Making the perfect batch of rice is a tricky process. The most sure fire way to do this is by using a rice cooker. It’s usually much easier and takes a lot less thought but we don’t always have access to a rice cooker. Therefore it’s a good idea to know how to make rice perfectly every time all on your own! Here are the basic steps for making a perfect batch of rice.

Step 1: Rinse and Soak

Rinsing your rice is an important step not only to ensure that it comes out well but also for health and safety reasons. There are some mills outside of the U.S. that use talc as a milling aid so rinsing it helps to ensure that all of this is off f your rice before consuming it. It also helps to get rid of any loose starch so that the rice isn’t so sticky.

Whether or not you soak your rice depends on how old it is. If you’re using older rice then it is a good idea to soak it for about 30 minutes so that the grain won’t break so easily. After soaking it’s important to make sure you drain it well.

Step 2: Simple Methods

The more complicated a process you choose for cooking your rice, the higher chance there is that something will go wrong. The absorption method is one of the simplest and one you should definitely try. As a general rule you should use 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups of water per cup of long-grain rice whereas brown rice needs a bit more water and short-grain will need less.

The way the absorption method works is that the rice is cooked in a certain amount of water so that by the time it is cooked, all the water will be absorbed and any trapped steam will finish off the cooking. The more water you use, the softer and stickier the rice will be.

Step 3: Time to Rest!

This method should only take about 12 minutes and then the liquid should be absorbed. However, if you serve the rice immediately then you will find that the top layer is drier and fluffier than the bottom which might be more moist. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes and up to 30 minutes. The longer you let it sit, the more evenly distributed the moisture will be.

Step 4: Enjoy

After following these steps you are sure to have an excellent batch of rice waiting for you and your friends or family to enjoy!