I’ve never failed at cooking white rice on the stove, not even as a BlueJoey. And I really generally am a bad cook.
However, I’m getting better and branching out. I’ve decided that I want to try to eat brown rice instead of white rice. And I’ve not been able to successfully make it yet.
My technique with white rice is pretty simple. Two parts water to one part rice, toss it on the stove, bring the water to a boil, put a lid on the pan, drop the temp to a simmer, then simmer for 20 minutes. Perfect rice every time, no fuss.
The directions on the brown rice pack are similar, but longer. Two parts water to one part rice, stir once, bring the water to a boil, put a lid on it, simmer for 50 minutes.
I get burned rice every time. The first time I made it, I followed the directions perfectly. No edible rice. Last night, I started to follow the directions, but pulled the rice off when I started smelling burny badness. That was at 40min cooking (roughly). I managed to salvage about half the rice. But again, burny badness, and my pan is sad. I am sad too, for having to clean that shit off.
I have another friend that I complained about this to last night. She says she also fails at brown rice, but the other way. Apparently, “brown rice is crunchy in [her] world”. So I’m a little hesitent to just keep dropping the time.
Maybe I need more water? Maybe I need a little dance to the rice gods?
And, then, I know I need more recipes to eat my yummy rice with. But that’s because I think recipes are cool.