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Instant Rice

Sunday, 9 November 2008 | Tags:

With all the convenience food available, instant rice tops the list for fast and easy. We find out more about this quick meal.

The Basics

  • Instant rice is basically rice that has already been cooked, and then dehydrated. The advantage is that it’s fast to cook (about 5 minutes) but it comes at a higher price.

  • The processing of instant rice also robs it of nutrients and flavour, so manufacturers compensate by adding salt and spice.

  • Always store instant rice in a dry area, away from moisture or humidity. If the dehydrated grains absorb moisture, it could spoil the box.

Cooking Tips

  • Instant rice can often be added directly to homemade soups or other recipes, instead of being cooked in a separate pot and added later like traditional rice.

OUR TOP PICK

We feel that the convenience of instant rice is outweighed by the loss in nutritional benefits. Cooking regular rice takes only 15-20 minutes longer. Just be sure to follow the directions on the package because some kinds require different preparation techniques. Plus, consider investing in a good rice cooker if you are a frequent rice eater. Your rice will always turn out perfect, and will b kept warm long enough for seconds (and thirds…)!

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