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Hey friend! Since September is National Rice Month, I thought it only seemed right to talk to you about rice. I mean – I AM a Riceland brand ambassador after all! Instead of loading this post up with inspirational recipe suggestions I thought I would keep it simple and chat about the different types of rice.
In a nutshell, rice is delicious and versatile. However, there are a few nuances that make the most sense for specific dishes. These suggestions were found on the Riceland website along with a full listing of Riceland products.
Brown rice adds a touch of nutty flavor when cooked and is chewier than white rice. Why is this? The rice germ and bran layer remain on each kernel since only the outer hull has been removed. Brown rice is a whole grain product. Use in main course, side dish or salads. Recipe suggestion – The Ultimate Brown Rice Grain Bowl.
Long Grain Rice
Long grain rice is white in color and slender. Want to know why? The bran layer is removed during the milling process so more of the “bulk” is removed. Like brown rice, long grain rice can be used in main course, side dish or salads. The main difference is that you will not have the nutty flavor and there is less chewiness. The grains also remain separate and fluffy when cooked. Recipe suggestion – Rice and Black-Eyed Pea Salad.
Parboiled rice has a gorgeous golden color. This comes from the bran layer being forced into the kernel during the parboiling cooking process, when the rice undergoes a steam and pressure process. Parboiled does not mean precooked, and must be cooked according to package directions. Use in soups, entrees and recipes where you prefer the grain kernels to remain separate. Recipe suggestion – Creamy Spring Pea and Rice Soup.
Medium Grain Rice
Basically, medium grain rice is shorter and wider than long grain rice. When cooked, the grain will be plump and tender. That’s about it. Medium grain rice is available in both white and brown rice. Remember that if you use a brown rice, it will have a chewier and nuttier flavor. Use in desserts, pies, puddings and casseroles or where you want the rice to hold its shape. Recipe suggestion – Avocado Cucumber Brown Rice Sushi.
I hope this explanation was able to clear up any confusion that you may have had while standing at the grocery aisle trying to figure out one to purchase. Now you know the answer…. All of them! And the brand? Riceland, of course!
What other questions do you have about rice that I can answer? Are you curious to know the best way to store rice in your pantry? Have you ever wondered what is the best way to cook rice so that it never burns the bottom of the pot? I can help! Drop me a comment!
Eat well, my friend. Eat well.