How to cook rice – cooking basics

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This article starts a cooking basics series. Knowing how to eat is one thing, but knowing what to do in the kitchen helps achieve those calorie goals and make tastier foods. I will share some common cooking basics tips to make your life in the kitchen a little bit easier and more delicious, of course! We will kick this off with a simple one – how to cook rice.

This is something that I thought I did right. I mean, everybody knows how to cook rice. Take a pot, add some water and rice and cook until it’s soft. You know, as the instructions on the package say. You can’t go wrong, right? Well, if you’re using a strainer to get rid of excess water, keep reading because you’re about to learn something new.

People have been cooking rice for a long time, and it’s no surprise there’s an easy way to cook rice perfectly. It takes barely no effort to master, and it’s not that much harder, and you get much fluffier rice! You just need to know how it’s done. So here it comes, One Dad Army’s ultimate rice cooking guide:

  1. Wash the rice to get rid of the excess starch. Do not skip this!
  2. Add water to the rice. Use 1,5 dl of water to 100 grams of rice or be a pro and use the finger method. Place your finger on the rice and add water until it reaches the first knuckle. Easy!
  3. Set heat to high and turn the heat down to low when you see the first bubbles indicating that it’s about to boil. Cover with a lid.
  4. Rice cooks in about 10 minutes.
  5. Let it rest under the lid for at least 15 minutes before serving, or eat it straightaway if you’re in a hurry.

And that’s it! You’ve just acquired a manual rice cooker for your kitchen. The steam inside the pot makes the rice super fluffy, and the rice is perfect every time. This method gives you a lot of time to work on something else while the rice cooks. If you keep the lid closed after the rice has cooked, it also keeps the rice warm pretty long. So start cooking with rice and then forget about it until you’re done. This method works perfectly with white rice, but I noticed that whole-grain rice is a different story. Sure, you’ll get it done, and it doesn’t absorb that much water, but it’s still whole-grain rice. Not fluffy.

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