What's your fave rice in Calgary?
For some reason the rice gods have frowned on me, and the last few bags of rice I've bought have not been very good. The japanese rice comes out too sticky, and the basmati just has a wrong flavor. Plain long grain rice from Sobey's bought as an emergency measure is fine, so it's not the rice cooker.
I'm looking for a nice daily long grain rice, with a nutty or complex flavor and good texture. Is there a rice you're in love with? And where would I find it?
What brand of Basmati are you using? I like Tilda brand best. Some basmati rice is not very good and often picks up the musty flavour of the burlap it is packed in. Try to find some Tilda brand and see if it's any better.
I am a little OT, but you seem to be looking for different varieties of rice, for a change, try the organic quinoa at Costco. It is superb. You can cook it in a rice cooker however it must be removed from the cooker when done as the "keep warm" setting will make the bottom a bit carmelized and crusty. (not that that is a terrible thing).
It depends what you are trying to make as rice is very different from Japanese sushi rice, Jasmine Rice, and Basmati Rice. Me I like the sticky Japanese rice as I can make rice balls with the left over rice. If you go to an Asian store you will see many different kinds of rice it all depends on what you are looking for.
I usually use Jasmine rice - Rooster brand, although that may not be long enough of a grain for you. How long do you need it?
Also a rice tip - prior to cooking, rinse your rice in cool water 2-3 times until the water isn't cloudy anymore. It takes out some of the starch and makes your rice fluffier and less sticky.