Rice (without a cooker)
I have never owned a rice cooker, though I grew up using one. It just always seems silly to own a device that takes up so much room and that I really only use occasionally, especially when it really isn’t difficult to make rice in a pot. Plus, I’m cheap. Why buy a rice cooker when a pot will do? However, it seems like many people don’t know how to do this!
Here are some tips:
- Thick-bottomed pot really helps distribute the heat and keep the rice from sticking/burning at the bottom
- DO NOT STIR after the initial stir
- Keeping an eye on this is important. Or, really, keeping an ear on this. Listen for the sound of water. Once it sounds gone, turn it off to let it steam.
- Letting it steam after cooking is also important. It makes the rice fluffy and gives it time to really soften up.
- If you want to make wild rice, change the ratio to more like 2.5 or 3 to 1. Basically, the tougher the rice is, the more water it needs.
- Rice is forgiving! It really is! It just takes a few tries to get a feel for your pot/stove and how rice works. Don’t be afraid of it!!