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sous vide essentials: perfect rice

a recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

Probably not going to get a lot of interest (pinches) on sous vide recipes, but it is such an amazing way to cook food, perfectly, every time. And, I am here to share diverse recipes, not increase my pinch count :-) This is the perfect way to cook rice… As a matter of fact, if you have a rice cooker, or an Instant Pot that has a rice setting… this way is better. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves 2 - 3
prep time 5 Min
cook time 25 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For sous vide essentials: perfect rice

  • 1 c
    long-grain white rice
  • 1 c
    filtered water, or stock
  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt, kosher variety
  • various dried spices
  • lemon zest
  • black or white pepper
  • wine
  • the sky is the limit

How To Make sous vide essentials: perfect rice

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  • 2
    I have been cooking sous vide, long before it became popular in American kitchens. The process is simple: You seal your food in Ziploc bag, or use a vacuum sealer, and immerse into a water bath that maintains an exact temperature. Time on sous vide can range from 15 minutes, to 48 hours.
  • 3
    For this recipe you will need a sous vide machine. They come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. However, once you get the hang of using one, I really believe you will love it.
  • 4
    If you are not using a vacuum-sealing machine (Food Saver, etc.), then you are probably using standard plastic food bags (Ziploc, etc.). To get as much of the air out of the bag, as possible, use the water displacement method. The easiest way to accomplish this is to slowly sink it into a pan of water, with the top open, and allow the pressure of the water pushing against the bag to force out most of the air. Then, seal the bag, and you are good to go. If I am using Ziploc-type bags, I always clip the bag to the side of the container with the zip-seal portion above the water line. One more thing, do not use the “regular” Ziploc bags; use the ones designed to go into the freezer. They are much stronger and less prone to leaks.
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    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
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    Place the sous vide machine into a pot of water and bring it up to a temperature of 200f (95c).
  • 7
    Add the rice, water (or broth), salt, and butter to a Ziploc bag, or vacuum bag.
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    If you notice, in step 7 there are two small round objects on the bottom ends of the bags… Those are two pairs of heavy-duty magnets that I clip to the bottom of the bag. Their additional weight keeps the bag from floating to the surface.
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    Add any desired seasonings.
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    Allow the rice to cook for 25 minutes.
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  • So yummy
    Remove from the bag, place on a plate or bowl, and serve while nice and warm. Enjoy.
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