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

Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers

Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers

These delicious peppers are stuffed with a bounty of delicious ingredients including black beans, corn, peppers and U.S. rice. Simple to prepare, they make a colourful addition to any fall meal. Use red, yellow or green peppers for a rainbow of colours. Continue Reading

Festive Slow Cooker Rice Muesli

Festive Slow Cooker Rice Muesli

A perfect breakfast for entertaining large groups over the holidays, hosts can relax and let people serve themselves. Simply assemble all of the ingredients in the slow cooker before going to bed and forget about it until you're ready for breakfast in the morning. Continue Reading

Classic Baked Risoto

Classic Baked Risoto

Baked? Traditionally the preparation of Risotto requires approximately a half-hour of constant stirring over a hot stove. With this easy version, the stirring is replaced with 30 minutes of baking, allowing time to prepare the rest of your meal or to simply sit and relax before dinner. Continue Reading