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Calling all rice guru's

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Nov 22, 2014
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I really enjoy the taste of Royal brand white basmati rice. In fact, just bought a 10 pound bag today at Walmart for $11.97 (other brands are a few dollars cheaper, but this one tastes much better. It takes my family 6 months to go through it, so really, why not live a little)! Another rice to try is Lundberg wild rice blend. I buy it at Costco. It's a blend of several types of brown and wild rices. It takes a lot longer to cook, but it's a nice change. Healthy too. Why don't you go to Bulk Barn or your local health food store and buy an assortment of rices that attract you the most. Bulk Barn usually has little pads of printed instructions which you can rip a sheet off and take home with you.
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I mix in a little black rice with my white rice, but just a little bit of black rice. Enough to make the rice purple (typical Korean thing). You can eat just black rice, but be warned is can stain, so avoid plastic containers, mixing it with other foods (it can make you dinner look unappealing), or wearing white (if you're a sloppy eater), etc.

I want to mix in some brown rice, but the texture is off. I hear you need to let brown rice soak for a long time and I never do this.
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Go to the Korean grocery store and buy some mix grain rices. If you have an instant pot, you can cook these mixed grain rice without pre-soaking using the MANUAL pressure cooker mode.

I mix my own (no recipe)...brown rice, white rice, glutinous rice, pearl barley, black rice, red rice, millet etc. Whatever I have on hand in whatever ratio it works out to be.
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gr8dlr wrote:
Jan 14th, 2019 12:50 pm
Go to the Korean grocery store and buy some mix grain rices. If you have an instant pot, you can cook these mixed grain rice without pre-soaking using the MANUAL pressure cooker mode.

I mix my own (no recipe)...brown rice, white rice, glutinous rice, pearl barley, black rice, red rice, millet etc. Whatever I have on hand in whatever ratio it works out to be.
With a pressure cooker like Instapot, you don't have to add as much water as a regular rice cooker. The added water rice that takes longer to cook is only there for evaporation.

I mix whatever is available too, but always select the multi grain option and increase from 40 to 50 mins, no pre-soaking. C

Someone posted a video on RFD showing that all rice takes the same amount of water. I think this was it.
https://www.cooksillustrated.com/videos ... oking-rice
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Bobberts wrote:
Jan 14th, 2019 1:07 pm
With a pressure cooker like Instapot, you don't have to add as much water as a regular rice cooker. The added water rice that takes longer to cook is only there for evaporation.

I mix whatever is available too, but always select the multi grain option and increase from 40 to 50 mins, no pre-soaking. C

Someone posted a video on RFD showing that all rice takes the same amount of water. I think this was it.
https://www.cooksillustrated.com/videos ... oking-rice
Yes. I reduced the amount of water as well.

I don't use the presets. I think I only go 24 min manual high pressure, natural release.
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Oct 4, 2018
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Lundberg Wild Blend TPD/352554 $13.49
It is $3.50 off this week at Costco.
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insomnia77 wrote:
Jan 13th, 2019 1:53 pm
So I went all out and got one of those fancy Zojirushi

This one
https://www.amazon.ca/Zojirushi-NS-YAC1 ... s=NS-YAC10

rice cookers and now I'm broke lol
Mainly because it says it can cook gaba rice, and its supposed to be healthy. But now I read that's a lie.
What is a lie? That it can cook GABA rice or that GABA is "healthy"?

As for best quality usually price and quality go hand in hand. Try every type available and post your findings here. Health wise any type of unprocessed rice is going to be more healthy than white due to fibre content, vitamins and trace minerals in the husks. White rice is pretty much devoid of nutritional content. https://www.healthline.com/health/food- ... ifferences I'm surprised, ( well maybe I'm not really) that someone would go out and spend big money on a rice cooker without having even a basic understanding of the stuff. Always best to soak your rice (and other whole grains) before cooking to reduce phytic acid levels.

And BTW real ballers opt for this model. https://www.amazon.ca/ZOJI-Zojirushi-NP ... i+NP-NVC18 Whoa!! Maybe not maybe they go for THIS one instead!!!! https://www.amazon.ca/Zojirushi-Pressur ... 000-120000
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6060842 wrote:
Jan 14th, 2019 3:18 pm
What is a lie? That it can cook GABA rice or that GABA is "healthy"?

As for best quality usually price and quality go hand in hand. Try every type available and post your findings here. Health wise any type of unprocessed rice is going to be more healthy than white due to fibre content, vitamins and trace minerals in the husks. White rice is pretty much devoid of nutritional content. https://www.healthline.com/health/food- ... ifferences I'm surprised, ( well maybe I'm not really) that someone would go out and spend big money on a rice cooker without having even a basic understanding of the stuff. Always best to soak your rice (and other whole grains) before cooking to reduce phytic acid levels.

And BTW real ballers opt for this model. https://www.amazon.ca/ZOJI-Zojirushi-NP ... i+NP-NVC18 Whoa!! Maybe not maybe they go for THIS one instead!!!! https://www.amazon.ca/Zojirushi-Pressur ... 000-120000
Sorry I should have been more clear. Some people say that brown rice is not healthier then white rice and that it can actually be bad for you if you eat too much of it. I personally think anything in moderation is ok.
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Not an expert by any means, but wife swears by Japanese rice and I think it makes sense, seems cleaner, we like the texture. Good as rice and congee so that's the only rice we eat.
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Just to bring attention to the matter, be aware that rice plants take up naturally-occuring arsenic and levels depend on where the rice is grown (some regions have more arsenic in the soil than others). There are two forms: organic and inorganic. Inorganic is the form of concern as it is carcinogenic. Arsenic also tends to accumulate in the outer part of the rice granule so all things being equal (i.e., same rice grown in the same region or even field), brown rice will contain more arsenic than white rice.

Rinsing rice helps remove inorganic arsenic so the practice of washing rice in Asia is sound.

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/mag ... /index.htm
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thriftshopper wrote:
Jan 14th, 2019 8:30 pm
Just to bring attention to the matter, be aware that rice plants take up naturally-occuring arsenic and levels depend on where the rice is grown (some regions have more arsenic in the soil than others). There are two forms: organic and inorganic. Inorganic is the form of concern as it is carcinogenic. Arsenic also tends to accumulate in the outer part of the rice granule so all things being equal (i.e., same rice grown in the same region or even field), brown rice will contain more arsenic than white rice.

Rinsing rice helps remove inorganic arsenic so the practice of washing rice in Asia is sound.

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/mag ... /index.htm
That's why I ordered this. Not sure if it makes a difference and it's pricey but with ebates 8% it's now or never lol

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07JK8 ... UTF8&psc=1
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Not sure how much arsenic the soils in the prairie provinces have. Organic cultivation doesn't make a difference: Rice plants just absorb it from the soil so where rice is grown makes more of a difference. It's not as if fertilizers or farming chemicals add arsenic.
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