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You're correct. In our review of instant brown rices we put Uncle Ben's at the bottom of the list of the four that were tested.
The interesting thing is that the features that made it our least favorite as a side dish make it best for this sort of casserole. As the review says, "the grains were distinct and not gummy at all."
In a casserole that bakes for an hour, like this one, the rice will cook for much longer than the recommended 5 or 10 minutes. The other instant rice products we tested became too gummy in this recipe application, but the Uncle Ben's held up well.
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Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP, CCMS