Cooking White Rice

Everyone should be able to cook simple white rice on a stove top. There are many methods of cooking rice. I am not saying this is the absolute best method, but it is a simple and easy way of cooking great rice with whatever heat source you may have.

The recipe is simple: 1 cup of long grain white rice, two cups of water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon of butter or oil. The salt and butter/oil are optional but if you have it, use it. This makes about 4 servings.

Use a 2 or 3-quart pot or saucepan with lid.

Rinse rice to reduce the starch. Swish the rice with your fingers and pour off the starchy water about 4 times. Learn to do it without a strainer—keep it simple.

Add rice, water, salt, and butter/oil to pot.

Bring to a boil. One quick stir only.

Once water is boiling, put on lid. Reduce heat to low simmer (usually the lowest setting on your stove). Do not stir or remove lid. Simmer for 15-18 minutes until water is absorbed.

When time is up, REMOVE from heat. Give the rice a quick fluff with a fork and put the lid back on the pot, allow to steam for another 10 minutes with no added heat.

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