Thursday, February 12, 2009

Plain White Rice...It's Not as Hard as You Think

Alright Ladies! As I’ve mentioned before, this site is all about the easy, the quick and the delicious. One of the best recipes you could learn to have in your box is – believe it or not – plain white rice. As a Latina, I can’t tell you how many times in my life my mom has created the most creative and delicious recipes by starting with plain white rice. And when you’re in a rush to feed a big family and you have the pickiest of kids, white rice can be your lifesaver! So here’s the recipe, and please feel free to let me know what you think!

This recipe is for a family of 4:

You Will Need:

- 3 cups of Goya’s Canilla extra long grain white rice. (Note: the extra long grain is important, because medium or short grain tend to get too mushy when cooking. Great for Chinese sticky rice – not for Latin cooking).
- 2 tablespoons of salt. (You can take this out if you’d like)
- 2 tablespoons of Goya Corn Oil (You can also use Goya Olive Oil)
- 5 ¼ cups of water. (Basically, its about 1 ¾ cup of water for every cup of rice)


- Get out your rice pot (if you’re unsure what this is, just grab a wide 6-8 quart pot) and place it on medium heat.
- Rinse your white rice with regular tap water until the water comes out clear. (Note: rinsing the rice is important since it gets rid of the starch around the rice – which only makes your rice stickier).
- Place the olive oil into the pot, making sure to coat the bottom of the pot evenly.
- Place the rice into the pot and stir. Make sure to coat all of the rice in the oil. Turn the heat up as high as it can go.
- Add the water into the pot, and stir.
- As soon as the water comes to a boil, add the salt.
- Wait for nearly all of the water to evaporate. (Usually takes about 10 minutes). When this happens, stir the rice one more time.
- Cover the rice and turn the heat to as low as it can go.
- After 15 minutes, stir the rice – be very careful not to grab all the way from the bottom of the pot. Cover.
- After another 15 minutes, your rice will be fluffy and ready to serve.


Total Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Cooking Time: 40-45 minutes

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