Ben’s Original™

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FAQs

  1. Q:

    Can you please provide some ingredient substitutions when cooking Ben’s Original™ ORIGINAL CONVERTED BRAND RICE?

    A:

    INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTION

    BROTH/JUICE
    To add extra flavor without adding fat, replace water with broth, bouillon or consommé (chicken, beef or vegetable flavors). You may also replace water with fruit or vegetable juices.

    BUTTER/MARGARINE
    Butter and margarine are optional ingredients. They do not have to be added.

  2. Q:

    My Ben’s Original™ ORIGINAL CONVERTED® Brand Rice isn’t cooking the way I expected. What am I doing

    A:

    COOKING PROBLEMS

    STICKY/MUSHY RICE
    Use the following alternate cooking directions for sticky rice quality issues:
    Raw rise (cups) 1 2 3 5 7
    Water (cups) 2 4 5¾ 9¾ 13¾
    Cook time (min.) 18* 20 20 20 20
    *Cook time will always be 20 minutes except when cooking just one cup.

    DRY/HARD RICE
    The cooking heat may have been too high causing the liquid to evaporate too fast. Because heating elements on stoves may vary (gas or electric), we recommend reducing the heat level during simmering.

  3. Q:

    How do I cook large-quantity batches of Ben’s Original™ ORIGINAL CONVERTED® Brand Rice?

    A:

    Use the following measurements for large quantity cooking directions for Ben’s Original™ ORIGINAL CONVERTED® Brand Rice:
    Uncooked rice        Water (8 oz.)
    Salt (optional)
    Serving size (8 oz. cups)
    Serving size (4 oz. or ½ cup)
    2 cups or 1 lb. 5 cups 1 Tbsp. 8 cups 16
    4 cups or 2 lbs. 10 cups 2 Tbsps. 16 cups 32
    6 cups or 3 lbs. 15 cups 3 Tbsps. 25 cups 50
    8 cups or 4 lbs. 20 cups ¼ cup 34 cups 68
    10 cups or 5 lbs. 25 cups ⅓ cup 44 cups 88
    12 cups or 6 lbs. 30 cups 6 Tbsps. 54 cups 108
    14 cups or 7 lbs. 35 cups 7 Tbsps. 64 cups 128
    16 cups or 8 lbs. 40 cups ½ cup 74 cups 148
    18 cups or 9 lbs. 45 cups 2/3 cup 85 cups 170
    20 cups or 10 lbs. 50 cups ¾ cup 96 cups 192
    24 cups or 12 lbs. 60 cups 1 cup 112 cups 224
    If there is too much water, the heat was too low or the rice did not boil for an adequate amount of time. The consumer can drain off the excess.
    If there is not enough water, the flame/heat was too high during the boiling process, the saucepan was too large and it caused an excessive evaporation of water. They can add more water and cook longer. Too large a pan used causing excessive evaporation of water. Use smaller pan.

  4. Q:

    What are some alternative cooking methods for Ben’s Original™ ORIGINAL CONVERTED® Brand Rice?

    A:

    SLOW COOKER                                     
    Rub 1 tablespoon butter or margarine over bottom and up the sides of the slow cooker. Combine 1 cup rice (not instant), 2½ cups water and 1 teaspoon salt, if desired. Stir well. Cover and cook on HIGH heat until water is absorbed, about 1½ to 2 hours. This makes about 4 cups of cooked rice.

    DOUBLE BROILER
    Bring 2¼ cups water to a boil in top section of double boiler. Stir in 1 cup rice, 1 teaspoon salt, if desired, add 1 tablespoon butter or margarine. Place over gently boiling water in bottom section of double boiler. Cover and cook until all water is absorbed (approximately 35 minutes).

    OVEN
    Bring the recommended amount of water to a boil. Place the measured amount of rice in a shallow baking pan (not a deep pan like a saucepan), pour boiling water over rice and add salt and butter or margarine, if desired. Cover tightly and place in 350°F oven. The cook time is usually extended 10 to 15 minutes over the top of stove method when cooking in the oven.

    SKILLET (REGULAR & ELECTRIC)
    Melt 1 tablespoon butter or margarine in a skillet. Add 1 cup rice and stir until coated with butter. Stir in 2½ cups water and 1 teaspoon salt, if desired. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes.

    STEAMER
    Use boiling water and place rice, salt, butter (if desired) and water in steamer or steam table pan. Stir. Place uncovered in steamer and cook according to manufacturer's directions OR using 10 pounds pressure, cook for 15–20 minutes.

    WOK (REGULAR OR ELECTRIC)
    Heat 1 tablespoon cooking oil, butter or margarine in wok over low heat. Add 1 cup rice and stir until coated with oil. Stir in 2¼ cups water and 1 teaspoon salt, if desired. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until water is absorbed (approximately 20 to 25 minutes).

    RICE COOKER
    There are several types of these devices on the market that cook rice by either a steam or dry heat method. The directions with many of these cookers are for cooking regular milled rice, rather than a parboiled rice like Ben’s Original™ ORIGINAL CONVERTED® Brand Rice. Cookers vary and you may need to adjust the amount of water to obtain the desired rice texture. The following will serve as a guide only for cooking Ben’s Original™ ORIGINAL CONVERTED® Brand Rice in the various types of cookers: AUTOMATIC STEAM TYPE: Use about 2 cups water to 1 cup of rice in inner pan and about ½ cup water in outer pot. Follow cooker manufacturer’s directions for cooking rice. When cooker shuts off, let rice stand covered in cooker about 5 minutes or until all water is absorbed. AUTOMATIC DIRECT HEAT TYPE: Use amount of ingredients specified on package and follow manufacturer's directions for tuning cooker on. Cook only until most of water is absorbed, about 25 minutes, then manually turn off cooker. Let stand covered in cooker until all water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. TOP-OF-RANGE STEAMERS: Use about 2 cups water to 1 cup rice in inner pan. Cook according to steamer manufacturer’s directions until all water is absorbed, about 25 minutes.

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