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How To Cook Rice
Different Ways To Cook Rice
Everyone should know that before you start to cook rice, it must be washed, you can do this in a colander or a sieve and let the cloudy water drain into a bowl, proper chefs will tell you to rub the rice to, but I don't as this just goes to far on the cleaning scale, what's next bring out the polish and give it a nice sheen. Once you've cleaned the rice, you can throw away all the of the dirty water as there is no use for it, not even to wash your socks.
The traditional and best way to cook rice is to steam it, although many people boil the rice, which is fine, but steaming is quicker and it can reduce the effect of sticky over done rice when you boil it for too long.
To steam rice, soak a bowl of rice in water that covers the whole of the rice and leave for an hour, then add a small cup of milk, now place the rice in a dish or bowl that is alright to be heated, maybe a steam cooker might be useful for this, then you need to steam for at least an hour or until your rice is soft, you'll need to stir the rice for the first ten minutes or so, just to loosen up the rice and prevent sticking.
To boil the rice, after washing the rice, you will want to transfer the rice into a heat-able pan and the rule generally is to add a pint of water for every pint of rice so they say, but generally I don't bother with measurements, I just cover the whole of the rice with water and add more water at later stages of the boiling process when the rice expands and soaks up the water or whatever scientific magic happens.
You can use a pan lid to capture the steam, but I don't even use them, because I am a rice boiling veteran and I know how I like my rice, once you have boiled the rice for around ten minutes it is advisable that you do not mash the rice when poking at it to see if it done, I use a spoon, because they can just dip in and test a small portion of rice to see if it is tender.
Once you know the above methods for cooking rice through either boiling or steaming you can add flavors to the rice, based on your own preferences, for example you could place some fig sauce with cream on your rice as a morning breakfast or you could boil your rice in milk and create a rice pudding and it doesn't really matter if you mash the rice grains, because it's a pudding anyway.
Adding fruit, such as orange slices or raisins could be an option, or adding tuna and mixing it thoroughly with some herbs could make a delicious snack.
Making browned rice is also simple and all you need to do is brown the rice first on a baking tin that is shallow and heat gently in the oven for a few minutes, being careful not to burn the rice, when the rice is ready which it should be a yellowish brown when right, you can steam it and it will be of a different consistency to normal rice boiled and steamed.
Have fun cooking rice, of course I nearly forgot to mention about fried rice, this is nice when cooked in oil in a frying pan for not too long and the Chinese do this and that's where it probably comes from, of course I'm only basing this on the many takeaways that I eat in a month.