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I didn't enjoy cooking brown rice until I stared cooking it in the crock pot. I love it cooked this way and I don't have to watch it. I can put it on, go outside and mow grass if I need to.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 1/2 hours
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.
By Roxie Munn from Hartsville, SC
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.
By DottieNM from Central New Mexico
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.
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How does a person cook brown rice in a rice cooker? I have had good success with long grain and basmati, but I think the brown would need to cook for a longer time. Any suggestions?
I have cooked brown rice in my rice cooker. Add a bit more water, that makes the rice cook longer.
I always cook brown rice in my rice cooker. I never really measure but add about a cup and a half more water than white rice and cook for about 45 minutes. I always check after half an hour to make sure I have enough liquid and add more if needed. I either use water with a couple teaspoons chicken base or use broth for a bit more flavor.
I, too, always spray the pan with PAM so it doesn't stick. Some of the newer rice cookers have markings inside for brown and white rice. However, ours is old and doesn't have that. So, for brown rice, I add water to the "next level."
For example, when using 3 measures of rice, the water guideline on the side of the pan says "3" (assuming 3 measures of white rice).
P.S. I've also learned to cook wild rice separately (not with any other rice or grain). Otherwise, by the time the wild rice is cooked, the other rice is mush.
1 cup of rice + 1.5 cups of water
2 cups of rice + 3 cups of water
3 cups of rice + 4.5 cups of water