How to Cook Perfect Rice

Category Helpful Hints
Enjoy perfectly cooked rice every time you prepare it. This page is about how to cook perfect rice.
Advertisement

Solutions

Share on ThriftyFunThis page contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

I've always been very unimpressed with any rice that I make. It never tastes as good as the rice from the Asian restaurants, no matter the method used.

Then I saw a show by "America's Test Kitchen" (my favorite TV cooking show on PBS), which is known for their taste tests. They said that the best basmati rice is actually the one grown in India, all the US brands didn't measure up. The worst Indian rice was still superior to the best US rice due to the type of rice. If this type of rice was grown in the US, I'm sure it would do just fine, but it isn't (wish it was in an organic form).

Tilda brand came in first and Kohinoor came in second. I purchased some Kohinoor basmati brown long grain, cooked it according to directions in a pot (not a rice cooker) and was pleased with how it came out. Then I made salmon rice salad a few days later. It was outstanding, all due to the rice. I basted a piece of salmon with olive oil, cooked it in the oven, let it cool a bit, flaked it, and mixed it with some leftover almond slivers and salad dressing from a Taylor Farms Spinach Salad kit purchased at Sam's Club.

Advertisement

The local Asian grocery store only sells Tilda in absolutely huge bags and it would take years for us to go through one. Kohinoor was available in a small plastic jug with an airtight seal, so that's why I chose it. Someone told me they get their rice at Tom Thumb grocery (aka Safeway) because it's sold in manageable quantities. Be aware that you need to freeze it for at least 3 days when you bring it home (or can just leave it in the freezer indefinitely) and when you cook, rinse most rices at least 3 times. The brown Kohinoor was prepared for our western tastes and did not require rinsing.

Source: America's Test Kitchen
Season 8 cookbook, page 177

Comment Was this helpful? 1
Read More Comments

After steaming rice, remove pan from heat. Place folded cloth towel over the saucepan, replace the lid, set aside for 5 to 10 minutes. Towel will absorb moisture so you will have rice with no mush.

Advertisement

Source: Real Simple website

By Elaine S. from Near Cedar Rapids, IA

Comment Was this helpful? 5

April 14, 2010

If you over-cook rice, just take the top off of the pot and continue cooking it on low. The extra water will evaporate and the rice will become drier.

By Leader from USA

Comment Was this helpful? 1
Read More Comments

January 5, 2005

To keep rice from clumping, add a few drops of cooking oil or a teaspoon of butter or margarine to the cooking water. For snowy white rice, add a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar to the cooking water.

Comment Was this helpful? 1
Read More...

Make a pot of rice like normal, replacing the water with chicken broth. I used 2 cups of rice in my rice pot. It takes about 20 minutes.

Make Rice with Chicken Broth

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 1

Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

My rice is always yucky! I would love to know how to make the rice taste like it came from one of the Chinese take out places. The rice is always good and perfectly cooked. Any suggestions?

Advertisement

By Sherry

Answers

March 17, 20140 found this helpful

First off if you want good rice you have to buy good rice. In most American grocery stores they sell long grain rice, in Chinese cooking they use medium or short grain rice. Go to an Asian store and look for calrose rice if they don't have it you'll have to try a few brands until you find one you like. My suggestion is you buy a rice cooker you can get them at just about any department store for around twenty dollars and even some grocery stores if you have a high Asian population in your community. Follow the directions that come with your rice cooker and it will be perfect every time.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...

Archives

ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.

April 14, 2010

Tips for making rice. Plain white rice as well as other variations. Post your ideas.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...
Advertisement

Categories
Food and Recipes Food Tips Helpful HintsDecember 30, 2012
Pages
More
📓
Back to School Ideas!
😎
Summer Ideas!
😷
Coronavirus Tips
🐛
Pest Control
🌻
Gardening
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Instagram
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2020-07-22 07:34:52 in 2 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2020 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
https://www.thriftyfun.com/How-to-Cook-Perfect-Rice.html

Add to PageAsk a Question