How to Make A Great Pot of Rice

Zahna Klaver By Zahna Klaver, 25th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Rice is such a staple in the diets of many around the world yet many people find that making it at home creates mixed results. A few simple tips and you can have quick, easy rice dishes without the expense of take-out or those over priced and over processed handy packs.

How to Make A Great Pot of Rice

Rice is such a staple in the diets of many around the world yet many people find that making it at home creates mixed results. A few simple tips and you can have quick, easy rice dishes without the expense of take-out or those over priced and over processed handy packs.

Get a Rice Maker

If you are serious about wanting rice on a regular basis a rice maker is an excellent investment. Not that is it isn't possible to make great rice in a pot on the stove, but a rice maker really does make it a “set it and leave it” task.

Buy Good Rice

There are lots of types of rice and grades of each type. Try all the ones you can find. You will probably have a favourite all-round type, but a few others for special dishes or special occasions is nice. Variety is the spice of life, even in something as basic as rice.

Read the Instructions

If there are words on the package your rice comes in, read the instructions. Sometimes there is very valuable information there. Sometimes a great recipe. Sometimes not so much. A small change in the amount of water (or other liquid) can make a big difference in the results.

Smell It

If the rice smells musty, it will taste musty. Smell it. A plastic bag can make this difficult. Try to find rice in a fabric bag or in bulk so you can smell it. Stick your face in the bin or the bag to your face. Nobody in the grocery store is watching... and if they are, they know you know something important. Just keep a very serious look on your face.

Choose Your Cooking Method

There are two methods for actually cooking the rice. Brown the rice in some oil in the rice cooker and then add water, and the other is to boil the water with the oil and then add the rice. Try both and see which one you like better. Even the same rice can be prepared differently to create a different texture and taste. Remember that a bay leaf is an excellent addition to every pot that is cooking rice.


Rice is healthy, non-allergenic and an excellent alternative to other starches in our diets. Good luck with your next pot of rice!

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Cooking, Diet, Food, Rice

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author avatar Zahna Klaver
An early retirement in South America leaves me time to finally write about the subjects I have studied throughout my life. Health, nutrition, business, homesteading and cooking are my passions!

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author avatar Retired
25th Apr 2015 (#)

I had no idea you could get a rice maker. I'm going to Google that!

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author avatar Zahna Klaver
25th Apr 2015 (#)

I sure hope you can get one, CoffeeQueen... it has been a great time saver for me.

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author avatar psionicman2000
25th Apr 2015 (#)

great artcle!

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author avatar Retired
27th Apr 2015 (#)

Two tips for rice-making in a regular pot: Cover the pot with a lid and cook over a very low flame or simmer.

I'm wanting an invitation to what sounds like a superb dinner from your Ecuadorian kitchen!

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author avatar Zahna Klaver
27th Apr 2015 (#)

We are working hard to build our guest house so that soon we can invite everyone! Watch for updates...

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