Rice is one of those things that's super easy to make, but just as easy to mess up.
So here are 12 clever tricks to help you cook the perfect pot of rice every time:
Get to know your rice varieties — some are fluffy, some are sticky, and they can't really be substituted for each other.
Know that the most common cooking ratio — 2 parts water, 1 part rice — doesn't work perfectly for every single variety of rice.
Always rinse your rice before cooking it — this will make it less sticky and prevent it from clumping together...
And don't even think about stirring it while it's cooking.
If you're cooking on the stove, use a heavy-bottomed pot to prevent it from burning.
Add a splash of oil to your rice to prevent the individual grains from sticking together...
And feel free to quickly toast the rice (like a pilaf) to give it a subtle nutty flavor.
Make sure you season it with salt (before cooking or after, it's up to you).
During the final stages of cooking, place a kitchen towel underneath the lid to absorb any condensation and prevent it from getting mushy...
And once your rice is cooked, let it rest for about 15 minutes before eating it.
For brown rice, try cooking it like pasta in boiling water to give it a softer texture...
But if you're in a hurry, you can always cook it in the microwave.
What's your trick for cooking perfect rice? Let us know in the comments below!