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Instant Brown Rice

Instant brown rice is a convenient variation of traditional brown rice, precooked and then dehydrated to reduce the amount of cooking time required. Retaining the bran and germ layers, it retains a higher nutritional content compared to its white counterpart. Instant brown rice simplifies meal preparations by offering a healthier and easy-to-cook option for busy households and those seeking a whole-grain choice. To prepare instant brown rice, simply add water (or broth) and cook it for a short duration, usually 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the brand. This versatile ingredient can be a delicious addition to various dishes, such as stir-fries, salads, and casseroles, providing a nutritional boost and satisfying texture.
#13
IN GRAINS & RICE
356
CAL / 100G
$0.10
AVG / OZ
instant brown rice
90%
CARBS
2%
FAT
8%
PROTEIN
Instant Brown Rice FAQ
Instant brown rice is an absolute delight when it comes to preparation, mainly due to its significant reduction in cooking time. The common problem people encounter with instant brown rice mainly pivots around the texture and flavor, which is often thought to be different or inferior to that of standard brown rice. However, it's crucial to note that the quality of texture and flavor often depends on the brand and the exact cooking method used. To get the most from your instant brown rice, it's recommended to follow the cooking instructions provided by the manufacturer. You can also toast the rice in a little bit of olive oil before adding water to deepen its flavor. Adding spices or cooking it in broth can also enhance its taste. A hidden kitchen hack is using instant brown rice to make quick rice pudding. It cuts down the cooking time and gives it a satisfying texture. You might not know this, but instant brown rice can also be used as a thickening agent in stews and soups, giving them a rich, hearty texture.
Can I use instant brown rice as a substitute for regular brown rice?
Why is my instant brown rice coming out mushy?
Can instant brown rice be used for fried rice?
Is instant brown rice as nutritious as regular brown rice?
How do I add more flavor to my instant brown rice?
Can I cook instant brown rice in the microwave?
Is the texture of instant brown rice different from regular brown rice?
Can instant brown rice be used to make rice pudding?
Do I have to rinse instant brown rice before cooking?
Can I use instant brown rice in a rice cooker?
Expiration & Storage Tips
When does instant brown rice expire?
In a cool, dark pantry, unopened instant brown rice will typically last about 2 to 3 years past the printed date on the package. Once it's been opened, it should be used within 1 year. If you've prepared a batch at home, leftover cooked brown rice can be kept in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 days. For longer storage, instantly cooked brown rice can be frozen for up to 6 months.
How do you tell if instant brown rice is bad?
You'll know the instant brown rice has gone bad if it develops an unpleasant or rancid smell. It could also change in color, usually into a darker shade. For cooked brown rice, the texture may be overly dry, hard or slimy which can indicate that it's spoilt. Always trust your senses. If it smells off or looks different, it's safe to say you should discard it.
Tips for storing instant brown rice to extend shelf life
• Keep unopened instant brown rice in a cool, dark pantry. Avoid areas near the stove or oven as heat can affect its quality. • Once opened, transfer the instant brown rice into an airtight container to prevent bugs and moisture. • Leftover cooked brown rice should be cooled quickly within two hours of cooking. To do this, spread it out on a wide dish to allow it to cool faster before storing in the refrigerator. • Freezing instant brown rice can extend its shelf life. To freeze cooked rice, spread it out on a baking sheet to cool, then put in a freezer bag. This way, you can easily grab the amount you need without thawing the whole bag. To defrost, heat it in the microwave or stir-fry till hot.
EXPIRES WITHIN
11 - 17
MONTHS
Equivalents
Health Info
Macros
156g
CARBS
4g
FAT
13g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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