Questions on rice. Please be specific; different rice cooks differently.

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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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if uncooked rice is soaked for 2 day, is it still safe to eat (after it's cooked)?

i completely forgot i soaked the rice on Monday night. It was completely submerged in water. Left in room temperature. If i cook it now, would it be safe to eat?
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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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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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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 can I achieve a good socarrat with paella cooked in the oven?

I'm cooking dinner for a friend who pointedly bought me a paella pan. Normally, I would never consider making paella in the oven, but my stove is electric and the coil is not nearly as big as the base ...
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Bottom part of Biryani got burnt , rice always gets sticky .how to prevent?

Bottom part of my Biryani always got burnt , rice always gets sticky.but i want each grain separated ? .how to prevent burning & stickiness of rice?
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Could rice or pasta be cooked without hot water?

I moved in a brand new house. I have no stove, microwaves or hot water for a week or two. I'm vegetarian and I've already prepared fresh veggies wrap, salad, hummus, sandwichs, .. but I'm wondering ...
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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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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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How much rice should I cook per person?

I would like to know how much rice I should cook per person. Preferably in some "fast" measurements - like cups, spoons, etc. It would also be nice to know how much water should I add to the ...
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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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Why is rice parboiled? And how does parboiling change rice?

I have recently been using raw rice at my home. I have noticed that the non-parboiled rice sticks to each other while parboiled rice does not given the same amount of cooking time. My questions: ...
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What's the best way to store unused sushi rice?

Let's say, I only want to make 1 sushi roll right now. Is there a good way to store the rest of the rice for tomorrow's rolls? And what about storing the nori?
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I burnt rice in a pressure cooker, do I need to throw my pressure cooker away now? [duplicate]

I made the mistake of NOT ADDING WATER to some brown rice in the pressure cooker! I was listening to an audio book and well....it wasn't a good a idea to split my focus like that! The inside bottom of ...
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How to remove cardamom seeds from rice

I love the taste of cardamom seeds, as does the family. But I am the only person in the household who doesn't mind chewing the seeds as a part of the rice dish. For flavoured rice, it's quite easy, ...
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How does (Goya) Sofrito sauce compare to salsa?

I was reading some rice recipes online. Some used sofrito sauce. I read the ingredients on the Goya label. It is similar to salsa. I think salsa is chunkier and uses fresh veggies whereas sofrito ...
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What is the difference between risotto rice and paella rice?

My local supermarket stocks arborio and carnaroli rices for making risotto, and also stocks "paella rice". I have, in the past, used them interchangeably in both risottos and paellas. Wikipedia ...
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Sushi rice should be transparent when cooked?

How in the following picture the sushi rice is transparent, and when I made home sushi rice, it would white as snow ? I soak rice in water for 2 hours. And by the way, why sometimes even with a ...
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Why is my sushi rice too sticky?

I'm on a quest of learning how to prepare a more than edible sushi. I figured that with enough practice I can achieve the goal of being able to make sushi. The most important part of sushi as I see it ...
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How can I cook 1/2 a cup of rice?

Almost every time I make rice, I make it for just me and my partner. We've found that the right amount for us is 1/2 a cup (125mL, a regular cup not a rice cooker cup) of uncooked basmati rice. I make ...
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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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Why do you have to rinse rice?

I'm interested in learning to make my own sushi. Every guide I have read has stressed that the rice has to be rinsed thoroughly. The bags of rice I generally buy say not to rinse the rice in order ...
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How to make plain white rice less boring? [closed]

I'm a college student. I'm poor. Rice is cheap. Therefore, I eat a lot of plain white rice (medium grain). I was wondering if there are any specifically tasty seasonings I could pick up that would ...
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Sushi rice not sticking to each other

I have a sushi rice bag from Sun Rice. They write on it that we should only wash it for 5 minutes then boil it. But I know that sushi rice should be washed for more than that and soaked in water for ...
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Is eating rice well after its use-by date a bad idea? [duplicate]

I got a "Paella kit" for my birthday recently. It consists of a pan, some rice, some spices, and some instructions. Unfortunately, upon inspecting the rice packet I see that its "best before" date ...
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How do I keep the rice cooker from boiling over?

Possible Duplicate: Stopping water from bubbling over when cooking rice I am having epic rice-cooker failure here. I measure out the amount of rice suggested by the little cup thingy. I ...
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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'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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How do I get rid of plastic smell in rice / pasta?

I bought a number of bags of rice and pasta and stored it in a plastic bin in the basement. I recently grabbed one of those bags of rice and it smells gross, like plastic. Everything in the bin smells ...
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Rice Cookery in water containing sugar versus plain water

I need to have a scientific explanation of why rice cooks faster in plain water than water containing sugar. I know the sugar interferes with the gelatinization of the rice, but I would like a ...
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Rice: Measuring water after washing it

Lately, I've been struggling to cook rice at the kitchen I work at. We cook the rice by putting it in a hotel pan, put water on top, plastic and foil wrap it and throw it into the oven. One cook says ...
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How to maintain the calories in rice (which were present in it in its raw form) after cooking it?

I searched Google with the following keywords: calories in 1 tbsp brown rice The result was: As you can see the calories, after cooking have severely reduced. What can I do to maintain ...
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Must rice always be cooked with some oil or lard?

I'm a totally amateur "cooker" and I was always taught that before I cook the rice, I have to add some oil or lard to it and cook in that. But why is it necessary? Once I forgot it and everything was ...
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Where to buy football/quenelle/shell-like scoop/mold/mould [food presentation]?

Some places serve rice in a football/quenelle/shell-like shaped scoop/mold/mould for food presentation. It's consistent at many teriyaki places so I suspect it's something you can purchase. I've ...
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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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What are these crispy bits on top of rice?

What are these crispy bits on top of rice that look something like this, but are perhaps a bit smaller: (Picture taken from this blog post.)
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Is it possible to turn Rice Krispies back into rice?

Specifically, would it be possible to turn Rice Krispies into rice suitable for serving with chicken teriyaki? One of the main characters of the webcomic Leftover Soup is an expert cook. To establish ...
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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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What causes butter to make risotto shiny?

Why does the addition of butter make risotto shiny? Is there a chemical explanation? I was taught to initially saute onions and garlic in olive oil, then risotto Arborio rice with warmed broth until ...
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How can I make my risotto less firm?

I've prepared risotto from scratch a handful of times in the last few months. While I've been happy with the flavor, the texture left a little something to be desired. In specific, it tasted like ...
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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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How are puffed rice cakes flavoured?

I am working on puffed rice cakes, but I can not find how they are flavoured. Is the oil sprayed on it and seasoning sprinkled after? Or is an oil-seasoning slurry sprayed, or is it something else ...
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How much does a a cup of rice weigh?

I use the cup that came with my rice cooker to measure the rice for each meal. I often eat 120ml~160ml rice (before cooking) measured in the cup at a time. How much does that amount of rice weigh? ...
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Effect of rice cooking techniques

I rarely ate rice growing up, and only recently started cooking it. I started with basmati, and seemed to do alright with that, but my wife (who used to live in Korea) said she preferred rice to clump ...
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Why is cooking rice so complicated?

I'm slowly teaching myself to cook and I made some rice today. While the result was perfectly acceptable, the process didn't go smoothly and I had to add some water in the end and cook it some more to ...
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Safe to wash rice the night before and leave overnight before cooking?

I'm trying to figure out a convenient way to bring fresh rice for lunch. Cooking it the night before and leaving it in the fridge causes it to become dry and hard and unpleasant, and I've read that ...
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Fastest or most efficient way to cook rice in a pot with a lid?

Without using (read: buying) a rice cooker, what methods can I use to reduce active cooking time for brown rice? Does pre-soaking help? Should I add the rice before or after bringing the water to a ...
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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 ...