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Daily Archives: January 6th, 2012


Have you ever been in a position where you needed to cook a lot of rice?  A lot of rice.  Like 100 servings of rice.  And you don’t have a big enough rice cooker(s) for such a job.  Well, I have been in such a predicament before.

There was once a time when I needed to make A LOT of chicken and rice casserole to feed a lot of people and I neglected to borrow any high capacity rice cookers.  Also, my experiment from earlier in the week told me that to dump everything in a pan raw and shove it in the oven would take prohibitively long to cook.  So I needed to cook a lot of rice.  Enter a 4″ full sized steam table pan, which I did remember to borrow, and the oven.

Did you know you can cook rice in the oven?  It’s a really good way to cook a lot of rice.  Normal, family-sized rice cookers will only feed…a family.  And not an overly large one, either.  An industrial rice cooker is pretty expensive and you don’t often need that much rice.  It’s just a waste of space and energy.  Oh, and you can’t plug two of them into the same circuit in your house because I think each one pulls about 12A.  A typical household circuit breaker is 15A.  You’ll definitely trip the breaker.

So, here’s how I ended up cooking 16 cups of rice.  I would give you the weight, except my notes are at home and I am not and I know I cooked about 16 cups.  Btw, these are normal cups.  Not the silly 0.75 cup that rice cookers seem to think is a full cup.

Oven-cooked Brown Rice