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Why would I buy a rice cooker?

A friend of mine I'm getting an apartment with next year said that we should invest in a rice cooker. I'm fairly adept in the kitchen and don't come from a family that uses a rice cooker so I would ...
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Microwave rice cooker vs low-end electric rice cookers

So, at my parents home we had a two part microwave rice cooker which created relatively dry rice in my experience (though I only used it myself a couple of time), but I actually like it better than ...
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Help! Chicken and Wild rice soup needs some extra flavor [closed]

I made a creamy chicken and wild rice soup for the first time following a recipe I found online. However, now that it's finished, I think it needs more flavor. The only seasonings I used was a the ...
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How do I make black rice turn out better in a rice cooker?

There appears to be little to no info out there specifically regarding black rice and rice cookers. My rice cooker manual says nothing about it. The article on wikihow, "3 Ways to Prepare Black Rice", ...
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What types of rice are appropriate to use in a rice cooker?

I have recently acquired a Zojurushi fuzz logic rice cooker. What I am having difficult to find is the best kind of rice to use with it; I am looking for a good brown and white rice that can go with ...
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How do I cook sticky rice/glutinous rice in my rice cooker?

I would like to try and recreate the sticky rice (aka glutinous rice or sweet rice) as I often find served in a kratip at my local USA Thai restaurant. I already have a rice cooker - the Hamilton ...
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How can I make Chinese Fried Rice like they do on the East Coast?

I've been living in California for about 14 years and really miss the Chinese fried rice I would get at Chinese restaurants on the East Coast (Boston in specific). The fried rice I get at Chinese ...
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Rice flour: weight to volume

I have a recipe that calls for 1 lb of glutinous rice flour (mochiko), but I don't have a kitchen scale. Approximately how many cups would this be equivalent to?
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What's the best way to store rice long-term?

I have purchased a rather large bag of long-grain white rice (25 lbs.) and need to know the best way for storing it long-term. This rice will be used as both a food-storage food source and as my ...
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Mochi: pounded vs. from rice flour

Is there any noticeable difference between mochi made from pounded rice, versus mochi made from mixing rice flour and water together and cooking briefly? If not, why bother with the labor-intensive ...
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Should rice be washed with hot water or cold water?

For both long-grain (Jasmine) and short-grain rice I typically rinse the rice with cold water to remove some of the starch and to clean the rice a bit. What temperature (hot/warm/cold) should I use ...
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Why don't most non-East Asian varieties of rice stick together?

Having tried a number of different kinds of rice, I've noticed that the only ones that seem to have grains that "stick" together are white varieties often used in East Asian cooking (jasmine (to some ...
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Is white rice bleached before being processed?

My dad is being especially paranoid of this. He claims to have read a paper years ago that said that the standard in rice processing was bleaching the rice to produce "whiter" rice. I've been ...
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Should I season my sushi rice before or after cooking?

When I make rice for sushi, I season it with sugar, salt, rice vinegar, and mirin. I'm never sure if I should add these at the beginning or near the end of cooking the rice. Does it matter when I add ...
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Sweet rice recipe help? Panama cook book recipe

This is from my vague Panama cookbook for "Sweet Rice." It's a side dish, not dessert. Ingredients: - 4 or 5 coconuts (Google says 1 coconut is 1 or 2 cups of coconut milk) - 1/2 pound of ginger ...
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“Instant” leftover rice? Making leftover-like rice without the wait? (as in for fried rice)

I have a bunch of recipes which use leftover cold rice: rice salads, fried rice, rice cakes, and similar. However, I rarely have large quantities of rice left over in the fridge when I want them, ...
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Sushi rice vinegar proportions

So i'm trying to make sushi rice and i know the essential component is the vinegar/sugar/salt mixture (with the optional kombu, which i don't have access to, so i omit entirely). I would like to hear ...
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Can I leave uncooked rice sitting in water for an hour or longer before cooking?

I'm prepping for a dinner party. And I put uncooked long grain brown rice + oil + water in a pot, as usual. But I'm not cooking it right this minute. The rice is sitting in the pot with the water. Can ...
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spanish rice ran out of liquid and is getting sticky

help! My rice is still hard and I have a party coming over. I ran out of liquid and stirred it. Tastes great but center is hard. What can I do?
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Is there a quick substitute for condensed milk?

I'm making steamed rice cakes, and the recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of Condensed milk. I want to have the steamed cakes ready in time for dinner, which is around 30 minutes from now. I've searched ...
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Stopping water from bubbling over when cooking rice

Every time I cook brown rice (in a traditional pot, or in my new rice cooker), large bubbles form and spill over the sides. How can I prevent this? I found this question, but wasn't able to draw ...
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What kind of rice can I use in a salt shaker to prevent clumping

Will brown rice eliminate clumps in the salt shaker as well as white rice? I know white rice works well in a salt shaker to eliminate clumps caused by humidity, but I only have brown rice on hand. ...
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What kind of rice is used in Chinese cooking?

I love the Chinese food we get from takeaway shops, and often to save on the cost we will cook our own rice at home. This is good, but the rice never seems to have the same texture as takeaway rice - ...
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Pressure cooker rice quality vs high-end rice cooker

I'm considering buying a proper rice cooker, as we've eaten most of the non-stick coating of the cheap one. The forums rave about induction heating, Zojirushi, Tiger, Toshiba RC-18NMF with its ...
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How do restaurants make chicken fried rice? What ingredient am I missing?

Everytime I try to make chicken fried rice like I get at the take out place it never tastes like it does when they make it. We all know the basic ingredients Rice (1 day old), Chicken, Green Onions, ...
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Less sticky rice and lentils

I have a recipe that calls for rice and green lentils to be cooked at the same time in a rice cooker. I do this and everything cooks nicely, then I add the rest of the ingredients and things taste ...
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What is the ingredient that makes a Spanish paella so particular?

I have eaten paella in Spain; I then ate it in Italy, but it didn't taste like the one in Spain. What is the ingredient that makes the Spanish paella so particular? I remember they used a particular ...
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How do I heat up rice and pasta at work?

I want to heat up rice or pasta at work so I can have a hot meal with rice and chicken or pasta and chicken. There is a microwave there - can I use that?
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How is boiled rice different from steamed?

I recently got into a friendly argument with a coworker about how rice should be prepared. I insisted that the goal was to steam the rice- too much water and it would boil into a soupy pudding. She ...
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How do I get rid of bugs in rice?

Can you suggest me how to prevent rice from very small black color insects, they are really irritating us by spreading total house and disturbing my little kid a lot. Please give a me suitable ...
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Looking for a rice cooker, steamer, deep fryer, slow cooker combo that can cook rice and steam at the same time

I know this is slightly crazy, but I am a minimalist. I try to get by on as little "stuff" as possible. Basically I want a rice cooker that can steam my vegetables and chicken for a meal all at the ...
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Do long-cooked pasta and brown rice lose more minerals than short-cooked types?

There are many different types of brown rice and whole grain paste that one can buy. Some need to be cooked for 25 minutes while others only need to be cooked for 8 minutes. I was wondering if rice or ...
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Bringing water to boil with rice or alone and then add rice?

Very simple question: as a general rule of thumb, is it better to A) put the rice into cold water and then bring to a boil together or B) bring the water to a boil, then add rice and then cook ...
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Brown Basmati rice — How to prevent mushiness?

I have been cooking regular white Basmati for years and have perfected the method to get it to perfection (solid, tender, not mushy). Recently, I decided to try brown Basmati because I heard brown ...
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Korean rice cakes (tteok) sold unrefrigerated

I bought some tteok, cylindrical Korean rice cakes, that were displayed on a table. It didn't have a date on it. They seem to need soaking before cooking as they are not very soft but only packaged in ...
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Advice for Rice balls in bulk

I have my own variant of japanese rice balls that I was hoping for some advice on. One thing to keep in mind is that I'm a college graduate student and put a high priority on minimizing costs and ...
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How can I improve my fried rice?

I'm an amateur cook with almost no experience (never taught by my parents, first time cooking on my own was first few days living on my own), so I'm studying very hard because I want to be a great ...
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Rice with worm and possibly their eggs

I bought a bag of brown rice from a store. After having opened and used for a while, I found there were moths flying in the house. At the same time, I found worms in the rice. I suspect that the moths ...
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What's the fastest way to cook fluffy white Jasmine rice?

From raw grains until ready to eat, what's the fastest method you can think of to get fluffy white rice (Thai Jasmine variety). I've tried using a pressure cooker and it's pretty fast, but there's ...
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What's the secret for Chinese fried rice?

I see a lot of recipes for fried rice, but never seem to be able to give the gorgeous lightly browned color (and therefore flavor) to my rice. This is before adding soy sauce or anything else. Is ...
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How do I avoid dry meat and burned masala and rice in biryana?

I have tried to make Biryani several (3, lol) times using this recipe but never got it right. The meat gets too dry, and the masala and rice often get burned. How can I avoid this?
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Cooking and storing rice for a whole week

I work long hours and my commute to work is about 2 hours long, when I get home, I basically grab a bite to eat and sleep. Recently though I have learned to cook a big portion of a meal to last me ...
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preserving leftover cooked rice from Chinese takeaway for processing in a cold salad afterwards

When getting Chinese takeaway, We never eat much of the normal cooked rice that goes with it, always opting for an extra dish of fried rice and/or noodles. My mother usually makes a cold salad the day ...
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rice warming & safe

I'm making an stir fry Hawaiian rice recipe and would like to prepare the rice ahead of time. I'm reading about the dangers of warming rice. Can I safety put the rice in an slow cooker on warm for ...
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What is the most effective method for cooking a massive amount of sweet brown sushi rice

I have about 8 quarts of dry brown sushi rice and am looking to cook all or most of it to incorporate into a handful of dishes on the same day. What is the most effective way of cooking that much ...
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Why does my rice smell?

I don't understand why my rice smells like eggs.. We have a new rice cooker that we used for two months now. I wash it, but should I deep clean it? Also, I put my rice in a big plastic bin so I won't ...
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Re-use rice for multiple batches of horchata?

After a making a batch of horchata, I always feel wasteful throwing away all of the uncooked rice. Can it be re-used for another batch, or has it given up its good flavors? If not, are there any ...
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Can I use Basmati Rice for fried rice?

I have some left over boiled Basmati Rice in the fridge and I was wondering if anyone has ever used it to make Chinese Fried Rice given that the recipes generally call for Jasmin rice? Does it have ...
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how do you get sushi rice to not stick to your hands?

I am laying out my sushi rice by forming it into a ball with my hands and spreading it on the nori. I watched some video tutorials on this, and it seems like the rice is not sticking to the chef's ...