Rescuing Rice

Rescuing Rice

Here are three solutions to fix watery, underdone or gummy rice:

1. If your rice is cooked through but watery: drain in a colander, spread on a sheet pan and put in a 350 degree F oven for 5 minutes to dry.

2. If your rice is underdone and dry: add 1/2 cup hot water to the pan, replace the lid and wait five minutes. If the pan is still hot, the steam produced should finish the rice.

3. If your rice is gooey or gummy: consider turning it into rice pudding or horchata. You can always feed it to your dog; they love the stuff.


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  1. 5

    i have the opposite, i used leftover cooked rice and made rice pudding, i followed the directions ,the pudding came out tasty but the rice was really hard…what can i do next time>>

  2. 7

    Hubby is from Hawaii and they use a double boiler method in a rice cooker–just get a smaller metal bowl that fits in a basic rice cooker, toss in the measured out rice and proper amount of water for the type of rice you’re cooking, then turn on the machine, leave the lid on it, for at least 30-40 minutes to ensure it’s done. You can add butter right after adding the rice and water to help flavor it it and eliminate the need to butter it after it’s cooked, or also add herbs or orange/lemon peels at the start as well for added flavor.

  3. 8

    Avoid rice failures entirely. Rice the rice and soak overnight. Cook rice like pasta (but turn down the heat since goes from hard to busted fast). Then drain the al denote rice and place in a covered, buttered pan in the oven. 350 degrees for an hour or 400-450 for thirty minutes.

    Never sticky, almost no busted grains. Perfectly cooked every time. Favors can be added to the water or during the oven time.

  4. 14

    Alton, You are a lifesaver! I’ve just started to move on to a higher level of cooking and I owe every accomplishment to you sir! Thank you for everything you do in the Culinary World.

  5. 15

    Okay have to say I’ve cheated…family from Hawaii and rice was a staple…never made rice on a stove, in a microwave…upside down on my head…no, no, no, it all about the rice pot…but thanks for the tips!! My dog LOVES rice.

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