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Old 09-29-2008, 01:19 PM   #1  
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I had to share this with folks who have trouble with sticky brown rice. I never had the problem with white rice but I switched over to brown rice a few years ago. I've had sticky brown rice with every attempt until today. This morning I cooked it in my large cast iron pan and it turned out beautiful! No stickness, every kernel is separated and tender. I don't know what why cast iron made such a difference, I cooked it in a stainless steel/copper bottom pan before. I have actually impressed myself, ouch! I hurt my arm trying to pat myself on the back.
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:21 PM   #2  
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What kind of brown rice have you been using? I always use the Uncle Ben's and have never had a problem just following the package instructions.
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:27 PM   #3  
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I have had mixed results with brown rice but Uncle Ben's is very good. I also like the parboiled brown rice. You cook it like pasta and drain the water off. It cooks up in about 15-20 minutes and fluffs up nicely. I don't use white rice any more so I use the brown rice for every rice dish I make.
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me too, never use the white rice any more. I just like the brown rice better. Who knew? I never have any problems cooking it either, but I use uncel ben's too.
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Okay, I'm not 50+, but I had to comment.

I only eat brown rice and I was always under the impression that stickiness or dryness had to do with the kind of rice you are cooking (and I don't mean brown or white.) Long grain should be drier and short grain is sticky, medium grain would be somewhere in the middle. I believe it has to do with different starch to protein ratios that different rices have.

That being said, I think the best type of pan to cook brown rice on the stove is cast iron. It heats quickly and it holds the heat better. Plus, if you are making basmati, using cast iron is the only way to get the traditional crunchy bits on the bottom. I make my Japanese style short grain in a rice cooker, so it's very sticky and soft.
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I'll have to look again in the grocery store for "From scratch" Ben's rice. We have many types of Ben's rice but they are all preboiled and seasoned rice. I use Mahatma natural whole grain rice that has to cook for 45 minutes. (long grain, I doubled the recipe) We spoil our chickens every morning with cooked brown rice, green or black grapes and shredded cabbage all mixed together. I make up packettes of it to last a few days, the chicken love it and they reward us with very large brown eggs.
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Lucky chickens!!!
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Zenor, I've been known to cook any type of rice into oblivion.

Bobbi, can I be one of your chickens?
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OOohh

I learned how to bake brown rice in the oven on 3FC in the last month or so. If you're baking something else anyway, you really aren't using more energy. The rice comes out great!!!

Try this http://3fatchicks.com/forum/showthre...ked+Brown+Rice
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I misunderstood the thread, and was hoping for a recipe for sticky brown rice.

I love thai sticky rice, but I was told you can't make it with brown rice (because it still has the bran layer, which keeps the grains separated) and just never gets sticky enough to clump.

Any tips (the rice you used and how you made it) to make it sticky?

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I think the length of the grain makes the difference, but it also helps if you saute the rice in a little oil before you boil it, boil it without stirring it and then steam it for a period with the heat off. I saute the rice in oil or butter, depending upon the flavor I am going for, simmer it for 30 minutes without stirring it, make sure there is enough water in the rice before I turn it off, then put a lid on it, turn it off and let it steam for 30 minutes. It comes out tender and fluffy and you just fluff it with a fork before serving it. I think quick heat transfer of the cast iron skillet is a good trick, too.

I am wondering about those chickens, do you give them other grains? I love to have chickens and I have always been concerned about their diet...so corn based usually.
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Hi Everyone


I am passing this on to you because it definitely worked for me, and
we all could probably use more calm in our lives.


Some doctor on TV this morning said that the way to achieve inner
Peace is to finish all the things you have started. So I looked around
my house to see things I'd started and hadn't finished and, before
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No, I'm really not a drunk..........that was a joke!
About our chickens, we have 6 Orpington hens that are the sweetest things. They come running everytime we step out the back door to see what we have for them. During the summer we give them lots of lettuce, beet tops, grasses, etc. but they also have regular chicken feed. I give them kitchen scraps all year long, carrot or potato peelings, outer layers of cabbage, lettuce etc.
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I am wondering about those chickens, do you give them other grains? I love to have chickens and I have always been concerned about their diet...so corn based usually.
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WebRover...thanks for the recipe for oven rice, I'll try that next time since I make so much of it. Sounds like an easy recipe that doesn't have to be watched.
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I misunderstood the thread, and was hoping for a recipe for sticky brown rice.

I love thai sticky rice, but I was told you can't make it with brown rice (because it still has the bran layer, which keeps the grains separated) and just never gets sticky enough to clump.

Any tips (the rice you used and how you made it) to make it sticky?
I have a recipe book that calls for sweet brown rice, and says it's a sticky rice that you can use for sushi. I found some at Whole Foods, haven't tried it yet. I don't have much desire for white rice anymore.
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While in Asheville, I had something called "forbidden rice". Black (no, not wild rice, this is really a rice). It was delicious and quite high in fibre too.

Couldn't find it in my stores but I did pick up a small package of something called Lundberg Black Japonica Rice (from California according to the package) which says it is a 'grourmet blend of black and mahogany rice'.

Haven't cooked it yet because I didn't want to waste it on my cold-jaded taste buds, but maybe today will be the day. I'll let you know how it is when I do try it.

Anybody else already familiar with it?
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