u* LOL HAHAHA

Zhizara 01-03-2011 01:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Midnight_Merlot (Post 954444)
Hummmm....I'm not sitting on a great rice recipe myself Zhi, but, if I COULD help, I would! :) Secret? - I didn't even know what a risotto was until Hells Kitchen debuted. *tellz on me, I killz u* LOL HAHAHA

Speaking of Rissoto, I just can't imagine standing there for all that time just stirring. My back wouldn't allow for it anyway.:ohmy:

Midnight_Merlot 01-03-2011 01:38 AM

Only when I make a gravy do I "sit on it like an egg", as for how many people I have been called "donkeys" for making that rice dish wrong, I have a strange desire to at least try it(eating), but, NEVER to make it!!

Zhizara 01-03-2011 01:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Midnight_Merlot (Post 954469)
Only when I make a gravy do I "sit on it like an egg", as for how many people I have been called "donkeys" for making that rice dish wrong, I have a strange desire to at least try it(eating), but, NEVER to make it!!

I would like to try it too, but I'm not about to make it.

Goodnight, MM, I finally got all the posts read.:lol:

Midnight_Merlot 01-03-2011 01:52 AM

Night to you too!!
This site is still far too interesting to me...I could read things here happily forever...its even neater when you get to "know" people, & be able to match their user names & such...I hope to log in tomorrow, & hope that SOMEONE else has useful rice info for you at least...another confession...GAH...I use Uncle Bens, &, Rice-a-Roni too at times...when I want nice, sticky rice, I leave it to the pros, & just pop into a chiinese take-out to order rice. *hangs head in shame*
C-ya tomorrow!! :)

Josie1945 01-03-2011 07:18 AM

Zhizara,
If you want to make rissota and you back won't
let you stand there Use your pressure cooker.if
you want to try it let me know and I willl hunt the
recipe

Josie

Zhizara 01-03-2011 08:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Josie1945 (Post 954496)
Zhizara,
If you want to make rissota and you back won't
let you stand there Use your pressure cooker.if
you want to try it let me know and I willl hunt the
recipe

Josie

Thanks, anyway, Josie. I don't really want to try it that bad. Maybe someday in a restaurant to have it the right way.

No pressure cooker any more and as much as I liked having one in the past, I'd rather just cook things on the stove or in the oven.

For the same reason, I can't talk myself into a crockpot. I love perfuming the house with a slow cooking pot on the stove that I have to get up and stir once in a while.

PrincessFiona60 01-03-2011 01:36 PM

Here is a chart on cooking times and amounts to use for all kinds of rice. I have this page laminated and taped to the inside of my cupboard door.

https://www.goodfoodstore.com/PDF/Bul...uides/Rice.pdf

Zhizara 01-03-2011 04:33 PM

Thank you, PF. I printed out a copy.

Zhizara 01-03-2011 04:37 PM

I would appreciate it if whoever changes the titles of my threads, would let me know the reason so that I can title my future threads correctly. Thank you.

taxlady 01-03-2011 05:52 PM

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Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60 (Post 954598)
Here is a chart on cooking times and amounts to use for all kinds of rice. I have this page laminated and taped to the inside of my cupboard door.

https://www.goodfoodstore.com/PDF/Bul...uides/Rice.pdf

Those methods probably work, but at least the one for brown basmati is less than optimal. I put 1 cup of rice and 1/4 tsp salt in 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, boil for 5-10 minutes (7 minutes on my stove), simmer with lid for ~30 minutes with no need to let it sit. But, brown basmati is very forgiving. DH was supposed to turn off the rice while I was grocery shopping. He forgot. I turned it off 1 1/2 hours late and it was fine!

Zhizara 01-03-2011 06:47 PM

I was hoping to find not so much the ratio of white rice to wild, but for ideas for add ins.

For instance the RAR package I bought had a spice packet.

It wasn't very good, but that's basically what I'm looking for, seasonings, and/or add-ins that make it really special even if you start with a packaged mix.

Zereh 01-03-2011 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Zhizara (Post 954461)
Speaking of Rissoto, I just can't imagine standing there for all that time just stirring. My back wouldn't allow for it anyway.:ohmy:

If you have a rice cooker you can make a pretty decent "faux" risotto in that. Or in the oven.

I have no help on the wild rice though. >.< Just not a fan of it for some reason; probably because I tried a boxed / bagged version that just wasn't up to par and I've never bothered trying it again.

Zhizara 01-03-2011 07:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Zereh (Post 954806)
If you have a rice cooker you can make a pretty decent "faux" risotto in that. Or in the oven.

I have no help on the wild rice though. >.< Just not a fan of it for some reason; probably because I tried a boxed / bagged version that just wasn't up to par and I've never bothered trying it again.

In the past, I've used Uncle Ben's and loved it, but I probably picked up the RAR because of price, figuring it would taste the same. Not so. Chalky.

RAR used to have a better product. They changed my favorite Oriental flavor that I liked to cook up with kielbasa and onion for a good one dish meal. I bought some recently and it no longer had the slivered almonds, and it just didn't taste good enough that I would ever make it again.:mad:

msmofet 01-03-2011 07:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Josie1945 (Post 954496)
Zhizara,
If you want to make rissota and you back won't
let you stand there Use your pressure cooker.if
you want to try it let me know and I willl hunt the
recipe

Josie

Yes please!!

Alix 01-03-2011 07:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Zhizara (Post 954702)
I would appreciate it if whoever changes the titles of my threads, would let me know the reason so that I can title my future threads correctly. Thank you.

Hey Zhizara, I haven't been on all day but I can hopefully shed a bit of light here. We try to get the thread title to reflect the content of the thread as closely as possible. So, for example, I would change something titled "Crockpot?" to "ISO best crockpot for a large family" if that were what the thread was indicating. Just an attempt to make things a bit more specific for those who search with Google. Does that help?

Now as for the wild rice blend. If you can put together types of rice that require the same cooking times I think you would be OK. I buy the rice blends in a big tub and add my own stock to cook it in. The best one I got recently had just a bit of wild rice, brown rice, red rice, spelt and white rice in it. It was FANTASTIC cooked with beef boullion.

PrincessFiona60 01-03-2011 08:17 PM

I just cooked up some brown rice, left it plain. I cooked talapia in butter with a bit of seasoning. After I removed the talapia, I stirred the cooked rice into the pan...seasoned it just right. I do that alot with rice, just stirring it into whatever panjuices I have left.

I like making a chunky soup or chili and adding it over rice. Chopped broccoli, sauteed onions. Cooking the rice in broth or stock. Diced chicken with whatever seasoning you like...chinese, mexican, etc.

ella/TO 01-03-2011 08:29 PM

Risotto is not hard to prepare.....it is a bit time consuming, but well worth it....and sometimes I have pre made it and then put more hot stock in it just before serving, then the cheese and it tastes just fine.

PrincessFiona60 01-03-2011 08:44 PM

Z. if you can find it...not sure it's at Wal-mart. Lundberg Rice company makes Quick risotto mixes that are very good. And you don't have to stand and stir.

Zhizara 01-03-2011 09:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Alix (Post 954869)
Hey Zhizara, I haven't been on all day but I can hopefully shed a bit of light here. We try to get the thread title to reflect the content of the thread as closely as possible. So, for example, I would change something titled "Crockpot?" to "ISO best crockpot for a large family" if that were what the thread was indicating. Just an attempt to make things a bit more specific for those who search with Google. Does that help?

Yes, thank you.

Now as for the wild rice blend. If you can put together types of rice that require the same cooking times I think you would be OK. I buy the rice blends in a big tub and add my own stock to cook it in. The best one I got recently had just a bit of wild rice, brown rice, red rice, spelt and white rice in it. It was FANTASTIC cooked with beef boullion.

I've never seen the kinds of blends you mentioned. They do sound good. I'll have to take a longer look in the rice section. I know that last time, when I actually looked for it, the wild rice was right there.

Actually I was only thinking of the white and wild rice mixture and trying to find out what spices and add-ins would be good, but I will look for other rices. I had never heard of red rice or spelt.

I often make chicken stock using onion soup mix then make rice with the stock, or just the soup mix. The mix takes 4 C water so I just add 2 C rice. I package in zip bags to pull out whenever I want rice so I don't have to cook it every time.

I'm not sure if I've used plain bullion before, but I do have the granulated beef and chicken as a staple always on hand. I'll try the chicken next as a change from the onion.

Thanks for the ideas!

Zhizara 01-03-2011 09:12 PM

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Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60 (Post 954886)
I just cooked up some brown rice, left it plain. I cooked talapia in butter with a bit of seasoning. After I removed the talapia, I stirred the cooked rice into the pan...seasoned it just right. I do that alot with rice, just stirring it into whatever panjuices I have left.

I like making a chunky soup or chili and adding it over rice. Chopped broccoli, sauteed onions. Cooking the rice in broth or stock. Diced chicken with whatever seasoning you like...chinese, mexican, etc.

I really like your idea of adding the rice to the drippings. It would also be a great way to heat up rice that had been made earlier and frozen then thawed.:chef:

PrincessFiona60 01-03-2011 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Zhizara (Post 954943)
I really like your idea of adding the rice to the drippings. It would also be a great way to heat up rice that had been made earlier and frozen then thawed.:chef:

Takes the guesswork of how to season the rice to compliment your meal.:lol:

msmofet 01-03-2011 09:16 PM

The best rice blends I have gotten lately are from Trader Joe's.

You originally asked about wild rice. If there is a Trader Joe's close to you try these 2 Trader Joe Brand blends. They come in bags.


Brown Rice Medley (long grain brown rice, black barley & Daikon radish seeds)

Basmati Rice Medley (basmati rice, wild rice, garden herbs & vegetables)

They are GREAT!! I make them with the flavor stock of whatever meat I am having with it. (Chicken stock/broth for chicken or pork dishes, beef stock/broth for beef dishes.)

Zhizara 01-03-2011 09:22 PM

I keep hearing about Trader Joe's, but I had never heard of it before.

Is there a link you can post where I could shop online?

msmofet 01-03-2011 09:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Zhizara (Post 954961)
I keep hearing about Trader Joe's, but I had never heard of it before.

Is there a link you can post where I could shop online?

I don't think they have shop online but heres a link that can help find if one is in your area.

Trader Joe's

Zhizara 01-03-2011 09:30 PM

Dang! The closest is 425 miles away.:rofl:

msmofet 01-03-2011 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Zhizara (Post 954976)
Dang! The closest is 425 miles away.:rofl:

YIKES!! So sorry Z!! Maybe you can find like kinds of blends at a Whole Foods?

Zhizara 01-03-2011 09:39 PM

Oh well, thanks for trying. I'm pretty limited to Sav A Lot and Walmart here. There aren't a lot of fancy stores here on the West Bank, especially after Katrina.

Alix 01-04-2011 12:27 AM

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This is what the jars I buy look like. I can give you a website address if you like.

msmofet 01-04-2011 12:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Alix (Post 955084)
This is what the jars I buy look like. I can give you a website address if you like.

I haven't seen those. I would love the website Alix!

PrincessFiona60 01-04-2011 12:39 AM

There is a Whole Foods in NOLA, not sure how close it is to you, Z!

And they sell the Lundberg Rice.
Whole Foods Market5600 Magazine StreetNew Orleans, LA 70115

Alix 01-04-2011 12:52 AM

I just about wet my pants when I saw the prices on that site. I found a comparable product here. Third item. Lundberg Family Farms Online Store

PrincessFiona60 01-04-2011 01:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Alix (Post 955097)
I just about wet my pants when I saw the prices on that site. I found a comparable product here. Third item. Lundberg Family Farms Online Store

Oh, that is expensive. I get it bulk for about $3/lb. I have a bin full of that one. Love it!

Claire 01-04-2011 01:59 AM

My only experience is that wild rice takes a lot more time to cook than regular rice. The mixes must par-boil the wild rice in the combo. I haven't tried it in years, but it seems to me I started the wild rice a half hour before I tossed in the regular long grain rice the times I was successful.

Zhizara 01-04-2011 02:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Alix (Post 955097)
I just about wet my pants when I saw the prices on that site. I found a comparable product here. Third item. Lundberg Family Farms Online Store

Thanks, Alix. I copied it to my Favorites so I can read it later.

$8 a pound seems like a lot, but as a retired lady, I also need to treat myself to a few nice things in my remaining years.

msmofet 01-04-2011 02:31 AM

My mom used to use some of those rice blends and the smell and flavor was extraordinary!! I could never remember the brand. But seeing the bag logo that is the brand. I never knew where she got them almost 30 years ago. Thank you so much for the link.

Zhizara 01-04-2011 02:50 AM

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Originally Posted by msmofet (Post 955127)
My mom used to use some of those rice blends and the smell and flavor was extraordinary!! I could never remember the brand. But seeing the bag logo that is the brand. I never knew where she got them almost 30 years ago. Thank you so much for the link.

Which kinds did you like best for taste and for aroma?:chef:

msmofet 01-04-2011 03:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Zhizara (Post 955134)
Which kinds did you like best for taste and for aroma?:chef:

ALL of them!! Sorry I can't say which ones were the best because they were all good and smelled fantastic. I am not sure what blends she got I just ate them!

Zhizara 01-04-2011 03:49 AM

I think I'll start with Jasmine. When you mentioned aroma, that's what I thought of, so I guess it should be first. I love making the house smell good with cooking.:chef:


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