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Brown Rice Texture

kirkg Mar 15, 2011 09:16 AM

I just got a Zojirushi rice cooker and made my first batch of brown rice and it came out really soft and a little mushy. I feel like I followed the directions properly and did set it for brown rice. Certainly, this is not the way it was meant to be eaten?? I'm hoping I just did something wrong.....also, some of the grains seemed to puff/split. Maybe too much water?

How do most prefer to eat brown rice......soft, medium, hard?

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  1. monavano RE: kirkg Mar 15, 2011 09:18 AM

    Me too!!
    I recently bought the Zojirushi from Costco and am really dissappointed!

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      link_930 RE: kirkg Mar 15, 2011 09:25 AM

      Sounds like too much water to me, how much did you add? I generally use a 1:1.75 ratio of rice to water.

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        kirkg RE: link_930 Mar 15, 2011 11:42 AM

        I just filled it to the 2 cup line for brown rice on the Zojirushi inner pan. I also checked the amount of water and it was closer to a 1:2 ratio, so that's likely the isuue. Timer is set for tonight with a little less water.

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          kirkg RE: kirkg Mar 16, 2011 08:03 AM

          OK, I'm the idiot here...put in two cups of rice and filled to the 3 cup level with water, twice! Last batch turned out much better, although still a little on the soft side.

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        Maggie Larkin RE: kirkg Mar 16, 2011 10:25 AM

        water issue for sure

        1. boogiebaby RE: kirkg Mar 16, 2011 12:27 PM

          Rice cookers use less water than cooking rice on the stovetop.

          1. asiansupper RE: kirkg Mar 16, 2011 12:29 PM

            which setting are you using it on? i'm not familiar with your exact model but i find the "brown rice" setting a bit too soft as well. try "quick cook" or "white rice" for less cooking time/more texture.

            1. JoanN RE: kirkg Mar 16, 2011 12:32 PM

              There are different kinds of brown rice and the texture differs among them. In my rice cooker I need more water to achieve the texture I'm looking for with brown Basmati rice than I do with brown Jasmine rice. Even with a rice cooker you may need to play with the ratios a bit to achieve what you want depending on what you're starting with.

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                kirkg RE: kirkg Mar 16, 2011 12:41 PM

                i used brown Jasmine and the brown rice setting on the cooker. I think i'll try the semi-brown setting next and/or reduce the water a little.

                i did a white batch on regular and it too came out a little soft for us....will try the hard white rice setting next.

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