Are You Cooking Rice the Wrong Way?
Alison Cayne, author of The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School
, explains the little things that can make a big difference when preparing this essential ingredient.
Winging the measurements.
Some packages of rice have reliable rice-to-liquid ratios on the back of the bag or box, but not all. To eliminate the guesswork, Cayne goes with this formula: 1 1/2 to 2 cups of liquid for every cup of raw rice. The liquid can be water, stock, a coconut milk-water mixture, even tea. If you're using brown rice, go with closer to 2 cups of liquid; for white rice, around 1 1/2 cups should suffice (brown rice needs more liquid because it still has a bran, or outer covering, that needs to be softened).