Corn Rice That Looks Like Real Rice?

When did corn became rice? Nope! It never happened yet. Not until our crop scientists managed to combine corn and rice genes. It is close to reality with today’s technology advancement.

rico corn rice grainsEvery piece of grain is yellow, like corn, and every piece looks not different from a real rice grain.  There is no way it is a corn.

However, it is a real corn according to seller. Corns are mechanically transformed to  mimic the rice grain appearance. So why they need to do the hard work of forming corns to rice grains? Invest in a rice forming machine when the first can be eaten in its original state?  It is simply to encourage more corn consumption and help solve rice shortage.  I heard from news recently that more and more people are eating corn as main energy source. This innovation might be of big help in boosting the trend.

The product has no label. What comes with it is a sort of brochure. It is not attached to PE bag in any way. A little negligence and it is gone for. It contains product information on front and more information on the back.

rico corn riceThe product has benefits. Lower glycemic index and no cholesterol. Naturally rich in beta carotene, lutein and fiber. It is good for controlling blood sugar lever, maintaining good eyesight and increasing energy. It is aflatoxin free.

Cooking instructions are little different.  Water is added and boiled first before adding the corn rice. A starting rice to water ratio of 1:1 1/4 is suggested. I personally recommended watching the first try closely. You might need more water than what the label said. I used 1:2 for my first try.

Washing is not needed but you can wash it if you like.  It is going to take away some of the added nutrients.

Plain cooked corn rice using rice cooker.
1) Put water into the rice cooker and switch it on.
2) When the water boils, add the corresponding amount corn rice.
3) Allow the rice cooker to cook it to desired consistency. Serve.

Plain cooked rice using a cooking pot (kaldero)
1) Heat water in a caldero until it boils.
2) Add the corresponding amount of corn rice.
3) Cook over a medium heat until the desired moist and consistency are achieve. Serve.

cooked rico corn rice

I mean no offense. This never taste like corn. It is like a rice left in storage room for a long time. Maybe an isolated case.

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Get Your Precious Crops Insured

Farming is a risky job. There are many unexpected things that might happen throughout the course of your food production venture. Seeds didn’t sprout. Plants devastated by typhoon and  pests. Rainfall became scarce. Then the expected yield was never realized. The worst case, you may never get your capital back and your are left crying in  the corner.

Yes, farming is risky but there are ways  to minimize the chance of lost. Use a hybrid and high yielding variety. Don’t plant during typhoon season. Keep up to date on latest cultural practices and pest & diseases preventing and fighting techniques. Provide a good irrigation. And, the uncommon thing in agricultural practice, getting a crop insurance. Apply for a crop insurance from Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC). It is an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture responsible for issuing crop insurance to qualified farmers, crops, farm animals, area, season and form of loss.

PCIC Insurance Programs
– rice crop insurance
– corn crop insurance
– high-value commercial crop insurance
– livestock insurance
– non-crop agricultural asset insurance
– fisheries insurance
– and, term insurance packages

Before deploying the resources of yours, consider consulting PCIC. Know if you are qualified. Minimize your risk of crop loss.

For more information, please refer to:

Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC)
3rd Floor, VAG Building, Ortigas Avenue
San Juan, Metro Manila 1502
Tel. No. (632)-721-5461 to 65
Fax No. (632)-727-1291Email:  mte_pcic@mindgate.net.phmte_pcic@mindgate.net.ph
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http://pcic.gov.ph/

I Can Now Endure Eating a Non-Rice Breakfast

I was used to eating rice every morning. I feel weak whenever taking other meals. In fact, I still have to eat rice even if I already consumed five pandesals and a cup of coffee.

Guess what! I have been eating only pandesal every morning for the fast few weeks. My mother-in-law who was taking taking care of our baby girl go for a month vacation. My wife becomes very busy that she could not prepare an early breakfast. I could not do it either so I have been hooked by the nearest alternative, the pandesal.

I tried and endured it for one week. Did the same for the second week. Now, I can eat pandesal every morning without the odd weakness feeling. That odd feeling perhaps lies all in my mind.

I think the same goes for people who eat potato as main source of energy, take oatmeat for breakfast instead of white rice, just eat instant noondles instead of a healthy diet and this ice cold macaroni salad.  All meal listed basically give the same thing, energy giving carbohydrates. The feeling of fulfillment relies on mindset and not the real body requirements.

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How Palay is Wasted, with approximate values

Rice is wasted through natural calamities, harvesting, processing, storage, transport, selling, over eating and other mishandling activities.

This post, How palay is wasted, is a sequel of above mentioned article. However it only covers the postharvest practices and it includes approximate values.

According to a study conducted by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development Mechanization (PhilMech) and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), 16 percent of total harvest is lost during harvesting, threshing, drying, milling and storage. The approximate postharvest losses last year 2011 was 2.66 million metric tons (MMT) based on the total harvest of 16.68 MMT.

Breakdown of losses: 1) 5.8% during drying because many are drying their palay on roads. 2) 5.5% during milling, about 88% of millers are still using single pass equipment with low recovery rate of 50 to 57% percent. Use of multi-pass mills, which have higher recovery rate of 65 to 70%, is recommended. 3) 2.2% during threshing. 4) 2% harvesting. and 5) 1% during storage and piling.

Adding all the values, 5.8 + 5.5 + 2.2 + 2 + 1, equates to 16.5 percent. Maybe it is really 16.5%, 2.75 MT, total losses.

Authorities are exerting efforts educating farmers. Hope they also help in acquiring and construction of modern equipment and new postharvest facilities. If the huge postharvest losses can be minimized, then the rice self sufficiency wanted by the President may come true.

How Rice is Wasted?

According to Department of Agriculture – Agriculture and Fisheries Information Service (DA-AFIS), every Filipino is wasting two tablespoons rice. The whole wastage is equivalent to 1.7 million kilograms which is enough to feed 2.7 million people.

How rice is wasted? The following except for the last were solely based on my assumptions.

Natural Calamities. Tons of rice are washed away during floods brought by strong rains and typhoons. Rice intended for the masses are drenched by water. No people on earth is powerful enough to go against it.

Harvesting and processing. Grains fall to ground during harvesting, threshing, drying and polishing. I never know the extent but what I said is not far from reality. There might be more waste than I could imagine.

Storage, transport and selling. Rice sacks are piece of woven plastics. Easily torn apart when pierced by finger or by any hard object. Can be intentional or accidental. That’s why rice grains on floor of warehouse, transport vehicle and rice store is a common sight.

Home. Accidental waste due to container breakage and during washing. Rice grains are small. Picking them all by hand requires a lot of time and patience. Sweeping them will include lots of dirt. Others… burnt/charred rice, tutong can be depending on one’s appetite, plate leftovers and spoiled rice/panis na kanin.

Over eating. Yes! eating more than what you need is considered as wasting. Eating four servings a meal and doing nothing but watching television will surely make you fat. Big belly and bloated muscles make the movement harder and going to give diseases eventually. Too much rice eaten gone to waste.

NFA warehouses. According to television reports, there were cases which the National Food Authority itself was involve is rice wastage. Several kilos to tons of imported rice were left infested by weevils. The management stated the it could still be saved by chemical treatment.

Trying The Knorr Rice Mate Rice Conditioner

According to tv commercial, the Knorr Rice Mate gonna make rice softer, whiter, more fragrant and more delectable. It has Vitamin A and iodine as bonus. One 5g pack cost 4.50 pesos and good for half kilogram rice. I took a good look at ingredient listing. Tried explaining each and what it can do to make rice better.

knorr rice mate

Jasmine Rice. The expensive rice known for its nutty aroma and subtle flavor. I never know if  it is the most expensive and delectable.

Sugar. Ants love sugar,  bees love sugar and perhaps human loves sugar the most. His love for sugar and creativeness lead to invention of countless food products and dishes. They even learned to add sugar to cooked rice. I experienced eating sugar flavored rice during my childhood days.

Maltodextrin. Serve as bulking agent, humectants, sweetener,  flavor carrier and has the ability to protect flavors. Bulking agent – for the same amount of rice, adding maltodextrin is going to yield more volume. Humectant – it prevents the loss of water to keep rice softer for longer period. Old rice / bahaw na kanin is often dry, tough and hard to eat. Flavor carrier and protector – A delectable rice is expected to last- it protects flavor.

Artificial pandan flavor. It is a good rice natural additive. Ohhhh! I am referring to real pandan leaves.

Palm oil. I cannot understand why they did include palm oil. Maybe to make the rice oilier.

Natural flavor. I read it several times. It is really a natural flavor. Identifying the specifics is like shooting an apple in middle of darkness. Gonna ask the help of William Tell.

Nutrient premix (Vitamin A acetate, potassium iodide and maltodextrin). I think adding nutrients to every food item is a good marketing strategy. People will be inclined to buy cause it is nutritious.

No msg added. Hmm… No comment!

I tried the Knorr Rice Mate. I followed the directions stated on back label. Wash 1/2 kilogram rice (2 to 4 cups) and add appropriate amount of water.  Add one pack of Knnor Rice Mate. Mix gently. Cook and the result is a whiter and world class quality rice.

Observations: The rice was fragrant and more delectable to my senses. Other expected effects like more volume and softer texture were not noticeable. These two properties are also dependent on amount of water added – more water = bulkier and softer to some extent.