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Jul 20, 2014 05:27 PM

Lid with hole: OK TO COOK RICE?

I just purchased a 3 quart TFAL non-stick (metal utensil safe) pot with lid to make rice.

I undid the wrapping to only then notice this hole.

When they say cook rice on low for 20 minutes with lid on, will this work?


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  1. Might work, but I would probably plug the hole with a tiny bit of foil.

    1. It'll be fine. When I cook rice in a pot, I use one that's dented and the lid doesn't fit right. It's got much more of a gap than this pot and it works perfectly. You'll be fine.

      1. it's fine -- I'm cooking rice right this very minute in a pot like that -- one that I've been cooking rice in for something like 7 years now...

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        1. re: sunshine842

          Thank you everyone, I'll give it a try with just 1 cup of rice.

          Glad to know I didn't goof.

          I really like the pot because it's non-stick but metal utensil safe!

        2. It should be fine. The hole is so small anyway.

          I sometime use a clay pot to make rice. Not only it has a hole on top, the lid does not perfectly seal the pot (unlike yours).

          You are fine.

              1. re: Bellachefa

                that's up for debate -- if you rinse the rice, you also rinse off the vitamins that are added to the rice.

                  1. re: Bellachefa

                    yes -- white rice is by law (in the US) enriched with B vitamins and iron -- it doesn't completely replace it, but it at least helps to replace some of those nutrients that are stripped out when the husk, bran, and germ are removed to make white rice from brown rice.

                    If you rinse white rice, you rinse off all the vitamins.

                    1. re: sunshine842

                      maybe you're right, do you have a link, because I'm not seeing it in my pantry. my brown Nishiki label or my white Nishiki med grain rice show no significant vitamins. My other white rice right now is Han kuk mi sushi rice, which shows trace amounts of iron, thiamin and niacin. Are they B's? My arborio risotto rice by della shows no significant vitamin count. All are labeled US products. The Uncle Ben's original, which is a rare guilty childhood pleasure and the only time I add a pat of butter to rice is certainly fortified with calcium iron thiamin niacin and folate.

                      1. re: Bellachefa

                        thiamine and niacin are the B vitamins



                        i'll leave it up to you to chase down the links for the finer details.

                  2. re: sunshine842

                    Heh. In the tropics, you rinse off the bugs. :D

                    1. re: LMAshton

                      If I were where you are, I'd rinse my rice, too. :)

                  3. re: Bellachefa

                    I never rinse. I couldn't taste the difference between rinsed and unrinsed so I just gave up doing it.