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Common Mistakes When Cooking Rice

Rice could seem like one of the easiest foods in the world to cook, and it is if you’re eating minute rice. However, this rice is not nearly as good as the many other options that you have at your disposal. While others require a bit more effort, they are completely worth it. Below are some common mistakes people make when cooking rice. If you make sure to avoid these then you are guaranteed to have a great batch of delicious tasting rice every time.

  1. Following Directions – This may seem counterintuitive but it actually isn’t always a good idea to follow the directions on the packaging. For whatever reason, the instructions are usually wrong no matter how reputable the company is. A good general rule of thumb to follow is ½ cup of rice for every cup of water. It’s hard to strike the perfect balance and may take some practice. If you don’t add enough water then the rice won’t cook all the way and will probably be burn to the bottom. If you use too much water then you’re going to have some incredibly soggy rice on your hands.
  2. All Rice is Not the Same – The differences between brown and white in cooking properties is fairly significant. When cooking brown rice it’s important to use at least ¼ cup more of water per cup of rice if not a ½ cup.
  3. The More Steam the Better – Maybe you’re in a hurry to eat because the rest of the meal is cooked and ready to go or you’re simply just starving! However, it’s important to give the rice an additional 10 to 15 minutes to rest after it is done cooking. The steam will ensure it tastes extra perfect. Waiting those extra few minutes will make a big difference.
  4. Never Ever Stir – This is a huge rule to follow. Rice should always be fluffed but absolutely never stirred. The stirring action will activate the starch in rice and turn it very gloppy. The only time you should stir your rice is if you are making a risotto which is intended to be creamy.
  5. Salt All the Way – Rice is similar to pasta in this sense that it really needs some salt. It can be a fairly bland food and even just half of a teaspoon of salt will make a big difference. Be careful not to add too much though. You can always salt it to taste later on so just a little bit while cooking will do the trick.
  6. Nice and Low – The temperature should never be very high when cooking rice. Bring the water up to a boil to start but then once you are cooking the rice it should be over a low heat. If the rice is cooked to quickly then the water evaporates leaving the rice undercooked. Rice requires a bit of extra time and patience but is fully worth it.

How to Make Oats in a Rice Cooker

Starting the day with a healthy, filling breakfast is essential to get through the day with energy and without hunger pangs. Oatmeal is one of the BEST foods you can have in the mornings to achieve this. I bet you didn’t know that you could cook oats in a rice cooker?

Sure, oatmeal isn’t a difficult meal to cook. But there’s nothing worse than soggy microwaved oats or preservative-filled quick cook packets.  With a rice cooker you can use steel-cut oats or thick cut rolled oats which are healthier than processed oats.

Cooking your porridge in a rice cooker is also a really effective way of feeding large groups of hungry people. If you’ve got a large rice cooker, whipping up a big batch of oatmeal for breakfast has never been easier. Most rice cookers today have a porridge mode so it really couldn’t be easier.

You can even set your oats on a delayed timer before you head to bed so you can fresh hot oats ready for your breakfast in the morning!

Here’s how to make oats in a rice cooker:

Ingredients:

  • 1 part oatmeal
  • 3 parts water
  • Pinch of salt (essential for cooking porridge)
  • A dash of cinnamon (you could also use vanilla)

Method:

Add all the ingredients to your rice cooker. Whether you use a standard cup measure (250mls) or the one provided with your rice cooker, it doesn’t matter so long as the ratio is 1:3 oats to water.

Set your rice cooker to porridge mode and walk away! In about 45 minutes you’ll have a perfect batch of oatmeal ready and waiting for you. Just add a splash of milk and your desired toppings. We like to serve ours with coconut sugar sprinkled across the top.

 

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