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Ok. This information changed my life.
I am not being dramatic. That is only slightly dramatic.
I have NEVER been able to cook brown rice well. Even when we had a rice maker, I always ruined it. In a fit of rage, I threw out that pointless appliance (that I’ve since learned is actually very useful… woops.) We eat a moderate amount of rice and I always wish I could cook brown rice since it’s healthier than white rice. Not to mention, when we joined Costco, I bought a 20 pound bag of brown rice that has 19.999 pounds left. So…. yeah.
The other day, I googled ‘how to cook brown rice without ruining it,” and I stumbled on this article, which gave instructions to cook brown rice like pasta. No way, I thought. You don’t cook rice like pasta!!!! Every piece of conventional cooking wisdom in me rebelled, but I figured I had nothing to lose, since I usually ruin the batch anyway.
People, it worked.
And it’s so easy.
The queen of ruining rice (ahem, me) was able to cook brown rice this way.
You have to switch to this method. The rice cooks perfectly. I’ve done it 7 times since I found this out a couple weeks ago, and not had one bad batch. (Now we’re down to 18 pounds of brown rice left…)
The directions on that website are a little fluffy (like your amazing brown rice will be once you do this), so here’s the gist of how to cook brown rice
like pasta like a boss.
Cook the rice like pasta.
That’s it. Boil water, boil it for a while, strain it. Put it back in the pot.
To be fair, there are a few slight differences between cooking brown rice and pasta.
So, here are the more detailed steps for how to cook brown rice:
- Boil a pot of water (like you would for pasta).
- Once it’s boiling, add as much rice as you want (like pasta).
- Stir it once, boil uncovered for 30 minutes (longer than pasta).
- Drain the rice in a strainer (like pasta).
- Put it back in the pan, with a lid covering it, OFF the heat.
- Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. (Not like pasta.)
- Be AMAZED AT THE RICE-GOODNESS YOU HAVE CREATED.
- Pin this so all your friends will know how to cook brown rice like a boss too.
p.s. Many years later, I ended up with this instapot. And it cooks brown rice like a boss too! So you can always just do that!