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millespadpuddy Sun 11-Aug-19 21:28:32

AIBU by thinking it would be handy to serve the uncle bens microwave rice at a dinner party for 10.
Would anyone notice?It would be one less think to worry about.I'm making a curry the day before.
Or is there a good way to reheat rice?

Shazafied Sun 11-Aug-19 21:29:33

Definitely just do it ! Microwave rice and whatever other easy options you can possibly take. You want to be able to enjoy the evening !

SoftSheen Sun 11-Aug-19 21:30:30

Don't risk reheating rice, you might give everyone terrible food poisoning.

Basmati rice is so easy to cook anyway- why not just do it on the day?

Charm23 Sun 11-Aug-19 21:32:34

If cook fresh basmati rice on the day as microwave rice isn't as nice, something about the texture and taste.

madcatladyforever Sun 11-Aug-19 21:32:41

Nobody will know it tastes exactly the same.

Whoopstheregomyinsides Sun 11-Aug-19 21:33:28

Wouldn't even give a thought to this - do it !

SweetMelodies Sun 11-Aug-19 21:33:31

At least it’s guaranteed not to be soggy etc

I love the uncle bens packs soo easy and tastes good

HeadintheiClouds Sun 11-Aug-19 21:33:33

God, no. Curry is fine reheated (better, in fact), but rice is a definite no no. If you’re not doing the curry on the day the rice shouldn’t be too onerous?

SweetMelodies Sun 11-Aug-19 21:34:10

Think the OP means the uncle bens rice in a packet that you microwave in 2 mins? Not repeating previously cooked rice

millespadpuddy Sun 11-Aug-19 21:34:19

I suppose I just worry that I'll be chatting etc and end up over cooking it.Always turns out fine when just cooking for ourselves.

allymcn Sun 11-Aug-19 21:34:27

No one will even notice! I literally live off those pouches, they age a lifesaver!

peachgreen Sun 11-Aug-19 21:36:04

You absolutely can tell microwave rice from real rice - it's fine but I personally would probably just buy a rice cooker, they're not expensive and you'll use it loads.

Griefmonster Sun 11-Aug-19 21:39:29

Would be fine to do microwave pouches but I recently discovered baking rice and it is basically foolproof and great for large numbers. One version here: www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2695/basmati-pilaff

millespadpuddy Sun 11-Aug-19 22:05:38

Thanks so much for all the replies.I might try the baked recipe.Had never heard of rice cookers...

millespadpuddy Sun 11-Aug-19 22:13:31

Argos has a Cookworks rice cooker that has good reviews and it's not too expensive.
I enjoy entertaining so I think it could be very useful.Thanks for the tip.

peachgreen Mon 12-Aug-19 05:20:53

That's the one I have and it's done me 15 years of at least twice weekly use. smile

peachgreen Mon 12-Aug-19 05:21:29

Oops, not 15. I can't do maths. 10!

GirlRaisedInTheSouth Mon 12-Aug-19 05:25:21

Why would you do that? Get yourself a rice cooker. They’re only cheap and will keep the rice warm after cooking.

I use my rice cooker about 4 times a week. Couldn’t be without it.

GotToGoMyOwnWay Mon 12-Aug-19 05:37:06

I always bake rice - long grain, with stock, tomato & garlic purée. Stick in oven 30/40 minutes. Job done.

CheeseChipsMayo Mon 12-Aug-19 06:15:12

Great idea-Though i regularly reheat rice as its a bit exxy &we eat LOTS😃have done all my life-one big pot-does us for whatever curry/chili/mexican i defrost from the batch bake..lifes too short to waste peeing about in the kitchen on non-essentials!

CompletelyAtSea Mon 12-Aug-19 09:45:38

Rice cooker!!
I had curry party for 10 recently and my rice cooker happily made more than enough rice in 45 mins. It's an amazing thing ❤️ I use it to make grain salads too - mix different rices with bulgar wheat and freekah and giant couscous and cook it all together.

Also, if I have leftover rice from a meal I rinse it in a sieve under cold water until it's properly cold. Drain it and freeze in portion sizes immediately. Then microwave from frozen to accompany curry on another day. Avoids the dangerous "lukewarm" phase when bacteria multiply.

BrokenWing Mon 12-Aug-19 09:49:56

How many packs would you need to microwave for 10 people, sounds like more of a faff.

Rice is so easy to cook, stick it on and set your oven timer so you don't forget about it.

Pekkanekka Mon 12-Aug-19 10:00:53

My husband cooks rice in the microwave in a big pot and it's really easy - takes about 20 minutes, but it always cooks perfectly and would probably be easier than putting lots of pouches in there.
I'll check the proportions and timings and let you know.

AtleastitsnotMonday Mon 12-Aug-19 13:06:06

How many pouches can you nuke at once though? It could end up taking ages.

Herocomplex Mon 12-Aug-19 13:09:38

You don’t have to microwave the rice in the pouches, I tip it out into a bowl.
I do it all the time, the Tilda coconut rice is amazing. Cooking rice for ten unless you’ve got an electric cooker is a faff, and you can use the cooker space for making dhal!

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