December 5, 2013

Success Rice Boil-in-Bag Review, Recipes and a Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received Success Rice products in order to facilitate this review. No further compensation was received and as always all opinions expressed are my own. 

Since I had to go gluten free last year there are many foods that I miss. Bread being pretty high on the list, gluten free bread just isn't the same. One food that I have always loved and has many gluten free products is rice. I love rice, white, brown, basmati, wild, I love them all. Plus rice is a great substitute for pasta when you can't eat gluten. Recently, I was given the option to try Success Rice in a few recipes in my home kitchen.

Success Rice comes in a variety of boil-in-bag flavors: Whole Grain Brown Rice, White Rice, Jasmine Rice, and Basmati Rice.  The variety that I was given the chance to review was the Jasmine Boil-in-Bag variety. Jasmine Success Rice is the only boil-in-bag Jasmine rice available on the market and is fully cooked in 10 minutes. It is gluten, sodium, fat and cholesterol free, and a good source of folic acid. It can be found nationwide and retails for approximately $2.45.

With the rice that I was sent to try in my home kitchen I prepared two recipes. These recipes are not yet available on the Success Rice website, so my readers are some of the first to be able to experience them! The two recipes were originally written for the Basmati rice varieties, but I substituted the Jasmine rice and they worked perfectly. The recipes are as follows:
Jeweled Rice using Success Rice Boil-in-Bag Jasmine Rice
Jeweled Rice using Success Rice Boil-in-Bag Jasmine Rice

Jeweled Rice
Serves 6

  • 1 bag Success Basmati Rice
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 medium orange, zest removed
  • 1/4 cup toasted pistachios, sliced
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds, sliced

In heavy bottomed sauté pan, combine carrots, cranberries, raisins, sugar, curry powder, salt and pepper with butter and stir over low heat for about 2 minutes. Add stock and orange zest and turn heat up to high, stirring often until liquid has absorbed. 

Combine cooked rice with spice and dried fruit mixture and stir well to combine. Fold in the almonds and pistachios and taste for seasoning, adding additional salt and pepper if desired. Serve warm, garnished with orange segments. 
Bourbon Raisin and Basmati Rice Pudding
Bourbon Raisin and Basmati Rice Pudding

Bourbon Raisin and Basmati Rice Pudding
Serves 8

  • 1 bag Success Basmati Rice
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1/2 granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 medium orange, zest removed and sliced in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 3/4 golden raisins 
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

In a heavy bottomed saucepan, combine half and half, sugar, vanilla, orange zest, cinnamon and salt and place over medium heat. Stir frequently and watch closely so half and half mixture does not come to a boil. 

Cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, place raisins and bourbon in a microwave safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap, piercing a few hole in plastic wrap with a knife. Microwave on high for about 30 seconds and set aside to allow raisins to plump for 3-5 minutes. 

Whisk the eggs in a medium-sized heatproof mixing bowl. Turn the half and half mixture down to low heat and pour 1/4 cup of heated half and half into the beaten eggs while continuously whisking. Repeat with another 1/4 cup, continuously whisking, followed by another 1/4 cup. Add the warmed eggs into the saucepan while whisking, turning the heat back to medium. Add the cooked rice to the saucepan and continue stirring occasionally until mixture is slightly thickened and rice is very soft (about 10 minutes). Fold in the plumped raisins, bourbon and the juice from half of the orange. Remove from the heat and serve rice pudding warm or chilled, garnished with orange segments and a pinch of cinnamon, if desired.

The two recipes I tried turned out very well. The Success Rice was easy to prepare and came out perfectly from the bag, the water absorbed and the rice was cooked well. The rice pudding recipe was something that my husband and I really enjoyed since it was more of an adult tasting rice pudding. The jeweled rice recipe would be a great side for a Christmas dinner.

If you are interested in more recipes from Success Rice go to the following link:
There a number of great recipes to chose from, making weeknight dinners that much easier. You can also check out this webisode for Creamy Chicken and Rice Milano on iVIllage – great weeknight recipe you could use with any of the Success Rice products:

Success Rice is also on:

Now for the giveaway! Right now you can have the chance to win a gift pack of your very own from Success Rice. The winner of the giveaway will receive the following:

The Success family of products and the following branded materials: 1.) Reusable grocery bag 2.) Basting brush 3.) Kitchen timer 4.) Step counter 5.) Magnet 6.) Magic jar opener 7.) Hot plate pad 8.) Grocery list notepad.

Here is a picture of what the winner will receive: 

Success Rice Giveaway
Success Rice Giveaway Pack

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