The brands and types of rice used for cooking are essential ingredients in many cuisines, and they can be used to prepare a wide variety of delicious rice dishes, from main courses to appetizers.
We received a lot of requests for the type of rice we use in our kitchen to cook our delicious rice recipe. By we, I mean my sister and me. I decided to share the varieties of rice and brands we use when preparing a rice dish at home. I will also share our opinions on why we use specific rice brands to make plain rice and other brands, such as rice and beans.
Rice is not an ingredient we cook every day. Farro, millet, quinoa, or bulgur wheat are other types of grains we also consume. Vegetables are also an essential part of our everyday meals. We take our meals very seriously; therefore, the brands and types of rice are also important for our diet and needs.
Here are some specific examples of how rice is used in different cuisines:
- In Asian cuisine, rice is often used as a staple food. It is typically served with stir-fries, curries, and other dishes.
- In Mexican cuisine, rice is often used to make dishes such as arroz con pollo (chicken and rice) and Spanish rice.
- In Italian cuisine, rice is often used to make risotto, a creamy rice dish typically served with seafood or vegetables.
- In Spanish cuisine, rice is often used to make paella, a hearty rice dish that is typically served with seafood, meat, and vegetables.
- In Caribbean cuisine, rice is a versatile ingredient that can be used to prepare a wide variety of delicious dishes such as Djon DJon Rice, Rice and Beans, or Rice with Green Peas.
No matter what cuisine you are cooking, there is sure to be a type of rice that is perfect for your dish. So next time you are in the kitchen, be sure to experiment with different types of rice to find your new favorite!
We mostly use 4 types of rice
In a typical month, you may find the following recipes on our table:
- BROWNED AND CRISPY CHICKEN WITH RICE AND CHICKPEAS
- SIMPLE AND QUICK JASMINE RICE WITH GREEN PEAS AND TOMATO
- THE PERFECT CARIBBEAN RICE AND BEANS RECIPE
We love jasmine rice for its fragrance and texture. We also enjoy basmati rice and other types of rice, such as red and wild rice. Here are the brands of rice you’ll likely find in our pantry:
- Madame Gougousse Jasmine Rice: We buy this rice at regular supermarkets because it’s affordable. We prefer white rice with this type of rice because it has a slightly mushy texture that we enjoy with bean soup and stew recipes. You can find this rice in supermarkets and on Amazon.
Kirkland Signature Jasmine Rice: We use this rice to make white rice, rice and beans, and other mixed rice dishes. We also find that it’s perfect for rice pudding. This is our go-to rice when we’re cooking for a crowd. It’s available at Costco or Amazon.
Mahmood Basmati Rice: We love this rice! It’s one of the best we’ve found so far. It makes great vegetable rice, rice and beans, and rice with djon djon mushrooms. It’s also delicious on its own. It is a bit pricey, but it’s worth it for a special occasion.
Goya Jasmine Rice: This rice is another all-purpose rice for us. It’s similar to the Kirkland Signature rice. Many Haitian cook with this rice. You can find this rice in your local supermarkets and on Amazon.
Why do we buy rice in bulk?
You may be wondering why we have so many different types of rice when we don’t cook rice every day.
- We love saving money. When we buy rice in bulk, we can save a lot of money. We usually buy between 10 and 25 pounds of rice at a time, and we share it among three families. This way, we can all enjoy different types of rice without having to buy a lot of each type.
- We like to have options. There are so many different types of rice out there, and we like to be able to choose the right type for the dish we’re making. For example, we might use jasmine rice for a Thai dish, basmati rice for an Indian dish, or red rice for a salad.
- We like to experiment. We’re always looking for new ways to cook rice, and having different types of rice on hand gives us more options to experiment with. For example, we might try making rice pudding with jasmine rice, or risotto with arborio rice.
This method has worked for us, as we have been doing it for a while. We find that buying rice in bulk is a great way to save money and have more options when cooking. If you’re looking for a way to save money on rice, we recommend giving it a try!
Do all brands or types of rice cook the same way?
Not all of the rice mentioned above cooks the same way. Some types of rice require more water than others. For example, jasmine rice typically requires a 1:1 ratio of rice to water, while basmati rice requires a 1.5:1 ratio.
A good rule of thumb is to measure a 1:1 ratio of rice to water when trying new rice. You can then adjust the amount of water as needed, usually 1/4 cup at a time. For example, if the rice is still too hard after cooking, you can add 1/4 cup of water and cook it for a few more minutes.
Here is a table that summarizes the water requirements for some of the most common types of rice:
|Type of Rice||Water to Rice Ratio|
It is important to note that these are just general guidelines. The amount of water you need may vary depending on the brand of rice you use, the altitude you are cooking at, and your own personal preferences. The best way to find the perfect ratio for you is to experiment.
Here’s a quick Rice Storage: A Step-by-Step Guide
How much rice to buy
The amount of rice you need depends on how many people you are feeding and how much rice you typically eat per person. A good rule of thumb is to buy 1 pound of rice per person. However, if you know that you will be having leftovers, you can buy less.
How to store rice
Once you have bought your rice, it is important to store it properly so that it stays fresh. Rice should be stored in a cool, dry place in a tightly closed container. You can use plastic or glass containers. Do not store rice in a hot and humid pantry or cupboard.
Some people soak rice before cooking it. This can help to reduce the cooking time and make the rice more digestible. However, it is not necessary to soak rice. We do not soak rice when we cook it.
Washing rice before cooking is a common practice in many cultures. This is the method we use. There are a few reasons why people wash rice before cooking:
- To remove excess starch. The starch on the surface of rice can make it sticky and gummy when cooked. Washing the rice removes some of this starch, resulting in a fluffier and less sticky cooked rice.
- To remove impurities. Sometimes, rice can contain small stones or other impurities. Washing the rice can help to remove these impurities, resulting in a cleaner and more palatable cooked rice.
- To improve the flavor of the rice. Some people believe that washing rice improves the flavor of the cooked rice. This is because washing the rice removes some of the bran, which can have a bitter taste.
However, there are also some people who believe that washing rice is unnecessary. They argue that the small amount of starch that is removed during washing does not make a significant difference in the final result. They also argue that washing the rice can remove some of the nutrients from the rice.
Whether or not to wash rice before cooking is a personal preference. There is no right or wrong answer. If you find that washing rice makes your rice fluffier and less sticky, then you should continue to wash it. However, if you don’t notice a difference, then you can skip the washing step.
Here are some tips for washing rice:
- Use cold water. Hot water will make the rice sticky.
- Use a fine-mesh strainer. This will help to catch any small stones or impurities.
- Rinse the rice until the water runs clear. This will remove most of the starch and impurities.
- Be gentle. Don’t over-wash the rice, or you will remove some of the nutrients.
Once you have washed the rice, you can cook it according to your favorite recipe.
Can you recommend a good Haitian rice brand?
Unfortunately, I can only recommend one good Haitian rice brand:
- Madame Gougousse: This is one of Haiti’s most popular rice brands. It is a long-grain white rice that is known for its fluffy texture and mild flavor.
These are many other good Haitian rice brands available. The best brand for you depends on your preferences and the dishes you plan to cook.
When choosing a Haitian rice brand, it is important to consider the following factors:
- Type of rice: There are three main types of rice: long-grain, medium-grain, and short-grain. Long-grain rice is the most common type of rice used in Haitian cuisine. It has a light, fluffy texture and is good for dishes like rice and beans. Medium-grain rice has a slightly chewier texture and is good for dishes like soups and stews. Short-grain rice has a sticky texture and is good for dishes like desserts.
- Flavor: Haitian rice comes in a variety of flavors, from mild to strong. Choose a flavor that you think will complement the dishes you plan to cook.
- Price: Haitian rice can range in price from affordable to premium. Choose a brand that fits your budget.
- Availability: Not all Haitian rice brands are available in all stores. Check your local grocery store or online retailer for available brands.
I hope this helps you choose a good Haitian rice brand for your next meal.
We love trying different types of rice. Please let us know if you have a type of rice you would like us to try! We are always looking for new and delicious rice recipes.