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Feb 7, 2009 09:02 AM

Cooking Rice for 40

I am cooking for a crowd tonight- about 40. I am doing rice bowls with brown rice. I have doubled rice before, but if I cook a lot of rice do I still add 2 cups of water for each cup of rice and will it still cook in 40 minutes? Also- how many cups of rice would you cook for this many people?

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  1. I forgot to mention I'll be cooking it on the stove not in a rice cooker.

      1. I would recommend the oven method if an oven is at your disposal....the ratio should remain the same. The pilaf method works well - brown rice will take longer - I'd look it up, Im guessing an hour and a half.

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          1. re: coastie

            Past the time to be helpful to the OP. But I wanted to add a note that a little less water is needed when you multiply a rice recipe.

          2. The last time I made rice for a crowd (though not as many as 40), I used the boil-and-drain method, treating the rice as if it were pasta. It produced fine results and eliminated the guesswork about the proportions of water to rice. I was using white rice, but I assume it would also work for brown, with longer cooking time.

            1. thanks for your replies. I ended up doing several smaller pots of rice. Didn't have time to do a re-do. And I made way too much.