Cooking Rice with Le Creuset

by KK

Hi this is KK, Sushi Artist / Healthy Muffin Maker / Mum 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog.

 

As much as I love to cook, I love collecting kitchen ware. But there’s some rule to it, and I try not to buy things that can only one thing. On the other hand I love things that I can use in many different ways, and Le Creuset is certainly one of them. I cook my rice in it, and never fail.

20120511-180949.jpg The key to cook the rice in a nice fluffy way is the water:rice ratio.

In Japan, 1 cup of rice is 180cc (In Australia, 1 cup is 250cc) and when cooking “regular” rice,usually water:rice ratio is 1:1.1~1.2. I  am using the word “usually” because new season rice is “softer” so I would use less water, maybe 1:1~1.1. And if I am cooking sushi rice, the ratio would be 1:1. This is because I would be adding sushi vinegar later to the cooked rice, and if you cook it with 1:1.2 ratio, it becomes too soggy.

 

So, to cook 3 cups of rice, I would prepare

-540cc Medium grain or Short grain rice

-620cc water

-Rinsing water, Soaking water

 

Method:

Step 1: Put rice in a large bowl, and under a running water, rinse 3~5 times, until the water becomes clear.

Step 2: Soak rinsed rice in water (make sure it is all covered) and let it rest for at least 30min

Step 3: Drain all the soaking water, place the rice in Le Creuset (I am using 20 inch to cook 3 cups), pour 640cc water; Cook on high heat for 8min, and then on low heat for 12min. Rest for 10min before serving.

 

For this amount of rice and water, the pot would come to boil at  around 8min. This does depend on the type of stove you are using, and how “strong” your “high heat” is. When I say “high”, the flame should be a bit smaller than the rim of the pot. It shouldn’t be going outside of it.

Also, the time depends on the type of pot you are using. Personally, I think heavier the better. I tried using Titan pot that Hide bought for camping (it is supposed to be “Good Quality”, very energy efficient, but very light) and the rice turned into coal! So, try avoiding aluminium pots and even steel pots unless they are multi layered.

 

I hope you can find your perfect combination!

 

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