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Can I use a rice cooker or steamer for couscous or rice pilaf?

Check the rice cooker manufacturer's directions for their instructions for preparation of couscous, instant or parboiled (or converted) long grain ... Read More

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What’s the history behind the Near East brand?

Read about the origins of the Near East brand here.

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Can I prepare two or more boxes of Near East at once?

Two packages can be prepared at once on the range top. Use double the amount of butter or oil, water, tomatoes or any other added ingredients listed ... Read More

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The package gives a range of cooking times. Which one should I use?

Ranges of cooking times are given in regards to microwave cooking directions. This is because microwave ovens vary in the amount of power they supply ... Read More

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How long does it take to prepare rice pilaf?

While preparation times vary across products, most Near East rice pilaf products take about 25-30 minutes to prepare. Just follow the directions on the package.

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Can I freeze already prepared couscous or rice pilaf for later use?

Freezing is not recommended, as freezing changes the texture of the rice or couscous unfavorably.

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What other foods should I serve with couscous?

Couscous can be served as a side dish or a main meal, and goes well with beef, chicken, fish, lamb or as part of a vegetarian meal (with beans, tofu, ... Read More

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How long does it take to cook couscous?

Couscous can be cooked in just 5 minutes! Just boil water, add couscous, remove from heat and let water absorb, then stir and serve!

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What is the best way to store and reheat couscous or rice pilaf?

Leftover couscous or pilaf should be refrigerated in a tightly sealed storage container or zip lock plastic bag. To reheat, add 1 to 3 tablespoons ... Read More

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