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As you may already know, I am very, very picky about the products I will accept for review and giveaway on Savvy Eats.
When I’m approached about reviewing a food product, I ask myself four things:
1. Does this product fit into my “ethical eating” ideals?
2. Can I find a comparable product locally?
3. Does the company practice growing habits or buy from suppliers with growing practices that I can stand behind?
4. Is this a product I would buy and eat on a regular basis, if I like the sample?
Only when the answers to all four of these questions are positive do I accept the product. I don’t want to compromise my values or waste your time recommending a product that isn’t great.
When Rice Select emailed me about reviewing their rice, I was hesitant. What was so special about rice? I could just get it in the bulk bins at the co-op or grocery store, right?
I peppered the PR people with questions about the product and its processing. I loved that Rice Select’s products are all GMO-free. They go to great lengths to ensure that all of their products are of the highest quality possible. I loved that the rice undergoes minimal processing before being packaged into recyclable containers.
Plus, the white rice in the bulk section of our co-op wasn’t quite measuring up for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the variety available and the brown rice is great. I love the texture that brown rice lends to stir-fries and the like, and we usually eat brown rice over white. But sometimes, with things like curry, nothing beats a bed of soft and fluffy rice to soak up the sauce and help cut the spice. And I still hadn’t found a white rice I really liked…until this Texmati rice.
I first used the Texmati rice (the first successfully-grown basmati rice in the US) they sent me on Sunday with my red chickpea curry, and it made for the fluffiest white rice I have ever cooked.
On Monday, I served more of the Texmati rice with some tikka masala (recipe to come). Once again, the rice was soft and fluffy and perfect.
So while I’ll keep buying my brown rice at the co-op, I think I’ll be buying Rice Select rice as my white alternative from now on.
Happily, Rice Select has generously offered to share the rice love with one of you! One Savvy Reader will receive Texmati rice in a RiceSelect tote.
To enter, just leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to eat rice! Simple as that.
I’ll randomly select a winner on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 12.
*Sorry, this product will only ship to readers in the United States.*
*This giveaway is now closed. The winner is… *
- October 5, 2011 at 9:39 am