Whether you’re cooking a large rice dish, trying to portion meals, or want to purchase food in bulk, buying large bags of rice can save you both time and money.
Knowing how many cups of rice are in a 2-kilogram bag can help you decide how much to buy for any given need.
How many cups of rice in 2 kilograms?
Although a kilogram seems like a large amount, especially for people who might not be as familiar with the metric system, it’s not actually a big size, and rice is often sold in bags of 1, 2, 5, or even 10 kilograms.
Because kilograms are part of the metric system and cups are part of the imperial system, converting one to the other isn’t usually exact. In this case, 1 kilogram of medium white rice equals about 5.24 cups, which means that 2 kilograms of white rice equals about 10.48 cups.
What types of rice are available?
Although white and brown rice are the most commonly available rice types, these rice types can be further broken down into a number of varieties.
In fact, white and brown rice actually belong to two larger families known as indica and japonica.
Indica rice is generally long-grained and comes from warmer climates. Long-grain rice, such as basmati, is often less sticky than other rice types and contains more of a specific type of dry starch.
Because of this, indica rice doesn’t clump together as much, so it becomes fluffy after cooking and is often used as a base for other dishes.
Japonica rice has either a medium or short grain and is generally grown in colder climates. Thanks to different starches than those found in indica rice, japonica rice tends to be sticky and clumps together after cooking.
Japonica rice varieties, such as arborio, are excellent options for dishes such as risotto or sushi.
White and brown rice can be either japonica or indica rice. Brown rice isn’t really a single type of rice at all. Instead, it’s any rice that still has an outer bran coating.
Other types of rice may not fit well into one category or the other. If you’re trying a new dish, it’s often a good idea to see what type of rice is recommended, so you can achieve the right consistency.
Do different rice types weigh different amounts?
All dry rice will weigh a slightly different amount due simply to the size of the grains, where the rice was grown, how it was dried, and how it is stored.
If the rice has had an opportunity to absorb any moisture in the air, for example, it will be a bit heavier than rice kept in a very dry environment.
Because brown rice has a bran coating that white rice lacks, it’s also a little bit heavier. One cup of dry white rice usually weighs around 6.35 ounces, while 1 cup of dry brown rice weighs about 6.7 ounces.
Once rice is cooked, it also changes in weight. When cooking white rice, it’s a good idea to use a two-to-one rule, meaning you should cook one part rice in two parts water.
The rice will absorb all of the water, essentially doubling in size and weight. Brown rice can absorb even more water, and you should cook one part brown rice in three parts water.
How much rice does a recipe usually call for?
How much rice you’ll need for any given recipe depends on how many people the recipe serves and whether the rice is used as a base or is only a small part of the dish.
Generally, a serving size for one person is about 1 cup of cooked rice, and you can use this rule to get a general idea of how much rice you’ll need.
However, if the rice is not the main part of the dish, you might only want to offer people about half a cup.
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