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  • Common Varieties:
    Basmati, Brown

    This long-grain rice has a nutty flavor and a dry texture—a light and delicate option for those switching from white. Its cooking formula is as follows:

    Rice: 1 cup.

    Water: 2 cups.

    Time: 50 minutes.

    For detailed cooking instructions for all varieties, see How to Prepare, below.

     

    Basmati, White

    With cooking, this fragrant long-grain rice expands dramatically in length and becomes fluffy.

    Rice: 1 cup.

    Water: 1½ cups.

    Time: 18 minutes.

     

    Brown, Long-Grain

    This finely textured rice has a dense, earthy flavor. The grains cook up light and separate.

    Rice: 1 cup.

    Water: 2 cups.

    Time: 50 minutes.

     

    Brown, Short-Grain

    Chewier than other brown-rice varieties, this mildly sticky grain has a robust, nutty taste.

    Rice: 1 cup.

    Water: 2 cups.

    Time: 50 minutes.

     

    Jasmine

    Soft and slightly clingy, this long-grain white rice has an appetizing aroma of roasted nuts and popcorn.

    Rice: 1 cup.

    Water: 1½ cups.

    Time: 18 minutes.

     

    Sushi

    A firm and slightly gelatinous short-grain rice, this can be served simply steamed or mixed with vinegar and sugar for sushi.

    Rice: 1 cup.

    Water: 1½ cups.

    Time: 18 minutes.

     

    White, Long-Grain

    This American staple (sometimes known as “Carolina rice”) has a fluffy texture and a neutral flavor.

    Rice: 1 cup.

    Water: 1½ cups.

    Time: 18 minutes.

     

    Wild

    Not technically rice, this grass seed has a squeaky shell and a robust taste. It’s often sold blended with long-grain brown rice.

    Rice: 1 cup.

    Water: 2 cups (drain water after cooking).

    Time: 50 minutes.

  • How to Store Rice
    Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, uncooked white rice keeps up to 2 years, whole-grain rice only up to 6 months (the oil in the bran can become rancid with time). Cooked rice can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 6 months.

  • How to Prepare Rice
    In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, combine rice and water (see Common Varieties, above, for specific amounts for each rice type). Add ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Stir once, cover, and reduce heat to low.


    Simmer for specified time. (Do not lift the lid or stir!) Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork and serve. (Note: For richer flavor, use chicken or vegetable broth in place of water, or add a tablespoon of butter.)

    Lindsay Funston

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  • How To: Cook Rice

    Say good-bye to sticky rice, undercooked rice, or dry, overcooked rice: With the technique deconstrated in this video, cooking rice perfectly is a snap.

     

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