How to Cook Brown Rice

Brown rice is the whole, natural grain rice that is both healthy and delicious. Although it differs in both consistency and taste from regular white rice, it has become an extremely popular alternative due to its health benefits.

Brown rice is also different in the way that it must be cooked. The following guide details everything you need as well as the process involved in easily and effectively cooking brown rice. The benefits of this grain is as similar as comparing whole wheat and white bread.


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    Wash Everything

    Be sure to take some time and carefully wash the entire work surface that you will be using to prepare some brown rice. You will also want to thoroughly wash your hands, utensils and ingredients that you will be using. Always keep your work area clean and free from clutter so that you can f ind things when you need them while cooking.

    It is always recommended that before cooking rice, you take the opportunity to rinse it well prior to cooking. To do this, place the amount of rice you plan to cook into a bowl and allow it to sit under running water so that starch and debris are washed away. Take your time and let all the debris wash up.

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    The Ratio

    When it comes to cooking brown rice, the most important element to lock down is 2 cups water to 1 cup brown rice. Once you have this, the cooking process can become extremely easy. Always keep this ratio in mind when cooking brown rice so that you do not have any difficulties later.

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    Place the water and rice into a medium to large sauce pan and set the heat to high. Add salt to the water to taste (just a pinch) and wait until the rice begins to boil. Be careful when it boils as you do not want to get burned.

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    Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and allow the rice to simmer in the saucepan. The rice should cook for 25-30 minutes this way. Once this time has elapsed, taste the rice to see if it is well cooked. Be careful while tasting as the rice will definitely be very hot.

    A tell tale sign is that all the water has absorbed and there is no standing water remaining.

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    Once cooked, remove the pan from the burner, cover the pot and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes.

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    It is entirely up to you as to how you will garnish and serve the brown rice to your friends and family members. You can use any type of platter or rice dish while serving.

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