Then I met my husband, who is also rather obsessed with rice. He was delighted to discover that I can make a perfect pot of steamed rice. Between my Filipino father and my Mexican husband, I've had lots of practice making rice. Let me tell you, I am the queen of steamed white rice.
Then I became vegan and more aware of healthier alternatives to the things I ate most often. I decided to switch to brown rice as it is a much smarter choice, but the transition was not so smooth. I assumed the two would cook the same but they don't.
I've been struggling with brown rice for the past few months. Once the undisputed Rice Queen, my rice had been frustratingly inconsistent. Initially, it was totally undercooked. Then, burned on the bottom and underdone on top. A few times, I've been able to produce perfect brown rice, but I've never been able to duplicate it with any consistency.
How could I let brown rice, of all things, defeat me? I had begun to think I'd have to hang up my crown.
Apparently, my vegan guides heard my pathetic lamentations and took pity. The other day, I was watching a cooking show all about rice and the host demonstrated what he considered to be the best way to prepare brown rice.
Could it be true? Might I redeem myself and retain my title?
Well, I'm happy to report that I tried the technique and with a slight modification to make it vegan, the results were awesome. So now, fellow rice lovers, I present to you my new favorite way to make kick-ass brown rice, every time.
Baked Brown Rice
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice, medium or short grain
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon vegan "butter" or oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place the rice into an 8-inch square glass baking dish.
- Bring the water, vegan "butter" or oil, and salt to a boil in a kettle or covered saucepan. Once the water boils, pour it over the rice, stir to combine, and cover the dish tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour, remove cover and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve immediately.
Give it a try!
Also during the episode, I learned that brown rice should be stored in the refrigerator because the oils in the rice can go rancid otherwise. I've always stored mine in the pantry. Who knew?