I have written a few well received answers concerning rice. Why is cooking rice so complicated?; "Instant" leftover rice? Making leftover-like rice without the wait? (as in for fried rice); Rice gets burnt and watery; even How do I get rid of bugs in rice? It's not a big surprise, I jump on rice questions because rice is something I know very well.

Always somebody comes along and recommends microwaving it.

I like to experiment (you probably have figured that out) so I have tried it several times. I have tried every method I've seen written here or elsewhere to microwave rice. Microwaving rice produces cooked rice that is inferior to the steaming or pilaf method. I even have pictures :)

So, I want to ask, "Can I make good rice in the microwave?" At the same time, I'd post an answer (without "accepting" it). "No". I'd show a few pictures. I'd point out it makes good fried rice if cooked in the microwave. I'd also point out that the microwave doesn't necessarily save any time (more pictures).

I'd end the question with a challenge. I'll upvote any answer that provides a method that improves the results of microwaving rice. I'd accept an answer that that actually makes rice that's as good as "traditionally" cooked.

Done this way, the question (and my answer) is likely to inspire argument. I'm hoping that it would also help people to master rice. It ain't rocket surgery.

It's a bit different to go about a Q&A this way. Advice?

EDIT: How about, "Why doesn't microwaved rice taste as good?"

  • You really need to start a blog to have your true outlet.
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    May 14, 2014 at 20:42
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    @SAJ14SAJ Stop trying to get rid of me!
    – Jolenealaska Mod
    May 14, 2014 at 20:52
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    That would be a more appropriate outlet for the kind of interaction and openness you want. I am sure you would not be gotten rid of.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    May 14, 2014 at 21:05
  • Isn't there a way to contribute to the Seasoned Advice blog? Edit: oh I was thinking about the newsletter I guess? I thought there used to be a blog. I don't see it now though.
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    May 28, 2014 at 2:25
  • Edit2: Oh there it is. It exists. No new posts though. cooking.blogoverflow.com
    – Preston
    May 28, 2014 at 2:31

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I would just ask "how do I make good rice in the microwave?" providing a bit of detail about what you've tried and how it failed, with the assumption that it's possible to make it work somehow.

If you talk to the people who've recommended this method and find out that the quality of rice they can get is the same low quality you've gotten, okay, then you could confidently say the answer is "you can't, it's impossible." But otherwise, posting "it's impossible" is really just an invitation to argue (not constructive), and seems an unnecessary modification of our usual Q&A structure.

  • I like that. Same info, different approach. That's what I'll do.
    – Jolenealaska Mod
    May 14, 2014 at 15:31
  • See the edit to the question, that might bring out answers useful to me (and even others who abuse rice in such a terrible way)
    – Jolenealaska Mod
    May 21, 2014 at 7:32

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