[Sca-cooks] kitchen tips
Huette von Ahrens
ahrenshav at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 21 19:57:44 PDT 2008
I have to confess that I grew up on Minute Rice. It was the only rice that my mom would make. And the only reason that I would eat it was because she would add a pat of real butter to it, so it had the taste of butter, which I like. However, I have grown up and haven't used Minute Rice or Uncle Ben's or Rice-a-Rone. I don't think that I have a good palate for rice, as most of the rice tastes the same to me, i.e. bland. I dislike the taste and texture of the sticky rice served at most Asian restaurants. They are only good when you put sauce on it. I find that I do like pilaf as the rice in pilaf has a different texture. However, pilaf usually has other things in it that usually flavors the dish. Now, if I could find a restaurant that doesn't put peppers in their pilaf, I would be a happy camper.
Years ago, at Angel's 20th Anniversary, which was a camping event with an outdoor kitchen, one of my cooks insisted that we serve Frumenty as she said that no feast is a true feast without it. I let her make it, which was a mistake. She made enough to serve without getting to the burnt area on the bottom. However, the one inch thick burnt area was almost impossible to scrape out and clean. I will never make frumenty that way again. If I ever consent to do frumenty again, it will be premade in boiling bags or cooking in a disposible pan in the oven.
--- On Wed, 8/20/08, Michael Gunter <countgunthar at hotmail.com> wrote:
> From: Michael Gunter <countgunthar at hotmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] kitchen tips
> To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
> Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 10:09 AM
> > It did come in handy for camp cooking for 20+ people
> > I had no oven and only a coleman stove. I wanted to
> avoid scorching the
> > rice on the stove even at the lowest flame I could
> get. I certainly don't
> > like the tasted of burnt rice.
> > I thought it to be a reasonable option.
> It's not too bad if cooked in a good chicken stock or
> type of flavored broth or water. But there are better
> If you wish to aviod the burning of rice there are a couple
> of things
> you can do when camping.
> First is pre-cook the rice and seal. Then drop the bag of
> rice into hot water. No mess.
> If you must use a pre-packaged rice then I suggest
> "Uncle Ben's
> Boil-In-Bags". In taste tests it has scored the
> highest and is
> very good and convenient. There is also much less cleanup
> than cooking rice in a pot. Personally, I hate scrubbing
> when camping.
> > Is there something odd about the Minute Rice that I
> just don't taste?
> There is very little rice flavor in Minute Rice. More of a
> cardboard taste. And the texture is way off. There are much
> better choices out there currently.
> > Euriol
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