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Baked rice for 100
Leslie
06/28/12
I've questions on how to use your baked rice recipe for 100 people. The rice is for under Swedish meatballs.
Can I bake the rice in a full sized 2" deep steam tray pan? If I bake it in a steam tray pan, can I skip boiling on top of the stove top? How many pounds should I put in 1 pan?

If I need to bake it in a covered roasting pan can I transfer the rice to a steam tray pan to keep warm?
Thanks!

ellen
06/29/12
You can bake in steam table pans if tightly covered with foil. No, you can't skip the boil- you can do in pots and transfer to the steam table pans, as those warp and discolor over direct heat.

You need more than 1 pan. 1 pound of rice makes about 6 cups cooked rice (depends on the type of rice) and the pans only hold about 7 quarts= 24-28 cups

Lily
07/26/12
I would love your recipe for cooking Mexican Rice in a Roaster for 100 people.
ellen
07/26/12
You need 2 roasters to do rice for 100.

There are several Spanish/ Mexican rice recipes on this site. Here is the conversion for an electric roaster:

Measure the dry rice. Assemble the related additions. Measure out your water, juice, broth.

Rinse or soak your rice as indicated, Basmati rice needs soaking (30 minutes) and old or brown rice also benefits from it. Drain well.

Meanwhile, preheat the electric roaster to 425 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 20 minutes. Add your rice to the roaster with water in appropriate ratios. Follow the standard ratio of two parts water to rice, using one part rice to 2 parts water if no directions are present. Add additional water if the rice is not completely covered with water- the water should cover by 1/2 to 1 inch.

Bring water/liquid and seasonings to a boil. Let rice boil, five minutes for white rice, 8 minutes for brown or other whole-grain rice. Uncover the roaster and stir the rice thoroughly. Re-cover the electric roaster and turn down the heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Check on the rice after 30-35 minutes for white, 45 for brown. If not finished, cook five to ten minutes longer.

It is simplest to cook any mixed veggies or peas you are add separately and stir them in at the end.

If rice is undercooked, add any needed boiling liquid, simmer five to ten more minutes, then shut off the heat and let the rice steam, still covered, for five to ten minutes.

If holding, turn to 160-180 and cover the surface of the rice with a clean, .cotton dish towel to catch condensation

Fluff before serving.

ellen
07/26/12
See the baked rice recipe in the recipe box for more notes.
starr
12/05/12
Roaster method!
ellen
12/05/12
Just above! Conversion for any rice recipe to roaster!
virdie
12/01/15
Have you tried this method with our Vigo Brand Yellow Rice? If so, what were the results?
ellen
12/01/15
No, I have not seen the brand locally (San Antonio). If I find it, I will try it.
Janelle
05/22/16
I want to do Spanish rice in a 20 quart roaster. Do I still need to use 2 roasters?
ellen
05/22/16
A roaster will only do about 50-60 servings, you don't say how much rice you are cooking?
Holly
05/27/16
I'm cooking rice for 200. Do you suggest roasters? How much rice should I plan per person? And how many roasters would I need?
ellen
05/28/16
Holly, I prefer to cook it in real ovens, as you would require 4 roasters, and that is a problem in most rooms/kitchens since you need 4 circuits and most rooms have only one.

Another option for really tender plain rice is to rent rice steamers.

2 2/3 cup dry rice, 1 pound, will make 2 quarts, a cup each for 8 people. The most per roaster is 6-8 pounds dry.

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