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Cooking Rice for 40

alexa52 Feb 7, 2009 09:02 AM

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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    alexa52 RE: alexa52 Feb 7, 2009 09:25 AM

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

    1. mcsheridan RE: alexa52 Feb 7, 2009 09:44 AM

      This method looks sound: http://www.50plusfriends.com/cookbook...

      1. coastie RE: alexa52 Feb 7, 2009 10:16 AM

        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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          jaykayen RE: coastie Feb 7, 2009 10:29 AM

          I agree with this.

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            Melanie Wong RE: coastie Mar 21, 2009 09:31 AM

            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.

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            Miss Priss RE: alexa52 Feb 7, 2009 11:52 AM

            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.

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              alexa52 RE: alexa52 Mar 16, 2009 05:21 PM

              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.

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