How do you actually recognize good rice?

Not all rice is created equal. There are many different varieties. But how can you tell good quality? We provide orientation.

Chop Suey with rice from the frozen food department, half-cooked rice for the microwave in a practical plastic bag or sushi-to-go on every street corner (at least in the big cities): It has never been easier to purchase convenience products and, above all, to enjoy them quickly . The range of fast food and ready-made meals is particularly beneficial for those who work. Save yourself that long time in the kitchen. Unfortunately, important knowledge is also lost. For example, even with such mundane things as  rice cooking .

Almost every well-stocked household nowadays has a rice cooker that joins an induction cooker, mixer and food processor. A rice cooker is convenient. With a measuring cup you put the desired amount into the pot, there are lines up to where the water has to be filled. Then all you have to do is press a button and wait. The result is impressive, the rice is perfectly cooked. 

But how do you actually recognize good rice?

Not all rice is created equal. The varieties vary, as do the prices. There are round grain rice like arborio for risotto, long grain rice like basmati or jasmine rice, black rice, brown rice and so on. 

Many consumers like to use Basmati rice, which sounds more noble than long-grain rice (although it is of the same variety). For good quality you should pay attention to these three things.

1. The packaging: No good rice comes in plastic packaging. Rice from cloth bags or sachets is a better choice. You should pay attention to the note “extra long grain rice” for the best quality.

2. Shape: The longer the rice grain, the better. The rice grain should never be flat on the sides, but rather at an angle.

3. Color: The best color for rice, for example with Basmati, is by no means pearly white, but shimmering golden, but not gray. Good basmati rice ages. Sometimes this process takes several years.

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