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Lesson Overview

Rice is the staple food for more than half of the world’s population and is one of the oldest cultivated grains.

In this lesson, we will help you understand the basic anatomy of rice and how it is processed. You will also know how to identify different varieties of rice and how to store rice p…

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Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • identify the basic anatomy of rice
  • explain how rice is processed
  • identify a variety of common types of rice
  • identify the different characteristics of rice
  • understand how to store raw and uncooked rice
  • understand how to safely cool and reheat rice

Course Syllabus

START: Watch Lesson Platform Tour
1. Introduction: Rice Basics 2 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. Rice Anatomy & Processing 3 mins
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4. Activity | Label the Rice Diagram 5 mins
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5. Common Types of Rice 20 mins
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6. Storing & Food Safety of Rice 3 mins
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7. Practice Activities & Recipes 45 mins
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8. Lesson Quiz 10 mins
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Finish Line 1 hr 30 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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What People Are Saying

Default profile "The presentation is clear with skillful use of graphics and animations." ★★★★★
Default profile "Great" ★★★★
Default profile "Good introduction to rice varieties; a few typos." ★★★★★
Default profile "There was so much more to learn about rice than I could have imagined!" ★★★★★
Default profile "Easy to understand." ★★★★★
Default profile "I have been cooking plain white rice and brown rice with varying success for a long time and I learned great information. The two practice dishes were wonderful. The coconut infused jasmine rice was amazing and I cooked it entirely in the rice maker with no oil. The cardamom and cumin seed basmati rice was delicious too but I think I need to practice more on varying amount of water to get the right rice texture." ★★★★★
Default profile "I've read so many variations on cooking rice but found this tutorial extremely helpful which in turn translated into a much better dish." ★★★★★
Default profile "Don't miss this substantial lesson, expecially which is rice is the main ingredient in the main course in my country." ★★★★★
Default profile "Lots of useful information...I do believe more details about the many uses of rice would be beneficial (idlees, sushi, pilafs etc.)...rice has so much potential...love it!" ★★★★
Default profile "I grew up eating all my life, in fact it was one of my favorite dishes. I thought I knew everything there that was important to know about rice. I really enjoyed preparing rice using some spices I was not a custom to using. I really enjoyed the flavors of the dish." ★★★★
Default profile "A great intro to the lessons! It helped me find my way around the lessons without being too intimidated." ★★★★★
Default profile "It is a very good lesson and my rice came out beautiful. I did not know that rice bags had cooking instructions on the back. But I would have liked a little more information on how whole grain rice is cooked. I gave up white rice and brown rice has been a little challenging for me coming from a Caribbean background." ★★★★
Default profile "Good information when cooking rice of all kinds. I don't eat that much rice but this video has opened me up to trying new textures and styles of rice." ★★★★★
Default profile "Even with a loud toddler most of the information is sticking, 5 stars!" ★★★★★
Default profile "Very Helpful as I did not know more than half of what I just learned about rice(s)!" ★★★★★
Default profile "Really helpful and practical knowledge, thank you!" ★★★★★
Default profile "Spreading rice out in a pan exposes too much of the rice surface area to bacteria, creating undesirable hints of off-flavors when re-heated, and also causes the rice to dry out much faster vs. stored in a tightly covered pot or container." ★★★★
Default profile "I've learned a lot with this lesson. You not only supply the HOW of things, but also the WHY of things. I like your step-by-step approach, which is especially suited for slow-learners like me. Thanks for the instruction!" ★★★★★
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5 Videos | 8 Tasks
Task 1: Introduction: Rice Basics
Task 2: Complete Your Self Assessment
Task 3: Rice Anatomy & Processing
Task 4: Activity | Label the Rice Diagram
Task 5: Common Types of Rice
Task 6: Storing & Food Safety of Rice
Task 7: Practice Activities & Recipes
Task 8: Lesson Quiz

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