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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Uncle Ben's Review and Giveaway  

I know you guys are going to think I am nuts here but
I am not a fan of mashed potato's. I don't know why, everyone
else I know loves them to death and it isn't that I don't like them
for they are okay, I just would rather eat something else. I keep
instant around the house for the boys but I have preferred rice for
some time now. Most of the time it is because it complements
the foods that I eat and we are also huge fans of stir fry or
Chinese and Andrew is a Tai nut right now. Now you would think
a person who loves rice so much would know a lot about it
wouldn't you? I don't. In fact my knowledge is limited to Minute
Rice and Uncle Ben's and every once in a while Rice Roni. I can
not make long grain rice to save my life and I have no idea what
the difference is between one type of rice to the other. The only
thing risky I have ever done is add Hamburger to my Rice a Roni.
I should be ashamed of myself and the teachers I had when I was in
culinary school so long ago would be ashamed of me too.
Simple white rice that is the fast cook variety is all I know.

Now when I eat out, well, that is a different story.
I love Risotto, Jasmine rice, Pilaf, Dirty rice and just about
any other rice variety you can think of. In fact Rice Pudding is
one of my favorite desserts. I order extra helpings and even
take it home and have resorted to TV dinners that have rice
in them to get my fix. The fact that I love it and the fact I can't cook
it at home end up costing me a pretty penny for food is so much
more inexpensive to prepare in your own kitchen and I could eat
rice every day of the week for what I pay for one order at a
restaurant. A week ago I was out of instant rice and wanted to
make Porcupine Meatballs for dinner and only had a bag of
Long Grain. I thought I would give it another chance and went
for it. The result was two pounds of ground beef and half a bag
of rice, not to mention the other ingredients all being tossed
in the garbage for even the dog would not touch it. I had enough
and knew I had to find a better way.

Hail to Uncle Ben's! I have not been paying attention
to new products lately for if I had been I might have noticed
that Uncle Ben's has some new items out. I contacted them
and I was offered a chance to review their new products

in their line of ready rices. I was sent their Basmati and Jasmine
in the easy to cook, microwavable pouches. YUM! This is what I
have been looking for! I can cook anything I want and have
steaming hot, fresh and tasty, delicious rice in 90 seconds!
Not only can I have white rice but they now offer a wide variety
of flavors such as Brown, Spanish, Cajun, Four Cheese, Chicken
and many more. In fact 16 in Total including the two I was sent.
How can you go wrong? Even I, the worlds worst cooker of Rice
can not mess this up for they make it foolproof, or Michelle proof
I should say.

For those of you who have never had the Basmti Rice
or the Jasmine you have got to try them, especially if you like
Eastern Cuisine or Indian food or anything with Curry. The Basmati
is great for spicy dishes and complements Curry like nobodies
business. It is a soft long grain rice with a fragrant flavor and
distinct taste. In Hindu the words refers to "Nut" and it is spectacular
as a counter part to the spicy Indian curry dishes. When you taste
it you will wonder why you ever ate regular old white rice at all!
Jasmine has become very popular in the last few years here in
the U.S but in other parts of the world it has been a staple for
eons. It is a white rice with flavor and a slight Jasmine smell
when cooked and can be used for just about anything though
it is often used for Tai and Eastern foods. It is a firm rice that
holds up well in any dish and will only grow in popularity for
it has that extra something regular white rice is missing. When
cooked it is a little more sticky then Basmati rice but just
as tasty! Uncle Ben's not only took the guess work out of
rice for me they made it easier then making a baked potato.
Let's break that down, the simplest way to prepare a potato
is to bake it, one hour in the oven or about 5 minutes in
the microwave or Uncle Ben's ready rice, 90 seconds out the
door! Um, let's also not forget when you open the bag of ready
rice you have flavor, variety and taste and with the potato you
have to smoother it in something.

It may seem like I am anti potato and just for Uncle
Ben's but I am not. I do like baked potatoes and in fact prefer
them with certain foods but on a daily basis I prefer rice and
not just Uncle Ben's but any rice for it just tastes better to me.
Uncle Ben's just took the mess away for me and added some
variety but I have to say they did it well for every one of the
ready rice variety's I tried are delicious. When I started this
review I knew about their instant rice and that was about
it. For Flavored rice I had always used either Rice A Roni or
Knorrs for I grew up with rice a roni and Knorrs has been
around a while but now that I have tried Uncle Ben's I know
I am going to stick with them. I really love the Jasmine and
have since my son had me try Tai food a while ago and it came
with it. The fact that Uncle Ben's has so many options on
the market right now and unlike Knorrs they only do rice
so to me, I think it gives them the edge for when you only
concentrate on one thing you do it well! They also have a
Rice Pudding mix and if I wasn't sold before I sure was once
I saw that. YUM, now if that isn't a comfort food to write
home about! I could go on and on here about the health
benefits of rice but why bore you with facts like that when
there is Rice Pudding to make! The only thing better to me
then dessert is getting something for free and Uncle Ben's
is going to help you guys with that as well!

Uncle Ben's loved the fact when I spoke to them
and told them I was going to share my love of rice with my
readers. To help me along they have decided to let a few
of my readers try their new Ready Rice variety's of Jasmine
and Basmati too! To Enter just go on over to their site and
let me know what one of their products would be the best
fit in your house! The Contest will start today, December
30th and run to Midnight on February 5th.
USA and 18 and older can enter daily and the winner
will be contacted by email and have 72 hours to
contact me with their mailing information. As always
you can earn a bonus entry by entering the contest of
the day and other ways to enter are posted below.

Uncle Ben's

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is completed.

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