Response #6

Parboiled Rice

No sticky rice...because our rice is parboiled when we receive it...that means: (following definition edited from Wikipedia)
Parboiled rice is rice that has been boiled in the husk. Parboiling makes rice easier to process by hand, improves its nutritional profile, and changes its texture.

Parboiling rice drives nutrients, especially thiamine, from the bran into the grain, so that parboiled white rice is nutritionally similar to brown rice.

The starches in parboiled rice become gelatinized, making it harder and glassier than other rice. Parboiled rice takes less time to cook, and the cooked rice is firmer and less sticky. In North America, parboiled rice is generally partially or fully precooked by the processor.

So that is the main reason we do not have 'sticky' rice. According to Russ at the IOC this was a major donation given to us...so I think this rice will be around for awhile before we will explore other options once we free up space from this present rice quantity. Which by the way is a lot.

I received a comment about food at the beginning of meals not being the same as food at the end. I personally can't say I experienced that much since I have been here, or have I done this myself. Maybe a couple of times if necessary OR if it is a day to get rid of all the leftovers...its just one of those things that needs to be done and sometimes theres just no way around it.

In addition to that the comment also suggested the food that came after was more 'kid friendly' or kid oriented. I don't know how to address that comment. I cook for people, mostly I think of all of them as adults. If by chance you are referring to fish sticks or something else I do not know about yet then I am afraid you will be disappointed in me because I will use fish sticks as the main meal from time to time...ketchup, tartar sauce, mmmm delicious.

Maybe that was in the past? Not sure.

Thanks for all the great comments and suggestions! Please keep encouraging the crew!

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