Backpacking is an incredibly rewarding experience that allows you to explore the natural beauty of the world. One of the most essential items to bring on a backpacking trip is food, and rice can be an excellent addition to your outdoor cooking repertoire. Making rice while backpacking may seem intimidating, but with a few simple tips and tricks, it can be done with ease.
The first step to making rice backpacking is to choose the right type of rice for your needs. The most common types of rice used for backpacking are white, brown, and basmati, though other types such as jasmine or wild rice can also work well. Consider how long you need the rice to cook for, as well as how much space you have in your pack for different types of rice – white and brown will typically require more water than basmati or jasmine.
Once you have selected your type of rice, measure out the correct amount using a measuring cup or measuring spoon. For best results, use one cup of uncooked long-grain white or brown rice per two cups of water. If using basmati or jasmine, use one cup of uncooked rice per one-and-a-half cups of water.
The next step is to bring the water to a boil in a pot that has been lined with aluminum foil (or other lightweight material). Once boiling, add the measured amount of uncooked rice and stir once.
Make sure that all grains are submerged in the boiling water and cover the pot with its lid. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the grains – stir occasionally during this process but avoid lifting the lid too often as this will result in steam escaping and longer cooking times.
Finally, turn off heat and let stand covered for 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork – this will ensure all moisture has been absorbed by the grains resulting in perfect fluffy cooked rice every time!
Conclusion: Rice can be an incredibly versatile addition to any backpacking meal plan. With careful selection of type and proper cooking instructions followed through each step, making perfect fluffy cooked rice while out on a backpacking trip can be done with ease!