Messy brown rice!


#1

Ok, I’ve decided to switch to brown rice ds loves it and I thought it was pretty good too. Anyway, I cook all my rice in a rice cooker it’s absolutely fantastic and the rice is always perfect:thumbsup:.

Unfortunately, cooking the brown rice in there hasn’t been as much fun:mad:. The two times I’ve used the brown rice it has been a mess:eek: and I’m not sure why. The usage directions for the rice cooker says to use more water when using brown rice and that’s what I’ve done. Well while it’s cooking a bunch of liquid comes up and out of the little whole where the steam is supposed to come out of. Then when I open the rice cooker it looks like a bomb went off in there:eek:, rice all over the place.

Is there an easier and cleaner way to make brown rice? Or am I doing something wrong when using the rice cooker?


#2

Hi Lexee,
I use brown rice exclusively. However, I don’t use a rice cooker…just an ordinary pot with a tight lid.
It’s a bit more expensive, but have you ever seen Success rice boil in bags?? They have those in brown rice and they are a piece of cake to make.

Kathy


#3

I’d like to hear advice on this too! I made my brown rice once or twice in the rice cooker and it was a disaster…
Just today I was thinking that I want to learn to make it in the rice cooker. I am using instant brown rice (I use Great Value brand right now), and it works out great, but I go thru a box so fast that I would rather buy big bags of brown rice and make them in the cooker.


#4

I don’t make brown rice often, but try jasmine or basmati rice…yum. I think if your son likes brown, he will like jasmine for sure–my kids ask for it, now, it’s that good. :slight_smile:


#5

I don’t use a rice cooker, I also just use a pot with good snug lid. I’ve had my share of rice messes though, and occasionally they still happen. Keep the heat low, and you should avoid the mess. I only really make a mess with it if I’ve not turned the heat down low enough. Brown rice needs to cook ~ 45 minutes (I cook it for 40 minutes and then let it steam for another 10). I can’t give you any advice on the rice cooker. I’m so old fashioned, I don’t even use microwave popcorn, that gets cooked in the same pot I cook my rice!!:eek:

Also, I heard Martha Stewart advice to use a little less than twice the amount of water to rice. That tip helped me a bit too.


#6

For rice, I always rinse the rice and soak it for a bit before cooking.

This link has the Cooks Illustrated way to bake brown rice

kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/2006/03/by-request-cooks-illustrateds.html

This guy has good instructions.

stevepavlina.com/blog/2007/03/how-to-cook-brown-rice/


#7

I will second trying brown jasmine rice. I buy mine from Trader Joe’s and cook it in my rice steamer. It always turns out great!!


#8

What kind of rice cooker do you have? And what kind of brown rice are you using (long grain, short grain, etc.)?


#9

Hi dulcissima, I do have the jasmine brown rice, that’s what I’ve been using. So I must be doing something wrong when I’m cooking it.

What exactly do you do to get it perfect and not explode in the rice cooker?


#10

I have a Zojirushi rice cooker. I put in 1 1/2 cups of brown jasmine rice (I don’t rinse it) and I put in water right between line 3 & 4 on the rice cooker.

I lost the cup to measure the rice which came with my rice cooker, but had guesstimated it was about 1/2 cup. Usually you match the number of these cups with the number on the side of the rice cooker. I use just a tiny bit more water with the brown rice than white. I don’t like mushy rice.


#11

I’m so old fashioned, I don’t even use microwave popcorn, that gets cooked in the same pot I cook my rice!!

me too. In a big heavy pot, I cook brown rice about three times a month and store it for dinners.
the long grain is good for dinners, it stays fluffed. the short grain I only use for rice pudding (I make about once monthly.) because tha’t cooked with milk, it goes extra slow, but it’s delicious.


#12

Maybe I’m using too much water:hmmm:, next time I make some I’m going to add just a tiny bit more water. We’ll see if this works better, I was following the directions on the cooker, but maybe I need to adjust it some.


#13

I make brown rice and use a slow cooker, but have never had this problem. Are you filling up the rice cooker close to where the “fill line” level is? I’ve noticed when I use pots with a tight lid that if I fill it up too high I’ve had issues with a mess.

On this website: sallyskitchen.com/html/cook_rice.html it says that sometimes you have to not add all the water at once. :shrug: I dunno, worth a shot.


#14

Try the microwave directions on the box. We cook rice this way, and it turns out good.


#15

the cup for our rice cooker is closer to 3/4 of a cup maybe a bit more–so either less water or more rice :slight_smile:

Hopefully you’ve found the right ratio already–don’t forget to right it down or you’ll forget (or at least I would, lol)


#16

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