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      25.05.2012 21:22

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      When is it a bad idea to revisit foods from childhood?When you imagine that you're going to be eating delicately flavoured, fragrant rice and then find yourself eating rice that's just yellow and salty!

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      15.12.2011 14:47
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      Light fluffy tasty savoury vegetable rice

      Golden Flavour is one of a range of savoury rice dishes from Batchelors.

      Basically this is dried flavoured long grain white rice mixed with dried vegetables and flavoured to give a savoury taste.
      I am not too sure what the 'Golden Flavour ' is actually, it does contain turmeric which is a spice used in curries , but I think the golden is more about the colour of this rice , rather than the flavour, as it doesn't taste overly spicy to me.

      Packaging
      It comes in a blue foil packet with a picture of the cooked rice, which is actually quite a good representation of the look. The picture above is an old pack.
      The packs are 120g which says serves 2-3 as part of a main meal - ahem not in my house, more like 2 small portions.
      The back of the pack has cooking instructions, nutritional values and ingredient details, together with the best before date.

      The product
      This is long grain flavoured rice with mixed dried vegetables.
      It is yellow and when cooked, is a pale golden colour.
      It smells quite spicy, but when cooked, I think it simply tastes like rice with vegetables, sort of like a vegetable soup taste.

      Batchelors recommend adding the contents to a pan with 425ml or ¾ pint of boiling water cover the pan and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes on a hob until the water has absorbed.
      For more flavour fry in oil before boiling.

      It can also be cooked in the microwave in a large dish (at least double the size of the rice and water), cover loosely and stir part way through microwaving for 15 minutes. I haven't tried this and unless you don't have a hob can't see the point of doing this in a microwave.

      I personally don't follow the instructions on the pack. I simply put the rice in a pan and add cold water, bring to the boil and then cover and simmer.
      I don't add as much water as they say , just slightly less, so the rice has more flavour. I check to see whether the rice looks cooked after 15 minutes or so and if there is any excess water drain that away and then leave to stand with the lid on so all the moisture is absorbed into the rice. This last step is very important as this produces light fluffy rice not wet sloppy rice , which I hate
      I also add frozen peas to increase the vegetable content sometimes as this isn't going to provide one of your 5 a day.

      Ingredients
      Mainly long grain rice (87%) and dried peas, red pepper, carrot green beans and sweet corn ( Veg 6%)with flavourings.
      There are 218 calories in a half pack serving

      Availability and Price
      Most supermarkets stock this
      Price is normally around 65p for a 120g pack, they do sell in a larger 215g size at £1.14, which is probably the size I would say serves 2 to 3 people with a normal appetite.
      Asda have an offer at 4 for £2 at the moment.

      Would I Recommend
      Yes, I really like this flavour and it produces a nice tasting vegetable rice to accompany most meals. I love rice so I would serve this with almost anything and this flavour is also nice cold served with a salad.
      It isn't that healthy, but then that applies to most white rice. I find it quick and easy to make and very versatile in its uses. I sometimes add to stews to bulk up, use it to stuff peppers or just as an alternative to plain white rice. with chillis or curry.

      Uncle Ben's plain white rice is £3.92 per kilo whereas this works out at £5.42, so comes in at £1.50 for the vegetables and the flavourings, which probably isn't the best value for money but it is quick and easy and tasty.
      I think it produces rice to the same standard as Uncle Bens, i.e. you get light fluffy rice, but this comes at a price.

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        05.10.2010 19:22
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        A nice little change

        Intro
        As many housewives will know finding something different from the run of the mill foods we tend to stick too can be a bit difficult. Mash or roast, chipped, but if it isn't potatoes you desire the options can be awkward especially if you are feeding a family and some of the younger ones keep screaming chips.

        Thankfully these days for me are gone, but I do certainly get fed up with mash or the likes all the time. Well truth be known it's all hubby's fault. He's not a big mash fan whereas I could eat mash on it's own all the time no bother. Hubby does like his chips and I am partial to some now and then.
        However in an effort to get healthier, and since they were on special offer we decided to try the savoury rice.

        Savoury Rice
        Batchelors Savoury rice comes in several different flavours and all are very tasty, but not as tasty as getting 3 packets for £1.00, which is the special offer I hinted at earlier. The ones we chose were " Golden Savoury Rice" , " Sweet and Sour" , and Golden vegetable. This special offer has been going on fr a while at ASDA and if I recall correctly I think that they were on sale for 42p each, so the saving is considerable if not overwhelming.

        The packets that the product comes in is quite bright and eye-catching, and all pretty much mostly blue in colour with a flash of different colour to distinguish the different flavours. This makes finding your favourite very easy.
        The Golden Savoury Rice is a nice accompaniment to something like a pork chop. I think the best way to describe may be to compare it to a stock cube. A vegetable one, that's the fragrance that is given off when the rice is cooking. The packet says simmer for 18 - 20 mins, but my water never seems to last our that long so the obvious deduction is that I'm boiling not simmering. It smells nice when cooking, but does require a lot of attention in the latter stages once the water starts to soak into the rice and some evaporates.

        I'd have to say although I compared it to a vegetable stock cube, I'd have to add that this flavour would be the base flavour, since there are all other little bits of taste going on to make this actually very tasty. It goes well with Chicken too, but you may need to have some kind of sauce since with chicken the overall plate might seem a bit dry.

        Summary

        All in all this is a really nice healthy and tasty substitute for those somewhat less healthy options, not that I'd ever give up chips or mash, but a change is as good as a rest and this is certainly a very nice change.

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          25.04.2010 20:04
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          Yummy savoury rice great as a snack or with a main meal.

          I like to have a few staple items in the cupboard for the days when I'm in a bit of a hurry or pressed for time and these Batchelors savoury rice are ideal for keeping in the cupboard and whipping out when I need to make something in a hurry.

          These savoury rice packets are frequently on special offer in Tescos or Iceland where I tend to do my shopping and because they have a long shelf life I usually buy quite a few packets to save myself some pennies.

          The savoury rice comes in a packet and inside there is dried rice and vegetable pieces. Most of the pieces are very small and this is ideal if my children are being a little fussy as they aren't going to bother picking out tiny bits they can barely taste anyway. The vegetables don't have much vegetable taste to them anyway as the savoury juice/sauce covers them nicely and they soak up all the flavour.

          To cook the rice simply use a saucepan on the hob or cook in the microwave. My preferred way of cooking it on the hob and you just need to keep stirring it thoroughly to ensure that the rice doesn't stick and that the juice is soaked up nicely. This is much better than cooking in the microwave as I find that the rice turns to a big lump of stodge and just does not look appealing at all.

          This savoury rice is nice and tasty without too much spice or overwhelming flavour. My children aren't the biggest fans of spice but they do seem to enjoy this rice quite well. There is a nice seasoning to it which is very flavoursome and it's hard to put an exact finger on the taste of the rice. The rice always cooks well and absorbs lots of flavour and every single grain is a nice one, there are no rubbish ingredients used in these packets.

          A 120g packet is enough to serve between 2 or 3 people as an accompaniment to a main meal and I usually cook up two packets of this if we are all sitting down as a family. This is enough to give everyone a generous portion as long as this is served up with some vegetables and meat or something else.

          In the past I have even cooked this and mixed it up with curried chicken to make a nice interesting dish for the family. There really are lots of different things that this can be served with and used for and it's a hit with the whole family, hence why I currently have 7 or 8 packets in the cupboard!

          Each packet contains 436 calories, 2g of fat and 2.6g of salt so providing you are sharing it out amongst the family then there is no reason why this can't be enjoyed as part of a healthy dinner.

          This is a fantastic, easy to cook packet of rice and one that I am going to be continuing to enjoy again in the future. It's a hit with the family and I love that it takes just 10-15 minutes to cook so is nice and simple when I'm pressed for time.

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            18.03.2010 15:09

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            Simple to prepare, tastes ok, but very high in salt/sodium and therefore not a particularly good choice for the health conscious.

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            30.12.2009 21:27
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            Great value, tasty rice

            For the reasons of healthiness and with the necessity of convenience we recently purchased a few packets of Batchelors Savoury Rice various flavours. I noticed in the shop when buying them that there are many flavours available; Beef, Chicken, Golden Vegetable (which I am reviewing today), Mild Curry to mention a few. I used to eat these a lot when I lived alone for the sheer convenience.

            These packets (weight 120g) widely available in supermarkets and local shops such as Spar and Nisa for around 58 - 68p. Asda and Tesco where we do most of our shopping generally have offers such as buy 3 packs for £1.00 or 4 packs for £1.20 and it was one such offer that we took advantage of.

            To prepare the rice simply pour the entire sachet contents into a saucepan containing 3/4 pint, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until all the water is absorbed by the rice.

            I find this rice is well cooked as directed and is packed with tiny bits of red pepper and carrot and sweetcorn and peas, so I am definitely egtting some veggies in me this way.

            These rices are nice served with steak and bread (my favourite serving) or with a chilli.

            Half a packet provides 218 calories and 1.1g of fat, so all in all and healthy accompaniament.

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            19.11.2009 14:06
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            I wouldn't bother!

            Batchelors Golden Savoury Rice


            Description: Manufacturer: Batchelors / Type: Ready Meals


            I tried this rice for the first time last week, though have seen it on the shelves for years. It comes in a bright and shiny blue packet with the logo on the front and a picture of the rice too. You can buy different flavours of this rice product as well as the one I am reviewing.

            A 120g packet cost me £0.79 from my local supermarket, and you can find it in most shops.

            All you need to do to prepare is to add the rice to a pan with cold water (see pack for precise amounts) and then cook for around 20 minutes (check pack and keep an eye on it while cooking to ensure that it doesn't dry out or stick). Then it is ready to serve.

            Rice, Dried Peas (2%), Tomato Powder (2%), Yeast Extract, Dried Carrot (1.5%), Dried Red Pepper (1.5%), Salt, Flavour Enhancers (E621, E635, E620), Tomato Flakes (0.5%), Dried Sweetcorn (0.5%), Flavourings (Contain Wheat), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil and Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Garlic Powder, Turmeric, Citric Acid, Onion Powder, Dried Parsley, Glucose Syrup Solids, Milk Powder.

            Nutritional info per serving;

            Calories 447
            Total Fat 1.8g
            Saturated Fat 0.4g
            Sodium 0.9g
            Total Carbohydrate 96.3g of whic sugars 7.1g
            Dietary Fiber 5.5g
            Protein 11.3g

            This smells a little like chicken stock and is a slightly unnatural golden colour with pieces of vegatables through it. It tastes slightly like chicken stock too and though it looks quite appetising, I didn't really enjoy it and found it to be a little synthetic tasting.

            I don't think I will buy this again, because it wasn't as nice as I had hoped. As a quick snack, I am sure it would be okay, but served as part of a meal, tastes very much like it came from a packet and wasn't nearly as tasty as making a fresh rice dish.

            3 stars for convenience but sadly lacking in taste!

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            13.09.2009 21:05
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            excellent lunchtime dinnertime snacktime food!!!!

            I brought Batchelors savoury rice last week as it was on offer, buy on get one free at a local supermarket. At 89p for two packets of golden rice, I couldn't resist.

            Packaging...

            The savoury rice comes dried and in a blue packet with a picture of the product on the front. It also has the Batchelors logo and the flavour written on. And on the bottom left hand side a little logo telling you that this product is microwavable.

            Appearance...

            On emptying into the saucepan, I noticed a strong flavour coming from the rice, It smelled like a chicken oxo cube. The hard dried grains of rice had an assortment of dried vegetables with them. These included peas and sweetcorn and red peppers.

            Once cooked the rice looked my more appertizing, The chicken cube smell was not as over powering as before. The grains of rice fluff up well but do not seem to go mushy as plain boiled rice can go.
            I also noticed pieces of carrot and green beans in the cooked rice, which I never noticed before.

            Taste...

            I cooked this rice to add with a stirfry for dinner tonight and to my surprise it was very tasty. My two children enjoyed the rice more than their stirfried vegetables which is no surprise.
            The rice stays nice and slightly firm to eat but not hard. The flavour is hard to word but reminds me of cooking plain rice in a reduced salt stock cube. The vegetables don't have any flavour really.

            Ingredients....

            Rice, Dried Peas (2%), Tomato Powder (2%), Yeast Extract, Dried Carrot (1.5%), Dried Red Pepper (1.5%), Salt, Flavour Enhancers (E621, E635, E620), Tomato Flakes (0.5%), Dried Sweetcorn (0.5%), Flavourings (Contain Wheat), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil and Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Garlic Powder, Turmeric, Citric Acid, Onion Powder, Dried Parsley, Glucose Syrup Solids, Milk Powder.

            Nutritional information....

            Nutrition Facts

            Serving Size: 120g packet
            Amount per Serving

            * Calories 447 Calories
            * Total Fat 1.8g
            * Saturated Fat 0.4g
            * Sodium 0.9g
            * Total Carbohydrate 96.3g of whic sugars 7.1g
            * Dietary Fiber 5.5g
            * Protein 11.3g

            How to cook...

            You can cook this rice in the microwave or on the hob, both methods required 3/4 pint of water and at least 15minutes cooking time. I only did it on the hob and I cooked for about 20mins, and that was uncovered.

            I have another packet in the cupboard which I imagine will end up as a quick snack before karate next week. I will add a bit of grated cheese and some cooked chopped chicken, which will be perfect for my son.

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            14.08.2009 18:29
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            Easy to cook, great tasting product.

            I first sampled some of this savoury rice at a barbecue a few years ago. It made a great flavoursome accompaniment to my sausages and burgers. I have therefore purchased it myself ever since, for use both as a snack and as a tasty accompaniment to other foods when entertaining guests.

            The rice itself is available for purchase in most supermarkets and I have also seen it on sale in corner shops and garages. The purchase price can tend to range between 40p to 60p and a lot of supermarkets sometimes have offers on this product such as three for £1 which is a very good deal. It is also available in numerous other flavours in addition to golden and so the multibuy deals can often be very good value and provide you with an opportunity to try new flavours.

            The packaging itself is blue with a picture of the rice product on the front. The Batchelors logo is located across the top of the packaging. It is quite distinctive and so it is often quite easy to locate on the shelf.

            The product itself is very tasty and also very easy to cook and prepare. You simply enter the contents into a pan and then add 425ml of boiling water. You simply then just cover the saucepan and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes. The product also helps to provide you with some vegetable intake and in addition to just being rice there are also peas, carrots, peppers and dried green beans throughout the dish. It is packed full of flavour and isnt at all dry like some other brands on the market.

            The nutritional information for this product is as follows per 100g (a packet contains 120g).
            Protein - 8.7g
            Carbohydrate - 76.5g
            of which sugars - 2.3g
            Fat - 1.8g
            of which saturates - 0.5g
            Fibre - 2.6g
            Sodium - 0.85g
            salt equivalent based on total sodium - 2.13g

            Overall I find this to be a great value tasty food product and would recommend to others.

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            08.08.2009 22:43
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            I liked this very much and it was very filling too.

            Batchelors Golden Savoury Rice.



            This makes a change from potatoes, or chips (even though my chips are healthy oven chips) sometimes i just fancy something diferent to add to my meal.

            You can eat this on its own, or add to a plate of vegtables, it is really nice, and quick and easy to cook.

            The Package **********


            This is a rip open package, it is not too hard to open, has a picture of a bowl of this delicious rice, and i really enjoy it, at 67p for one packet, which gives a genourous portion enough for two at a pinch, or a big helping for one.

            How to Cook **********


            Well its up to you, i cook mine in a saucepan on the hob, i boil my water first then add the mixture inside the packet, (this consists of dried rice, and vegtables, like carrots, peppers and beans, and it doesnt take too long, keep stiring this whilst it is cooking, the rice will start to cook, takes just over five minutes this way, and it does have a tendency to absorb all the water, so simmer after a few minutes, otherwise you will end up with all the water gone, and the rice would still be hard to the taste, and then if you add more water it just waters the flavouring down a little, so just keep an eye on it, once you are cooking it.

            ALTERNATIVELY **********

            Cook in a bowl of previously boiled water in the mircrowave for a few minutes, stir half way through, until soft.

            Batchelors make lovely golden savoury rice, i had some tonight for my dinner with a few cooked pieces of barbecue chicken, which i got from Sainsbury,s and cooked myself, it was a nice meal, and i find one whole packet to myself very filling.

            I would recommend this as it is a great alternative to have with meat, sasages, or chicken, or with Iceland Square shapped sasages, which i am very fond off.

            I think that this is high on the calories, but is ok if you eat like i do, just now and again.

            It is a great idea to keep a packet of this in the food cupboard, and whatever you serve it with, it has a great smell, and really looks presentable on any plate.

            Because of the bits and pieces of vegtables, that are added to this rice dish, it is a great colourfull accompanyment to any meat dish.

            I like this, and would recommend this to anyone.

            Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. xx

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              11.04.2009 12:57
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              I would definitely recommend this as a snack or part of a main meal.

              I am always on the lookout for something that is quick, simple and cheap for my lunches during the week as I'm eating alone and don't want to waste time slaving over a stove and leave myself with lots of washing up.

              I saw this Batchelors Savoury Rice in my local Iceland recently and as it was at a bargain price I picked up three and threw them in to my trolley.

              The packet is easy to open and inside is dried rice, peas, carrots, peppers and beans. I am not the best vegetable eater at any time so I want something that is small and barely noticeable (i.e covered with a taste!) so that I can help get some nutrients in my diet.

              The rice is very easy to cook it's around 15 minutes either on the hob or in the microwave. I made mine in the microwave and would recommend making sure you stir it halfway through and maybe just before the final two minutes or so to make sure that the rice/veg are evenly cooked and don't go all congealed and horrible.

              Once cooked I placed on a plate with a couple of sausages that I had cooked the night before and chopped up and set about mixing the whole thing together.

              The rice has a lovely taste to it, it's not too spicy or overpowering and is just right with the spicy sausages that I had cooked. I thought I would need to add some seasoning to it as I normally do with this kind of rice but found that this wasn't the case.

              There was just enough rice in the 120g packet to keep me full until my other half arrived home and we cooked tea together. I quite often find that the foods I'm eating for lunch recently make me ravenous about 4pm so this was a great improvement!

              There are 436 calories and 2g fat per 120g packet and this is pretty high in salt at 2.6g but as the occasional lunchtime meal or side with your main meal this isn't too bad.

              To buy this product separately is around 60p per packet but I recently picked up three packets for £1.00 from Iceland and was very impressed with this deal. If it is still on when I return in a weeks time then I'll definitely pick up some more.

              I will rate this product 4/5 as it's a little high in salt for my liking (not that you can tell this on taste alone) and I always try to watch my salt intake.

              I would definitely recommend this rice, it's flavoursome without being overpowering as is great alone or as part of a main meal.

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                07.04.2009 19:24
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                An easy lunch for me

                My lunch today!

                After my mid morning snack of Amore yoghurt I wasn't hungry until about 2pm and then really fancied this, luckily I had one in the back of the cupboard!
                Batchelors savoury rice is available in lots of other flavours too, ones I've tried include Mild Curry (bland) and Mushroom (also a bit boring) The 'Golden' version is a firm favourite though, really flavoursome.

                The rice is marketted as "A full flavoured tasty alternative to chips"...bit odd as i'm sure thats not why most people eat this!


                The packet s blue as in the pic but the writing on mine is slightly different, it still shows a bowl of rice (with accompaniment of vegetable kebabs) The Batchelors red logo takes centre stage at the top and the only other writing informs me this is Golden Savoury Rice and its also a 'new improved recipe'.

                You can either microwave or pan cook your rice. I always choose to cook it in a pan as it makes less mess as things tend to boil over when I use the microwave for some reason!
                It takes 15 minutes to make in the microwave or on the hob.

                It says a 120g packet will serve 1 as a tasty snack or 2-3 as a part of a main meal. I wouldn't say there was enough for 2-3 people to get a decent portion size though, my fella dosen't like rice anyway so I always get a whole packet to myself and I manage it easily even when I add veg to it!

                When you open the packet it smells really tasty, not sure exactly how to describe the smell but its good and strong!
                It's golden in colour with visible bits of dried carrot and peas in it.

                To cook it is easy, add 425ml of water to either a pan on the hob or a dish to go in the microwave, stir in rice and cook on full power in the microwave or simmer in the pan for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.

                The rice plumps up lovely as it cooks and is always a perfect 'soft but still a bit of bite' texture. The rice doesn't stick together like cheaper versions tend to in my opinion its worth paying a bit more for Batchelors!
                The bits of peas, red pepper and carrots plump up too and taste like they should.
                The rice has a lovely flavour to it, well seasoned with a hint of garlic , onion and turmeric!
                It's still yellow in colour but not fluorescent, it looks natural and so doesn't put you off.

                I added a bit of fried onion and sweetcorn to mine to make it a bit healthier and count more towards my 5 a day!

                A packet contains 436 calories, 2g of fat and 2.6g of salt.


                A 120g packet costs around 80p full price but they are often on offer at sainsburys which is when I buy mine.

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                  07.04.2009 15:21
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                  Best avoided!

                  My hubby has been enjoying Batchelors Golden Savoury Rice although I have never been sure why and after recently trying it for the first time I am even more at a loss as to what he sees in it.

                  This rice has certain things in its favour such as the fact that it is very easy and convenient to make and also the fact that it is very inexpensive to buy but for me it still needs to taste good and this doesn't really.

                  This savoury rice costs around 55p for a 120g packet, inside the packet you get dried rice, dried peas and dried sweetcorn, you bring this dried stuff to life by adding 400ml of water and then simmering for 20 minutes.

                  To me it tastes of nothing really and the rice is not very high quality and the so called vegetables in it still could pass as dried as they are so very hard and unpleasant, I really cannot understand why anyone would want to eat this when there is real food around.

                  It is ok to say that it is relatively low in fat and calories but it is also low in taste and goodness and best avoided at all costs in my opinion.

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                    Tasty Rice Snack

                    As busy individuals we are always on the look-out for extremely quick meals to feed hungry kids. After a hard day at work the last thing that any of us can be bothered with is creating complex meal solutions. I have to say this product is not one that would normally be my first choice however my son had recently had a sleep over at his friends house and has now decided that he has to have rice with everything. The fads of the young!! I have always personally found cooking rice a bit of a hit or a miss. Occasionally I get it spot on and Gordon Ramsay would be proud but in all honesty I find that I don't normally do it well and it ends up going in the bin, and my poor pans then require several soakings and scrubbings before the residue comes off. I however have just discovered a product that means I can say goodbye to all this washing up and is such an easy alternative to hob cooking. Batchelors Golden Savoury Rice the packet and microwave variety and I have to say I would recommend it to all.

                    I bought this product at my local Morrisons at a cost of 54p for a pack contining 120g. The reason that I was attracted to it was that it had ideal for microwaveing on it. Well I had never thought of rice as something that should be cooked in this manner however I will try anything once!!!. The pack is predominantly blue with the Batchelors logo and a lovely picture of the cooked rice on the front. It states that this is the Golden savoury variety of this particular product. Apparently also a new and improved version. In addition it sports a suitable for vegetarian logo on the front. It suggests that it can feed two to three people as part of a main meal or one as a tasty snack. It also comes in other varieties to include chicken, mushroom and mild curry. ( I must confess I have these in the cupboard however have not tried them out yet).

                    This product can be cooked either on the hob or in the microwave. I didn't try the hob only the microwave. It is so simple this way. You basically empty the contents into a microvaweable container, stir in ¾ pint of boiling water. You then cover loosely and microwave on full power (600/650 watt) for 15 minutes stirring half way through. You then stir again and stand for five minutes before serving. Easy peasy. Ensure that you match the cooking time to the power of your microwave though otherwise you will over cook the product. If this happens it will become dry and congealed. (this happened once when I forgot to stir it half way through however a minor glitch).

                    This product tastes lovely and I have to say I was so surprised. The rice itself is an interesting shade of yellow and the texture when cooked is just perfect. It has a mixture of peas, carrot, red pepper, green beans and peppers through it. It does not taste bland as I actually would have expected it too. I thought that I would have to add a few spices and salt and pepper to it however I didn't have to do this. I served this with sausages and my son loved it. I was ever so slightly sceptical of the portion size though. It wouldn't be enough to feed 2-3 as part of a main meal as there just isn't enough in the packet. Two packets would need to be used. I would also recommend that you could add prawns or diced chicken too this and it would be a lovely meal in itself.

                    Overall I was delighted with the convenience of this product. It really is simple to make and an ideal quick snack which can be used as an accompaniment to a variety of meals. It also saves on the washing up and is relatively cheap. The only downside is that there is just not enough in the packet. Overall 4 stars as a result of this.

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                      05.01.2009 13:45
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                      Best one I have tried

                      ****introduction****
                      Batchelors Golden Savoury rice comes in a 215g packet and costs around 50p.

                      It is made up of rice and varous dried vegetables including peas, peppers, carrot, sweetcorn and beans.

                      If the savoury rice flavour is not for you it also comes in chicken flavour, mushroom flavour and mild curry flavour.

                      ****cooking****
                      There are two ways of cooking the rice both need 1.25pts of boiling water. Firstly, you can cook in the microwave (for me the best and most convenient way) for around 15 mins. Or, you can cook on the hob taking around 15-20 mins. Both ways should produce a light fluffy rice with re-hydrated vegetables.

                      ***be careful****
                      1. Not to overcook or the rice will become tough
                      2. Not to put too little water in to cook or the same will happen

                      ****hot or cold****
                      This savoury rice can be eaten hot or cold with a variety of dishes or on its own.
                      I like it best with cold chicken and salad but it also goes well with a salmon fillet, prawns or cold beef.

                      ****taste***
                      It is probably one of the best types of savoury rice I have tried, it is flavoursome with plenty of vegetables and light in texture.

                      ***nutrtion***
                      It has 357Kcal per 100g and this packet should serve four so each serving is around 197Kcals. Fat content is also very low at 1.8g per 100g so an ideal low fat food if you are on a diet.

                      ****verdict****
                      A great accompaniment for a variety of dishes.

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