Cooking 101: Brown Rice

Brown rice is my favorite kind of rice! When it is cooked properly, it is nutty, slightly chewy and fills you up in the most delightful way. As a chef, I get asked lots of  how to questions, but the most frequent question I get asked is how to cook brown rice. The good news is that it is sooo easy! It takes a little longer to prepare than white rice, but it is worth it! 

So what’s the difference between brown rice and white rice? Brown rice is whole grain rice, with the outer hull removed. White rice is the same grain after further milling and polishing to remove the bran layer and germ. It’s also good to note that red rice and black rice, are essentially the same with a differently-pigmented outer layer.

Nutritionally, brown rice is a great source of manganese as well as selenium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium and niacin. In addition, brown rice is high in fiber so it will provide you with long lasting energy! 

Are you ready to learn how to cook the most perfect and fluffy brown rice?? Let's go!

First you will need to start with 1 cup of brown rice and a 3 quart saucepan with a lid.

Rinse the rice under cold water so that you can remove any debris and rinse off any bran dust. You can do this in a fine mesh strainer or you can rinse the rice right in the pot you will cook it in. Please note the hubby hand model appearance, thanks honey you da best! :) 

Place your rinsed rice in a 3 quart saucepan with 2 cups of cold water, a pinch of salt and one tablespoon of olive oil. Bring your rice to a boil, then cover with a lid and simmer on LOW for 45 minutes. I can't stress enough the importance of the low and slow simmer with brown rice. If you cook it at a high heat for the whole cook time, it will be dry and crunchy. This is why I love to make a big pot of brown rice during meal prep because it can simmer away while I make other things!

Once the water has evaporated, turn off the heat but let the rice sit for 10-15 minutes covered. Then fluff with a fork and enjoy!!!

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