Thursday, February 16, 2012
Use the Right Technique for FLUFFY Rice Everytime!
You've heard the old saying, "A worker's only as good as his tools"? There's actually another part to that philosophy: "A worker's only as good as his tools and techniques." The right tool is always important, but if you don't have the right technique--if you don't know HOW to use those tools, a perfect product can still elude you.
So speaking of cooking fluffy rice, There is a simple technique to it, and once you know it, your rice will be perfect every time. Let's say you want to make 2+ cups of rice, here's how:
2) Heat a medium-size sauce pan (there's nothing in it at this point).
3) Measure 1 cup rice into pan.
4) Add about a half teaspoon butter. Stir rice well until all kernels are coated. Keep stirring until rice gets HOT (but not toasted or burnt--just HOT). You can pick up a few grains and you'll be able to tell when it's hot.
5) After rice is well and truly HOT, add 2 cups COLD water. There's something important--almost magical that happens when the cold water comes in contact with the hot rice grain, that we're convinced contributes to the fluffiness factor.
7) Just wait--no peeking. Keep the lid on and trust the process.
This technique works well with brown rice also. You'll just need a little more water. But as mentioned above, the real trick is in heating the rice before adding cold water. We hope you'll try this and let us know how your rice turns out. In the meantime, here's to family dinner made possible as we practice the right techniques to cooking our rice!