After unboxing the Instant Pot®, I was all ready to start cooking, but I first had to perform the initial test run that was detailed in the manual. Fine. How hard can it be to boil a pot of water in a pressure cooker? It turns out that I was not patient enough and I failed my initial test run. Embarrassing. My son reread the instructions to me, and I waited with a bit more patience. Thankfully, I had success, otherwise this blog would be ending right here. With that out of the way it was time to make some rice.
One of my first kitchen appliances was a rice cooker. You could say I married into it. Initially, I was very excited to have it. Growing up, my mom was a fantastic cook. Some of my fondest memories from childhood were with her in the kitchen. She taught me many things, however my mama could not and still cannot cook rice.
When I first visited my husband's bachelor pad, I was less than impressed. I opened his fridge to find a 2-liter of coke, a gallon of milk, some chocolate milk powder, and some potato chips (yes, in the fridge). On the counter were some bananas, and a rice cooker. A rice cooker? My husband is Chinese, and when his parents came to visit him they saw his empty kitchen and lack of food and thought if they bought him a rice cooker, he would steam fish and rice for his dinner every night. Ha, ha, ha. My husband is a lot of wonderful things, but he can't cook. It sat on his counter, and he still only ate potato chips and bananas. Fast-forward a year and I inherited an unused and very dusty rice cooker. Within 3 months, I got rid of it. It was messy and I didn't know how to use it correctly. The rice was mushy and unappetizing and it was easier to just learn to make it in a pot.
The first thing I decided to make in my Instant Pot® was a pot of rice. I have gotten a lot of practice making rice for my husband and feel like I do a decent job. However, sometimes my rice scorches and sometimes it is mushy. The idea of a consistent pot of rice that I don't have to pay attention to is appealing to a busy mom like me. After some trial and error, which I will share in another post, I found my favorite method.
Perfect Instant Pot® White Rice
Makes 3 cups
1 cup white basmati rice
1 cup water
1. Place rice into a colander and rinse until water runs clear (basmati is not very starchy, so it does not need much rinsing). Place rinsed rice into instant pot and add water. Cover and lock.
1. Set Instant Pot® to manual - low pressure. Adjust time to 8 minutes. When timer goes off, do a quick pressure release. Fluff rice with fork and serve.
Hi, I am Julie and welcome to Instantly Delicious. I am so glad you are here to share in my adventures with using an Instant Pot ® to make easy, nutritious, and Instantly Delicious food.
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