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

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How should I prepare Risotto

I've been watching a lot of Hells Kitchen, and one of the signature dishes that Chef Ramsay has the chefs prepare is Risotto. This seems like a simple enough dish but often times the seasoned chefs ...
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Making white rice more tasteful [closed]

I am very new to cooking. I can boil rice, but it tastes too bland. Is there anything else I can add to it, to make it taste better?
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What are the benefits of using a dedicated rice cooker, rather than just cooking rice in a pot?

For which reasons should I use a dedicated rice cooker, instead of cooking rice in a pot?
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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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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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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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How do I determine the amount of water I need to use with my eletric rice cooker

I just realized that I don't know if I should add more or less water next time. What sort of signs would indicate that I should add less water and what signs would indicate that I am using too little ...
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Proper ratio of Water to Rice

When making rice, what is the proper ratio of water that I should use?
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Stove top Sushi rice - Which method?

I am planning to have my first attempt at making sushi by myself in a few days. Right now, I am still struggling with the rice and it's cooking. Many recipes/tutorials call for a rice cooker which I ...
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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 add salt to the water when cooking rice?

Given the great answer to the question on adding salt to water when cooking pasta, I am curious whether the same explanation holds for rice as it does for pasta (flavor and starch gelation)? Is there ...
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Arborio and Risotto

I ran out of regular rice the other day, and subbed in some arborio (the traditional risotto rice). I figured it would serve well enough, since it's a tough variety, and I planned on a multi-stage ...
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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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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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Why clean a pot (used to cook rice) with cold water?

Some people have told me that it's better to clean a dirty pot (used to cook rice) with cold water, rather than the hot water I use for all the other dishes. What would be the purpose of this?
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Risotto question - what does “translucent rice” look like?

Recently I've tried my hand at cooking risotto. The results are always delicious, but one step in the process has me stumped - the instruction to cook the rice until translucent. I've tried cooking ...
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Why is my Spanish rice chewy?

I tried making some Spanish rice the other day and it's turned out really chewy. I can't figure out if I used too little chicken broth or not enough. It came out really starchy I think - very ...
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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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Are sushi rice and arborio rice valid substitutes of each other?

Sometimes I have only one sushi rice and want to prepare risotto, sometimes is the other way around. Both varieties have a lot of starch, but I don't know if it's the same starch. Is it?
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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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Vinegar Alternatives and rice combinations in making sushi rice

What are some of the alternatives in vinegar for making sushi rice? I know it's best to use rice vinegar, but has anyone ever tried it with white wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar for example? ...
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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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Reheating rice for 25 guests

I am having a party. I have no rice cooker. I plan on cooking the rice the day before. Is it possible to reheat it and have it taste good? How to?
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Rice gets burnt and watery

I am following the recipe of the rice I am making which is: Add 2 cups of water and heat Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of butter Add 1 cup of rice then wait for 18 to 20 minutes and it ...