June 29, 2007
Uncle Ben's Ready Rice
Rice is easy. Rice is cheap. Rice is quick. Rice is good.
Given this, I am not sure what compelled me to take this product off of the shelf for testing. I had low expectations, because a pound bag of long grain or brown rice is only about $2.00 and it's a snap to cook. You put rice and salt and water in a pan and 15 minutes later you have rice. Even easier, a rice cooker will do the work for you flawlessly every time and you can buy them for as little as about $20.00.
I guess the challenge, of whether $1.89 for a bag of instant rice that serves two would actually be any good, was just too much for me.
Well, my low expectations were met almost to perfection. Holding the package I envisioned gummy, slightly over cooked rice. I was intrigued that the Whole Grain Brown and Original Long Grain had no added salt. The Long Grain and Wild variety and the Roasted Chicken Flavored, I figured, would have that salty fake chicken bouillon cube taste.
Exactly! The brown and long grain were gummy and slightly overcooked, truly tasting of cardboard (not that I eat cardboard all that often). One taster suggested we add salt. Using 1/4 teaspoon (enough to make it about 300 mg per serving) simply made these taste like salty cardboard. The other two were also as expected. Gummy, overcooked, salty, fake flavored rice.
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