Cooking with Brown Rice

 

When I think of all the starches I can add to our diet (bread, potatoes, pasta, brown rice), brown rice seems like such a great nutritional choice. Good quality homemade bread is also a good choice, but we eat a lot of bread at other meals as well and I wanted more variety. I am currently on a quest to come up with more ways to serve brown rice, either as a side dish or casserole type main dishes.

I want to share the first basic.. how to cook a pot of brown rice..



Cooking Brown Rice

I’ve read, tried and posted on many ways to cook brown rice here on my website. I seem to always settle in on a way that is simplified. If making brown rice turns into a big ordeal then I will always end up opting for something simpler like potatoes or pasta for the meal.

I have, for awhile now, soaked my rice before cooking. I did this first for nutritional reasons (the breaking down of phytic acid, but after reading a recent article I’ve been rethinking phytic acid I am not as convinced anymore that the soaking of grains is needed for nutritional reasons). I don’t usually soak my brown rice anymore. Here is my current method of cooking brown rice…


Take a large stock pot (6qt) and heat it up on medium high. Add 2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil and let this get hot..




Add 2 cups long grain brown rice..



Stir it around and let it get hot. The rice will start to brown…



When the rice is nice and brown add 4 1/3 cups of water…






And 1 ˝ teaspoons of salt..



Bring to a boil. Stir a few times…



Once it has come to a boil, reduce the heat slowly over the next 5 minutes. If you do this, the pot will not overflow when you put the lid on it. You can stir a few times during this 5 minutes..




When the time is up, put the lid on and cook the rice on low heat for 1 hour and 10 minutes...







When cooking time is up, remove from heat and remove lid. Fluff with a fork…


Now the rice can be used in various recipes. It can also be frozen at this point and used in the future.
 

 

Here are a few delicious recipes for using brown rice:

Jambalaya

Brown Rice Florentine

Beef & Rice Chile Relleno Casserole

Brown Rice Lasagna

BBQ Ham & Cornbread Casserole


 

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