Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - Rice, Rice, RICE!




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Trefle
09-04-2009, 11:48 AM
Need help on choosing which~

I was planning on buying brown rice when I arrived on the aisle..and I was confused, to say the very least. There's white rice (obviously avoided), brown rice, red rice, black rice, even mixed rice.

Were there any difference, in nutrition (and maybe taste) between those kind of rice? Does one beat the other? And overall, which one should I pick?

thanks for the help :D


walking2lose
09-04-2009, 11:51 AM
I eat brown rice most of the time.

blondeblueeyedbeauty
09-04-2009, 12:11 PM
I have been told that brown rice is the healthiest for you, so that's what I buy. It definately isn't the best tasting of all rices but it's okay, I usually put lemon or some other flavoring into it. I love rice and chicken/wild rice is my favorite but thats not the healthiest of choices.


Shannon in ATL
09-04-2009, 12:38 PM
I actually eat jasmine rice most of the time, which is basically white. I just cut the quantity down. I also eat a lot of Vigo White & Wild Rice. I've experimented with brown rice, but haven't had a lot of luck with preparing my own. Most recently I tried the Success Boil in Bag brown rice and it did better than the others I've tried.

jefferzzzz
09-04-2009, 12:54 PM
I too use Success Boil-in-Bag brown rice... Good stuff and takes like ten minutes!

mamaspank
09-04-2009, 01:00 PM
I say arborio rice and make a light rice pudding. Hmmmm. Or some wild rice would be good.

Lizzyg
09-04-2009, 01:20 PM
I too use Success Boil-in-Bag brown rice... Good stuff and takes like ten minutes!

Thats what I get too.

DogMomNP
09-04-2009, 01:28 PM
Trader Joe's precooked brown is great, but I can't always find it.
Just zap in microwave for 1 minute and the texture is good.

Shannon in ATL
09-04-2009, 02:18 PM
I've had the precooked Trader Joe's brown rice, it was pretty good. They are sometimes out of it when I'm there, though... :(

kaplods
09-04-2009, 05:28 PM
White rice or "polished" rice is rice with the outer bran removed. "Brown rice" refers to rice that has not had the outer bran removed. By this definition, not all brown rices are brown. Red, purple, and black rices are usually brown rices (that is the rice bran is intact).

When in doubt, read the fiber content on the nutritional label. Because the
bran layer contains most of the fiber, you can compare the fiber contents of the different varieties. The more fiber, the more likelihood that the bran layer is intact. Or read the label for indications that it's a whole grain or unpolished rice.

As with fruits and vegetables, different colored varieties of rice contain different micronutrients, so there are advantages to eating a variety, but weigh that against the cost and the type of processing.

LiL PiXiE
09-04-2009, 07:14 PM
I buy Carolina brown rice and make it in the rice cooker..it does take it long, but I like it. I actually had some today...brown rice with Salmon. Yummy!

HotWings
09-04-2009, 07:44 PM
Uncle Ben's long grain brown rice is the easiest (other than boil bags & already prepared microwave pouches) to prepare that I have found. I cook mine in chicken or beef broth instead of water and it tastes yummy! Takes 25 minutes on the stove.

HotWings
09-04-2009, 07:46 PM
I actually eat jasmine rice most of the time, which is basically white. I just cut the quantity down. I also eat a lot of Vigo White & Wild Rice. I've experimented with brown rice, but haven't had a lot of luck with preparing my own. Most recently I tried the Success Boil in Bag brown rice and it did better than the others I've tried.

Shannon - I saw jasmine rice at Whole Foods this last weekend and got a little bit. It just looked interesting. How is the flavor different from white or brown?

jefferzzzz
09-04-2009, 09:13 PM
Shannon - I saw jasmine rice at Whole Foods this last weekend and got a little bit. It just looked interesting. How is the flavor different from white or brown?

I LOOOOOVE Jasmine rice... Smells and tastes awesome!

kaplods
09-04-2009, 10:02 PM
Shannon - I saw jasmine rice at Whole Foods this last weekend and got a little bit. It just looked interesting. How is the flavor different from white or brown?

Brown rices have a nuttier than white rices. Technically every variety of rice could be sold in polished (white) or whole (brown). Each variety has it's own flavor, though some stand out more than others. I have never had unpolished jasmine rice (though I would bet you could get it). It's hard to describe jasmine, it has more of a floral scent, which I think makes it seem like the rice is sweeter.

My favorite variety is jasmati, a cross between jasmine rice and basmati rice.

Here's a neat website that talks about the different kinds of rice
http://www.foodsubs.com/Rice.html

Shannon in ATL
09-04-2009, 10:36 PM
Shannon - I saw jasmine rice at Whole Foods this last weekend and got a little bit. It just looked interesting. How is the flavor different from white or brown?

The jasmine rice is a little sweeter than white rice to me, and like HotWings said, it smells great when cooking. It is the type of rice used in a lot of Thai dishes.

Trefle
09-06-2009, 03:26 AM
thanks for the tips :) and the suggestion too! Surprisingly I don't find brown rice as hard or less delicious as white rice, which is why I am SO excited to cook it. Will probably buy it the next time I went shopping :D

Hmm, here we did have black rice as some dessert, and jasmine rice was quite popular here (never tried, tho), we also have Hainan rice (white rice, cooked with ginger, garlic, pepper and some Chinese spices) so there really are lots of variation of eating rice :D

I'm happy XD

Wolf Goddess
09-06-2009, 05:42 PM
You can also try millet or quinoa in a pilaf for a change of pace - they take far less time to cook than regular brown rice.

Jennifer 3FC
09-07-2009, 10:57 AM
White rice is my favorite! But it's also the unhealthiest of rices, so it's on my avoid list. You'll get a lower glycemic impact and more fiber from brown, black, red or jade rice.

Jade (bamboo) by Lotus Foods is my second favorite. It has 10g of fiber per serving.

Behind that is a toss up between Lundberg Wehani (red rice, very aromatic and nutty flavored) and Forbidden Rice (black).

Last in line for my taste buds is brown rice. But it's still good covered in veggies and aged sherry vinegar!

Trefle
09-10-2009, 12:02 PM
mm, all these ideas sounds very interesting. I will buy that brown rice sooner or later!

That bamboo / Jade rice sounds really good --and look how much fiber it has! I do wonder if it's sold here :\

JulieJ08
09-10-2009, 12:28 PM
I think you have to consider undifferentiated brown rice (especially Uncle Ben's / quick versions) as different from, say, brown basmati rice. That's what I get, and it's not at all like "quick" brown rice from the box. Tastier and fluffier.

sotypical
09-10-2009, 12:29 PM
A recent fav for me is basmati rice - it is supposed to be lower in GI - and it tastes good. Honestly, sometimes it is just about the taste - lol.

HotWings
09-10-2009, 03:07 PM
You can also try millet or quinoa in a pilaf for a change of pace - they take far less time to cook than regular brown rice.

I am curious about quinoa - I have seen it and thought it looked like it might taste pretty good. What is the taste comparison to something like brown rice? I'm all for some variety!

kaplods
09-10-2009, 03:39 PM
I am curious about quinoa - I have seen it and thought it looked like it might taste pretty good. What is the taste comparison to something like brown rice? I'm all for some variety!

Brown rice tastes "nutty." Quinoa also tastes "nutty," but in a slightly different way. If you don't rinse quinoa well, it can taste a bit soapy, so I always rinse it in a couple changes of water (often this is already done for you, especially if you're buying pre-boxed packages - but when in doubt always rinse).

There is a flavor difference between brown rice and quinoa, but it's hard to explain. I want to say brown rice tastes like brown rice and quinoa tastes like quinoa. I think it's a bit like trying to describe the difference between a blackberry and a raspberry. There are enough similarities that a person who likes one, very likely will like the other, but yet they each taste like themselves.

I think the biggest difference is in texture, though that's subtle too. The grains are tinier, and the texture is like a cross between rice and couscous.

My very picky husband (who doesn't like brown rice very much), likes quinoa, especially when I use it to replace the rice in "fried rice."

Wolf Goddess
09-12-2009, 11:08 PM
I think the biggest difference is in texture, though that's subtle too. The grains are tinier, and the texture is like a cross between rice and couscous.


This is how I'd describe it too - it makes me think of a rice-y version of whole-grain couscous.

Thighs Be Gone
09-12-2009, 11:31 PM
MMMMMmmmmm..quinoa...fantastic for you and oh so delicious..the sky is the limit with the stuff and the price is right too..

well, HEY THERE KAPLODS--you are so precious! Yay for your new avatar!