Brown rice is a healthy alternative to the more common white rice that we are all familiar with. However, brown rice not only needs to cook for a longer time that white rice, it requires more liquid for cooking. Unless your cooker has directions for brown rice, you will need to make some alterations to the cooking process. This is a guide about cooking brown rice in a rice cooker.
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I have a rice cooker with a timer. I put the brown rice in it about 6 hours before it will be done. I find it tastes better after soaking in the liquid for that long. Plus I usually use chicken stock instead of water.
I use my rice cooker for brown rice all the time. I get a 10 pound bag of organic short grain from Costco. I have found that it is better if I add 1/2 a cup more than what the rice cooker instruction book says for "brown" rice. Otherwise it will be a little dry. I think you could even use 3/4 cup more water. It is excellent to substitute this for oatmeal for cereal. We eat it almost daily.
When cooking anything in a rice cooker, I always spray the insert with cooking spray. For brown rice, I've had success by adding water up to the next line. For example, when cooking 4 measures of brown rice, I add water up to the line that says 5.
When the cooker is finished (the lever pops over to warm instead of cook), I unplug the cooker and wait at least 30 minutes. This seems to "settle" the rice, especially the grains on top. I open it and stir the rice, and put the lid back on for another 15-20 minutes.
Another important tip I learned from my son is to NEVER wash the insert in the dishwasher. This is especially important with the older, non-stick models (like mine). The dishwasher detergent does something to the finish which causes rice to stick and burn horribly, even if it's sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
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