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Should you cook rice with the lid on or off?

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asked over 5 years ago

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Monita
Monita

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added over 5 years ago

Lid on

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Emma Laperruque
Emma Laperruque

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added over 5 years ago

Thanks for your response, Monita!

karen06
added over 5 years ago

Lid on for me. Bring the water to a boil, lower heat as much as possible, cover tightly for 18-20 minutes. Perfect rice every time.

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Emma Laperruque
Emma Laperruque

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added over 5 years ago

I've never tried lowering the heat, but will do! Thank you!

WileyP
added over 5 years ago

Agree with Monita. Bring it to a boil, put a lid on it and let it steep for 25 minutes. At my altitude (8,000'), I actually steep it over a very, very, very low flame.

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Emma Laperruque
Emma Laperruque

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added over 5 years ago

Thanks, WileyP!

Emma Laperruque
Emma Laperruque

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added over 5 years ago

Thanks, WileyP!

Monita
Monita

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added over 5 years ago

Happy to help.

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HalfPint
HalfPint

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added over 5 years ago

Both. Bring the rice and water to a boil, simmer uncovered until the water level falls just a bit below the top of the rice. Then cover and lower the heat to it's lowest setting and cook until all the liquid is absorbed by the rice. Fluffy up rice and you're good to go. It's how my mother taught me to make rice on the stovetop.

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WileyP
added over 5 years ago

Welcome, Dourmet - I did mean that at sea level you bring it to a boil, put a lid on it and steep it off the heat for 20-25 minutes or so. I have to keep a bit of heat on because water boils at a mere 197° here.

Good luck!

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