How to Make Perfect Rice Every Time

Making great tasting rice is really easy – but I used to burn rice / under-cook it like the best of them until I realized what I’m doing wrong.

The most important thing you need in order to make great rice every time is… a pot with a tight-fitting lid to retain the steam. That’s it. That’s the secret. No voodoo involved.

Here’s how to make perfect rice, step-by-step:

  1. Heat a little cooking oil (I usually use Olive Oil) in pot
  2. Pour in the rice
  3. Stir rice for a minute making sure it does not start burning
  4. Pour in the water
  5. Add a bit of salt and pepper if you feel like it
  6. Get water to boil level
  7. Lower range heat to minimum (really, really low. lowest it will go)
  8. Close pot with lid
  9. Wait 17 minutes exactly and turn range off
  10. Keep lid on for five more minutes
  11. Serve / eat

Notes:

  1. Resist the urge to open the lid to look inside – retaining the steam is crucial here. Just trust me on the 17 minutes.
  2. Use twice as much water as rice (for example, one cup of rice and two cups of water)

That’s it, never fails.

(image by Josh Puetz)

Steve Jobs Would Never Let This Happen

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I always have some kind of to-do list written on a piece of paper, or on my mobile phone. I am a master in making lists…

When I upgraded my iPhone OS to iOS5, one of the improvements I was looking forward to is the native “Reminders” app. I’ve being using a free “to-do/tasks” app I downloaded from the app store since I moved from BlackBerry to iPhone but it wasn’t very sleek.

Unfortunately, the Reminders app sucks. Bad.

In order to create an item and set a reminder you go through ten steps after you launch the app! TEN STEPS

Check this out:

Step 1: Press ‘+’ button to create a new reminder

Step 2: Enter reminder

Step 3: Press ‘done’ button or Return on keyboard (why? why not have a ‘next’ button to let you now set the reminder?)

Step 4: Click the item you just created to access the reminder options

Step 5: Click ‘Remind me’ to get to this redundant screen

Step 6: Toggle ‘On a Day’ (why? is there any other option here? just present the time selection UI for crying out loud!)

Step 7: Click the ‘date’ line to actually display the time selection UI (why? why not display the date/time selection UI already?)

Step 8: Select date and time

Step 9: Press ‘Done’ button on the date selection screen

Step 10: Press ‘Done’ again on the remind me screen to finally save your reminder

So many steps to go through to create a simple reminder – I don’t think Steve Jobs would have used this app.

All this could have been done so differently:

Step 1 + 2: Press ‘+’ button to create a new reminder and enter text

Step 3: press ‘next’ keyboard button to create a reminder (or press done on top to create a task without a reminder)

Step 4: Note that the date/time selection UI is displayed by default…select a date/time and then click Done. That’s it.

That’s the kind of app I would use, wouldn’t you?