mrsflash’s energy saving tip does work!
mrsflash – Member
You may know this already but I didn’t. If you’re cooking pasta or rice, bring to the boil as you normally would, then put the lid on, turn the hob off and leave it for the normal cooking time. Cooks as normal. 15ish minutes of energy saved.miketuallySubscriber
Stuff like casseroles that you’d normally start on the hob and then move to the oven can apparently be cooked similarly. Bring to the boil on the hob, then put inside a well insulated box (eg. box filled with straw) and then set aside. You’ll need to leave it for longer than normal though, obviously.
Disclaimer: I’ve not tried this.Posted 8 years agodoogeMember
In my student house its quicker to blow hot air on jacket potatos to cook them than stick them in the so called microwave. Although Ill try that tip with pasta.
What I always have trouble with is rice. I always find no matter what I do, change water volume, chuck in a bit of salt, oil, etc I still get stodgy rice. Ive countered it by draining it two to three times to get rid of the starch, rinsing the rice through with hot water and chucking back on heat but its a faff. I dont buy cheap rice either and I dont boil the hell out of it, just a small simmer. Any suggestions Mrsflash?Posted 8 years agophyncraMember
rinse your rice thouroughly in cold water. Drain thouroughly. Add between 1 and 1/3 and 1 and 1/2 volumes of boiling water, put on high heat w/ well fitting lid. Bring to boil then put on v low heat for ~13 minutes, until all water has been soaked up. It should need no draining.
I dont beleive for a minute that taking pasta off the heat works.Posted 8 years agoAdamWMember
What I always have trouble with is rice. I always find no matter what I do, change water volume, chuck in a bit of salt, oil, etc I still get stodgy rice. Ive countered it by draining it two to three times to get rid of the starch, rinsing the rice through with hot water and chucking back on heat but its a faff. I dont buy cheap rice either and I dont boil the hell out of it, just a small simmer. Any suggestions Mrsflash?
I have tried the Delia method and it does work every time for me:
Take a volume of rice that you want and put it in a pan.Posted 8 years ago
Take twice that volume of boiling water and add.
Turn gas to lowest setting and leave the lid on, only peeking towards what you think is the end.
DO NOT STIR – that will release the starch causing it to get sticky.
When the water has been absorbed it is ready.funkynickSubscriber
For basmati I saw this recipe, and it works every time…
Use 180ml of boiling water for every 100g of rice (900ml/500g)
Using a pan that can go in the oven, heat a little oil and then add the rice, stir it about a bit and then chuck in the boiling water.
Cover and then stick in a 150C oven for 15 minutes.
Perfect rice every time… even doing 4kg of the stuff for a big meal…Posted 8 years agomangoridebikeSubscriber
does it work for gas hobs? I know that the electric hobs hold their heat for a long time after use so this would help the cooking process, but once a gas hob is turned off it loses its heat much more quickly.
Anyone have any experience of this working with gas too?Posted 8 years ago
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