Valuable and Delicious

Rice is a valuable staple in our diet. This delicious grain can be kept handy in the pantry for long periods of time, it's inexpensive, and has many uses. When cooked, this grain is fluffy, satisfying, and helps to make a meal go further when feeding a large amount of people. There are many varieties of rice but they can all be categorized into either brown rice or white rice. Brown rice is a whole grain and contains up to four times the amount of fiber as white rice. This is because fewer layers have been removed through processing. Brown rice also maintains its natural nutrients; it is a good source of protein, magnesium, and folate. It is especially high in manganese which is an importat mineral for bone development, nerve function, and wound healing.


A wooden spoon holding grains of rice above a large pile of rice.


Store uncooked rice at room temperature in an airtight container. Cooked rice can be refrigerated for up to 4 days or frozen for up to six months.

Preparing and Cooking

To prepare rice for cooking, rinse using a sieve until the water from the rice runs clear. If using enriched white rice, do not wash it as it loses nutrients. When cooking, a general rule is to use twice as much water (or other liquid) as rice. For instant/minute rice, use the same amount of liquid as rice. For rice mixes, follow the package directions.

Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Add 1 cup rice. Turn heat to low. Cover. Cook 15 to 20 minutes for white rice and 50 to 55 minutes for brown rice. Tip the pot to see if any liquid is remaining. Rice is done when liquid is gone. 

Cook rice and water in a covered baking dish at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes for white rice and 55 to 60 minutes for brown rice. 

Follow package directions. Long grain rice takes about 25 minutes. Microwave on high for 10 minutes and then on medium-low for 15 minutes.

Cooking chart

1 cup uncooked


Cooking Time


Instant/Minute Rice

1 cup

5 minutes

2 cups

Long Grain White Rice

2 cups

15-20 minutes

3 cups

Brown Rice

2 cups

50-55 minutes

4 cups

Quick Cooking Brown Rice

2 cups

30 minutes

4 cups


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Featured Recipes

Rice Salad

Wash all fresh vegetables.Collect, dice, and measure all ingredients beforestarting to prepare the recipe.Mix mayonnaise, French dressing, and salt in a largebowl. Add chilled rice, peas, celery, green pepper, andraisins. Mix well.Cover and refrigerate for one hour. Serve cold.Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours. Eat within 3 to 5days.

rice salad

Create Your Own Rice and Beans Bowl

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Add in vegetables, sauté until tender. Stir occasionally to keep from burning.Add beans and desired spices. Heat through.In a bowl, place a scoop of rice and top with beanmixture. Add any sauce and garnishes you choose.

 create your own rice and beans bowl