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

Step 1

Cultivation

Rice is significantly different from other cereals because its cultivation requires the controlled flooding and drainage of large tracts of land. If rice fields are not flooded or drained at the proper time, entire rice crops can be lost.

Rice cultivation begins by flooding a rice field to a depth of 2 ñ 3 inches. Rice is then either broadly cast over the flooded field of immature rice plants are individually transplanted into the muddy water.

Once the rice seed has germinated, it will take 3 ñ 7 months for it to reach maturity. The colour of the rice plant then turns from green to beige, signaling harvest time.

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Step 2

Milling

The outermost layer, or hull, encasing the paddy rice is inedible. Removing the hull (also called ëhuskí) is the first step in milling.

All rice destined for consumption is subject to this initial milling step in which ëshellerí machines strip away the hull. What remains is brown rice, with the bran layers still surrounding the kernel.

Grains of brown rice can then be milled by machines that rub the grains together under pressure. This abrasion process removes the bran layer, revealing white or ëpolishedí rice.

Parboiling is a steam pressure process in which rough rice is soaked, steamed and dried before milling. This procedure gelatinizes the starch in the grain, ensuring a firmer and more separate grain. Parboiled rice is often favoured by those who desire an extra fluffy rice.

Pre-cooked rice is white or brown rice that has been completely cooked and dehydrated after milling. This reduces the amount of time required for cooking.

Recipes

Curry Chicken and Rice Casserole

Curry Chicken and Rice Casserole

Easy to prepare for a weekday meal or sophisticated enough for a weekend dinner party, the Curry Chicken and Rice Casserole meets the demands of today's conscientious foodies. Healthy ingredients, rich in fiber and delicious wholesome flavours will make this your new go-to recipe. 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

Riz-Za-Pizza

Riz-Za-Pizza

Meaty mushrooms, green onions, tomatoes and mozzarella are only a few topping suggestions, get creative and have fun. Topped with pesto, short or medium grain rice acts as a substitute for dough making this pie perfect for those with gluten allergies. For best results, ensure toppings are well drained. Continue Reading