Basics: How to Make Rice

If you can make rice, you’re well on your way to culinary stardom.

from realmagick

from realmagick

Well, at least you’ll be able to feed yourself better.

from jhocy

from jhocy

And you’ll always have a carby side dish.

It can be yellow rice,

from suzyeats

from suzyeats

wild rice,

from heatovento350

from heatovento350

cajun dirty rice,

from life123

from life123

or good, sturdy, dependable, long-grain white rice.

from gourmetproject

from gourmetproject

And you can use leftovers to make fried rice in the morning!

from collegefashion

from collegefashion

…if you have leftovers, that is. Because you’re about to make some real good rice.

Some handy information to begin with:

  1. one cup of uncooked rice make about three cups of cooked rice
  2. typically you will use a 2-to-1 ratio of water to rice (i.e. 2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice) (there are exceptions, but don’t worry about that right now)
  3. if you’re using a non-stick pot, use a wooden or plastic spoon, as it won’t damage the non-stick coating (I prefer wooden)
  4. there are several ways to cook rice; the method below is but one

What you need:

  • water
  • rice
  • salt
  • butter (some call it optional, but come on…it’s really not)
  • smallish pot with lid
  • spoon
the cast of characters

the cast of characters

Begin by putting the correct amount of water into a pot that is large enough to hold the cooked rice. Remember that rice triples in size once cooked!

from thesecretpulse

from thesecretpulse

Bring the water to a boil.

not boiling

not boiling

boiling

boiling

When the water has reached a nice boil, add the correct amount of rice (remember, 2-to-1),

rice & water

rice & water

and don’t forget that hunk of butter and a sprinkle of salt.

in the pot

in the pot

Wait for the water to return to a boil, then reduce the heat to very low, put the lid on the pot, and let it simmer until done.

with a lid

with a lid

Some people, my mother included, will absolutely not remove the lid from the rice pot until it’s cooked. When you remove the lid, it lets the steam escape and affect the cooking time.

However, as a beginner, it’s a-ok to remove the lid to inspect the progress if you need to. Just realize that the cooking time will be longer every time you remove the lid.

A good solution to the whole lid problem is to use a glass lid, which I prefer. You can keep an eye on the rice without letting any of that nice steam escape.

In case you needed to see my sweet glass lid again, here it is.

with a lid (it's glass)

with a lid (it’s glass)

A basic guide to cooking time is:

  • white rice: 15-25 minutes
  • brown rice: 30-45 minutes

Start peeping in on your white rice around the 15 minute mark and your brown rice around the 30 minute mark. Give it a nudge with your spoon to see where it is texture-wise.

done

done

You want your rice to be firm, not gummy.

Crunchy rice is bad.

Once you’ve determined that it’s done cooking, remove from the heat and let it sit for about 5 minutes. This lets the rice soak up the remaining moisture and attain that perfect, fluffy texture.

rice!

rice!

And there it is! Basic rice.

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from mshaugheysclass

suck it, martha.

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2 Comments on “Basics: How to Make Rice”

  1. Lauren
    January 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    cool! I’ll try it

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