This show was focused on their favorite Big Batch recipes. There were honestly a few interesting things shared, but I consider Big Batch serving at least 10 people and most of their offerings didn't. The exception was when one chef shared how to bake a pan of rice - a 9 x 13 pan. The chef used an aluminum foil pan that could be thrown away. And she made a regular white rice cooked in a flavored broth. She used the same two to one proportions of liquid to rice, she washed the rice, and added the salt and a bit of oil. Voila - a pan of perfectly cooked fluffy rice.
My youngest was having a birthday, so I was having the family over - just seven of us now. He and his wife both love rice way more than potatoes, and they particularly love coconut rice. So I dug around to see if anyone had tried baking coconut rice and the answer was yes, a lot of people. The proportions of liquid to water seemed to be a little less liquid than with regular rice recipes which worried, me. but as most recipes used the same ratio I gave it a try. I also doubled the recipe.
What a lovely surprise to open the top and fluff the rice. It was perfect. I'm glad I made a double batch as everyone had a nice serving, plus my son ate three large helpings (the birthday boy so happy he loved it) and his wife had two. When you have company, this is definitely the way to go. I've used a rice cooker (although a small cheap one), and I've both cooked rice on the stovetop and in the microwave. his by far was the easiest when you have company. You don't have to keep an eye on it. The bottom doesn't burn, nor does the pot boil over.
Note - It is super important to wash the rice thoroughly in a strainer before using. And make sure you check the standard ratio of rice to liquid for the type of grain you are using and stick to it.
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