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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.