In the past I’ve always ended up with mushy rice, and I couldn’t seem to figure out why. But a tip from the Real Simple test kitchen is going to save me from mushy rice from now on.
It usually ends up that my rice is done before the other parts of my meal, and I would just let it sit in the pot with the heat off. Turns out it was the condensation from the steam that was making my rice mushy. Here’s how to fix it. Once your rice is done cooking, place a clean, dry dishtowel over the top of the pot and put the lid back on. The towel will collect the steam, preventing it from condensing on the lid and dripping back into your rice.
Need more help? Watch our video on how to cook rice, and check our guide to the different cooking times and instructions for different varieties. Plus, did you know you can freeze rice to serve later?