Thursday, March 4, 2010

I Can't Cook Rice for the Life of Me

Many, many, times I have tried to cook rice and it's a failure every time. It drives me crazy that I can't get it right. All I want is some yummy, fluffy Mexican rice. Is that too much to ask for?! If you have dinner at my house and I serve you rice, just know that I didn't make it. Instead, I took a package out of the freezer and threw into the microwave for 3 min and Voila.. rice! Thanks Trader Joes! :P
Anyways, I "think" I have narrowed down the reason why I can't make rice. IMPATIENCE! I like to think of myself as a pretty good cook, but I know that I could be a lot better. Because I tend to be impatient, I make mistakes and things don't come out right. There is a reason why you need to let something sit for 5 min. They didn't just put it on the recipe for fun. And there is a reason you are supposed to simmer and not boil.
I was reading the March issue of Cooking Light and came across and really great article entitled, "The 25 Most Common Cooking Mistakes". I learned that there are several things that I do incorrectly. Here are a few:
4. You boil when you are supposed to simmer. This is where my impatience comes in.
6. You over soften butter. Whaat! I didn't think that was possible. Hmmm.... Kristy, I think I figured out why our chocolate chip cookies were really flat!
17. Meat gets no chance to rest after cooking.
23. You pop meat straight from the fridge into the oven or on the grill. Ooohhh!
So, check out that article! You just might learn something new!

3 comments on "I Can't Cook Rice for the Life of Me"

Cassie on March 4, 2010 at 6:24 PM said...

Hey, at least you TRY to cook rice! I use the minute variety, ALWAYS.

And I am SO guilty of the boiling-not-simmering thing. I did that tonight, in fact. I don't think I'll ever learn.

Angie Eats Peace on March 4, 2010 at 7:59 PM said...

When I read the title of this post, the first thing that popped in my head was impatience.

I have ruined too many batches of sushi rice, by rushing it. Patience really is the key ingredient, for rice.

Desi-Ray-Ray on March 5, 2010 at 5:43 PM said...

I can teach you to make some Mexican rice if you want. I can actually cook rice. :) Just let me know.



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