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Setting / Water Proportion for Long-Grain Brown Rice in Rice Cooker?

arielleeve Jul 1, 2012 08:35 PM

We just got a Zojirushi neuro fuzzy 5.5 c rice cooker and tried it out with a long-grain brown rice medley from Trader Joe's. We don't have much experience with brown rice, so I'm not as familiar with the nuances of cooking time and quantity, let alone in a rice cooker. Plus this one is new and we're still getting used to it. I did it on the brown rice setting with the water to the corresponding fill line. It was totally overcooked and mushy by the end. Should I be using the long-grain white rice setting instead? And how much water should I use? Any input would be appreciated.

  1. r
    rasputina Jul 2, 2012 11:26 AM

    Sounds like a measurement problem to me. Did you use the correct rice measuring cup?

    1. Chemicalkinetics Jul 2, 2012 07:36 AM

      In short, you will have to play around a bit. Each rice cooker is a bit different, and our personal preference is different too. What is fine for you, may not be fine for me.

      Since you said the rice is overcooked, then you have to lower the water content. For me, brown rice uses almost the same amount of water as white rice, maybe just a touch more.

      1. Kris in Beijing Jul 1, 2012 08:46 PM

        Water in before or after adding the rice?
        What is in the "medley"-- other kinds of rice?
        We always just go with the Finger Measure. Add rice, add water until it covers the rice so that when you put your index finger on the rice, the water comes up to the knuckle above the level of the rice.
        Old Post Reference:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/287053

        You know, if the rice is underdone, it's a pretty easy fix in your ZJR; overdone can't be adjusted.

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        1. re: Kris in Beijing
          arielleeve Jul 1, 2012 08:56 PM

          The medley is just long grain brown rice, daikon radish seeds, and black barley. I used to use the finger method when we had a simple on/off rice cooker, but with this one you have to pick one of a variety of settings, so even if I get the water ratio right, I'm not sure what setting is the right one to cook it on. I definitely think I put too much water in, but I also think it might not have been the best setting since it cooked for a very long time. Although I don't understand why it wouldn't work -- it was the brown rice setting, and even if it was intended for short-grain brown rice, doesn't long-grain brown rice take even more water than would be called for with short-grain?

          1. re: arielleeve
            Kris in Beijing Jul 1, 2012 09:15 PM

            What was your water temperature?
            Had you done a round of plain rice already?
            I have to say that I've never kept a multi-function rice cooker for long; just give me the push-down button style!

            1. re: arielleeve
              r
              rasputina Jul 2, 2012 11:33 AM

              I have a similar model, it's normal for brown rice to take about 90 minutes as it soaks in the rice cooker longer than white rice does.

              One thing you can do is fluff the rice when it's done and then leave it in the cooker ( it automatically switches to warm) and check it 15 minutes later. I personally prefer the texture after it's sat longer.

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