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Hello to all! Help! I love rice and when I make it it tastes okay. My problem is that I have never been able to make rice without it being sticky. Taste is one thing, but appearance is another and my rice never appears appetizing. I always follow the recipe and have even tried altering it in

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    Hello to all!

    Help! I love rice and when I make it it tastes okay. My problem is that I have never been able to make rice without it being sticky. Taste is one thing, but appearance is another and my rice never appears appetizing. I always follow the recipe and have even tried altering it in different ways, but never seem to come out with anything other than sticky rice. What am I doing wrong?

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    I have not had much trouble with rice. I add salt and a small amount of margarine to the pot. I usually need more water than what is called for and keep a tea pot close by to add to the pot. Not sure if this helps.

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    Have you tried to cook it with chicken or beef broth instead of water? There is a little natural fat in broth, and I think that it helps keep the rice from sticking together. In fact, my mom taught me to add a teaspoon of cooking oil to pasta too in order to keep it from sticking.

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    Hello to all!

    Help! I love rice and when I make it it tastes okay. My problem is that I have never been able to make rice without it being sticky. Taste is one thing, but appearance is another and my rice never appears appetizing. I always follow the recipe and have even tried altering it in different ways, but never seem to come out with anything other than sticky rice. What am I doing wrong?

    TIA,
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    i use minute rice and i never have any trouble with it sticking together, so I can't be of much help, but I too add a little oil to my pasta to keep it from sticking. maybe that would help like someone else said earlier.

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    add a little butter or oil to the rice it doesn't take much. I fixed sticky rice and my bright boyfriend said you know how to not cook sticky rice, boil one grain at the time LMAO hes so helpful(he thinks)
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    Actually, rice doesn't need as much water to cook as the package suggests. If you speak with a chef or professional cook, they will tell you to use less water. The package says 1 cup of rice & 2 cups water, but try it once using with 1 cup of rice & about 1 1/2 cups water & see how it works. When I do it that way it makes the rice so fluffy!

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    I will have to try that Thanks
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    rtebalt,

    I usually cook the rice the way you have said ----- But I also put a Tbsp of butter in mine for flavor, at times if am serving a meat directly over the rice.
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    I had problems cooking rice on the stovetop until I started cooking it in the microwave. I use 1 part rice to 2 parts water. Minute rice I'll cook for 10-12 min. on high, regular rice I'll cook for 20-22 min. Always perfect all the time.
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    When my daughter started her culinary career back in high school, one of her Chefs told them before adding the rice to the boiling water, to rinse it a few times.Guess it rinses off alot of the excess starch? I'm not sure exactly what it does. She told me about this and I tried it.

    I just put the rice in a fine mesh strainer and ran cold water over it till the water ran clear. Not only did it help the rice from being sticky but it prevented it from boiling over.


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    KRIS,

    What a wonderful idea. I'll have to try rinsing it first--Thanks--

    Did your DD carry on to become a Chef then?
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    Your'e quite welcome!

    Yes she did! She's a Pastry Chef in Upstate NY. Got offered a job a week after graduating from JWU (Magna Cum Laude I might add !!!!) She plans on opening up her own place once she gets some of her student loans paid down. She's one amazing girl, you'll find I talk about her alot on here!!! Along with her brother and sister! Brother will be graduating in 4 weeks from NASCAR Tech!


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    Kris,
    That is just wonderful----the joy of our childern becomimg adults, is just great. The different paths that they each choose-is just a part of us branching off. I do hope that you continue to share and talk about their paths here.
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    Hello,

    Rice was the first thing I learned how to cook, and my dad thaught me that. Usually I measure one glass of water per person, then I add a little bit of olive oil, salt and let the water boil. If you want you can add an onion cut in quarters. Let the water boil, and when it happens put the rice always in the same place, so it forms a cone under the water. When it reaches the surface of the water you have the right amount of rice for the water you put. Stir a bit, and turn down the flame to the minimum. When you dont's see anymore water at the surface, it's ready. Just let the rice sit for 5 minutes.

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    I purchased a rice cooker from Target, my rice comes out fine each time.

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