Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Testers Loved the Aroma of Jasmine Rice; and It Has a Mild Flavor, Making It a Good Base for Other Ingredients

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Testers Loved the Aroma of Jasmine Rice; and It Has a Mild Flavor, Making It a Good Base for Other Ingredients

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Byline: ANN J. KELLEY

Jasmine rice is a staple in Asian cooking, and the thing that makes it different from your everyday long grain white rice is its rich aroma. The first time I ate the rice was at a local Thai restaurant, where it was brought to the table and served from a large silver tureen. It was piping hot and deliciously fragrant. I remember how good it tasted and smelled.

All you need is a pouch of Uncle Ben's Jasmine Ready Rice to enjoy the aromatic side dish any night of the week. Just 90 seconds in the microwave, and it's ready to eat.

A one-cup serving contains 250 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 10 milligrams of sodium and no sugars, cholesterol or trans fat.

Most members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel enjoyed the jasmine rice including roofing salesman Richard Lavallee. He ate it with butter and pepper, and said his 5-year-old loved it. "You can smell it, but it needs additional seasoning. The flavor of the rice comes from what you add."

Lavallee likes the convenience of the pouch and the idea of the cool touch areas on either side for holding the heated pouch. However, he said the cool areas really aren't big enough for adult fingers. "The rice would make a good side dish. You could probably get three or four servings. It's a little gummy but doesn't stick together and would make a good base for other things."

Telephone service technician Charlie Freeman served the rice, which he dressed with salt, pepper and butter, with grilled chicken and vegetables. He describes it as very sticky. "There's no difference in taste between this and white rice. It's a piece of cake, super easy to prepare, but I probably won't buy it again. I'll just cook Uncle Ben's 5-minute white rice."

"I really like this pouch rice in the microwave idea," said marketing manager John Moore, who loved the quick preparation time.

He used the jasmine rice as a bed for Hormel Beef Stew. "It has a different taste than normal rice. …

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