Some Things to Know About Rice

Rice feeds the world.

In China, the word “rice” means the same thing as the word “food.” In Japan, the word for “cooked rice” means the same thing as the word “food.”

from seedfreedom

from seedfreedom

I happen to love rice. Which is why I’m always trying to learn more about it and learn new ways to cook it.

from lannyfarmer

from lannyfarmer

There are three types of rice: long-grain, medium-grain, and short-grain.

Long-grain rice is 4-5 times wider than it is thick. When it cooks, it’s fluffy and separates easily.

from 21food

from 21food

Medium-grain rice cooks up into a more dense consistency, it’s moist, and it becomes sticky as it cools.

from roskrym

from roskrym

Short-grain rice is almost round and is really starchy. It’s also called “sticky rice” and is preferred for sushi, risotto, paella, and Asian desserts.

from realsimple

from realsimple

Some fun facts about rice:

1. Brown rice lasts about half as long as white rice does, because the bran is intact, making it more likely to turn rancid.

uwex

uwex

2. If you want your rice to remain separated once it’s cooked, sauté the rice in butter before adding the water to cook.

from sophieinthekitchen

from sophieinthekitchen

3. Adding butter to the cooking water helps to prevent the water from boiling over.

from wikihow

from wikihow

4. You don’t have to have a free stove eye to cook rice. You can cook rice in the oven by combining the rice and the proper amount of boiling liquid in a baking dish. Cover it tightly and bake at 350 for 1/2 an hour for white rice and 1 hour for brown rice.

from futureexpat

from futureexpat

5. If you burn the rice, and it’s fully cooked but still has a scorched flavor, scoop it into a fresh pot and cover with a slice of fresh bread. Put a lid on the pot and let it sit for about 15 minutes. The bread should absorb the scorched flavor.

from barefeetinthekitchen

from barefeetinthekitchen

However, if you burn the rice and it’s not fully cooked, it’s best to just start over.

6. Soaking brown rice grains for 4 hours prior to cooking reduces the cook time by half. The water-to-rice ratio doesn’t change.

from fanaticcook

from fanaticcook

7. Boost the flavor of rice by substituting broth, stock, or coconut milk for some or all of the cooking water.

from ourbestbites

from ourbestbites

8. Arkansas produces more rice than any other state in the US.

from myonlinemaps

from myonlinemaps

Who knew?

suck it, martha.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Categories: Food & Drink, Tips

Subscribe

Subscribe to our RSS feed and social profiles to receive updates.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: