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      24.05.2012 09:08
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      A tasty, quick to cook rice which is great to take camping with you

      I don't generally like to use packet or pre-prepared foods, preferring to cook from fresh whenever possible so that I know exactly what's gone into our meals. However, this Uncle Ben's Express rice is something that is a staple in our cupboard and I always have a pack or two in. We have a microwave rice steamer which cooks perfect rice every time in 11 minutes so when cooking at home I always do rice in that, but this packet rice comes in very handy when we go camping.

      Rice is such an easy, nutritious ingredient for a meal and the fact that when we're camping we can just snip open a pouch, pop it in a pan and only have to heat it for 3 minutes is a bonus and much quicker and easier than watching over a pan of fresh rice.

      These pouches are readily available from supermarkets now and cost £1.69 from Tesco, although they currently have it on offer at 3 for £4.50 so I've stocked up recently! For this money you get 250g of rice inside which we find to be just the right amount for the two of us to share.

      The packaging has changed slightly from the one shown above and instead of a completely orange packet it now comes in a white pouch with a smaller orange square on the front. This orange part tells us that the rice will be "perfect every time" and that it's 100% natural and can be cooked as quickly as two minutes. It also tells us how much of our GDA of calories, sugars, fats, saturates and salt a serving contains (just for information these are 176 or 9% of our daily calories, 0.3g or less than 1& of sugars, 1.1g or 2% fat, 0.1g or less than 1% of saturates and 0.3g or 4% of salt - sounds pretty good to me!).

      The reverse of the packaging gives further information on how to cook it (either on the hob or in the microwave), further nutritional information, storage details and the fact that it contains 99% rice with the rest being made up of sunflower oil and 0.2% salt. So not only is it quick and easy to make it's healthy and nutritious too without lots of nasties, preservatives and flavourings (unless you get a flavoured version, obviously!).

      Speaking of which, we generally tend to go for the plainer rices (long grain, basmati etc) but this range also comes in several different flavours including; pilau, mushroom, mexican, mediterranean vegetable, egg fried and chinese style. If I'm feeling really lazy, instead of sharing a pouch of plain rice we will have a pouch each of the flavoured rice and treat it as an all in one meal with no need to add anything further to it.

      The pouches themselves are very easy to use. If warming it on a hob you simply boil a couple of tbsp of water, ad the rice, cover with a lid and simmer for 3 minutes. Alternatively you can microwave it (but we don't usually bother taking our microwave camping!!) and to do this you terar a corner of the pouch open (easily done using the perforations) and heat it for 2 minutes. The only thing I've found on the odd occasion that I do microwave it is that when you take it out and rip the rest of the opening up is that it lets out a lot of steam so make sure you hold it away from your face when you do that or leave it to rest for a few seconds first.

      Now the taste test. Well, to be honest I'm perfectly happy with this rice and how it tastes. Because you're only warming it up rather than cooking it there is never any danger of it sticking to the pan and getting all clagged up together and going soggy. These pouches provide you, as the packet states, with perfect rice every time. Nice, soft, fluffy grains that all separate easily and don't get stuck together. It tastes, well, like rice really! It does taste just like the normal rice that you would cook from scratch and writing this review has made me question exactly why I bother cooking rice from scratch when you get such good results from this! Then I remembered...the price!

      I know £1.69 isn't a lot of money, but for rice for two people it is quite steep when you consider that you can get a 1kg bag of dried rice for around £1.30 which will last us much much longer than just the one meal. However, I won't judge this packet rice on it's cost because it is really aimed at providing you with convenience and when camping it does that very well indeed. Because I'm ridiculously organised when it comes to these things I usually have some homemade curry to take with us too which just needs reheating so this rice means we can have a healthy, delicious, nutritious meal in less than five minutes which is great because it means we use a lot less gas on our camping stove than if we were having to boil rice for 20 minutes every night!

      All in all I would recommend this rice if either a) you go camping a lot or b) you have trouble cooking rice on the hob (as I do, hence the microwave steamer!). It really does taste as good as freshly cooked rice, it has no nasty added things and nutritionally speaking I think it's great. It's easy to use, whether on a hob, camping stove or microwave and makes a very quick meal. The only downsides, as I've stated are that it costs a lot more than normal rice and the risk of burning your face with the steam if you microwave it - and this is the reason I'm knocking a point off for it...I'm guessing this is a common problem to every packet that's microwaved, not just the odd few I've used so I think there should be a warning on the packet somewhere. But apart from that one little star taken away it gets top marks from me.

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      02.04.2012 05:17
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      A really convinient & tasty product

      I try to make all of my meals from scratch as I like to know what goes into the food that I consume, so when I saw these packs of rice in my local Tesco around a year ago now I was quite wary but decided to have a quick look as the idea of quick and convinient rice which was practically ready to eat really appealed to me as I don't have a rice cooker and find that boiling it can be time consuming. I ended up purchasing a couple of packs to try and it has been a staple in my weekly grocery shops ever since. Uncle Ben's is a well known brand which I think is why I decided to buy it, it's a brand that meets my standards as all of the products are tasty and reasonably (when not consumed in mass amounts) healthy. This rice is made with 100% natural ingredients - there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives either. The ingredients is 98 percent rice with the remaining 2 percent made up of sunflower oil for moisture and a touch of salt for extra flavour.

      This rice is available from a range of supermarkets including ASDA, Tesco, Sainsburys and so on. I usually purchase it from Tesco as they often have it on offer and I stock up on it whenever it's reduced. The RRP for a 250 gram pack is around the £1.59 mark, however I bought five packs last Friday as they were reduced in my local Tesco's to a pound each which as far as I am aware is a widespread offer. There are also regulary multi-buy offers such as buy three for £4.50. I think when at the full price, these are a little expensive, however each pack does contain a generous amount (I can get 2 large servings out of per pack) so it is ultimately worth it in my opinion. The rice can also be purchased in larger packs - 500 grams (priced at £2.76) and 1 kilogram (priced at £3.96). I prefer the smaller packs though and find them large enough.

      The rice is available in a wide range of flavours, ranging from tandori, pilau, mushroom, chinese and mexican to vegetable and egg fried. I usually purchase the plain wholegrain or the long grain, but I have tried a few of the different flavours before too and they are all really tasty and taste fresh, the pilau one that I tried was also really fragranced and tasted lovely. The rice (the 250 gram version) comes in plastic 'pouches' which are identical to the Dooyoo picture. The colour scheme will vary slightly, as will the picture, depending on the flavour of rice you get but the colour scheme is primarily red with the green Uncle Ben's branding logo at the top. There's then a large picture of the rice in a bowl which does look really appealing and wholesome.

      To heat up the rice you simply tear the corner so there's a gap - only around an inch or so. Before you tear it, make sure you squeeze the pack to seperate the rice, as this will help to cook it more thoroughly. You then need to put it on a microwaveable plate and put it in the microwave for 3 minutes (this might vary depending on the wattage of your microwave). After 3 minutes it's piping hot, which can be a bit of a disadvantage as it's a bit awkward tearing it open due to how hot it is. Also, when pouring it out onto a plate a lot of very hot steam pours out so it's probably best to wait for a minute or so for it to cool down a little before serving it up.

      The rice comes out nicely, it's not at all stuck together and it looks fresh and smells fresh too. The taste is lovely and there's no odd taste at all, it just tastes like rice would if boiled or cooked in a rice cooker. There's no hard grains of rice and it really is cooked to perfection which I think is impresive considering it only takes 3 minutes to heat up! The rice goes with anything and I've recently been making a lot of stir frys and curries and I just serve some rice up with the meal, it's really filling and healthy and very convinient. When it comes to calories, it will vary on the flavour that you get but for a 125 gram portion of the long grain rice it's 176 calories which I think is really good as it is filling. I overall reccomend this rice and give it 5/5 stars.

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        29.08.2011 08:37
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        A great tasting easy to prepare Rice; a shame about the price.

        I love Rice! When I make rice from ordinary packets I always make too much and often find that there is wastage. However, I do like to eat a lot of rice with my meals. I regularly make my own curries at home and in such a meal I like plenty of Rice. However, this Uncle Bens express Rice is useful and its quick and very easy to make! I wouldn't use this Rice for an accompaniment to curry but would use it for something like chicken with a side salad or vegetables. The reason for that is that you don't get alot of Rice in these packets. Each 250g packet has about enough for 2 people in my view; but the portions are not very large.

        Regarding preparation , it couldn't be simpler! All you do is microwave it for 2 minutes and voila, its done! No more having to check on rice cooked on the hob; no more waiting and the results really are impressive. You can cook this Rice on the pan if you prefer but I don't see the point; all you do when microwaving is tear off the top of the packet and then pop it in the microwave; no washing up of pans/pots or anything.

        You can get this Rice in various flavours and the one I have here is Savoury Chicken flavour. It tastes of Chicken and has Red peppers in it, Onions, Carrots and sweet corn. The flavour is good and when cooked, the good thing is about It; is that is comes out moist. Occasionally Rice can turn out a bit dry but this Rice really comes out perfect.

        My partner doesn't like cooking Rice at all and he says he always cooks it wrong! So this is ideal for him. The other day he was starving and I made some Rice on the pan, boiled Rice, and he wasn't happy as it took too long to cook! He always uses this Express Rice. The only thing is at its usual price, I think its too expensive; the normal cost is around £1.70. At the moment you can get it as Asda for only a £1.00 which is what I would call a reasonable price ; therefore I will usually stick to my plain rice. However, plain packet rice doesn't have to be plain. For curries I put turmeric in it; I sometimes add little extras like onions /carrots and if I'm having Rice with chicken, I pop in a stock cube too.

        Ingredients
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        Steamed Long Grain Rice (82%), Sweet corn (3%), Red Peppers (3%), Carrots, Onions, Natural flavour, Sunflower Oil, Yeast extract, Roasted onion paste (Onion, sunflower, oil, salt), Vegetable Boulliion (contains Celery. Spices, Garlic Powder, Herbs)

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        Half the packet contains 189 kcals

        This product contains No Artificial Flavours, Colours or Preservatives.

        I would suggest that this Rice is good for people who are on the go; busy people and certainly think its a good buy when on special offer.

        The taste is good and in my view its deserving of 4 Dooyoo stars

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          11.08.2011 20:42
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          Easy peasy nice rice

          ~~~ This review is for the Basmati variety of the Uncle Ben's rice~~~

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          Culinary convenience
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          In an ideal world, I would cook wonderful, fresh, nutritious meals from scratch every evening from my family, using vegetables picked from my allotment and with the perfect balance of ingredients for a healthy lifestyle. Back in the real world, I have a full-time job, an energetic toddler and a love of relaxing so my culinary fantasies are just that - a fantasy!

          In all seriousness, I do try and cook healthy meals as often as I can and, while I rarely resort to a ready meal or ovenchips and pizza, I do like to use the odd convenient pre-prepared item to help me out and speed up the cooking process.

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          Pouch grouch!
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          I have seen the pouches of microwaveable pasta which, to me, are the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. However, somewhat hypocritically, I have absolutely no problem with using pouches of microwaveable rice! I think part of the reason for this is that while I can cook pasta with ease, I have always found rice a little trickier to get just right, and everyone has a different way of cooking it - people can't even decide whether to cover it or uncover it! So for me these little pouches are life savers.

          There are many different brands of rice available and I have no real brand loyalty - I tend to go for whatever is available or on offer. But I have been pretty pleased with Uncle Ben's so decided to write this review.

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          These upright pouches are 250g and vary in price - in Asda they are currently £1.68 each and in Budgens they are £1.77 or 3 for £4. I often see these on offer so do shop around. There are many different flavours of rice available including Chinese chicken, tomato and basil, garlic and herb and egg fried. I always opt for Basmati which, for me, is the only type of rice worth eating! Grown in India and Pakistan, it has a certain unmistakeable fragrance, and I wondered if that would be compromised by the microwave format of this product.

          The pouches are made of a thick-ish plastic and are in the distinctive orange colours of Uncle Ben products. All you have to do is give the pouch a bit of a squish to loosen the grains (they are packed tightly in there), tear the top of the pouch an inch or two and pop it in the microwave (it stands up on its own) for two minutes. And that is really it! No confusion over covering, uncovering, simmering, stirring, and so on...

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          Ding! Rice is ready!
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          After the two minutes is up you can simply take this out of the microwave, fully open the top of the pouch and serve, the first thing to say is that of course the product is hot so beware of a hot pouch and steamy contents! When you first tip the rice from the pouch, some grains may well still be stuck together so you'll need a fork to gently separate them. I do find that the rice seems drier than 'freshly prepared' rice, and it does seem to stick together more than perfectly cooked basmati should. However I am always pleased and a bit surprised that none of the grains are ever hard or uncooked - the contents are always perfectly cooked and heated through.

          I usually eat my rice with a curry (homecooked from scratch ... honest) or even throw a pack into a chicken stirfry. I find that alongside another dish like this I really can't fault the rice. It has that distinctive basmati fragrance and subtle flavour, and it is the perfect accompaniment to my meals. The grains are soft and, although not fluffy, perfectly adequate considering that it's just been bunged in the microwave.

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          The verdict ...
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          Overall I really love using this rice. It is very simple to prepare - much easier than cooking from scratch - and it tastes almost as good as the real thing. I would say that the texture isn't quite as soft and moist as freshly prepared rice, but I can personally live with this as it's so much more convenient. I must also point out that I find a 250g pack is not quite enough for two of us, but two packs is way too much! However I think 400g packs are available so I may try and find this next time.

          One final negative point that I must point out is that it's an expensive way to eat rice and it's definitely cheaper to buy the 'raw' stuff!

          So it's four stars from me - a fantastically convenient way to prepare rice!

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          Ingredients: Steamed Basmati Rice (98%) , Sunflower Oil , Salt , Emulsifier
          Nutritional information per half pack: 183 calories, 1.9g fat

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            09.02.2011 19:32
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            The lazy and/or busy person's solution to the rice problem!

            If you're like me and are often put off cooking rice because of how long and dull a process it can be, then Uncle Ben's Express Rice is probably for you! I live alone, and going to the hassle of cooking rice when you're only making enough for one meal just never really seems worth it, which is a shame as I absolutely love rice!

            Express rice is a handy packet of pre-cooked rice, it takes two minutes in the microwave and is almost indistinguishable from dried rice out of a packet that takes twenty minutes or more. The portion size is just the right size for one person with a healthy appetite or who is having just the rice as a meal, or is enough for two meals if bulked up with other ingredients.

            Express rice comes in a huge variety of flavours so there's something to go with almost every meal you can make, from mexican to chinese, to indian and there's always good old long grain white rice to fall back on. A personal favourite of mine is the Thai Sweet Chilli flavour, its quite spicy but very tasty and makes a great meal on its own if you're in a hurry.

            These pouches aren't exactly dirt cheap, but I think the convenience they provide is worth paying a little bit more for. You can normally find them on special offer somewhere, one I've seen regularly at Tesco is 4 for £3. At that price I wouldn't have them with every meal as that would start to eat away at your funds quite quickly! However I think for a couple of times a week, and if you're a busy person with not much time to cook, its worth the expense.

            Express Rice doesn't seem to be terribly unhealthy, going by the nutritional information on the pack. Its obviously more processed and probably less environmentally friendly than dried rice but it isn't too high in fat or sugar so even if you're watching your weight then a packet of this isn't going to throw you off the wagon!

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              21.01.2011 22:10
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              Great tasting, quick cooking rice.

              I enjoy cooking, let me make that clear. I have no problem making rice. However, when I tasted this at a friend, I did not know it was a microwave packet!
              The flavour was really pleasant, not at all artificial which I always find with microwave food.
              The grains were all separated from each other, not sticking together in clumps, and perfectly cooked.
              It takes only 2 minutes to cook a packet in the microwave, after tearing open the top of the packet, which is quite easy to do. Each packet has one very large serving, which can easily feed two persons as a side dish.
              There are several flavours, ranging from plain white basmati which is perfect with a curry to a really spicy mexican with beans and vegetables. My family and I have not been disappointed with any of them. The quality is consistent, and from experience, Uncle Ben's is a good quality brand.
              The nutritional content is very clearly labelled, which is quite helpful.
              They first retailed at £1.00 each, but now can commonly be found on offer at £4.00 for three at the larger supermarkets.

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              21.01.2011 13:04
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              Perfect rice in seconds, Bens your uncle!

              My title for the review says it all!... I cannot cook rice for anything, unless its boil in the bag!

              After first discovering these microwavable pouches I was pleasantly surprised. They are perfectly cooked, light and fluffy, came in a variety of different flavours and styles such as 'Pilau' which goes perfect with a curry and 'Egg Fried Rice' goes well with a chinese, you can even have them on their own as they are tasty enough by themselves.

              I really struggle when it comes to cooking rice, I can never get it right, its either burnt and still hard, or mushy and watery, these packets you literally just tear open the top a little, pop in the microwave for 2 minutes, and Bens your uncle! No faffing around trying to get it cooked just right! I also think its great that they are in disposable packets... less washing up!! I was a little dissapointed last time I went to my local shop to purchase a few of these as they have gone up in price to £4 for 3 they only used to be £1 a packet!!... but then again for perfect rice what can you expect!

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              Pilau Express Rice

              The Uncle Benn's rice that I normally buy and use is the Pilau variety which as described on the packet is steamed long grain rice with aromatic spices, cumin seeds and fennel seeds. This variety is tremendous as part of an Indian dish and I usually eat this to complement something like chicken korma which I can also buy as a microwaveable item. The rice is presented in a plastic pouch with information about what the product is on the front and further details about cooking instructions and nutritional contents on the reverse.

              The great thing about this rice is that it can be prepared in the microwave hence the name "express", in fact it only takes 2 minutes in a 700w microwave, all you need to do is make a 2cm long tear at the top of the pouch which is easy, as the correct place to do so is marked "tear here". This means that steam can vent from the packet as the rice cooks. You can if you prefer prepare the rice in a saucepan for three minutes but I have always micro waved it taking full advantage of the fact that it is express rice.

              After cooking the rice is very hot so you need to be careful when removing it from the pouch. The rice itself is wonderfully soft and moist and is not at all dried out like sometimes food can be when a microwave is used to prepare it. It tastes great with something like korma but could be used along with many meals and there are lots of other types of rice available in the Uncle Benn's express range.

              Half a pouch contains 209 calories and 4.1g of fat so even if you eat a whole pouch like I more often than not do it is not too bad every so often as a main meal. This 250g packet cost me £1.65 from Tesco but you can sometimes buy them on promotion.

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              08.06.2010 13:53
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              A DELICIOUS RICE DISH IN TWO MINUTES.

              Since I have been on a diet, I have taken to buying these Uncle Ben's express rices. I find that when I am on a diet I need to be able to prepare a meal quickly, otherwise I end up wanting to graze on rubbish while I am waiting for my food to cook. Therefore these express rice's are perfect.

              Uncle Ben's is a name that goes hand in hand with good quality rice products and cooking sauces. It is a brand that has been around for as long as I can remember. I always use uncle Ben's normal packet rice as I find it to be of the highest quality and always light and fluffy.

              This uncle Ben's express rice is just so perfectly easy to prepare. All you do is squeeze the packaging in order to seperate the rice, Then tear a small 2cm hole in the top of the pouch in order for ventilation and then place in the microwave for 2 minutes (in a 700w microwave)

              So basically within 2 and a half minutes you have a dish of deliciously fluffy rice. I was a little apprehensive at first that the quality may not be to the same standard. But if im honest I think these express rices are better. They offer a really deliciously authentic flavour. Really aromatic and oriental. Also the consistency of the rice is always spot on, it is neither stodgy or hard. Simply perfect and fluffy.

              There is enough within the packet to serve two adults. Although for those of you with a bigger appetite may disagree. I always find that this is ample between me and my husband though. Especially when I have added meat to the dish.

              I wouldn't say that these express rice's give you the same flavours and quality than if you bought your rice from the chinese. However I do think that for a pre packed ready rice which is so convenient theflavour and quality is exceptional.

              There are lots of different and exciting varieties to choose from within this express range. My personal favourite is the chinese style rice. It has red peppers, ginger, chillies, mushrooms and garlic within it's ingredients and it is really delicious. My daughter on the other hand simply loves the egg fried rice variety. For those who are looking for plain rice this is available too.

              The only drawback to these express rice's is the cost. Initially, when they first went on sale they were brilliant value at a £1 a bag. Now though they have more than doubled in price. I suppose you have to weigh up the convenience factor. But I do think this price is rather inflated for what the product actually offers.

              The ingredients, nutritional values and cooking instructions are supplied on the back of the packaging. Also there is a promise from uncle Ben's that this rice has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

              I would recommend these express rice's. They are quite delicious. But they are also so convenient. Especially in the week when you want something quick and healthy for dinner. I know that you could make enough rice for the street if you spent the same on a cheap brand rice. But this product works well for me and my families needs.

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                29.05.2010 19:35
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                Fantastic product for those of us who dont like to cook

                Ever had one of those lazy days where you just can't be bothered with cooking? Well I have many of days like that. I really don't enjoy cooking and especially when I have to cook for myself i will make the easiest meal you can think of! What's the point of standing for an hour in the kitchen while it will only take you 5 minutes to eat the meal? A complete Waste of time and that's why I love easy food like this Express rice by Uncle Bens.

                Uncle Bens Express Rice really is basically what it says, it's express rice. You have two options to cook this you can either put it in the microwave for 2 minutes or you can boil it in a pan for 3 minutes. Either way it's much easier and faster than normal rice which takes like 15 minutes and when I make it it's either undercooked or overcooked but never right.

                The package is easily big enough to serve the rice as part of the main meal for around two people and big enough if you want to eat this during lunch for yourself. It contains 250 grams of rice so it really depends on what you think is normal. It'a perfect accompaniment to a wide range of dishes from curries to meat.

                Don't think Uncle Bens has only one flavor! No there are actually about 22 variations you can choose from and I won't name them all, but my favorites are Thai Curry, Savory Chicken and Mexican one. Even now writing about them makes me hungry already although I do realize its rice I'm talking about  Each variation does contain a different amount of calories, so make sure you check the box before you buy any if you are on a diet.

                In the end I think Uncle Bens Express Rice is really easy to use and brilliant when you are looking for a quick and easy meal. It will only take you a few minutes to prepare the rice and that's a big plus point compared to the standard rice. I really enjoy the flavor and they have got a big selection of different flavours so there should be one to suit you.

                Not really sure what else i can say about it since its only rice we're talking about but i like it a lot and i can definately reccommend it to all those people out there like me who hate cooking.

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                  13.05.2010 14:08
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                  Brilliantly easy rice which saves time and hassle when you need to be quick.

                  I do not usually cheat and buy these pre-cooked rice packets, I am quite happy to properly cook rice from scratch and to be honest I think it works out much cheaper.

                  However, at the moment my other half is away exploring the balkans and therefore I have only myself to feed. The other night I finished work particularly late and with the knowledge that I had leftover curry in the fridge I succombed to the convenience of grabbing one of these packets from my local co-op on the way home.

                  The packet cost me £1.09 and the variety I chose was actually basmati (not the long grain and wild version shown at the top of this page). They actually seem to produce quite a number of varieties of this product, my co-op had basmati, plain long grain or an egg fried varity but I know in bigger supermarkets there are even more varieties available.

                  Now, having never cooked this kind of rice before I must admit I was a bit cynical about the whole thing. This packet is actually too much for one person (the instuctions say it serves two) and it would be very useful if they made a one serving version, in my opinion, seeing as I was fully aware before I even started that I would be throwing away a proportion of this packet.

                  The instructions tell you to tear the top of the packet about a centimetre and then stand it in your microwave and blast it for the required time (2 mins in my microwave).

                  Tearing the packet was easy because they have started the tear for you, standing the item in my microwave was not so easy though because the height of the packet is taller than the depth of my microwave. I could only wedge it in upright and then it would inevitably fall over once the wheel started rotating, I therefore gave up and lay it on its side in the microwave, turning it over halfway through cooking to try and make it even. This method seemed to work ok, which was lucky as it was the only option I had!

                  Once cooked I tore the rest of the opening across the top of the packet and was surprised that my rice smelt freshly cooked and fragrant, I ate it with my curry and was pretty impressed that it also tasted freshly cooked and definitely was not overcooked, the rice had a slight 'bite' to it.

                  Overall I am converted to the ease and convenience of this product although I am unlikely to buy it unless I am short on time. As a shortcut though the rice is actually better than I expected it to be and as such I am impressed.

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                  23.03.2010 19:51
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                  Try the Veetee rice instead

                  Uncle Bens Express rice, 'perfect every time', well so they say.

                  The one good thing about this rice, is that when you are trying to find it in the supermarket, the bright orange packet with blue writing does stand out on the shelves. The packet itself is just a thick plastic bag/pouch, you can see the contents of the packet through the little window on the front, which actually completes the picture, if that makes sense.

                  The pack states that there are no artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives, which is reassuring to know, per half bag, there is 1.6grams of fat, and 184 calories, I'm not really sure how this would compare to fresh rice.

                  We sometimes use this, usually when i am cooking, and forget to cook the fresh rice in time. Where we usually buy them, is a local shop called cost cutter, we pay £1.80 for a pouch, but i think in the supermarkets it costs around the £1.25 mark. Cooking it couldn't be simpler, just peel the top off the bag, and put it in the microwave for two minutes. The end result, a big lump of very hot rice. For me, this is where things go down hill, the rice seems very much like processed food, not fluffy like fresh rice.

                  You can soon break it up with a fork, but its very apparent that this stuff has been sat on a shelf in the supermarket a few months before you get to eat it. Considering its microwaved, its not bad, but always seems to be a bit stodgy to me.

                  All in all, not bad for the money, and it is really very easy to cook. A bit of advice though, if you are buying microwaveable rice, rather than the Uncle Bens, you should try the Veetee range, these come in a small tray, cost a little more than the Uncle Bens, but are much better, you really can't tell these have been microwaved.

                  3 out of 5 from me

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                  23.03.2010 12:44
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                  A great timesaver, perfect rice everytime just like it says on the packet!

                  My whole family loves rice but some varieties can need rather laborious cooking methods with at least 25 mins cooking time needed and various rinsing with hot or cold water before and/or after etc. and let's face it not everyone has the time or inclination to do this after a hard day plus I can never quite get the rice to end up separated and fluffy!

                  Uncle Ben's express rices are excellent time savers and unlike many other 'fast food' products is not made up of unhealthy add-ins. This rice has already been 'steamed' and just needs to be heated either in the microwave or simmered in a pan with boiling water. Available widely and often on special offer (Tesco is currently doing buy 3 for £4.00), these packets usually retail at £1.45 each.)

                  The packet is soft an slim (so doesn't take up much room in your cupboards) and I like the fact that you can see the rice through the packaging so that the picture of the bowl on the front is filled with the actual product. My favourite is the basmati rice but there are several other flavours to choose from in the range to suit your palette.

                  As this rice has been steamed and contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives it is a healthy option to have as a side dish or just add some extra veggies to it for a filling main meal.

                  If you microwave this product all you have to do is give the bag a squeeze to separate the rice to allow for even cooking, tear a 2cm opening in the top of the packet to act as a vent so that the rice doesn't explode everywhere and put on full power for 2 mins or a bit less or more depending on your microwave wattage.

                  The result is fluffy , pefect rice that tastes great and all in two minutes or less! This is quite low in fat and salt and not to bad on the calorie front for a carbohydrate rich food (183 kcals per 125g serving). Unless you like mammoth portions, the sachet serves two people and is also suitable for vegetarians.

                  I would recommend this rice product as part of a healthy balanced diet and to save yourself some time.

                  Thanks for reading. x

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                  18.02.2010 23:20
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                  A lazy meal!

                  Uncle Ben's Express Rice is a delicious packet of rice that can be cooked really quickly in the microwave for a speedy and simple meal.

                  The rice comes in a soft packet which makes them so easy to store. The best thing about these is that they are so quick to cook - you just have to tear part of the top of the packet off, pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes and then it's cooked. After 2 minutes it's soft and fluffy and needs nothing else to be done to it apart from adding your extra meat or vegetable ingredients. Just pour the rice out onto a plate or dish and the packet can just be thrown away which also has the added benefit of not having to do any washing up!

                  There is bound to be a type of rice that everyone will like from the Uncle Ben's range as there are so many different flavours, some of which are:

                  ~ Special Fried
                  ~ Savoury Chicken
                  ~ Long Grain
                  ~ Egg Fried
                  ~ Basmati
                  ~ Pilau
                  ~ Chinese
                  ~ Mexican
                  ~ Tomato and Basil

                  The Egg Fried is the best and tastiest one to include in a Chinese meal and I often mix this with some chicken and sweet and sour sauce. The tomato and basil one is also surprisingly nice with a very rich tomato taste and is a little spicy which makes it really delicious. For those people who don't like flavoured rice, there's the Long Grain rice which is just a plain and simple white rice.

                  These are quite expensive and admittedly it would be cheaper to buy and make your own rice but these are perfect for a very quick and easy meal. They cost around £1.50 for a packet - each packet will make either one main meal for one person or can be used as a side to a main meal for 2 people. I do think that £1.50 is a little pricey for these so I only pick them up when they're on offer.

                  For a quick and easy meal, Uncle Ben's Express Rice are the perfect thing. Mixed with some sauce and meat or vegetables, they make a delicious meal.

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                  18.02.2010 21:59
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                  An easy way to make some nice food

                  I was so happy when I discovered this range of rice, although the choices have definatley grown since I first started eating this rice.

                  Uncles Bens Express Rice is basically what it says on the packet, express rice. You can cook this rice in the microwave in 2 minutes, or boil in pan in 3 minutes. Either way its a hell of a lot quicker than cooking rice from the packet and then adding flavours etc.

                  The rice is simple to cook, just squish the packet a bit to loosen the rice so it won't all be stuck together when cooked, then tear a small gap at the top of the packet, place in microwave for 2 minutes, and thats all.

                  I find that this easily serves two as part of a main meal, or as a lunch time meal for one, which I have done many a time myself lol.
                  The rice comes in many different flavours, including egg fried, pilau, plain and spicy, plus many many more. There is pretty much a rice to choose for any meal you are having, and it makes things so much easier in the kitchen.

                  I usually buy these for about £1.20 a pack, but most of the time they can be found on offers like 3 packs for £3. They are a good item to stock up on when going shopping, as you will never know how much you appreciate them until you don't have one in the kitchen cupboard.
                  Available in most supermarkets, there is a huge range of them.

                  I recommend this rice to everyone, especially those who don't always have time to cook a proper meal, as this rice is always quick, easy and yummy.

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