All Things U.S.-Grown Rice!

Our Favorite Ways to Use Rice & 12+ Recipes!



All Things U.S.-Grown Rice!

We partnered with Think Rice to celebrate all of the amazing rice varieties grown right here in the United States! 

At The Feedfeed we're all about eating local. In fact our company was started back in 2013 as a way to use Instagram as a tool for cooking up locally grown food in new an exciting ways during the long winter months on the East Coast. That means apples in the fall, squash in the winter, spring greens and ramps (if we're lucky!) and bountiful fresh berries in the summer. But what about rice? When thinking locally, rice is usually not top of mind but thanks to our work with the Think Rice team that perspective has totally shifted. 

You may be surprised to learn that over 85% of the rice consumed in the United States is grown stateside. More specifically more than 15 varieties of rice are grown throughout Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas. 18 billion pounds to be exact!

In addition to the benefits this has on the local communities and the people who eat it, these U.S farms are also reducing the use of natural resources and focusing on sustainable practices which have a direct impact on wildlife who call these rice fields home. 
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In The FeedfeedBrooklyn Test Kitchen we are always cooking, experimenting and (most importantly) eating all of the different varieties of rice grown in the USA.  What we love most about cooking up rice for family meal is that no matter the flavor profile, starting with nutrient rich rice yields a final dish that is filling, satisfying and comforting. We need to stay fueled on busy shoot and testing days and that often means reaching for rice to utilize in a quick and easy dish. It's packed full of fiber, fulfills our daily quota of whole-grain consumption, is naturally gluten-free (so everyone on our team can enjoy it!), and is filled with 15 essential vitamins and minerals including, folic acid, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, selenium, fiber, iron and zinc. Not bad for a tiny grain!

Here are a few of our Editorial Team's favorite ways to use Rice! 
Lobster Risotto by @mollyjean4

To me there is nothing more comforting than a creamy risotto. By using Arborio rice grown in the U.S. my family can enjoy one of Italy's most famous dishes utilizing ingredients grown close to home! - Molly Adams, Senior Food Editor (Learn how to make Risotto here!
Lemon Chicken Biryani  by @theviewfromgreatisland

I like making Biryani with rice. This is a pilaf style dish with spices, aromatics, citrus and chicken that are steamed together on low heat. My favorite is long grain basmati rice which is extremely fragrant and full of flavor.-- Rachel Gurjar, Test Kitchen Manager and Food Editor
Cuban Style Rice Pudding by @asassyspoon

Favorite way to prepare rice? Most of my counter parts would call for something savory. I on the other hand, salivate at the idea of a creamy rice pudding with a dollop of Raspberry Jam. --Sahara Bohoskey, Community Manager & Social Coordinator
One Pan Rice Stir Fry by @jo_eats_

My favorite dinner, aka hot bowl of comfort, is a quick stir fry with brown rice to soak up all the spicy peanut butter sauce. 'Cuz it's good to the last drop. --Sara Linder, Editorial Intern
Potato Tahdig (Crispy Persian Rice) by @jakecohen

Crispy Persian rice was a game changer for me. If I'm making long grain rice, there's a high chance that it's going to be tahdig, whether to smoother with a stew or just pick at for snacking!-- Jake Cohen, Editorial Director
Easy Pineapple Fried Rice by @eatingforironman

When it come to the best way to use rice, it’s all about turning your day-old rice into a crispy, fried rice situation. Bring on the scrambled eggs, scallions, soy sauce, and ALL the sesame oil! - Sara Tane, Food Editor
We also teamed up with several members of The Feedfeed community to bring delicious, nutritious and easy recipes made with American-grown rice; check them out below! 
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