Fluffy Rice is Nice

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Make a rice fountain. Put your rice in a pan. Lean the handle against one side of the sink so that the pan is tilted. Adjust the faucet so that the water flows slowly into the pan near the handle, then gently spills out the other side. Swish the rice occasionally, until the water runs clear. Then drain it well before returning it to the pan and cooking it. Rinsed rice ends up fluffier because some of the surface starch has been washed off. More ways to rinse rice, pg. 113 in 12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets.

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12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets

Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Robert Rose

In thousands of entries on every aspect of cooking and baking, Susan Sampson provides expert information that is indispensable in any kitchen, including: keeping produce safe from spoilage, protecting equipment from nasty bacteria, shortcuts, embellishments, restaurant tricks, presentation tips, party planning and recipe development.

Whether just browsing or desperately trying to solve a vexing emergency, every home cook will treasure this book.

Susan Sampson (a.k.a. The Fare Lady) is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer who lives in Toronto.