Yesterday I stocked up on Thai jasmine rice which is our favorite. This bag should last us up to two years. Why would I even consider buying an 18.1 kg (40 lbs) for two adults? It all comes down to dollars and cents and trying to keep our grocery budget on target. If I buy little bags of jasmine rice for $7 per shot which is the going rate here for this normally expensive rice I would easily surpass the entire cost of this bag within a couple of months.
No matter how things go in the food budget this year I know I have plenty of rice to eat. It is kind of like having money in the bank. A couple of years ago I finally figured out how to make perfect rice every time: 2 parts water to 1 part rice, bring water to boil with 1/2 teaspoon of butter (optional but use real butter if doing so) with lid off. When boiling add rice, stir with wooden spoon. Leave boiling lid off for a couple of minutes until most but not all liquid is gone. Shut off heat and move to a cool burner and place lid on. Leave for 10 minutes without removing lid. Do not walk away from your kitchen area as rice boils over pretty easy, but the butter helps with that. At that point your rice should basically be ready to eat. And don't worry, if you accidentally let it cook too long to where it sticks to the bottom of the pan but isn't burnt simply add another little bit of water and put it back on the burner for 1 minute then remove to rest for 10 minutes. Rice is very forgiving and there is certainly no need for a rice cooker, only a saucepan with a lid. Regular rice is very fast to cook and takes only a couple of minutes more than"minute rice". No need to waste your money on that. It also reheats well for use in soups and casseroles if there is any leftover.
The house renos got a bit further along this week as the dishwasher arrived (a day late) and got installed. We also picked up the new microwave and hubby spent the better part of 2 days repairing/painting/caulking the baseboards back into place. That is one part of the reno that we did not count on how much time it would take. Hubby also replaced the pump that removes water from the AC unit after the part arrived exactly on time from Amazon. $100 saved on installation there and it took him less than 1/2 hour to do it. We rehomed our microwave to Mom as her microwave was on its last legs and took forever to heat anything up. She was very appreciative.
All of these little things add up - a penny here, a penny there.