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  • Post #31 - March 13th, 2017, 10:00 pm
    Post #31 - March 13th, 2017, 10:00 pm Post #31 - March 13th, 2017, 10:00 pm
    HI,

    Why so much water for boiling two cups of rice?

    I am using less and less water for boiling pasta than ever before. I cannot envision 16 cups of water for two cups rice.

    I may give this a try, though with far less water.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #32 - March 13th, 2017, 10:04 pm
    Post #32 - March 13th, 2017, 10:04 pm Post #32 - March 13th, 2017, 10:04 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:HI,

    Why so much water for boiling two cups of rice?

    I am using less and less water for boiling pasta than ever before. I cannot envision 16 cups of water for two cups rice.

    I may give this a try, though with far less water.

    Regards,
    Cathy2


    I did it today with 2 quarts of water.
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  • Post #33 - March 14th, 2017, 6:13 pm
    Post #33 - March 14th, 2017, 6:13 pm Post #33 - March 14th, 2017, 6:13 pm
    Despite advice I've received, I've never bothered in the past to rinse rice (over and over, til the water runs clear!). What a waste of water, I thought, unless I saved it to water plants with. But recently I was down a rabbit hole that led me to this Consumer Reports examination of arsenic contents in rice and the benefit of soaking rice (not just rinsing; soaking, ideally overnight, and draining) to reduce the arsenic content. Although I usually buy American-grown rice, which usually means TX, LA, AR, after reading the CR article and ratings, I'm leaning toward next time buying Lundberg (CA) rice, which, I gather, is grown in soil that wasn't previously used to grow cotton and is thus likely to be lower in arsenic.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #34 - June 17th, 2020, 11:22 am
    Post #34 - June 17th, 2020, 11:22 am Post #34 - June 17th, 2020, 11:22 am
    Uncle Ben’s follows Aunt Jemima in move to phase out racial stereotypes in logos. Uncle Ben's owner Mars is planning to change the rice maker's "brand identity."
    https://apple.news/A5TxKDcxZRl-MQvt7hcBC2Q
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  • Post #35 - July 29th, 2020, 10:11 am
    Post #35 - July 29th, 2020, 10:11 am Post #35 - July 29th, 2020, 10:11 am
    Uncle Rodger does Not approve of woman on BBC rice making technique. (funny)
    ----> Link

    Hold my beer . . .

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  • Post #36 - July 29th, 2020, 10:25 am
    Post #36 - July 29th, 2020, 10:25 am Post #36 - July 29th, 2020, 10:25 am
    [quote="G Wiv"]Uncle Rodger does Not approve of woman on BBC rice making technique. (funny)]


    Uncle and Aunty making up, after this blew up!!

    Edited to link to the correct video.
    Last edited by Indianbadger on July 29th, 2020, 3:37 pm, edited 2 times in total.
  • Post #37 - July 29th, 2020, 10:26 am
    Post #37 - July 29th, 2020, 10:26 am Post #37 - July 29th, 2020, 10:26 am
    G Wiv wrote:Uncle Rodger does Not approve of woman on BBC rice making technique. (funny)
    ----> Link

    Wow - who would approve?! I've never seen anyone do more things wrong making rice. Seeing it brought on violent urges! :lol:

    =R=
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  • Post #38 - July 29th, 2020, 10:32 am
    Post #38 - July 29th, 2020, 10:32 am Post #38 - July 29th, 2020, 10:32 am
    Hilarious. Thanks for sharing.
  • Post #39 - July 29th, 2020, 10:46 am
    Post #39 - July 29th, 2020, 10:46 am Post #39 - July 29th, 2020, 10:46 am
    Indianbadger wrote:
    G Wiv wrote:Uncle Rodger does Not approve of woman on BBC rice making technique. (funny)
    ----> Link


    Uncle and Aunty making up, after this blew up!!

    Indianbadger - is there another video out there? Unless I'm missing something, it seems you linked to the same as GWiv.
    -Mary
  • Post #40 - July 29th, 2020, 10:49 am
    Post #40 - July 29th, 2020, 10:49 am Post #40 - July 29th, 2020, 10:49 am
    This, perhaps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P60X4BhAf4



    Great story. I love that she blames the BBC and the interviewer apologizes. Can't wait for their joint project.
  • Post #41 - July 29th, 2020, 11:16 am
    Post #41 - July 29th, 2020, 11:16 am Post #41 - July 29th, 2020, 11:16 am
    Katie wrote: I'm leaning toward next time buying Lundberg (CA) rice, which, I gather, is grown in soil that wasn't previously used to grow cotton and is thus likely to be lower in arsenic.


    Before you use Lundberg rice, make sure that read the cooking instructions. Those rices take FOREVER to cook, often over an hour to get the desired tenderness.

    I stick with Thai Jasmine.
  • Post #42 - July 29th, 2020, 11:39 am
    Post #42 - July 29th, 2020, 11:39 am Post #42 - July 29th, 2020, 11:39 am
    Rice Queen joins the tidal wave of rice cooking anguish:

    Cathy2

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  • Post #43 - July 29th, 2020, 12:00 pm
    Post #43 - July 29th, 2020, 12:00 pm Post #43 - July 29th, 2020, 12:00 pm
    I tried the Lundberg rices for a while but still couldn't achieve the results I wanted. I've had much better and more consistent luck lately with Tilda basmati rice, my new go-to, which I prepare according to the package instructions, including at least a half hour of soaking and then rinsing before cooking.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #44 - July 29th, 2020, 12:19 pm
    Post #44 - July 29th, 2020, 12:19 pm Post #44 - July 29th, 2020, 12:19 pm
    I made a batch of Lundberg brown basmati in the Instant Pot (pressure cook setting) the other day and it came out perfect.
  • Post #45 - July 29th, 2020, 12:25 pm
    Post #45 - July 29th, 2020, 12:25 pm Post #45 - July 29th, 2020, 12:25 pm
    Ah, good to know. I haven't tried making rice in the IP yet.

    The other day I heard an old Feed podcast in which Rick Bayless said using a pressure cooker was his favorite way to make risotto, and by coincidence, the next day, I saw this WaPo article, "Is there an easy way to make risotto? Yes, in an Instant Pot."
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #46 - July 29th, 2020, 1:11 pm
    Post #46 - July 29th, 2020, 1:11 pm Post #46 - July 29th, 2020, 1:11 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:Rice Queen joins the tidal wave of rice cooking anguish:


    Wow! She's even more insufferable than the egregiousness that sparked this whole donnybrook.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #47 - July 29th, 2020, 2:12 pm
    Post #47 - July 29th, 2020, 2:12 pm Post #47 - July 29th, 2020, 2:12 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Wow! She's even more insufferable than the egregiousness that sparked this whole donnybrook.



    So, it's probably safe to assume you are NOT part of her #ricefam?
    Bill-Aurora
  • Post #48 - July 29th, 2020, 2:30 pm
    Post #48 - July 29th, 2020, 2:30 pm Post #48 - July 29th, 2020, 2:30 pm
    Well, I must say, Uncle Rodger is right, and his reaction was mild, I'd say.

    Sixty years ago, when I was two, the neighbor Sansei lady taught my mom how to cook rice, and Uncle Rodger has it right. And I can even make it on the stove top, but I have several rice cookers now. My favorite rice is Calrose Homai, a "premium sushi rice". I use it for almost everything, but not sushi. Not touching that stuff.
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  • Post #49 - July 29th, 2020, 2:51 pm
    Post #49 - July 29th, 2020, 2:51 pm Post #49 - July 29th, 2020, 2:51 pm
    I was watching Rachel Ray this morning and on one of the segments she had Bobby Flay on and he made his crispy coconut scallion rice. It looks pretty intriguing.
    https://steamykitchen.com/48239-bobby-f ... ecipe.html
  • Post #50 - July 29th, 2020, 3:28 pm
    Post #50 - July 29th, 2020, 3:28 pm Post #50 - July 29th, 2020, 3:28 pm
    Willkat98 wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Wow! She's even more insufferable than the egregiousness that sparked this whole donnybrook.



    So, it's probably safe to assume you are NOT part of her #ricefam?

    LOL - my invitation must have been lost in the mail. :lol:

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #51 - July 29th, 2020, 3:32 pm
    Post #51 - July 29th, 2020, 3:32 pm Post #51 - July 29th, 2020, 3:32 pm
    Indianbadger - is there another video out there? Unless I'm missing something, it seems you linked to the same as GWiv.


    Fixed it. Cut and paste wrong the first time.
  • Post #52 - July 29th, 2020, 6:12 pm
    Post #52 - July 29th, 2020, 6:12 pm Post #52 - July 29th, 2020, 6:12 pm
    Hi,

    I have always wanted to go to a movie theater with a culture who practices screen-talking.

    In a funny way, this rice video satisfies this bucket list wish.

    Thanks!

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #53 - July 29th, 2020, 7:02 pm
    Post #53 - July 29th, 2020, 7:02 pm Post #53 - July 29th, 2020, 7:02 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    G Wiv wrote:Uncle Rodger does Not approve of woman on BBC rice making technique. (funny)
    ----> Link

    Wow - who would approve?! I've never seen anyone do more things wrong making rice. Seeing it brought on violent urges! :lol:

    =R=


    Most of the technical points the comedian railed against are perfectly fine, but not as presented. There's nothing wrong with measuring out your water. Nothing wrong with not rinsing your rice (I prefer my rice stickier and unrinsed.) Nothing wrong with using a colander and draining your rice (it's a perfectly normal South Asian method, as has been referenced in this thread, but you need to use much more water. It's my preferred method for brown rice, as it's impossible to screw up.) But this was some weird hodge-podge that made no sense. If you're using a 2-1 ratio, you're going for a steamed rice. Most rices (in my experience) are better with a drier ratio, but you're doing the "bring-to-boil, turn heat to low, wait 15 or 20 minutes, turn off, let rest" method, no need for draining. I must say, though, the rinsing of the cooked rice is completely new to me.
  • Post #54 - July 29th, 2020, 7:23 pm
    Post #54 - July 29th, 2020, 7:23 pm Post #54 - July 29th, 2020, 7:23 pm
    Katie wrote:Ah, good to know. I haven't tried making rice in the IP yet.

    The other day I heard an old Feed podcast in which Rick Bayless said using a pressure cooker was his favorite way to make risotto, and by coincidence, the next day, I saw this WaPo article, "Is there an easy way to make risotto? Yes, in an Instant Pot."

    I regularly make risotto in a pressure cooker. Only way to go as far as i am concerned.
  • Post #55 - July 29th, 2020, 8:30 pm
    Post #55 - July 29th, 2020, 8:30 pm Post #55 - July 29th, 2020, 8:30 pm
    lougord99 wrote:
    Katie wrote:Ah, good to know. I haven't tried making rice in the IP yet.

    The other day I heard an old Feed podcast in which Rick Bayless said using a pressure cooker was his favorite way to make risotto, and by coincidence, the next day, I saw this WaPo article, "Is there an easy way to make risotto? Yes, in an Instant Pot."

    I regularly make risotto in a pressure cooker. Only way to go as far as i am concerned.


    Interesting. I've actually been pretty happy with the IP for rice. I was hesitant about it at first, since I'm pretty happy with my stovetop ways, but once I started trusting the IP and dialing in my preferred water levels for it, it's just one less thing to think about as I'm cooking other stuff. I would never had thought risotto, but I'm curious to try now.
  • Post #56 - July 30th, 2020, 11:10 am
    Post #56 - July 30th, 2020, 11:10 am Post #56 - July 30th, 2020, 11:10 am
    lougord99 wrote:
    Katie wrote:Ah, good to know. I haven't tried making rice in the IP yet.

    The other day I heard an old Feed podcast in which Rick Bayless said using a pressure cooker was his favorite way to make risotto, and by coincidence, the next day, I saw this WaPo article, "Is there an easy way to make risotto? Yes, in an Instant Pot."

    I regularly make risotto in a pressure cooker. Only way to go as far as i am concerned.

    Ah, but what would Gordon Ramsey say about this method? :D
  • Post #57 - July 30th, 2020, 1:33 pm
    Post #57 - July 30th, 2020, 1:33 pm Post #57 - July 30th, 2020, 1:33 pm
    2:1
    2:1

    has worked quite well for me: two parts water to one part rice, bring to boil, cover and steam on lowest flame for 20 minutes, let rest covered and undisturbed for 10 minutes. The volume of water can be titrated down, but I switch between varieties too often to remember my own variations.

    Oh, and I rinse. Prodigiously!!!
  • Post #58 - July 30th, 2020, 1:44 pm
    Post #58 - July 30th, 2020, 1:44 pm Post #58 - July 30th, 2020, 1:44 pm
    Bok Choy Jr wrote:Oh, and I rinse. Prodigiously!!!

    Before, after or both?
    Hiiiii Yaaaaaaaa !!!!! :shock: :shock:
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #59 - July 30th, 2020, 2:19 pm
    Post #59 - July 30th, 2020, 2:19 pm Post #59 - July 30th, 2020, 2:19 pm
    Before. Fine mesh strainer bridging sink, place under running tap, leave for five minutes. Agitate occasionally if your stream be narrow.
  • Post #60 - July 30th, 2020, 2:42 pm
    Post #60 - July 30th, 2020, 2:42 pm Post #60 - July 30th, 2020, 2:42 pm
    Bok Choy Jr wrote:Agitate occasionally if your stream be narrow.

    Why you want agitate rice, what it ever do to you.
    Hiiiii Yaaaaaaaa !!!!! !

    Narrow stream is more for a urologist, not a food discussion board.
    Hiiiii Yaaaaaaaa !!!!! !
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow

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