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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My New Favorite Rice: Calrose Brown

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away I mentioned how much I love Calrose rice, the delicious sticky white rice that goes so well with Chinese food. Whenever we have Asian food at home, I lament the fact that my Calrose rice is white because I really like to use brown rice whenever I can. WELLLLL…I don’t know why I didn’t look sooner, but my grocery store carries brown Calrose rice. Woo-hoo!

I love it. There is a bit of a “brown” flavor to the rice, but I like that flavor and the rice is still nice and sticky. I don’t think I’ll ever cook white Calrose rice again. The brown stuff is healthier and tastes fabulous.

That’s all for today. Just a small ode to my new favorite rice.


  1. 1
    Tanya H

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I live for Calrose rice. LIVE! Where can I buy this? I wish a 5lb bag of Calrose didn’t cost $10.99 over here. Ohhhh, what a world, what a world!

    • Jane Maynard

      seriously, so awesome, right?

      I bought mine at safeway, our local chain grocery store. the brand I bought was hinode

      I did a search on amazon, and it looks like botan sells the brown calrose rice through amazon and it is $8.99/5 lb bag on amazon…geesh, it’s way cheaper at my store!

      where do you live that a 5lb bag costs 10.99?

      when I read about calrose rice on wikipedia, it said years ago it was highly sought after in Asia and there was even a black market for it – I loved that!

    • Jane Maynard

      oh goodness! the shipping on amazon is as much as the rice… whoa!

    • Tanya H

      I live near the Amish in southern Maryland. Now–if you want some kale, collard greens, Old Bay spices, steamed crab or tobacco–I can totally help you out. BUT not with anything “ethnic.” My local grocery store just started carrying pesto sauce this past year. I am NOT lying.
      My nearest Target or Wal-Mart is 40 minutes away. The nearest Costco-1 hour. The nearest Trader Joe’s 1 3/4 hours. It’s a good thing I have an Amazon Prime membership is all I can say.

    • Jane Maynard

      I was thinking you were going to say you live overseas…love that you’re stuck in amish country! a much more delightful and unexpected response! 🙂 so glad you commented again, love this peak into your life! 🙂

  2. 2

    How does the nutritional information compare???

  3. 3

    Thanks for the tip on this. I never thought to look. Sounds like we use rice like you did until your discovery: brown rice with everything except Asian food. I just bought a 5 pound bag of Calrose a couple of weeks ago, but I’ll be looking for the brown as soon as we use this up.

  4. I’m so glad you posted this! I will definitely look for brown Calrose next time I’m at the store. Though my kids will probably still complain that it’s brown rice and beg for the white. . . sigh.

  5. 5
    Jane Maynard

    Ann – I am on my phone, so hope this comment pops up in the right spot! As with other grains, the brown is the whole-grain version of this type of rice. The white is processed, so the brown ends up having twice as much dietary fiber and more vitamins and minerals that have not been washed away. Just all around the healthier, whole-grain option.

  6. 6

    I have never heard of this rice. There is a Safeway near here so I will check it out. I usually use basmatti or jasmine and it makes a big difference with stir frys.

    Thanks for the tip!


  7. 7

    My friend’s uncle is the CFO at Calrose. She’s always fully stocked…sigh… Not so much around here.

  8. I LLLLLOOOOVVVVEEEE brown rice. I never cook white rice and my kids as a result think it tastes weird. In fact they say it tastes like nothing and they don’t like that. I’ll have to look for this brand at my store. There certainly are better brands than others!

  9. 9

    I’d totally but black market calrose! Ok, not really, but it doesn’t surprise me, the taste is better, and much cheaper($12 for 3kg of brown rice is a good deal here). Mmm, maybe I’ll make some tonight.

  10. 10

    I have a GIANT bag of Calrose white we’re working through. I can’t wait to replace it with the brown version. Since getting my rice cooker I choose brown rice every time.

    • Jane Maynard

      on my last bag of white I felt the same way…couldn’t wait to get through it and move on to better and browner rice! 🙂

  11. 11

    If you live in California, you can also find this in the bulk section of Sprouts. I got 2 cups for around $2.50. Great find!! I’m just wondering how to cook it exactly! 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      I’ll have to see if there is a Sprouts near me!

      And as for how to cook it…here are the directions! 🙂

      Put 1 cup of rice in a medium sized pot. Add 1 3/4 cup water. Bring to boil. Stir. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 50 minutes or until moisture is absorbed (50 minutes is for brown rice, which is about twice as long as the white variety). Let stand 5 minutes, fluff and serve!

  12. Thanks too for this post; I too love Calrose rice and wondered how good brown would taste.

    1. How long does it take to cook?
    2. Do you use a rice cooker? (
    (I ask, because it’s so much better than on the stove.)

    Thanks so much in advance.

    Most Warmly,
    Sharon Anne

    Come visit me, @
    I’ve share a hugely successful post – just in time for the holidays – regarding my joy for decorating pies. I hope you will comment.

    • Jane Maynard

      1. the brown calrose that I found takes 50 minutes to cook on the stove.
      2. I do not use a rice cooker because I dont’ have anywhere to keep it! my rice still comes out fluffy/sticky/etc…but maybe one day we can get a rice cooker!

      hope you like the brown calrose!

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