Posted by The Survival Center on March 09, 2016
Today we would like to share a secret on how to cook rice, quinoa and even millet without having to simmer it for 20 minutes and the need to constantly stir, so it doesn't stick and burn on the bottom.
This is really valuable information, especially when the power is out and you need to be frugal with the back up resources for cooking, like wood, charcoal or propane. (The latter two may not be replaceable if you can't get them from the store.)
Here are the instructions using white rice:
Take one cup of rice, add it to a pot and rinse with clean water and drain the water through a strainer, leaving
the rice behind in the pot. (For Quinoa unless it is pre-rinsed, you may need to rinse 2-3 times, since it has saponins on the outside, which make the water appear sudsy like soap)
Now add 2 cups of water.
If you like, you can add spices now, like salt, pepper, garlic etc. or even curry for variety.
Put a lid on the pot and turn the stove/heat on high.
Once the rice is boiling turn the heat off.
Lay out 2 big towels on a table, take the pot off the stove and place it in the middle of the towels and wrap the pot with the towels.
Wait 30 minutes and the rice will have steam cooked itself and be ready to eat.
We cook our rice like this all the time. No need for stirring and it's perfect every time. It's doesn't turn out to be perfectly loose but it isn't sticky either.
Try it we are sure you'll like it.
This recipe also works for brown rice, however, let it sit for 45 minutes, since it takes a bit longer for it to be
If your room where you are cooking is very cold, you may have to either insulate the pot with more towels or blankets or unwrap the towels/ blankets after 15 minutes, bring the rice to a boil one more time on the stove, then wrap it back up and let sit for another 15- 25 minutes.
You can double the recipe or ½ it, depending how many people you are cooking for.
The ratio is one part rice to 2 parts water.
If the water is not potable (means safe to drink) and you have no other way of purifying it before hand, then you must boil the water with the rice for at least 10 minutes, just in case.