With the right cooking tools and ingredients, rice is easy to cook. Rice is a great compliment to many meals. Brown rice is both good and nutritious. I use this rice most often. I hope you find these simple tips for cooking rice helpful.
How to Cook Rice
My favorite way to cook rice is with a rice cooker. A small rice cooker can be bought for around twenty dollars. This makes cooking the rice so easy because all you have to do is add rice and water and then cook. The general rule is a 2 to 1 water to rice ratio. If you use one cup of rice, you would need two cups of water. Brown rice may need a little more water. The rice cooker stops when the rice is done. How easy is that?
Adding More Flavor When Cooking Rice
Simply cooking the rice with water can leave the rice bland. I enjoy substituting beef, vegetable, or chicken broth in place of water to the rice for more flavor. I buy organic chicken broth from the store or I use leftover broth or stock. This is such an easy way to add flavor. Since I buy a low sodium version I also like to add a little more of my own seasoning.
Coriander, cumin, and garlic are great additions to rice. I mix everything together and then just set the rice to cook. It generally takes around 45 minutes for brown rice. White rice seems to cook faster. If I am feeling really motivated, I may add some onion and peppers to the rice. This gives it more of a pilaf feel. You can experiment with your own seasonings and just the right amount. It is easy to add great flavor to rice.
Cooking Rice in a Crock-Pot
Another way that I like to cook rice is in a casserole cooked in a crock-pot. This is a truly easy way to cook a meal. All you need to do is add all the ingredients into the crock-pot and cook for the recommended time. What makes the crock-pot so easy is that you can put all the ingredients in the crock-pot in the morning and cook on low all day. When you come home, the meal is ready. Feel free to check out my easy crock-pot rice casserole for an example Easy Throw Together Crockpot Recipe. The Internet is a great source for finding other great recipes for rice casseroles.
I hope you find these easy tips for cooking rice helpful. Rice is a great accompaniment for so many foods. I had steak, zucchini, and rice for a nice balanced meal this evening. It was such an easy meal. Happy cooking!