Although it is very unpopular with the healthy eating crew, rice is one of my favourite things. I use it with most of my dinners. But it’s always such a pain to cook! It takes forever, and I either burn the rice or in trying to prevent the burn, I stir it too much and it turns to mush. Not great!
The mush I can deal with – but in my reduced energy drive, I’ve become acutely aware that the rice is on the stove for a long, long time and that hot plate is eating through my electricity like a starving Oliver Twist at the end of a long day of begging. So – cue the internet, and questions to my friends who make a living from spending time in the kitchen.
Firstly – what have I been doing wrong, that results in the rice burning and becoming mush? Well – simple – my stove is too hot, I stir the rice too much and I don’t use a lid. All this results in a much longer cooking time, a pot with burnt rice stuck to it and mushy rice with dinner.
- Use a thick-bottomed pot. A pot with a thin bottom doesn’t spread the heat out evenly, so you get hot spots where the rice will burn and stick to the pot.
- Use a lid! This has been my biggest downfall – letting the heat escape makes for longer cooking times and wasted electricity.
- The convection in the pot that keeps the rice cooking close to the water surface is dissipated every time you lift the lid and stir. Prevent this by keeping that lid on!
- Once your water is boiling, put in your rice and bring that water back up to the boil and replace the lid. Don’t let out the heat by constantly agitating the rice.
- Rinse your rice before cooking to remove as much starch as possible – you’ll know you have rinsed enough when the water coming off the rice is clear!
- Once that pot of rice is boiling, you can reduce your heat from 6 to 3 – as long as that lid stays in place, your water will keep on boiling – and won’t spill over onto the stove.
It’s THAT simple! Six little ways you can ensure your rice is perfectly cooked, your pots are not ruined – and – bonus! – you’re using less electricity.
Sounds like a winning formula! I’d love to hear from you how you go about making the perfect rice – please share your ideas, tips and tricks in the comments below!
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I was prompted to write this as part of my effort to reduce my monthly bills and so I joined the #SmartCooking campaign as part of an energy efficiency drive. This is a sponsored post.
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