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Sainsbury's Basics Long Grain Rice

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      28.06.2010 08:39
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      Good value and nice tasting rice.

      Eating a healthy diet is very important in life and I like rice and pasta as I find them very filling and I have been buying this rice from the Sainsbury's Basics lower brands of foods for quite some time as it was only usually priced 73p for a 1kg bag. It comes in a very basic transparent plastic bag and the grains are dried and tiny and it is very easy to cook and it is recommended to use 50g per person and the rice can be placed into a saucepan with boiling water and boil for approximately 15 minutes and salt can be added if required but I never add salt to rice as I find it tastes fine without it in my opinion. After it has been boiled it can be drained through a sieve and it is ready to serve and it can also be cooked in a microwave in a non metallic bowl with 1 pint or 600ml of boiling water and cook for approximately 15 minutes also. Rice is such a versatile food and it can be eaten with curries, chicken, vegetables, and I like to eat it with Salmon as I like those 2 foods together for some reason lol. I used to cook rice in a rice cooker but I no longer have the cooker and so I now just boil it in a saucepan. This rice has a really nice texture to it, it is nice and fluffy and soft and it is very easy to swallow and it is very tasty and the quality is very good for a cheaper brand, it is nice with sweet corn or peppers and I often place them into tiny bowls and serve them with salads in the summer months as my hubby loves rice with salads. Foods can be experimented with a this one is no different and my hubby loves different combinations of foods together and there is no rule as to what foods have to be eaten together in my opinion and it is nice to just eat what foods you like and enjoy them. My grandson loves this rice and it is easy for him to swallow too as he is only almost 18 months old and he is trying lots of foods at the moment and I cooked this rice and gave him it with fish and he loved it. I sometimes cook frozen peas or frozen vegetables and mix them with this rice and I think it is very filling and enjoyable. Per 100g cooked weight of this rice it contains 127 calories, 28g carbohydrate, 0.6g fat and 0.3g of fibre. It is good for anyone on a diet plan as I have been on one lately and I have found it very filling and healthy too and the quality of this rice is extremely good and it is excellent value for money. I highly recommend this rice to anyone to try or anyone on a low budget as I do not think you will be disappointed. I give it 5 stars.

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        03.04.2010 10:40
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        Delish Rice For Your Curry!

        Since the new year I've been eating more healthy foods like pasta and rice, the only trouble is that rice can be madly expensive and with the 5 of us all loving it in this house buying Uncle Bens boil in the bag rice was working out big time expensive each week. My mum brought this Long Grain Rice from Sainsburys, it's only 73p for a 1kg bag and that's a big difference in price compared to Uncle Bens or Tilda rice that we usually buy. To cook it you have to bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the rice and cook for 15 mins. I always lift a spoon out and try it after about 12 mins though because sometimes this rice sticks together if you leave it in for too long, this is the same with all rice though and not just this one. It takes quite a bit of draining and holds the water more than other rices so you have to make sure you drain it for quite a long time or you'll end up with a puddle of the cooking water on your plate and that will spoil the taste and texture of the sauce. The grains are nice and soft when they're cooked right and swell up good, you don't need to put a lot of the dry rice in the saucepan if you're just cooking it for yourself because if you overdo it you'll end up with too much rice and this one isn't that good when it goes cold so it's a waste because you can't keep it and use it for salads or anything. The bag says to use 50g of dry rice per person but for me that's a bit too much and I reckon I use about 30g, I don't bother weighing it because I can sort of tell by eye how much I need to use. The rice goes wicked with curry and soaks the flavour of whatever sauce you're using up good, it's rice at the end of the day and doesn't taste or feel ANY different from if you'd used one that cost loads more money. The only difference with this and the boil in the bag rice I usually use is that you have to be a bit more accurate with the cooking times and drain it for longer, I'm a bit crap at cooking rice so I ALWAYS have to be careful about that so it doesn't make a lot of difference to me... apart from the couple of quid extra I've got in my purse after buying this instead of Uncle Bens! The only problem is that you can't seal the bag once you've opened it so you should make sure you've got a container to pour the rice into, not that it goes off or anything but it can spill out of the bag and make a right mess in the cupboard if you're not careful. Recommended..... cheap and does the job good!!!

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          02.04.2010 08:04
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          good value at a good price

          I love curries and make them myself most of the time as I prefer my own ingredients and they are nice with rice or pasta. I buy this lower branded rice from Sainsbury's basic range, it comes in a plastic bag and for only 75 for 1kg it is very good value. We eat a lot of this product, normally at the weekend as it is very quick to make and at the weekend when we like to go out somewhere or have visitors it saves a lot of time, it needs no preparation at all, it is just poured into a saucepan with water and boiled for 15 minutes and it is ready to go. It is advisable to rinse the grains first before cooking. For a typical serving it says on the packet use 50g but I use more than that amount as I really do love rice but that is just a guide line, I do not measure mine, I just pour the amount I think I may need then add water. The grains are an off white colour and are of a good nice size, also they are dry and solid and when it is cooked it swells much bigger so not too much is needed in the saucepan as twice the amount you put in will be doubled when cooked. When I first started to cook, I put lots in a saucepan and I was amazed how little I really needed but I have learned from that experience over the years, as practice makes perfect. It is very nice tasting rice for the cheaper price and it is very good value for money, and a bag lasts a very long time. I pour all the contents into a plastic tub and then just pour from it when I want to eat have my curries etc. Per 50g dry weight serving it contains, 158 calories, 3.5g protein, 0.8g fat, 0.4g fibre and 0.2g salt. It is very filling and a very cheap food and it is ideal for dinner party meals and large families and especially if you are on a low budget. I recommend this product to anyone to try and for the lower range product it is excellent value for money

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            02.04.2009 22:37
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            Two out of three is bad.

            I had some Sainsbury's vouchers to spend so I decided to stock up on staple foods such as rice, pasta and tinned foods. It is generally recognised that starchy foods such as bread, cereals, pasta, potatoes and rice should form the basis of all meals. They are a healthy because they contain little fat. This rice for example only contains 0.6g of fat per 100g. I don't usually shop at Sainsbury's as it is a little out of the way and this was the first occasion I had ever purchased a product from the Sainsbury's basics range. The basics range is similar to the Tesco value range whereby foods are sold under a supermarket own label in simple packaging and are usually much cheaper than similar products sold under different brand names. I have purchased on several occasions Tesco value long grain rice and it has tasted fine. So I did not hesitate in buying a three 1 Kilo bags of Sainsbury's Basics long grain rice. Buying three bags of a product you have never tried before is perhaps a little risky but I thought it is only rice, so what could go wrong? A Sainsbury basics 1 kilo bag of rice costs 73p. This is exactly the same price at he time of writing as a Tesco Value 1 kilo bag. It is clear then that the two supermarkets keep a close eye on the prices of each others low priced food. I have visually compared the two types of rice and they do seem remarkably similar, possibly they come from the same source. Like most rice, Sainsbury's Basic long grain rice should be thoroughly washed before boiling it for 15 to 20 minutes. Leaving it to soak a little before boiling helps to reduce the cooking time. It is also usually a good idea to add at least a pinch of salt. According to the packet 50g of rice should usually do one person. After boiling, the rice can be drained through a sieve if required. The Sainsbury's rice is packed in Holland but there is no indication on the packet where the rice originates from, only that the product is sourced from suppliers who meet the companies 'stringent standards of quality and safety'. Well something wasn't quite right when I opened my first bag of Sainsbury's Basic long grain rice. Everything seemed alright at first. I just poured some grains into a pan and added the boiling water and let it simmer as the instructions indicated. But it was during the boil that I first noticed a strange smell. It is hard to describe exactly what the smell was but it was unusual and similar to a chlorine type smell mixed with a pungent smell of the rice. At first I thought it might have been the water but when I took a sniff of the rice left in the bag I could smell it there too. I thought maybe it was just a variation in rice odour or because the rice was a cheap variety. I checked the sell-by date and there was still a two year period to go so I went ahead and consumed a portion of the rice. All I can say is that it tasted funny and the chlorine type taste/smell was quite present despite the addition of some mackerel fillets in a hot chilli dressing. There were no untoward side effects from eating the rice but the smell was so pungent that I decided to refrain from eating or cooking anymore. I ended up throwing over half a bag away. As I said, I bought three bags so was initially intent in returning them to Sainsbury's. But before doing so I had the curiosity to open another bag just to see if the smell was the same. This was not the case. In fact the two other 1 kilo bags smelt normal - just like rice, so it must have been just the one peculiar smelly bag. This experience has made me think twice about buying cheap staple foods in the future. I should have returned the strange smelling rice but as you can imagine it can be such a hassle going back to a out-of-the-way store just to get your money back and a little embarrassing asking for a refund for a bag of cheap rice. I will not be buying anymore Sainsbury's Basic long grain rice despite the fact that two bags out of three were OK. Clearly their stringent standards of quality and safety in the rice department are not up to scratch.

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