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Hi Diane,
How can I make rice pilaf at home, taste like store bought?
Thank you,

Hi Randy - Rice pilaf in the store usually has MSG (monosodium glutamate) which gives it a really salty, meaty taste.  You don't want to use that as it's been proven to cause a whole raft of issues including headaches.  To better flavor your rice pilaf at home try making some really good chickent stock from scratch - use necks and wings; add onion, carrot, celery and a couple tablespoons of pickling seasoning, teaspoon of pepper and a tablespoon of salt. If you don't have pickling seasoning use a pinch of allspice, cinnamon, a few bay leaves, a tablespoon of mustard seed. Simmer the stock mix all day - or over night.  Strain it and chill it - then remove fat.  IF it is really thin, simmer again until it thickens.  It's not unusual to take a couple days to get a good stock.

When you cook the pilaf, start with a couple tablespoons of butter in the bottom of a hot pan - saute the rice and pasta in the butter until nice and toasted.  Add whatever seasonings you want at that time.  Dried veggies are good - salt, pepper.  Then add really hot stock to the hot rice so it jumps in the pan.  Stir it and put the lid on - turn heat down to a minimum so it just barely simmers and don't touch it for 20 min or until your rice is done.

You can play with the seasonings - but generally you need a lot of salty flavor....so garlic salt, celery salt are both good depending on what you are going for.

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