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  • Maria Rost Rublee
    ... I don t want this to go too far off topic, but another reason to avoid Minute Rice and actually use a steamer is the difference in taste. I have several
    Message 1 of 19 , Aug 2, 2000
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      On Wed, 2 Aug 2000, momtocullen wrote:

      > You ask why all the fuss with rice, brown, converted
      > etc. I prefer brown because of the nutritional value.
      > Which minute rice has almost none! Our culture has
      > become to "fast" and we compromise our health with all
      > the "convenence foods" The crockpot makes even brown
      > rice easier.

      I don't want this to go too far off topic, but another reason to avoid
      Minute Rice and actually use a steamer is the difference in taste. I have
      several Asian friends, and they have shown me the difference between
      different types of rice and the marvelous flavors in them. I can eat
      Minute Rice but I'd rather not when I can eat jasmine rice -- incredible!

      Maria
    • Christina Ashley Di Gangi
      ... You can do instant rice or rice that has been cooked by conventional methods; I think that uncooked rice turns out a little hard and you might do better
      Message 2 of 19 , Jun 26, 2002
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        slowcooker@yahoogroups.com wrote (snip):

        > ________________________________________________________________________
        >
        > Message: 1
        > Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 00:46:00 -0000
        > From: "terriefy" <terrie1@...>
        > Subject: Rice ???
        >
        > Is it possible to cook rice in a crockpot ?
        > I just noticed all my meals that call for
        > rice all call for precooked rice. What if
        > I just want to cook the rice by itself ??
        >
        You can do instant rice or rice that has been cooked by conventional
        methods; I think that uncooked rice turns out a little hard and you
        might do better with an electric rice cooker.

        The good news is that precooked rice that has been re-cooked in a
        slowcooker turns out deliciously fluffy :-)

        Best wishes,

        Christina
      • Elva
        We dont eat white rice but I can tell you brown rice works fine in a crockpot! Elva
        Message 3 of 19 , Feb 6, 2003
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          We dont eat white rice but I can tell you brown rice works fine in a crockpot!
          Elva



          >Michelle, one of my gurus says use only "converted rice" in the
          >crockpot!
          >
          >And, people don't talk about it very much, but you can make baked
          >potatoes in the crockpot! You betcha, Miz Honey!
          >
          >Poke a few fork holes in your potatoes, wrap in foil and crock all day
          >on low! When you get home from work you'll have nice, soft baked
          >potatoes, ready for stuffing or whatever!
          >
          >You can fill your pot...I've crocked 8 or 10 potatoes at once!
          >Remember...no liquid! Just the foil-wrapped potatoes!
          >
          > Enjoy!
        • knitcroweave10
          Is it possible to make plain rice in a slowcooker? Inquiring minds or mind wants to know. Thank you Phyllis
          Message 4 of 19 , Apr 19 9:02 AM
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            Is it possible to make plain rice in a slowcooker? Inquiring minds or mind wants to know.
            Thank you
            Phyllis<><
          • Kim Malo
            ... Possible, yes. But not something I d advise unless you re in the mood for a bunch of experimenting (including probable failures). The problem is that rice
            Message 5 of 19 , Apr 20 6:25 AM
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              At 12:02 PM 4/19/2010, knitcroweave10 wrote:
              >Is it possible to make plain rice in a slowcooker? Inquiring minds
              >or mind wants to know.
              >Thank you

              Possible, yes. But not something I'd advise unless you're in the mood
              for a bunch of experimenting (including probable failures). The
              problem is that rice cooks best by coming to a quick, short boil,
              then (gentle steaming while with the crockpot it spends most of the
              time soaking in a hot bath, neither boiling nor steaming. So it all
              too easily turns into a mushy, pasty mess with long cooking in the
              slowcooker (much as pasta does for similar reasons of needing that
              boil and suffering from the batch). I think it's just gross and the
              only time I'll do rice in the slowcooker is adding it toward the end
              and even then I'd rather just cook it separately for better results.
              I've heard people say risotto works well in a slowcooker and I can
              see that more than regular plain rice. Also seen them say brown rice
              works better, which again makes sense because it takes longer cooking
              and more liquid.

              To get it to work you're going to have to experiment to find out
              which combination of shortish cooking time / reduced liquid works in
              your slowcooker (they do vary). You can get it to work by playing
              with those but IMO more fuss than it's work. I'd rather just do it
              stovetop or microwave, which works quite well if you have problems
              with things like burning stove top. Doesn't save you any time, but
              gives good results (steaming is something the microwave is good at)
              with minimal fussing. I've seen recipes with the usual proportions
              that say to only cook 1 1/2-2 hours on high, which would probably
              keep it from becoming mush, but IMO is too short a time to make it
              worth using the slowcooker. Less liquid with a longer cooking time
              will help reduce the soaking in a hot bath time that creates the mush
              in favor of more of an extended steaming, but you have to play with
              how much less you can get away with and still cook the rice and also
              how long you can let it go before you start to get mush anyway.

              We have had people who have reported good luck with it in the past
              though. Maybe one of them will see this and speak up.
            • Richard Lee Holbert
              I have several crockpot recipe that use Rice if anyone is interested.
              Message 6 of 19 , Apr 20 6:31 AM
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                I have several crockpot recipe that use Rice if anyone is interested.

                Kim Malo wrote:
                > At 12:02 PM 4/19/2010, knitcroweave10 wrote:
                >
                >> Is it possible to make plain rice in a slowcooker? Inquiring minds
                >> or mind wants to know.
                >> Thank you
              • justcooking
                I often use a small (2-quart) crock to prepare rice for my family. Preheat it, add rice, oil or butter, and seasonings, then pour the appropriate amount of
                Message 7 of 19 , Apr 20 7:12 AM
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                  I often use a small (2-quart) crock to prepare rice for my family. Preheat
                  it, add rice, oil or butter, and seasonings, then pour the appropriate
                  amount of boiling water over. Cover and cook on low until done...will work
                  in about the same amount of time as the stove top and frees a burner. If you
                  wanted, I suppose you could measure everything except the rice into the
                  crock in the morning and set it on low. Then when you get home, stir in the
                  rice.

                  There is a whole other concept that uses residual heat to cook. This has
                  been practiced here in the US in the past, and is commonplace in third world
                  countries. It actually makes a lot of sense. The contents of, say, a rice
                  pot is heated to boiling, then the entire pot is placed into an insulated
                  container that will hold the heat. By supper time it is still hot and the
                  food is done. One account I read, a lady said her grandmother would wrap the
                  soup pot in her heavy comforter. In third world countries, folks make boxes
                  lined with cushions stuffed with grain husks. The dinner pot goes into this
                  box to cook while the family is away working.

                  On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 8:25 AM, Kim Malo <kmalo17@...> wrote:

                  >
                  >
                  > At 12:02 PM 4/19/2010, knitcroweave10 wrote:
                  > >Is it possible to make plain rice in a slowcooker? Inquiring minds
                  > >or mind wants to know.
                  > >Thank you
                  >
                  > Possible, yes. But not something I'd advise unless you're in the mood
                  > for a bunch of experimenting (including probable failures). The
                  > problem is that rice cooks best by coming to a quick, short boil,
                  > then (gentle steaming while with the crockpot it spends most of the
                  > time soaking in a hot bath, neither boiling nor steaming. So it all
                  > too easily turns into a mushy, pasty mess with long cooking in the
                  > slowcooker (much as pasta does for similar reasons of needing that
                  > boil and suffering from the batch). I think it's just gross and the
                  > only time I'll do rice in the slowcooker is adding it toward the end
                  > and even then I'd rather just cook it separately for better results.
                  > I've heard people say risotto works well in a slowcooker and I can
                  > see that more than regular plain rice. Also seen them say brown rice
                  > works better, which again makes sense because it takes longer cooking
                  > and more liquid.
                  >
                  > To get it to work you're going to have to experiment to find out
                  > which combination of shortish cooking time / reduced liquid works in
                  > your slowcooker (they do vary). You can get it to work by playing
                  > with those but IMO more fuss than it's work. I'd rather just do it
                  > stovetop or microwave, which works quite well if you have problems
                  > with things like burning stove top. Doesn't save you any time, but
                  > gives good results (steaming is something the microwave is good at)
                  > with minimal fussing. I've seen recipes with the usual proportions
                  > that say to only cook 1 1/2-2 hours on high, which would probably
                  > keep it from becoming mush, but IMO is too short a time to make it
                  > worth using the slowcooker. Less liquid with a longer cooking time
                  > will help reduce the soaking in a hot bath time that creates the mush
                  > in favor of more of an extended steaming, but you have to play with
                  > how much less you can get away with and still cook the rice and also
                  > how long you can let it go before you start to get mush anyway.
                  >
                  > We have had people who have reported good luck with it in the past
                  > though. Maybe one of them will see this and speak up.
                  >
                  >
                  >


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                • Phyllis Pozdoll
                  Kim, Thank you for the info on the rice. I think I like your idea best and will stick with makeing the rice on the stove. Phyllis
                  Message 8 of 19 , Apr 20 11:28 AM
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                    Kim, Thank you for the info on the rice. I think I like your idea best and will stick with makeing the rice on the stove.

                    Phyllis<>< in the far, far, southern suburbs of Chicago http://knitcroweave.blogspot.com 
                  • RsH
                    That mushy, pasty mess that rice becomes when it is deliberately cooked to a porridge form is excellent and is called CONGEE... There are lots of Congee
                    Message 9 of 19 , Apr 20 1:28 PM
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                      That mushy, pasty mess that rice becomes when it is deliberately
                      cooked to a porridge form is excellent and is called CONGEE... There
                      are lots of Congee restaurants here in Toronto, Ontario and their
                      choices are great for eating. While some people view it as awful,
                      others, including my wife and I love it. So clearly we do NOT
                      consider it as gross <grin>

                      http://congeetime.com/menu.htm will take you to the menu of a
                      restaurant that specialises in Congee.

                      Congee is slow cooked rice that is literally cooked until it breaks
                      down into a porridge sort of consistency... look it up at
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congee which covers making it with
                      water, chicken stock, beef stock, veggie stock, etc.

                      FWIW
                      RsH


                      On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:25:26 -0400, you wrote:

                      >At 12:02 PM 4/19/2010, knitcroweave10 wrote:
                      >>Is it possible to make plain rice in a slowcooker? Inquiring minds
                      >>or mind wants to know.
                      >>Thank you
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                    • Ilene Fabisch
                      ONe of the best things I ve purchased is a $6 rice cooker from Walmart. Nothing fancy, hence nothing fancy to clean up ;-) It makes great rice, perfect every
                      Message 10 of 19 , Apr 20 2:42 PM
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                        ONe of the best things I've purchased is a $6 rice cooker from
                        Walmart. Nothing
                        fancy, hence nothing fancy to clean up ;-) It makes great rice,
                        perfect every time.
                        I've only used it for brown rice but it works for white rice too and
                        has a chart it
                        comes with for cooking times depending on type/quantity of rice.
                        Takes 24min
                        to make 2 cups of rice. Love it.

                        Ilene Fabisch, Brockton, MA
                        "Each day is a blank canvas waiting for our unique brushstrokes to
                        create a masterpiece."




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                      • crafty.mom@comcast.net
                        I cook my rice in the microwave. 1 cup rice, 2 cups water. Cook on full power for 5 minutes. Stir, cook at half power for 11 minutes. Perfect rice every time.
                        Message 11 of 19 , Apr 20 4:36 PM
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                          I cook my rice in the microwave. 1 cup rice, 2 cups water. Cook on full power for 5 minutes. Stir, cook at half power for 11 minutes. Perfect rice every time.

                          Kim


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                        • rose.lee329@yahoo.com
                          I m interested in recipes with rice as well. Going to be using my slow cooker a lot here soon Sent from my BlackBerry Smartphone provided by Alltel ... From:
                          Message 12 of 19 , Apr 20 4:45 PM
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                            I'm interested in recipes with rice as well. Going to be using my slow cooker a lot here soon
                            Sent from my BlackBerry Smartphone provided by Alltel

                            -----Original Message-----
                            From: Richard Lee Holbert <rlhintexas@...>
                            Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 08:31:42
                            To: <slowcooker@yahoogroups.com>
                            Subject: Re: [slowcooker] rice

                            I have several crockpot recipe that use Rice if anyone is interested.

                            Kim Malo wrote:
                            > At 12:02 PM 4/19/2010, knitcroweave10 wrote:
                            >
                            >> Is it possible to make plain rice in a slowcooker? Inquiring minds
                            >> or mind wants to know.
                            >> Thank you



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                          • c g
                            Hi Kim,  Have you tried both white & brown rice in microwave?  If you have done brown rice,  any additional cooking time?   thanks Coleen
                            Message 13 of 19 , Apr 20 7:47 PM
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                              Hi Kim,  Have you tried both white & brown rice in microwave?  If you have done brown rice,  any additional cooking time?   thanks Coleen




                              ________________________________
                              From: "crafty.mom@..." <crafty.mom@...>
                              To: slowcooker@yahoogroups.com
                              Sent: Tue, April 20, 2010 7:36:12 PM
                              Subject: [slowcooker] rice

                               
                              I cook my rice in the microwave. 1 cup rice, 2 cups water. Cook on full power for 5 minutes. Stir, cook at half power for 11 minutes. Perfect rice every time.

                              Kim

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                            • Eric
                              On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:12:39 -0500 ... I ve heard of people making rice in thermos bottles like this. Eric
                              Message 14 of 19 , Apr 22 4:41 AM
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                                On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:12:39 -0500
                                justcooking <heirloomrecipebox@...> wrote:

                                > There is a whole other concept that uses residual heat to
                                > cook. This has been practiced here in the US in the past, and
                                > is commonplace in third world countries. It actually makes a
                                > lot of sense. The contents of, say, a rice pot is heated to
                                > boiling, then the entire pot is placed into an insulated
                                > container that will hold the heat. By supper time it is still
                                > hot and the food is done. One account I read, a lady said her
                                > grandmother would wrap the soup pot in her heavy comforter.
                                > In third world countries, folks make boxes lined with
                                > cushions stuffed with grain husks. The dinner pot goes into
                                > this box to cook while the family is away working.

                                I've heard of people making rice in thermos bottles like this.

                                Eric
                              • Phyllis Pozdoll
                                Thank you every one for your input on the rice, I like all the ideas, but I am leaning towards the rice maker. Thanks agian everyone Phyllis
                                Message 15 of 19 , Apr 22 1:35 PM
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                                  Thank you every one for your input on the rice, I like all the ideas, but I am leaning towards the rice maker.
                                  Thanks agian everyone

                                  Phyllis<>< in the far, far, southern suburbs of Chicago http://knitcroweave.blogspot.com 
                                • Ilene Fabisch
                                  Hi all, the Bene Casa one shown on amazon is the same one I bought from Walmart for $7. Works great, rice is perfect. That said I should mention I strictly
                                  Message 16 of 19 , Apr 23 2:20 AM
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                                    Hi all, the Bene Casa one shown on amazon is the same one I bought
                                    from Walmart
                                    for $7. Works great, rice is perfect. That said I should mention I
                                    strictly make brown
                                    rice. To the people who wondered about making the creamed rice recipe
                                    w 2% and
                                    brown rice, should work fine except not as "creamy" due to less
                                    overall fat and you'd
                                    have to change the rice cooking time as brown rice takes longer. I
                                    make an awesome
                                    brown rice pudding but not in crock...yet ;-)

                                    Ilene,
                                    Brockton, MA
                                  • jggroves@sbcglobal.net
                                    I have a rice cooker which I appreciate especially for brown rice. When doing it in a regular saucepan on the stove, it never seems to get done properly. The
                                    Message 17 of 19 , Apr 23 9:42 AM
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                                      I have a rice cooker which I appreciate especially for brown rice. When doing it in a regular saucepan on the stove, it never seems to get done properly. The rice cooker absorbs the water properly.
                                      ----- Original Message -----
                                      From: Phyllis Pozdoll
                                      To: slowcooker@yahoogroups.com
                                      Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2010 1:35 PM
                                      Subject: [slowcooker] rice



                                      Thank you every one for your input on the rice, I like all the ideas, but I am leaning towards the rice maker.
                                      Thanks agian everyone

                                      Phyllis<>< in the far, far, southern suburbs of Chicago http://knitcroweave.blogspot.com




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                                    • jggroves@sbcglobal.net
                                      Thanks for sending this information. I especially appreciated the wiki information on preparation and variations in other countries. Joan, who has eaten this
                                      Message 18 of 19 , Apr 24 10:12 PM
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                                        Thanks for sending this information. I especially appreciated the wiki information on preparation and variations in other countries.

                                        Joan, who has eaten this dish but will look for varieties.
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                                        From: RsH
                                        To: slowcooker@yahoogroups.com
                                        Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:28 PM
                                        Subject: Re: [slowcooker] rice



                                        That mushy, pasty mess that rice becomes when it is deliberately
                                        cooked to a porridge form is excellent and is called CONGEE... There
                                        are lots of Congee restaurants here in Toronto, Ontario and their
                                        choices are great for eating. While some people view it as awful,
                                        others, including my wife and I love it. So clearly we do NOT
                                        consider it as gross <grin>

                                        http://congeetime.com/menu.htm will take you to the menu of a
                                        restaurant that specialises in Congee.

                                        Congee is slow cooked rice that is literally cooked until it breaks
                                        down into a porridge sort of consistency... look it up at
                                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congee which covers making it with
                                        water, chicken stock, beef stock, veggie stock, etc.

                                        FWIW
                                        RsH

                                        On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:25:26 -0400, you wrote:

                                        >At 12:02 PM 4/19/2010, knitcroweave10 wrote:
                                        >>Is it possible to make plain rice in a slowcooker? Inquiring minds
                                        >>or mind wants to know.
                                        >>Thank you
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