My husband and I both like rice, all kinds of rice, but I don’t like to cook it. Add too much water and it is soupy, cook it too long and it gets gummy, and at the very least it takes a good 20 minutes to cook after the water has started to boil. Well, the other day we were doing some grocery shopping at Walmart, and my husband spied a box of Great Value Boil in a Bag White Rice, and it sounded like a great convenience food for the two of us. It was also very inexpensive, retailing for two dollars, making each of the four bags of rice only 50 cents each.

Great Value products are sold at Walmart stores, and look very generic. They come in a white box with blue lettering. We have been very happy with all of the Great Value foods that we have purchased, and the Great Value Boil in a Bag White Rice is no exception.

The front of the box explains that there are four individual bags, filled with enriched pre-cooked long grain rice. The side of the box guarantees that this rice will be fluffy and tender, what more could I want? It says that it will taste “every bit as good as the national brand”, and if you don’t feel that way, they will refund your money.

Great Value products guarantee great quality, great prices, and they guarantee it. I have certainly not found any of their products wanting, and we were very happy with the quality of this box of Great Value Boil in a Bag White Rice. The only downside is I could not use my new cuckoo rice cooker to make the rice.

Cooking instructions are easy to follow. After bringing one quart water to a boil in a medium pan, you submerge the small pouch of rice in the water and bring the water to a boil again, then let it cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove the bag from the water, cut it open with a scissors, and pour the rice into a bowl or onto your plate. I find it works to fluff up the rice with a fork before serving.

Microwave directions are also given, but it also takes just as long (10 minutes) to prepare this rice in a microwave. The box says you can add salt and margarine if so desired. I did feel the rice needed salt, but not butter.

One bag contains 1/2 cup of dry enriched precooked parboiled long grain rice, which makes about one cup of cooked rice. Each serving contains 190 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 43 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sugars, and 4 grams of protein. It also provides 2% calcium, 15% thiamin, 20% folic acid, 10% niacin and 8% iron.

With our busy lifestyles, it’s nice to have such a good tasting convenience food. I have never been a big fan of the instant rice that takes just a few minutes to cook, but feel that this Great Value Boil in a Bag White Rice has a much better taste, and tastes more like rice I cooked from scratch. It comes in very handy when I want to add rice to a soup or casserole, or if I want to serve it with sweet and sour meatballs or other types of foods. I will be buying Great Value Boil in a Bag White Rice again.