Rice 101
Rice Types
Rice History
Rice Products
Healthy Diet
Gluten Free
Brown Rice
Dairy Alternative
How It's Made

Why Rice? Why Not!

Lower Portion Costs

  • Compared to pasta or potatoes, a 4 oz portion of USAC Rice costs approximately $0.03 ñ about 50% less than pasta and 40% less than potatoes.
  • Rice provides a high yield, cooking to three times its uncooked volume.

Multiple Uses

  • Rice is a great food extender ñ as filler in wraps, soup thickener, and in salads.
  • Rice flour produces a light, crispy batter.

Menu Versatility

  • Rice can be served during any course of a meal, from starters and soups to entrÈes and desserts.

Non-Allergenic – Gluten-Free

  • Rice is non-allergenic, gluten-free, and easily digested. This makes rice an important and useful alternative for many of those on restricted diets.

No Pre-Washing Required

  • It is not necessary to pre-wash rice from the U.S. Growers adhere to strict growing and packaging standards, working closely with the USDA to provide the best quality rice available.

Convenience

  • Rice is a natural convenience food—it is easy to store, and always ready to use with no washing, peeling, or chopping required.

Benefits of Rice

  • Easy to Prepare: In a pot, simply add liquid to measure one inch above rice, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Service: Rice can hold for up to one hour after cooking when stored in a shallow hotel pan, covered and kept at 150°F (65°C).
  • Parboiled rice is the most popular variety in the food service industry. After cooking, it remains fluffy and separate and has a long standing time when kept in a bain marie. It contains 80% of its original vitamins and minerals and provides more yield than ordinary milled rice.
  • Saves Time Make one big pot of rice every few days and store leftovers in the refrigerator. Cooked rice will remain fresh in a sealed container for 3-5 days. To re-heat, simply add 2 tbsp (30 mL) of liquid for each cup (250 mL) of cooked rice. Cover and heat on the stovetop or in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until heated through.

Recipes

Two-Tone Rice Salad with Shrimp and Feta

Two-Tone Rice Salad with Shrimp and Feta

This hearty salad is ideal for a crowd and makes great leftovers. The black and brown rice add a source of fibre to every serving and the recipe can be slightly modified to be gluten-free. Simply, check brand of feta, and wine vinegar can be replaced with any gluten-free vinegar. Continue Reading

Brown Rice Risotto with Lemon and Fresh Peas

Brown Rice Risotto with Lemon and Fresh Peas

This version of risotto boasts a refreshing lemon tang complemented with seasonal spring and summer ingredients. Short grain brown rice gives this dish a slightly chewy texture and nuttier flavour than traditional risotto — a happy delight for tastebuds. Leftovers make for an appetizing lunch. Continue Reading