Rice cooker brown rice
I bought an Aroma fuzzy logic rice cooker from Costco some time back and I swear i can't make properly cooked brown rice (on the brown rice setting or quick setting) . It always comes out mushy. Typically I buy bags or sometimes from the bulk at wholefoods. I didn't think you had to wash brown rice much these days but maybe I'm wrong? I cook the dry rice with the amount of water and/or broth indicated and sometimes add a touch of oil to keep it from frothing up too much to clog the the pressure/steam thing at the top.
Any ideas what I'm doing wrong besides eating brown rice which is pretty darn boring?
At the risk of pooping in the punchbowl, I'll suggest googling
"arsenic in rice" which will yield scary results. Weigh their significance for your own eating habits but note that there's consensus that there's more arsenic in brown rice than white, that rinsing helps a little, and that cooking rice, pasta-style, in large amounts of water which is then drained off removes much of the arsenic. For that method, simmer/boil
for 30 minutes, drain through a sieve, dump the rice immediately back into the hot pot, cover, and let sit off-heat for 10 minutes longer, as the rice absorbs the water remaining on the exterior of the grains. This yields separate grains of fluffy rice. My standard is brown jasmine, which comes out very well this way.
I remember having this discussion w someone last year...greedygirl I believe. In any event, I thought this seemed like a good thread to post an update.
I purchased my Zoji fuzzy logic rice cooker last year and was having the same issue w brown rice. Everything else steamed to perfection. I've been experimenting ever since and was getting better results but definitely nothing to be excited about.
Fast forward to last weekend. While visiting an Italian market, didn't I see some Tilda brand brown basmati rice. I've only ever seen their white basmati up to that point and btw, it's my absolute favourite basmati. Anyway, I figured I'd give their brown basmati a try. Well guess what...brown rice perfection!!! Light, fluffy, brown rice. Every grain distinct. I squealed with joy. I didn't rinse it btw but I did use the recommended quantity of rice and water.
I hope others are able to give this a try and enjoy the same results. I know how frustrating this is. Now I love my Zoji even more!!
I have an "Aroma" rice cooker from Costco as well, & all the rice I've cooked in it - white, jasmine, basmati, brown - comes out perfect.
I never rinse the rice or add oil or anything - just follow the basic directions. Perfect rice every time - even if it has to wait on the "warm" setting for awhile.
My Aroma rice cooker is probably the cheapest model...it was a gift, so I don't know for sure. I have a really hard time getting any rice to come out right. Generally I cook brown rice. Anyway, do you use the measuring lines on the cooker? I don't use those, because the cooker instructions said you had to adjust if using brown rice, so I've just experimented with different amounts of water, but without much luck....
We used to make brown rice several times a week until we read about the arsenic content in the consumer reports testing,
We recently got the same Costco cooker. I too found the brown rice too mushy even though I use less than two cups water. We just cook on the white rice setting ( as we did with our old cooker). It comes out perfect for us.
Depends on what you think is the proper ratio with WHITE rice, I guess. I've always found that white rice requires less than brown...but I prefer brown, so rarely have cooked white in the last 20 years. There's another thread here in which people recommend 1:1, 1:1.2 1:1.5 and 1:2 for white rice, but that's also for all kinds of different varieties: CA long grain, Japanese, basmati, etc. etc.!
Have used my rice cooker for years for brown rice, all types, short, long, basamati etc. While I have a different rice cooker than you (not even sure the brand, just an el cheapo) the ratio is always 1:2 (rice to water). The only thing I struggle with is using broth instead, I seem to get more evaporation with it, so I use a little more. I am also wondering if you are trying to cook too much rice at one time, I find with mine, 2 cups of rice is best, sometimes more and it gets a bit mushy, less and crunchy. I would not add any flavouring until you get the basics (ie. no broth, olive oil etc). season after done. Also, if possible, be sure to give it a fluff when it is done if you are not using right away. Also I never rinse.
re. cooking time, I am surprised at those saying 2 hours, how much rice is this for? For me, 2 cups takes about 45 minutes.
Dax, you don't mention the proportions of rice to water which you're using, and that's the key. I'm looking around tonight to see if anyone else fell for the bizarre recipe on the back of a Nishiki "premium brown rice" bag, which says to use 3 cups water to 1 cup rice, if using an electric rice cooker.
I've NEVER used that much water to rice in about 30 years of brown rice cooking, including 15 in the rice cooker, but there it was in print, and I thought there might be something special about this particular rice.
HA! I couldn't bring myself to put quite 3:1, so to my 1.5 c rice, added 4 cups water, rather than their recommended 4.5 cups. And what happened? Horrible, soggy rice! I'm going to make a vegetarian loaf out of it with some mushrooms, cheese and eggs, I think.
Anyway, if you've been doing that, stop. As it's now 8 months after your post, you probably have. But here's what I like: about 2.25 c water to to a cup of rice. I also use a bit of butter, to combat foaming.
I've found that with most varieties, I need to rinse the rice. This will make a huge difference. You can achieve loose, tender brow rice by giving it a quick rinse, or go all the way, rinsing over and over till the water is clear, and polishing the rice in the japanese style, I've found even using brown rice this gives loose rice kernels, sticking together but not gummy.
I have different ideas. Brown rice is very nutritious. Washing will defeat the purpose of eating brown rice. To me food has to taste good and more importantly nutritious.
If you like loose tender brown rice, use American grown long grain brown rice. You cann get it from American grocery stores. I get it from BJ's. It may need a little more than 2 cups of water to one cup of rice. could be 2.25 cup
If you like more sticky brown rice, use American grown short grain rice, Botan Calrose Brown Rice. You can buy it in most Asian grocery stores. For 20 or 25 lbs bag, it costs not over $20.
In the past, I have also have bought imported Australian brown rice from Walmart stores. Its character is in the middle of long grain and short grain rice. Any brown priced over $1.40/lb is overpriced.
You also will note that I only mentioned American and Australian grown rice. Even though I am an AsianGuy, I try not to eat Asian imported rice. When I was young in China, I have seen how smaller farmers processing rice, and at where they process rice grain. Yes you need to rinse rice from Asia. Better yet, I simply do not use Asian rice, period. US rice is processed in large quantity without touching human hand and with no additive procedures. . Believe me, most Asian countries have no comparison to US in mechanization. Often they use Talc to polish rice to make it appealing to consumers.
Then the next, using proper water to rice ratio, and the rice cooker I bought from COSTCO for 110 minutes cooking time, I can have nice eating brown rice each time. Adjust water-rice ration up or down, little each time, you will get the texture you like. Different rice will need different water to rice ratio but starts at 2:1 is a good bet.
I am new to Chowhound. I will write more later about automatic rice cooker for brown rice, why do not rinse rice, nutrition comparison brown vs white rice; why para-boiled rice and instant noodles are no good for your body.
Your post intrigues me. I have an Aroma rice cooker, and while I don't know exactly what "fuzzy logic" means, I'm guessing it has to do with the fact that the cooker apparently determines the doneness of the rice by weight in some way.
I just finished cooking a blend of wild and brown basmati rice that I have never successfully cooked in my rice cooker. I use a half cup of rice and 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock, and when it's finished cooking, the rice is still raw. I assume this means I need to add more liquid, or is this type of rice never going to be cooked properly in a rice cooker?
I have bought the same rice cooker from COSTCO. This product is excellent and cooks brown rice perfectly every time, for me anyway. You must following the following rules to cook a perfect brown rice
1. Do not wash of rinse brown rice (or any rice). Rising will remove the good nutrition part of rice. Also water to rice ratio is very important for brown rice. Washing or rinsing will upset your water and rice ratio
2. Measure one cup of rice flat, and add exactly 2 cups of water
3. Start cooking with the above mentioned cooker
4. Note: brown rice need about 110 to 120 minutes to cook. So if you eat at 6 00 pm, start cooking at 4 00pm. the latest. White rice takes 60 minutes to cook.
5. In the future adjust your water amount up or down, 1 /4 cup each time to find out the best rice texture for your taste
Dax, If you can get good brown rice by following above rules, let me know. I will buy your COSTCO rice cooker from you, at full selling price of $29.95 minus some wear and tear.
I was having this problem with my Zojirushi so I emailed the supplier and they gave me some advice which has worked well.
Basically, they said NOT to wash the rice, and to use less water - ie to use the white rice levels rather than the brown ones. This has definitely done the trick.