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How do I cook brown rice successfully in a rice cooker?

asked by fooddork1 over 4 years ago
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Sam1148

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added over 4 years ago

I've found that brown rice needs more water than you think, and depends on the brand of rice.
Rice cookers are forgiving...if the rice is undercooked after the initial cooking, add just a bit more water and restart the cooker.

Also, a longer soaking time at the start helps.

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added over 4 years ago

Thanks so much for your response. Any particular brand of rice you recommend?

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Sam1148

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added over 4 years ago

Not really...I get Mahatma, or 'china girl' at the supermarket tho. Still for me each bag seems to different in the amount of water it needs....almost every time I make it I always end up giving it a 'second cycle' with a bit more water to get it soft.

Another hint: if you're using wild rice in a rice cooker...cook a couple of tablespoons in the rice cooker with water until almost done, and then add more water and brown rice and restart the device. Wild rice and brown rice together need a bit more attention.

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added over 4 years ago

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added over 4 years ago

I use the standard 2 parts water, one part rice. Sometimes long grain, sometimes short, and lately I've found some beautiful mixtures of rices from Thailand --- all brown. Even though the rice cooker steams like crazy, it works perfectly. And they're not fancy rice cookers -- I got one around 1975, very basic, and recently found one with a "menu" at a thrift shop for $5, which has a setting for brown rice. Both still work well.

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added about 3 years ago

I only make brown rice and it works well for me.

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added 24 days ago

I couldn't agree more with you!!!! It DOES WORK w/ brown rice.

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added almost 2 years ago

Wash and soak for 30mins, if you use 3cups of rice, put water till level 4

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Greenstuff

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added almost 2 years ago

It depends on your rice cooker. I have an old fuzzy-logic model that was only meant for Japanese white rice, but I use it, without much alteration, for brown rice, wild rice, all sorts of blends. That may not work for you, but it's a good starting point. As Sam1148 says, you can always add a bit more water and cook some more.

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Pegeen

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added almost 2 years ago

In case this is useful: How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice by Marian Bull
https://food52.com/blog...

I refer to articles that are edited and tested when they seem useful... I hate reinventing the wheel! :-)

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Greenstuff

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added almost 2 years ago

That's a pretty interesting article, though not for a rice cooker, and somewhat different than a lot of rice recipes--it suggests cooking brown rice sort of like pasta, with lots of water that you then drain. It was the method of choice for a neighbor I had once.

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Pegeen

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added almost 2 years ago

fooddork1 - Sorry! I missed that you were asking about brown rice in a rice cooker. The Food52 article I mentioned was for a stove-top version.

Also, just wanted to clarify... I love reading everyone's personal tips... I tend to refer often to articles or recipes here on Food52 or on other sites because they explain what I already do. And I think they've got it written down much better than I might. (And definitely with better photos!) But I love reading detailed input from other cooks.

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added almost 2 years ago

Also, I would recommend germinated brown rice rather than the regular kind. Although I'm skeptical how much the extra GABA content brings in terms of health benefit (if any), germinated brown rice certainly cooks up better and more easily than regular brown rice, and you'll get a texture much more like white rice, with a pleasant aroma and slightly nutty flavor.