“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Rice „
i am not very good at cooking rice, so have been using Sainsbury's boil in the bag, white rice.
It is just so quick and easy to use this staple food, and i would recommend it to you to try. It comes in a carboard box which contains four bags. Each bag is plastic with little holes in it so that you can pop it into a saucepan for a matter of eighteen minutes, in boiling water and it is perfect a serving for two people or a very generous helping for one. Im useless at cooking rice but with this convenient way to cook rice, you just cant go wrong.
If im cooking a chillie, i use a bag of this rice to go with it, its also good to use with a curry. I like the fact that its in four bags so i can use just one at a time whenever i require it, its long grain rice and this can be served with almost anything. I usually keep a box of this in the cupboard it keeps for a long time and does have a best before date on the bottom of the pack.
Popp the unoppenned bag into a pan containing boiling water, approximately 1 litre. For two bags use 1.5 litres of boiling water. add salt if you require, i dont add salt to mine, but its your own personal choice. Cover lightly, and simmer for approximately 18 minutes. Lift from the pan i open my bag with a pair of scissors and drain in a collindor, before serving. Makes perfect rice, if your like me and usually either over cooks it or burns it this is the perfect alternative to cooking rice, perfect rice and simple to cook.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
One staple food product in my cupboard is rice and I have many varieties. I really enjoy rice and it goes with many dishes and it is quick and easy to cook. My problem is that I'm pretty useless when it comes to measuring the rice out, I never bother to use scales, I just pour it into the saucepan! When I saw the boil in the bag rice in Sainsburys a few years ago I haven't looked back! The idea of pre-measured rice (enough for 2) is great!
*** Packaging ***
The rice comes in opaque little bags within a narrow cardboard box. Each box contains four little bags of pre-measured white rice. The bags all have tiny little holes in to enable cooking and for the water to drain away. Each bag contains 125g of rice which is enough for two people.
*** Cooking ***
The box recommends that it takes 18 minutes to cook when using a saucepan and I find this is ample time. The instructions are on the back of the box which I tend to ignore! I cover the bag of rice with boiling water, just enough for it to be completely covered. You can also microwave the rice, you place the rice in a microwave friendly bowl, cover with 1 pint of boiling water and cook on full power for 16-17 minutes. I've never cooked the rice this way as I always prefer to do it in a saucepan, but either method is pretty easy!
*** The Rice ***
After 18 minutes the rice is easy to drain as the bag has little holes. You don't need to use the sieve (which saves washing up!) but it's advisable to wait a few minutes and shake the bag for any excess water to come out. To get the rice you simply just cut the top of the bag (be careful just in case of excess steam) and just serve! It really is so simple!
I'm normally one that leaves rice to cook either too long or not long enough and the results are a bit hit and miss but this boil in the bag rice cooks it perfectly. The white rice is light and fluffy but with a little bite to it. It certainly isn't stodgy or too undercooked, so the 18 minutes is pretty precise! Obviously if you like your rice stodgy then just cook it for longer! I've been using it for a while now and I've never had a bad meal with the rice.
*** Nutritional Information ***
Per ½ bag:
Calories - 222
Protein - 4.6g
Carbohydrate - 50.0g
Fat - 0.4g
Salt - Trace
*** Price ***
Each box of boil in the bag white rice costs £0.78p and is only available from Sainsburys and can be found in the rice aisle.
*** Overall ***
For people like me who are pretty bad at cooking rice this is a perfect item as I have found it cooks the rice perfectly every time. Each bag provides great tasting fluffy fresh tasting rice which goes perfectly with many meals. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
I am quite a good cook and can make most things to perfection with a little bit of practice but one of the things that always seems to go wrong for me is cooking white rice. I could rinse it first, try to steam it, boil it and leave it, boil it, simmer it and then stir it and no matter what it's either under or over cooked, stuck to the pan, tastes horrible or is just a big burnt lump. I have been using Sainsbury's boil in the bag white long grain rice for quite a few months now and I find it very reasonably priced with a 500g packet containing 4 packets of rice costing 70p.
Each packet of rice contains 125 grams of rice which is enough for two servings although these aren't the biggest servings ever but they are ample if having them with a curry and some naan or something else fairly substantial on it's own.
To cook this rice simple boil 1 litre of water and then add the rice, salt if required (I never bother) and then cover and simmer for around 18 minutes. I always find that this is the perfect amount of time to get perfectly soft, fluffy well cooked rice without it being too hard still or overcooked.
The rice comes in a plastic bag that contains loads of little holes all over it which allow for the water to drain away and there is a very handy little hook cut in to one end of the packet so that you can put a fork in to pick up the packet of rice and drain it away. I would always say that you should wait a good minute or two for the water to drain away as I often cut it open and serve it only to find a little bit of water still present or perhaps you could place the rice in to a sieve to ensure all the water has drained away.
The quality of the rice is perfect, it's a nice size and fluffs up wonderfully in the saucepan and there are no nasty bits or black pieces of rice to put me off my dinner.
These little bags are really easy to use and I literally just have to boil some water, throw one in and leave it to cook before pulling it out the pan and serving it up. There could be no less effort involved in cooking this really and I love how I always get perfect rice every time and no longer have to worry about ruining a perfectly nice curry I've made because my rice is rubbish.
If you are like me and can't seem to make nice rice then I would recommend these to you as they are fantastic for keeping in the cupboard as they have a long shelf life and they are very simple to make as well as being reasonably priced also. We share one packet with half a packet containing 222 calories, 0g sugar, 0.4g fat, 0g saturates and a trace of salt so providing you don't overdo it on this there really is no reason why it can't be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet although it does contain 50g of starchy carbohydrates per half packet (62.5g).