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Is it the Uncle Ben's instant stuff? Parboiled (whatever THAT means)?

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Yes it is, and soft in the package. I eat it at home it's delish.



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I like some fibrelike the whole Grain Brown Rice by Minute Rice. It's pre-cooked so only takes a few minutes to heat and serve.
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Whole grain brown rice by Minute Rice, got it, thanks!

I'll try both, see which cooks faster.. The brown rice would last longer, I'm sure..
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Try to find Uncle Ben's Natural Select. I got one years ago, it tastes great. There is some instant rice that tastes like rubber, this one doesn't.

They have it in several flavours, but this is the one I tried:



Instructions say to simmer it, but I added boiling water and let it stand in a closed container for a bit, and it was ready to eat.

Also, Mountain House Rice and Chicken (sold in MEC) is really good too, but pricier.
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quote:Instructions say to simmer it, but I added boiling water and let it stand in a closed container for a bit, and it was ready to eat.

Also, Mountain House Rice and Chicken (sold in MEC) is really good too, but pricier.
Will do, thanks!

I tried the MH one, tasted pretty good.

It's not that I do SO much camping that I couldn't afford to splurge on that stuff, but it adds up when you're packing for 4..
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Another trick, if you have a dehydrator and want to spend the time, is to cook whole grain brown rice (not the instant kind), and then dehydrate it. All that has to be done in camp is to rehydrate and warm it through. I feel it has a better consistency (and nutrients).
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That's an idea..

I'd have to get a dehydrator, though, or at least something for the oven..
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We love using the Uncle Ben's Bistro Express Rice, especially the Tomato and Herb flavor. To heat in the back country I keep the rice in the package and warm in boiling water or I saute in a pan with touch of water and drained foil pouch chicken. Yum!

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I saw one of those in the store the other day.. Looked pretty gross and squishy..

But if it's light, and hits the spot, it works as trail food..
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quote:Uncle Ben's Bistro Express Rice
I saw one of those in the store the other day.. Looked pretty gross and squishy..

But if it's light, and hits the spot, it works as trail food..
It's amazing what actually tastes good in the back country! But in reality, these are not bad although I prefer cooked (not instant or pre-cooked) rice at home. Regular rice takes too much fuel to cook, even when I'm canoe camping and can carry a lot more fuel than backpacking.

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quote:Regular rice takes too much fuel to cook, even when I'm canoe camping and can carry a lot more fuel than backpacking.
Yup, that's why I'm going to have to go 'instant'.. The whole grain instant option sounds good, as does the dehydrated cooked rice.

I'll have to try each of them, see how well they cook and taste.
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Quinoa takes way less time to cook than rice does.
Same deal with couscous.
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quote:Quinoa takes way less time to cook than rice does.
Same deal with couscous.
Than 'instant' rice?

I thought quinoa was comparable to unprocessed rice, and so not good for hiking.

Couscous I've never tried.. Might be worth investigating as well..
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I would go with instant rice, all you need is boiling water with a 1/1 ratio of water to rice.
It's pretty light, easy to cook, tastes good- just bring something to spice it up with.

Stay away from that Uncle Ben's processed crap. No one should be eating that rice. Some of the packages contain cooked chicken in the mixes and they have a long shelf life. Gross.

I am going to have to try JulieK's trick with dehydrating brown rice though, sounds like a great idea.
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