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Can you cook Japanese rice in advance and keep it warm?

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Alsoflamingo Sat 10-Jan-15 11:16:45

Just that, really. I am cooking for a big group of people and can't make enough all in one go. Is it possible to make a batch and then keep it warm somehow? Wondering about putting in steamer over hot water and covering with a towel while I cook second batch….. Any Japanese cooking experts out there? TIA.

CogitoErgoSometimes Sat 10-Jan-15 12:44:04

I'd have thought that if you keep it in a pot that is insulated with towels it will keep warm long enough for you to cook the second batch. If you keep applying heat, the danger is that the grains will stick together too much or lose their shape. I make sushi rolls quite often and, if covered, the cooked rice stays warm and pliable for quite a long time

TanteRose Sat 10-Jan-15 12:48:01

yes, you can keep it warm - good idea from Cog about insulated pot.

In Japan, we have rice cookers which have a "keep warm" function and people leave the rice in the cooker for several hours before eating it.

Alsoflamingo Sat 10-Jan-15 12:50:49

Good idea about the insulated pot - will go down that route I think. I am using a rice cooker actually. The trouble is that I need to do 2 batches to make enough so need to keep the first batch warm somehow!

TanteRose Sat 10-Jan-15 12:54:25

should be fine!

what are you cooking for the hordes of people?

Alsoflamingo Sat 10-Jan-15 17:27:38

Blimey - you name it. Chicken teriyaki, miso marinated salmon, miso soup, tofu and fennel with tahini/miso sauce, carrot and daikon salad. And fresh kaki to finish. Going slightly bonkers in the kitchen as you can imagine!!

TanteRose Sat 10-Jan-15 23:11:36

Sounds amazing - hope it all went well smile

ClartyYakker Sat 10-Jan-15 23:25:23

I've not done it myself but a colleague who regularly cooks huge pots of daal for work related soirees also makes amounts of of rice in casserole dishes in the oven.

Your meal sounds blimmin lovely grin

sashh Sun 11-Jan-15 09:46:41

I was going to say get a rice cooker, I've managed to keep rice warm in a slow cooker as well.

Alsoflamingo Sun 11-Jan-15 11:54:21

In the end managed to keep first batch warm really successfully. Put the cooked rice in a casserole dish with a tight lid - and put that in a massive pot with boiling water in it (sort of like a bain marie). Kept it warm brilliantly without drying it out. Phew!!!

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