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

Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice

Deliciously healthy and quick to prepare, Lemon Rice is a perfect addition to just about any meal. Try substituting a U.S. Black Japonica rice variety for visual appeal. Continue Reading

Canadian Style Rice Cakes

Canadian Style Rice Cakes

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat. Cook onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook one minute. Add rice, stirring constantly until rice is completely coated with butter and begins to toast. Stir in mushrooms; cook until liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Continue Reading

Sesame Shiitake Fried Rice

Sesame Shiitake Fried Rice

This is a classic way to use up any leftover cooked rice, whether it be short or long-grain and brown or white rice – just be sure the rice you start with is cold. To make this vegetarian, replace oyster sauce with hoisin sauce, or to go in the opposite direction, pick up a hot, roasted chicken or some BBQ pork from the prepared food counter, then chop or shred meat and stir into hot fried rice. Continue Reading