How To Make Congee, Congee Benefits

After yesterday's health tip many of you asked how to make congee - thank you. Rather than individual replies I thought it best (and easier) to send this out so everyone can get the info.

How to make congee is easy. It's basically a rice soup. You cook the rice till it breaks up and mixes with the water. A general guide is to use one cup of rice to 6-8 cups of water. You can use a large pot or an electric rice cooker.

Bring it to a boil then turn down the heat so it can simmer. Depending on how much you make and what rice you use it can take an hour or longer to cook. Some people slow cook congee for several hours.

The quick way is to use a regular pot and as soon as the rice is soft use a blender to break it up and mix it. This makes it very smooth which I like. If it's too thick add more water, if it's too thin cook it longer. Make a thin gruel or a thick porridge - up to you.

Congee can be flavored in many ways - simply with salt (I use natural sea salt), or with thin slices of meat, fish or vegetables. You can even crack an egg straight into a bowl of boiling, soup-like congee. Or sweeten it with honey. Once again, it's up to you.

Congee benefits are numerous, depending on what else you add to it. Plain congee digests quickly and is soothing, hydrating and nourishing.

Chinese people eat congee for breakfast and anytime they are sick. When sick, eat plain, thin congee 3 or 4 times a day and it will speed up your recovery.

I have one congee book called The Book Of Jook (Bob Flaws). In Chinese congee is called jook or zhou. Amazon.com has it if you're interested or do an online search for more congee info.

If you have questions about how to make congee or congee benefits let me know.

All the best.

Matthew

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