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How to Pre-Cook Rice

author image Sommer Leigh
Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.
How to Pre-Cook Rice
Cook white rice until it is fluffy. Photo Credit: PicturePartners/iStock/Getty Images

Pre-cooking rice is not so much about how to cook the rice, but how to store it. You follow the same cooking instructions as you would for immediate consumption, making sure to cook the rice to a fluffy texture and avoid a gummy outcome. Once the rice is cooked, store it properly so it's ready to use in dishes. You can add pre-cooked rice at the end of the cooking time for most dishes calling for rice. It also works well in fried rice or served plain as a side dish.

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Step 1

Rinse the rice a few times under cold, running water to remove the loose starch so that the rice is less sticky.

Step 2

Drain the rice in a sieve until all of the water is completely drained.

Step 3

Place the rice in the saucepan with the amount of water recommended on the rice packaging.

Step 4

Add salt and butter or margarine if you wish, based on the amounts recommended on the rice packaging.

Step 5

Place the saucepan on a stove-top burner set to medium-high heat.

Step 6

Bring the mixture to a boil. Turn the heat down to low to simmer.

Step 7

Cover the saucepan with its lid.

Step 8

Simmer the mixture until the water is completely absorbed and the rice is fluffy. This make take as little as 12 minutes or as much as one hour. Base the simmering time on the directions provided on the rice packaging.

Step 9

Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the rice sit for a few minutes.

Step 10

Fluff the rice with a fork.

Step 11

Transfer the hot rice immediately to a resealable bag or covered container to lock in the moisture for storage.

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