The Most Likely Reason Your Rice Turned Out Mushy (And How To Avoid It)

Rice is notoriously difficult to cook perfectly. If you cook rice on the stove-top, this video reveals that the secret to avoiding mushy rice might be in the way you figure out the water-to-rice ratios.

If a type of rice calls for a 1:1 ratio of water to rice -- one cup to one cup -- you'd think that doubling the recipe would just mean you use two cups of each. This video, from the America's Test Kitchen YouTube channel, suggests that rice-to-water ratios can't be scaled up proportionally, however, and that it may be why you're getting mushy rice every time you cook a big batch.

The ATK testing revealed evaporation doesn't double when you double the quantity of rice you're cooking -- it stays the same. So when you double a recipe, you have to account for that evaporation when cook it. Of course, you could always just spring for a nice rice cooker too.

Science: The Secrets of Cooking Rice - The Cause of Recipe Failure is Not What You Might Think [YouTube]


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    or you could just stop cooking it once it reaches the optimum consistency? not difficult at all.

    if you drain your rice at the end then don't cook for any asians who respect their rice.

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