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Monday, June 4, 2012

Tip to save money on cooking rice

Did you know?
You can shave about 10-15 minutes off the cooking time for brown rice by presoaking your rice.

After I wash my rice (yes, I wash my rice. I read about it in Jane Brody's Good Food Book.  She says to wash your rice first, as it's an agricultural product), so after I wash my rice, and drain it through a strainer, I put it in the pot in which it will cook.  I add the amount of water and salt called for, and allow to soak for 6-8 hours on the counter. After soaking, I leave it in the same water and bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, covered for 10-15 minutes less than I would normally cook the rice (on my stove, brown rice, unsoaked takes 55 minutes. If soaked 6 hours, it takes just under 45 minutes. If soaked 8-9 hours, it takes about 40 minutes.)

So, you're wondering, what's the big deal? So it doesn't take as long to cook.  The big deal is, in summer, cooking rice for a shorter period means my kitchen won't get so hot, and by shaving 10-15 minutes off the cooking time, I save on gas for my stove. Bonus, if I'm going to be out all day, I can leave my rice to soak in the AM, then cook it faster when I get home in the afternoon.

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