Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Cook Wild Rice in the Crock Pot!



I love using wild rice in dishes like quiche, soup and pilafs. And my favorite way to cook it is in a large batch in the crock pot! You don't need to watch it, and it doesn't make the house quite as fragrant as the stove top method. (Is it just me or does wild rice give off a WEIRD smell???? Maybe that's why it's called WILD.) I also get much better results of the grains popping than I do when I make it on the stove top.

Once the rice is cooked, you can store it in the freezer in 1 cup portions, or whatever is handiest for you.

Measure the wild rice into the crock pot.



Then add the liquid - I usually use a combination of chicken broth and water.



You'll want a 3:1 ratio of liquid to rice. I used 2 cups of rice and 6 cups of chicken broth/water.

Cover the crock and turn on; my crock is sort of "hot" so it took only 2 hours on high. The first time you do this, stay home and watch it - you want most of the liquid to be absorbed and the grains to pop open:



Check it about every hour and give it a stir. 4-5 hours on low is another option, but I was in a hurry to make soup!

Easy, fast, healthy and versatile. Cooking wild rice in the crock pot works for me!

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5 comments:

  1. huh....never would have thought of that!

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  2. I agree re: smell - just cooked wild rice stovetop and it has a kind of gamey smell. I'll try this slow-cook method next time :-)

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  3. Thank you for posting this - it worked perfect!

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  4. I usually add choppe celery, onion and a little garlic,,, taking it to a Thanksgiving dinner, I havent tried the slow cookr before so I hope it turns out okay...

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  5. I'm going to try it I hope it works out

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