How to make brown rice, an Australian staple, is now easier to make in a microwave, thanks to a new technique that involves just three ingredients: brown rice and a microwave.
The trick is that the rice has been soaked in a concentrated cooking solution that reduces the risk of it sticking to the sides of the microwave and causing a fire hazard.
“The rice is just soaked, and that’s it,” said Mr Rennie, a farmer and farmer’s market vendor in Cairns.
“It’s easy to make it in a hot oven, or in a gas oven, and I’ve done it with a gas range and it worked very well.”
‘We don’t cook with brown rice anymore’ The microwave technique is being tested in Queensland, where the government is seeking to ban the use of coal-fired cooking in homes.
The ban will come into effect on March 8.
The microwave oven is used for cooking rice, beans and vegetables and has been linked to fire hazards.
In Queensland, the Government has been testing the technique with brown and white rice.
“This is the first time we’ve used it in the microwave,” said Ms Sorensen, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Water Resources spokesperson.
“We’ve had success with it in other states, and we don’t think we’re ready to move to using it as the norm.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said the safety of microwave cooking was “very closely monitored”.
“The safety of the food preparation and the safety environment are important,” she said.
“Makes sure that it’s cooked as safely as possible, so that people can have the best possible health outcomes.”
The Department of Food and Agriculture says it has received feedback from consumers and has tested the technique in a number of different countries, including France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands.
It said there was no evidence of any safety issues in Queensland.
“There is no risk of cooking rice in the oven,” a spokeswoman said.