Many people do not know how to make brown rice. Maybe you have never made it before. And, maybe you don’t even know how to cook. Hopefully, this post can help you to know how easy it can be. White rice may taste good with its fluffiness, but many people like brown rice better for its high nutrition, chewiness, and nutty taste.
First of all, brown rice is a lot healthier for you than white rice, which has had all the bran and its important B vitamins stripped away. At first it was really nice to take off the high-fiber bran, so that people could enjoy the soft fluffiness of the white rice. But, then people in the Orient were getting a disease called beri-beri, (as shown on this link) which caused muscle wasting and nervous problems.
It was found through experimentation that since the bran, husk and germ were removed, people were experiencing a thiamine or B1 deficiency. This dilemma was solved by adding a little bit of B-1 to the white rice and people stopped getting beriberi. Brown rice has a lot more B-1 for even greater health benefits than just the bare minimum.
Another study on this link has shown recently that consuming brown rice instead of white rice will cut your risk of diabetes. And, consuming white rice increases your risk. Many people who are gluten sensitive or have allergies can handle rice better than the other types of grains. Not only is brown rice much healthier for you, it has a nutty, hearty taste and can really fill you up and help you to lose weight.
The only problem is in storage. If you are planning on using your brown rice within six months, it will store quite nicely however you choose. But, if it was already kind of old before you bought it, it may start to turn rancid before you get around to using it. Brown rice has a natural oil in it that can become rancid and will then smell and taste bad. It is best to store your brown rice in the freezer to keep it the freshest.
You can usually buy or special order a 25-pound bag of brown rice and save a lot more money in the long run than if you just bought a little one pound bag at the grocery store. The best place to buy or order it would be through Natural Grocer or Alison’s Pantry. They seem to have the best prices for a large amount.
So, as far as making brown rice goes, you will need different amounts of rice and water as well as a longer cooking time.
How to Make Brown Rice
- 1 cup brown rice (short, medium, long, basmati, or jasmine)
- 2 1/2 cups water
- Add all of these ingredients to a small quart-sized pan and bring to a boil on high. As soon as the water boils, turn the heat down to a low simmer and put the lid on. Turn on a timer to 30 minutes. Check to see if the rice is done. If there are dry pieces of cooked rice with some steam holes at the top, then it is done. If it looks watery, put the lid back on for another 10 minutes, then check again. You may need to put the lid on for another 10 minutes if you don’t see the dry cooked rice on top. This post originated at nutribuff.com.
- Alternately, if you would like to have brown rice that can actually become fluffy without stripping the precious nutrients, try using a slow cooker. By cooking the rice longer at a lower temperature, it will soften up.
- Variation: Try 2 cups brown rice to 5 cups water for a family-sized portion. If you would like to increase the nutrition of your brown rice try soaking it first for 12 hours and then cooking it. Or, if you would like to increase the nutrition even more, try sprouting it. This will work for short, medium, and long grain rice, but it will take a few days.
Sprouting Brown Rice - Soak 1 cup brown rice with 1 1/2 cups water for 12 hours. Drain all of the water out. Then, cover with a lid. Every 12 hours, add some water to rinse it again and thoroughly drain the water out and wait another 12 hours. Repeat this process until you see some little sprouts starting to come out. Then, add enough water to the drained rice to cover one inch above. Follow same procedure for cooking brown rice as seen above.
For some awesome brown rice recipes, try this link. For simplicity, just try stir-frying the cooked rice from this post with 1 tbsp coconut or olive oil and 1 lb. pkg frozen vegetables. When it is lightly browned or crisped, then add 1 tbsp homemade chicken seasoning from the recipe at this link and mix well. I hope you enjoy this how to make brown rice post here at nutribuff.com. Please comment and let me know if it was helpful to you.