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8 Tricks For How To Cook Brown Rice So It Comes Out Perfect Every Time

Here to help with this common cooking woe are chefs, nutritionists, and personal trainers who have gone through their fair share of mushy brown rice to learn how to master the art. Follow these steps and get perfect, fluffy rice every time and enjoy all the fiber and minerals it has to offer. (Like what you're reading? Sign up for our newsletter to get health insights, clever kitchen tricks, gardening secrets, and more—delivered straight to your inbox. And follow along on Facebook and Instagram.) 1. Soak Grains Overnight No matter the cooking method you use, it’s important to rinse your rice to help reduce the amount of arsenic. Since brown rice has a particularly high amount, go one further and soak it over night. This trick is very helpful in reducing arsenic, because it opens up the grain and allows arsenic to escape. To do it, cover uncooked grains with water and place in the fridge overnight. Then before cooking, give it a rinse. This method also helps reduce cook-time by almost half, says Jennifer Eler Haubrich, certified natural foods chef, holistic health coach, and founder of Your Veggie Coach. 2. Toast It Alisa Viti, author of Women Code and founder of Flo Living offers this quick little brown rice trick in her 4-Day Hormone Detox:Before cooking, spread the desired amount of rice in a wide pot with a bit of olive or coconut oil. With the heat on high you’ll start to smell a beautiful nutty aroma after roughly 3-5 minutes. Move the rice around to toast all of the grains. For extra flavor, add some shallots, garlic, or leeks. This method not only reduces the cook time, but adds a tremendous amount of flavor to your rice. (Watch our video below for some easy, no-cook jams to make yourself.) 3. Use Your Widest Pot After staring into pounds of mushy, overly absorbed rice I decided to...

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