This morning I was reading an article by the Environmental Working Group about Arsenic in our rice and rice products. It was a fairly disturbing article. As someone who consumes cubic yards of brown rice, I was pretty disturbed by the article. If you’re interested in reading about it, please click here.
That being said, I noticed there was a link in the article about how to make perfect brown rice. Intrigued, I clicked on the link and read the following article and recipe which completely blew away everything I thought I knew about cooking brown rice. Well, as the proverbial “they” say, “You’re never too old to learn.”
Perfect Brown Rice
Kosher salt, to taste
1. Rinse rice in a strainer under cold running water for 30 seconds. Bring 12 cups water to a boil in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid over high heat. Add the rice, stir it once, and boil, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Pour the rice into a strainer over the sink.
2. Let the rice drain for 10 seconds, then return it to the pot, off the heat. Cover the pot and set it aside to allow the rice to steam for 10 minutes. Uncover the rice, fluff with a fork, and season with salt.
MAKES 2 CUPS
Have you read the book “What’s Gotten Into Us” by McKay Jenkins. It is a very disturbing look at how chemicals in foods and other products have proliferated despite evidence they are very harmful. It’s a must read for anyone concerned about food safety!
I have not. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂
I’m SOOOO glad you posted this. As you can imagine I have at least 10 lbs of Lundberg Organic Short Grain Brown Rice in my pantry. So cool that the cooking method should reduce the arsenic and keep the rice nice and fluffy. A similar recipe is on the Lundberg homepage, but it didn’t say there it was a good method for reducing arsenic.
I’m going to try that new method of cooking B.Rice this weekend.
Yesterday I made the brown rice according to that Saveur Recipe and it came out freakin’ AWESOME! Going forward, I will cook my rice this way.
Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to bake the Oatmeal Choc Chip Cookie bars but it’s on my list. 🙂
Totally trying the method with the brown rice today, yeah for less arsenic! 🙂 Don’t worry about the cookies, the recipe will be there whenever you’re ready 😉