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11/23/10 7:05 P

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Annie I agree the secret is in the not stirring and the letting it sit. Since I have been letting the brown rice sit for 10 min it comes out great!

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11/22/10 12:56 P

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As far as texture goes white rice is plainer and has a smoother mouth-feel. Yes, it might seem "softer" depending on how you cook it. Brown rice, because it still has some of the outer layer attached will have a more robust mouth-feel. It also has what some might call a little more "earthy" taste.

Hints for cooking brown rice:
Most directions call for using twice as much water as rice. I have found that will give you a soggy outcome. What I have been doing that makes for perfect rice every time is to put 2 cups of water in the pan and then add a heaped up to overflowing measuring cup of rice to the water. Give it a quick stir. Bring it to boiling, stir ONCE, take it immediately to a low simmer, put the lid on and let it go for 50 minutes. Then take it off the heat completely and let it sit for about 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork or spoon.

NEVER STIR THE RICE WHILE IT IS COOKING. LET IT DO ITS THING. If you screw up on the timing and need to check to see if it's actually done, remove lid, tip the pan a bit to see if any water falls to the side. If it does, keep cooking. If it doesn't it's done. If you give in to the temptation to stir before it's done the nice pockets of steam surrounding each kernel will collapse and you will end up with soggy, sticky rice.

If you want to make more just double this recipe. If you have leftovers, put them in a covered container in the fridge to be used in many different ways. I always have a container of cooked rice in my fridge.

Hope this helps.

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 11/22/2010 (12:59)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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11/22/10 11:17 A

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I was just curious and wondered if you were preparing them differently. I guess the white is a bit softer.

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11/22/10 10:57 A

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MAUITN - I am not sure why the texture is different... it just doesn't feel or taste the same way. Maybe it is because of the process that ANIDUCKTHISTLE described.

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11/14/10 7:32 P

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Here's a quote snipped from The World's Healthiest Foods website:

"The process that produces brown rice removes only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel and is the least damaging to its nutritional value. The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. Fully milled and polished white rice is required to be "enriched" with vitamins B1, B3 and iron".

So brown rice is the healthy option. Eating some white rice sometimes is okay but using it for your primary rice is not the best choice. Many people have trouble getting brown rice to cook up nice, fluffy and separated and that is why I am so glad that I found sprouted brown rice. I absolutely love it. I make enough to last 3 or 4 days, keep it in a covered pyrex dish in the fridge and scoop out what I need to be reheated in a pan with a little water or broth. Or I toss it into a stew...whatever. Even cold with milk and honey makes a tasty breakfast.

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 11/14/2010 (19:34)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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11/14/10 5:28 P

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I didn't used to eat much brown rice but I got a steamer that does it perfectly now I love it!

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NACOLESWORLD why is there a difference in the texture between white and brown rice? It is rice and cooked the same way.

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11/14/10 4:26 P

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Quinoa, millet, and wheatberries.

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I want to experiment so much more now.

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I have never heard of that, but it sounds good!

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11/10/10 4:23 P

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I just HAVE to tell you guys about my latest grain discovery--sprouted brown rice. Have any of you ever had it? It is the absolutely best rice I have ever tasted. It cooks up so perfectly; each kernal soft and chewy and each one separated from the other--so nice. And it's so easy; no rinsing as it got thoroughly rinsed during the sprouting phase. You could sprout your own rice but buying it bulk from my co-op is just so handy. When I have used up my other brown rices I will always use this one and none other. I will only keep a bit of basmati on hand when I get a hankering for that aroma...if you know what I mean! But this sprouted brown rice cooks up easier than basmati.
Gotta try it!
It's so good it tastes terrific with only butter and s&p.

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11/10/10 11:31 A

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I am with GLADGAD ...I can't get past the texture of Brown Rice... blech

Hmm, is Jasmine Rice considered good?

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I love quinoa with broccoli pesto. Or pico de gallo. Or some sort of sauce. Or...okay now I'm hungry. ;)

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agreed

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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I find that ANY grain or rice is pretty boring without SOMETHING on it. I actually can't imagine eating dry rice, quinoa, or anything. I mean I COULD. It wouldn't be gross or anything. Just boring...

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So what's wrong with a bit of Salsa?? It's VERY healthy for you unless you are using a store-bought one with unhealthy ingredients like HFCS or something.

A little bit of coconut oil and seasonings is good on rice.

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Do you eat anything on top of the brown rice?

It's not palatable to me unless I add a tablespoon of salsa. Then I LOVE it!

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11/5/10 9:27 A

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brown rice, and oats

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I like a few - quinoa, sweet brown rice, couscous are all good. I don't have a favorite as my tastes changes.

One grain I can't eat, despite many repeated tries is brown rice. I just can't get past the texture, but I like sweet brown rice.

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I don't think there is a grain I don't like. Buckwheat is one of my favorites as is sprouted brown rice.

You can grind malted barley and put it into bread. You sprout the barley, dry it and turn it into diastatic malt which is very nutritious and sweet. Google it and you will be amazed. You can also malt other grains like wheat and rice.

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quinoa is my fave.

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I love all the grains listed previously here but if I had to choose one I would say quinoa. I absolutely love barley but other than putting it in my soup I don't have any other recipes. Any ideas fit_hawg?

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I like buglar too, though I haven't had it in a while.

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Barley! emoticon

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Quinoa!

Although not technically a grain it can be used in place of many grains in recipes. It is a complete protein, and most important for my health- it's gluten-free!

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I love hard winter wheat berries. I mix them with brown rice, wild rice and sometimes quinoa in the rice cooker - 1/2 cup each and twice the amount of water

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I have been experimenting with new grains recently and I especially like couscous and bulgar wheat. They taste great without being too filling. If there is something you would recommend, please tell us!

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