Wait 10 Minutes To Loosen Grains Stuck At The Bottom Of The Pot

You know that annoying layer of rice stuck at the bottom of the pot when you cook rice on the stove? It feels like a waste and makes cleaning up a pain. Here's a simple solution that works with all types of grains.

Photo by George Kelly.

The folks at The Kitchn write:

When the cooking time is up, remove the pot from the heat and let it sit, covered, for 10 minutes. That's it. During that time, the bottom layer of grains will loosen from the bottom of the pan and can be easily scooped out with the rest.

This means you'll be able to eat that bottom layer of rice, barley, oats or other grains — instead of having to scrub it from your pan. Have any tips for cooking perfect rice or stovetop cooking? Let's hear them in the comments.

Keep Stovetop Grains from Sticking: Wait 10 Minutes! [The Kitchn]


    If you don't have 10 mins hanging around, just put it inside fridge, 3-4 mins enough for me. If you worry about your fridge's drawer, put a ceramic saucer at the bottom of the pot.

    When you start cooking the rice, spend about 3-4 minutes stiring it, and add about half a tablespoon of salt to the water. It'll prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan in the first place.

    Dude, get a rice cooker. Just throw rice and water in and it'll beep when you can eat it. teflon coated (or something - non-stick in any case) so never has anything stuck anywhere. One of the few kitchen gadgets that is actually useful and doesn't sit in a cupboard 99% of the year.

      Agreed on this one, one of the easiest and most used cooking appliance in my house..

    Another good tip is to place the the pot on a cold surface (e.g. tiles). This is similar to the fridge trick, the change in temperature will cause the grains stuck on the bottom to lift off.

    I got a micr0wave rice cooker from general trader for like ten bucks, it's great. Rice cooked in ten minutes, no teflon to scratch and non-stick :)

    +1 to the stirring suggestion; much easier.

    Has anyone else tried their electric vegetable steamer for rice? Mine makes the best home cooked rice I've ever had. (and I have an electric rice cooker, microwave rice pot and have cooked on the stove the traditional and boil-turn-off methods)

    On the other hand, if you really burn that rice, cause it boiled dry while you were playing WOW upstairs, there will be black bits of charcoal on the bottom of that pot for the rest of its life.

      To get the charcoal stuff off the bottom of your pot, boil some water and a big spoonful of BiCarb for about 5 mins. You may need to do a bit of scrubbing, but it will come off.

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