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Cooking Rice and Pasta Easy Guide
Cooking Rice The Easy Way
There are many different ways to cook rice, and each has it's adherents. The simplest way to cook it is to cook it in a large quantity of water, then drain. However valuable nutrients will be lost in the water. The ways given here retain the rice's nutrients. Timings are for long grain white rice (one part rice to two parts water).
Rice: Wild Long and red amongst others.
A Quick Tip when using rice in water this way, it may stick to the pan.
a quick tip is to put a drop of oil into the pan first to coat and then it will be non stick for your lovely fluffy rice.
To Steam Rice - Steaming Rice
Put the measured Quantity of salted water in the saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the rice and stir. Bring back to the boil, cover and steam until tender. Remove from the heat and lave for five minutes.
Steamed Rice taste rating
Do i need to add the salt to the water?
The answer simply is no. You do not need to add it to the waer but the salt does simply 2 beneficial things when it is added. The water temperature is increased when boiling and it also flavors the rice slightly. Now i know from experience that a pinch of salt sprinkled on to rice when its just been cooked makes it taste so much better.
To sauté and steam the rice.
Don't forget at this stage you can add your veg and this will allow it to be steamed with it not only keeping in the nutrients but also being ready at the precise time you want it.
To sauté the rice:
Heat a little oil or butter in a saucepan over moderate heat. Add the rice and stir to coat the grains. Sauté for 2 or 3 minutes then add the boiling water. Bring back to the boil then cover and steam until tender.
Cooking Pasta the Easy way
Both fresh and dried pasta are cooked in the same way. The golden rules for success are: use plenty of water and keep checking the pasta to make sure it isn't overcooked. Fresh pasta will cook much more quickly than dried. - in 1-4 minutes as opposed to over 5 minutes or more depending on the package instructions.
To test pasta:
To test pasta to see if it is cooked, cut a piece in half. There should be no sign of opaque, uncooked pasta in the center. Alternatively bite it - it should be tender yet still firm. In Italian, this is when it is 'al dente', or to the tooth.
If you are going to cook the pasta further, by baking it in a lasagne fr example, undercook it slightly at the first stage. Pasta for a salad should also be a little undercooked, so that it will not become soggy when it is mixed with the dressing.
My favourite way to test is to throw it at the tiles and see if it stickes. If it sticks it is done, Simple as. You also get to play with your food and have an excuse.
Cooking Pasta The Easy Way
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Use 4 litres/ 6 pints and 2 teaspoons of salt to 450 grams of pasta. Drop in the pasta all at once and stir to separate the shapes or strands.
Bring the water back to the boil then reduce the heat slightly and boil until the pasta is just done. To test, lift a piece of pasta out with a slotted spoon.
What if i'm cooking Spaghetti?
If you are cooking with spaghetti, allow the ends in the water to soften slightly and then push the rest in as soon as you can. Or like me and a few others out there, you can snap the spaghetti in half and then drop it in. Also you can just teepee it.