HOW TO COOK CHIEF CHARLIE’S WILD RICE
CHIEF CHARLIE’S WILD RICE ‘S METHOD 1
Wash one cup of Chief Charlie’s Wild Rice thoroughly.Place the Wild Rice in a heavy saucepan with 4 cups of salted water. Bring to boil.Simmer covered for about 45 minutes or until tender but not mushy. (Remember wild rice may have different preparation times – sometimes as short a cooking time as 20 minutes.) Uncover. Fluff with a table fork. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Drain excess liquid, if any.
CHIEF CHARLIE’S WILD RICE METHOD 2
Wash one cup raw Chief Charlie’s Wild Rice thoroughly and put in a covered baking dish. Add 3 cups of water and 3 heaping tsp. of granulated chicken bouillon. Cover and bake in a 350° oven for 1½ hours. Check rice after 1 hour’s time. If more water is needed, add water and fluff with fork. Continue baking for an additional ½ hour. Rice should be moist – not dry.
If you server Chief Charlie’s Wild Rice as a breakfast cereal or if for any reason you don’t want the meal flavor, eliminate the bouillon and add 3/4 tsp salt instead.
It is just as easy to bake 2 or 3 batches of Chief Charlie’s Wild Rice while the oven is hot. Put extra cooked batches in sealed bags and freeze for future use. Wild Rice freezes beautifully and is so handy to have on hand.
MICROWAVE CHIEF CHARLIE’S WILD RICE
Any of the basic directions and standard recipes can be adapted to the microwave oven, but you should make time adjustments suitable for your particular oven. Using the manufacturer’s directions and recipes as a guideline.
Because Chief Charlie’s Wild Rice requires a long simmering time, the microwave oven does not reduce the cooking time dramatically. Use the following basic directions, making adjustments in time according to the power of your microwave.
Place 1 cup Chief Charlie’s Wild Rice & 4 cups water and 1 tsp salt in a 3 qt glass covered casserole. Cook on high about 6 minute, then reduce power setting to low or defrost and cook 30 minutes. Leave rice undisturbed in the oven for another 10 – 15 minutes. Check to be sure Chief Charlie’s Wild Rice is tender.
CHIEF CHARLIE’S WILD RICE WITH MUSHROOMS AND ALMONDS
1 cup Chief Charlie’s Wild Rice
¼ cup Amish Butter
½ cup slivered almonds 2 T. snipped chives or green onions
1 can(8 oz.) mushroom pieces (drained)
3 cups chicken broth
Wash and drain wild rice. Melt Amish Butter in large skillet. Add Chief Charlie’s Wild Rice, almonds, chives and mushrooms. Cook Chief Charlie’s Wild Rice and stir until almonds are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Heat oven to 325°. Pour rice mixture into ungreased 1½ qt. casserole. Heat chicken broth to boiling and stir into rice mixture. Cover tightly. Bake about 1½ hours or until all liquid is absorbed and rice is tender and fluffy. Serves 6-8.