21 March 2010

Review And Giveaway: Mahatma Rice

As a member of BzzAgent, I was able to participate in the Mahatma Rice campaign.


I remembered Mahatma rice from living in other parts of the country, but didn't realize it wasn't available here in the Pacific NW until recently. (I buy my rice in bulk at Costco mostly these days) Mahatma is actually the new name of S&W Rice. I was sent two packages to try out: the Brown Rice, and the Extra Long Grain Rice.

I enjoyed both, and have bought several other packages of the Brown since I first received my kit. Most Mahatma rice is grown in the US and is Kosher approved - nearly 85% of the rice consumed in the US is grown by farmers in the states of Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas (whoo hoo!). I like having food products that are from here. The Mahatma Thai Jasmine Rice and the Mahatma Aged Authentic Basmati rice are imported though.

A lot of people think that rice is difficult to cook, but if you get yourself a decent rice cooker (mine was under $15 at Target), it opens up SO MANY possibilities! It's so easy! I don't even buy rice mix side dishes any more unless they are free, because I've learned how to make my own using the rice cooker. It's also easy to make a large batch, then add the extras into dishes the next night. (I make homemade fried rice all the time this way, and it's done in minutes without all the extra sodium you find at restaurants) You don't have to buy a big, bulky rice maker either - I have this small 6 cup one that also allows me to steam veggies while the rice is cooking!

If you visit the Mahatma site, they have a ton of great recipes that are easily made. If you're looking for one of my tested recipes, try using their rice in my Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole.


The Mahatma brown rice is a little more expensive than the Extra Long Grain Rice, and a little harder to find. I finally tracked it down for my local folks at Safeway, where it is on sale this week for $2.64 (regular retail looks to be $2.89) for a 28 oz bag. The Extra Long Grain rice can be found at both Safeway and Albertsons for $2.89 for a 2 lb bag. (As of this posting, I haven't been able to find it at any of the local Fred Meyer stores) Watch for it to go on sale, and buy several bags - but do be aware, that brown rice goes rancid much faster than white. Only purchase for your food storage and pantry a supply that you will use in about 2 months of recipes at the most. The white and extra long grain, if stored properly can be good easily for a year or more. (To get around brown rice goes rancid quickly, you can store it in the freezer, but only for a few months longer)

Tip: If you are having a hard time getting your family to enjoy brown rice without a bunch of sauces, try replacing 1/3rd of your recipes using brown rice, and the rest with white or extra long grain, then mixing it well before cooking.

It's also easy to stretch a lot of meat recipes with a cup of rice. Consider making tacos with 1/2 ground meat, and 1/2 cooked rice!

Don't forget to join The Riceipe Club for online coupons, special offers and other Mahatma updates!

Win it! BzzAgent sent me several coupons for free Mahatma rice products to hand out as part of my participating in this campaign, and I've set one aside to share with my readers! You'll be receiving two coupons actually - one to try the Mahatma brown variety, and one to try the extra long grain variety. To enter, tell me if you have tried their rice before, and what dishes you like to make using rice! Easy peasy! :)

As always, if you have completed the first entry above, you can also receive extra entries for:

-Subscribing to my feed OR following my blog
-Blogging about this giveaway with a link back
-Tweeting about this giveaway (leave the link or include @psychotichouse)

That's up to four (4) possible entries! Giveaway ends April 3rd, 2010 at 11:59 PST. US Only, sorry. :( Please leave your email address in your comment, or have it available in your profile so I can contact you if you've won. Winners drawn via Random.org.

Disclaimer: I am a BzzAgent and was sent the product mentioned above so I could share my opinions with folks I talk to. BzzAgent is not fulfilling this prize, I will be, and one reader will win the prize stated above.

88 comments:

Theron said...

I've never tried Mahatma Rice, but when I do I'll try making rice pudding with their long grain rice.

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scoop said...

i like mahatma brown rice - we make it to accompany stir fry

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MsCleanslate said...

I always scoffed at rice cookers, thinking they were another "gadget" that could be lived without. Now I have one and it makes perfect rice SO easy.

slb3334 said...

never tried it but would like to try it in fried rice.

Margie said...

I haven't used Mahatma Rice before. But we use alot of rice, mostly plain as a sidedish.
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Laura said...

I have never tried this brand but would like to. I use rice a lot in soups and casseroles.

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Leslie said...

I love Mahatma rice. My favorite way to use rice is in burritos and with a stir-fry.

Robert said...

I have tried the brown rice before, the taste was slightly different, but still good.
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amanda said...

i love mahatma rice! i like to make stir fry with it.
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janetfaye said...

I have not tried this brand.

I like to make rice pudding, stuffed peppers and rice with spinach.

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Kim said...

I'd make chicken fried rice!

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cdziuba said...

I've never use their rice. I use rice in many ways....as a side dish, in chicken recipes, and especially for my awesome Rice Pudding.

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Amber said...

I have never used their rice before but I would love to try their rice in making fried rice@
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Ellen C. said...

I haven't used this brand of rice before but I'd love to give it a try. I like to make chili with rice and buffalo chicken casserole with rice. Thanks for the chance.

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Sue said...

I have tried Mahatma. We love fried rice, spanish rice, steamed rice with veggies...
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Food Historian said...

I've never tried their rice, but I make a great rice candy ( cooked rice & cocoanut balls smothered in dark chocolate)

Joan Elliott said...

Yes, I use Mahatma Brown Rice every week, and especially like it in Red Beans and Rice, or with chopped walnuts and Sesame oil - yummy!!
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cstironkat said...

I have never tried their rice but I would use it in my gumbo.

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llinda29 said...

I have tried their rice and my best is to make spanish rice

catnap said...

Never heard of this rice before, but I like the idea it's American. We eat lots of rice dishes. I suppose a less common one would be rice salad, with a dressing and whatever fresh veggies I have in the frig.
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Deborah Wellenstein said...

I have not had Mahatma rice before, but I would like to make
Spanish rice with it! Thanks!

mogrill said...

Matatma is awesome!! Love that rice. Fluffy and soft. Thanks for the chance.
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erin m. said...

Haven't tried Mahatma's rice,
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Saph said...

I get mahatma rice all the time and we use it as a side dish. I like to get the brown rice or jasmine rice. :)

Jus and Kat said...

I'm pretty sure that I've tried Mahatma rice, but in any case we LOVE rice! My favorite is homemade fried rice.

Karin said...

Have never tried their rice. Like to have fried rice and curried rice.

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taylorbagels said...

no I never used this rice but would love to. I like to make cabbage rolls, casseroles and soup with rice or just plain rice with butter or oil in it served with gray.

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Jennifer R said...

I have never used Mahatma Rice before but I like to put Rice into my casseroles to give them substance and fill up my hungry kids. I would love to serve them a healthier brown rice.

karen said...

I have used their brown rice quite a bit. Thanks.

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gertieguest said...

Yes I have tried Mahatma Rice. I like their rice and enjoy making chicken and rice casserole in the oven.

saturdaynightfever said...

I have not tried Mahatma Rice yet; we like to make rice enchiladas!

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Melissa B. said...

I have tried Mahatma Rice. It's great in Red Beans.

Benita said...

I never tried Mahatma Rice, but we serve rice as a sidedish often. We also make rice balls and rice stir fry.

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I've tried Mahatma Rice before and I like making fried rice :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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redfuzzycow said...

i've never tried mahatma rice. my favorite rice dishes are stir fry

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Renee G said...

I used their rice to make some black bean and rice enchiladas.
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Carolsue said...

I have tried this rice before and it's my favorite. I use it for many things: With Chinese dishes, with casseroles and for rice pudding.
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Anne J said...

I have tried their rice before, and I usually make rice plain, to serve with stew or stir fries.

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lisa said...

I have never tried this rice before,but my fave dish is rice and beans. msmith572@yahoo.com

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Julie said...

Yes, I have tried Mahatma Rice before and its good. I like making a chicken stir fry with peas, rice, green onions

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Wander said...

We're from the south!
Rice is one thing we eat a lot of....it's good with just about everything we like.
Beans....with rice.
Stir-fry....with rice.
Roast....with rice.
Baked Chicken...with rice.

We love Mahatma rice too! It's very good quality and tasty!

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blueviolet said...

I've never tried it before but I love it for casseroles!
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vegan4life said...

like brown rice ty.
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liliesrnice said...

We buy Mahatma yellow rice all the time. i make red beans and rice or paella!

Pamela S said...

I've never tried it before, but I'd love to, especially the brown rice! I'd use it with my stir fry dishes mostly. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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Jennifer said...

I have never tried their rice before. We use a lot of rice, mostly for Thai food, casseroles and side dishes.

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Gianna said...

I've never tried it before.
I like using rice in stir frys, fried rice, along with chicken and pot pies.

mandala said...

Have never tried Mahatma Rice. I like making Yang Chow fried rice

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purango said...

I have tried the Extra Long Grain Rice. I like to make Chicken and Rice. garrettsambo@aol.com

naynays1 said...

I haven't tried this brand, but I use rice a lot in casseroles.

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prizehound7 said...

I ave tried Mahatma rice before; and what dishes I like to make using rice: shrimp fried rice!

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lilyk said...

I haven't tried their rice before. I like to make pilaf.

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