Keep Stovetop Grains from Sticking: Wait 10 Minutes!

published Jun 27, 2011
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Cooking rice on the stove often results in a stubborn layer of cooked grains stuck to the bottom of the pot. But there is an easy trick to loosening that layer that works every time, with every type of grain.

When the cooking time is up, remove the pot from the heat and let it sit, covered, for 10 minutes. That’s it. During that time, the bottom layer of grains will loosen from the bottom of the pan and can be easily scooped out with the rest.

I use this technique whenever I cook rice on the stove, and with other grains like barley or steel-cut oats that have cooked away too much water and adhered to the bottom of the pot. It works every time and makes clean up so much easier.

Do you have any tips for cooking grains on the stove?