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Strategies Used: Buying in Bulk and Price Book
We eat A LOT of rice at my house. It makes an appearance at dinner alongside tostadas, burritos, with stir fried veggies and tofu, etc. My daughter even likes a bowl of it plain with seaweed. I have been known to eat it for breakfast with almond milk, cinnamon and dried fruits (a relic from childhood). After several failed attempts at trying to get my clan to exclusively eat brown rice, I have accepted our household as one divided between white and brown rice. My daughter (and friends who eat over) eat white rice, I eat brown, and hubby will eat either.
So, what is the price of our rice? What’s your guess on how much 1 serving (3/4 c. cooked) would cost? Let’s start with looking at white rice. Would it surprise you that it costs $.04 per serving? Just. 4. cents. Doubled for a hungry person and now we are up to 8 cents. 🙂
Here’s how we achieve this:
I buy long grained white rice at Smart Food Service (Formerly Cash & Carry) Warehouse Stores for $11.39/25 lbs.=$.45/lb. This is the lowest price I have recorded in my area. Costco also has similar prices on rice. You can buy 1 lb of rice at Target for about a dollar, which is twice as much. Grocery store prices range from $1.99/lb to $.99/lb.
Brown Rice actually costs a little less at Smart Food Service, $10.97/25 lbs.=$.43/lb.
It takes our family about 3 months to go through a bag of white rice, which I store in a closet. I store brown rice in the freezer, as it can turn rancid. If you don’t think you would use such a large bag, you could always split with a friend!
As far as cooking the rice, for plain white rice I use a rice maker. It makes perfect rice every time! Although I could use my Instant Pot, I like that the rice cooker is smaller (more manageable) and easier to clean.
When making white rice, a good tip is to rinse the rice several times in water (I just do this in the metal pot of the rice cooker). I have been told it “tastes like restaurant rice!” I make a large batch (4 scoops of rice that come with the maker). Leftover rice can be “steamed” in the microwave by adding a few TB of water, and microwaving it while covered. This magically turns dried out rice back to its formerly fluffy self!
For brown rice, I use a heavy pot on the cooktop. My hubby tried to cook it in the rice maker, but the results were inconsistent. I use 2 c dry rice (rinsed) to 3.5 c water, and simmer 45 mts. with a pinch of salt to improve the flavor.
Note: The pot above has a whole grain option, unlike the older one we have.
Update 7/17/19: After much trial and error, hubby now makes perfect brown rice in the rice cooker! He found that by using a bit more water, it will steam longer which the brown rice needs.