Reader question: I would like advice. When cooking one pot meals in my cast iron pot, 3.5 quart, most of rice is cooked, but some of the rice is still hard. How can I correct this? ~ Mary D., Lakewood, CO
Hi Mary! There are a few things you can do to help ensure all the rice in a Glorious One-Pot Meal cooks thoroughly:
1. Rinse the rice well in a strainer –until the water runs clear– before adding it to the pot.
2. Add the correct amount of liquid and swirl well to ensure the rice is evenly distributed across the bottom of the pot.
3. Check your oven temperature with a stand-alone oven thermometer to ensure your oven is fully up to 450 F degrees before you place the full Dutch oven inside.
If, after following these instructions you find you are still getting undercooked spots of rice, try adding an addition 1/4 cup of liquid to the pot.
Thanks for your enthusiasm for Glorious One-Pot Meals! Happy cooking!