Corrected On Rice

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Ken Hirsch rightly nails me on the topic of Uncle Ben's:
All you really need to know here is that Uncle Ben's is owned by Mars, the company that makes M&Ms.
That actually doesn't tell you anything about the taste or nutrition of Uncle Ben's. You usually don't make such careless statements.

Your "converted" link goes to the "instant rice" wikipedia page, but the "parboiled rice" page is more appropriate. Converted rice has more nutrients than white rice. And, although converted rice is what made Uncle Ben's famous, they sell other kinds, too.

Fair enough. I was mostly trying to be clever, but I agree that it's not much of an argument. I generally find Uncle Bens "Original" to be tasteless and insipid, whereas a good basmati or jasmine is, as you know, a joy to eat. I've never had the other versions, except for I think the minute, which is ghastly. You're totally right about the wikipedia link. That's where it took me when I entered "converted" rice and I didn't check any further. I didn't even know about the nutrient thing. My bad!

I just looked in our kitchen and we have two kinds of basmati (one from India and one from Lundberg in California), three kinds of brown rice, and a 12-pound sack of Uncle Ben's Original, which my wife bought a couple of months ago when she was worried that the food distribution system might collapse at any moment.

I fully endorse this use of Uncle Ben's Original. I too would eat it after the apocalypse, probably after the canned tuna and freeze dried camping meals ran out but before emergency rations, MREs, and my neighbors.

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Right there with you on the Uncle Ben's regular rice. I usually avoid Uncle Ben's, but when you find yourself on an island with no other brand available, you do what you have to do. I was *astonished* at how bland it tasted.

Right there with you on the Uncle Ben's regular rice. I usually avoid Uncle Ben's, but when you find yourself on an island with no other brand available, you do what you have to do. I was *astonished* at how bland it tasted.

If I were wishing for a rodent infestation (which I most certainly am not), I would hope they'd get the rest of the box, as I'm not sure I can bring myself to finish it.

Uncle Ben's rice is tasteless and insipid? WTF? Of course it is, it's *white rice*. If you're eating it more or less plain, it's gonna be bland. The point is that it's a neutral base for other flavors & ingredients, which rice absorbs really well. Try cooking a jambalaya or paella sometime, not just rice with a handful of beans or veg thrown in. Jambalaya in particular is super easy, really good for an inexperienced cook.

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