Long Grain & Wild Rice Mixes (Uncle Ben’s Copycat)


~~~Do you like Uncle Ben’s® Long Grain & Wild Rice as much as I do?~~~


If so, here is a homemade version that will rock your world! I love the nutty taste of a good rice and wild rice mixture. This is a vegan AND gluten-free side dish that has a great flavor. I make this with either brown OR white rice. My directions vary depending on whether you use brown rice or white rice because of the cooking times. BLACK Wild Rice has been used in these two recipes. If you use another variety of wild rice, please adjust your cooking times accordingly. I have included a cooking chart below.

I have to give credit to Suzanne McMinn over at Chickens in the Road. I started with her Long Grain and Wild Rice recipe and tweaked it until I had it to my liking (along with the changeover to brown rice which I sometimes prefer with my meals). Her wonderful website started me on the road to self-sufficiency with my homemade mixes. Equal credit goes to Liss Burnell over at Budget101. Without these ladies and their guidance and wonderful homemade recipes, I just may have thrown in the towel!

And of course, Amy Dacyczyn started it all for me with her Tightwad Gazette, a frugality newsletter that was later compiled into The Complete Tightwad Gazette. I used to get those newsletters in the mail and read them cover to cover before the day was even out. These resources will serve you well should you choose to explore them.

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Approximate Cooking Times for Different Wild Rice Types

Black Wild Rice 45 to 60 minutes
Brown Wild Rice 30 to 45 minutes
Blond Wild Rice 10 to 20 minutes
Quick or instant wild rice 3 to 10 minutes
Broken wild rice 15 to 25 minutes

Wild RiceWild rice does not have to be cooked to a specific degree of doneness. Some people like it cooked to a softer consistency, and some people like it a bit more chewy. The best result, for most, is when some, but not all, of the kernels are split open so that you can see the lighter color inside them. This gives a wild rice that is tender, but still has the nice chew that most people like in their wild rice.

Just a note; wild rice is actually NOT a rice. It is a grain that is harvested from four species of grasses forming the genus Zizania. Although rice and wild rice are botanical cousins, both are different kinds of grasses. Compared to brown rice, wild rice is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates—that means it has a significantly lower glycemic load. Wild rice is high in the amino acid lysine and dietary fiber, and low in fat. Nutritional analysis shows wild rice to be second only to oats in protein content per 100 calories. Like true rice, it does not contain gluten. It is also a good source of certain minerals and B vitamins.

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 WHITE Long Grain & Wild Rice Mix

Ingredients

For Seasoning Mix:
1-1/2 cups dried, chopped onion or onion flakes
1/4 cup dried parsley
6 tablespoons vegetable bouillon or mushroom powder
3 tablespoons celery flakes, celery powder, or dried celery pieces
2 tablespoons garlic powder

Directions for Seasoning Mix

  1. Combine in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container in a dry, cool, and dark place.
  2. This makes 6 batches of seasoning mix for the rice packets.
  3. If stored properly, this mix will last 1 year. If vacuum sealed, it will be good for up to 5 years.

For Pantry Packets (White Rice Mixture Only)

White & Wild Rice MixIngredients
1/2 cup long grain white rice
1/2 cup black wild rice
3 tablespoons Seasoning Mix

Directions

  1. You will need 2 containers for this Pantry Pack. This easily fits into a pint Mason jar or a 1-pint Food Saver-type bag.
  2. Measure wild rice and seasoning mix into jar or bag making sure to put the seasoning mix in FIRST.
  3. Measure long grain white rice into a separate small bag and fold closed. Insert this bag into your 1-pint jar or bag.
  4. Seal, label, and date your jar/bag with the instructions for use as below.
  5. If stored properly, this Pantry Pack will last 1 year. If vacuum sealed, it will be good for up to 5 years.

To Prepare White Rice & Wild Rice Dish:

Ingredients
1 Pantry Pack Brown Rice & Wild Rice Mix
3 cups water

Directions

Makes 3 to 3-1/2 cups

  1. Stir the water and WILD RICE mixture in a 2 quart saucepan and heat to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 25 minutes
  3. Stir in the WHITE RICE. Cover and cook for another 20 minutes or until the rice is tender. Fluff with a fork and serve.

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BROWN Long Grain & Wild Rice Mix

Ingredients

For the Seasoning Mix:
1-1/2 cups dried, chopped onion or onion flakes
1/4 cup dried parsley
6 tablespoons vegetable bouillon or mushroom powder
3 tablespoons celery flakes, celery powder, or dried celery pieces
2 tablespoons garlic powder

Directions for Seasoning Mix

  1. Combine in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container in a dry, cool, and dark place.
  2. This makes 6 batches of seasoning mix for the rice packets.
  3. If stored properly, this mix will last 1 year. If vacuum sealed, it will be good for up to 5 years.

For Pantry Packets (Brown Rice Mixture Only)

Brown & Wild Rice MixIngredients:
1/2 cup brown rice
1/2 cup black wild rice
3 tablespoons Seasoning Mix

Directions

  1. You will need 1 container for this Pantry Pack. This easily fits into a pint Mason jar or a 1-pint Food Saver-type bag.
  2. Measure all ingredients into jar or bag making sure to put the seasoning mix in FIRST.
  3. Seal, label, and date your jar/bag with the instructions for use as below.
  4. If stored properly, this Pantry Pack will last 3-6 months (because of its higher oil content). If vacuum sealed, it will be good for up to 1 year.

To Prepare Brown Rice & Wild Rice Dish:

Ingredients
1 Pantry Pack Brown Rice & Wild Rice Mix
3 cups water

Directions

Makes 3 to 3-1/2 cups Rice

  1. Stir the water and rice mixture in a 2 quart saucepan and heat to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 40-45 minutes or until the rice is tender. Fluff with a fork and serve.

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Printable Recipe can be found here, Long Grain & Wild Rice Pantry Packs.


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6 thoughts on “Long Grain & Wild Rice Mixes (Uncle Ben’s Copycat)

  1. Trina says:

    Just tried the brown long grain and wild rice mix and loved it. Will be adding this to my recipe box. Thank you.

    1. Admin says:

      I am so glad you found the recipe useful Trina 🙂

  2. Patricia Bruckman says:

    I just love your website. It is so informative and a way to get back to healthier eating.
    Thank you very much for all the work that you have put into it.

    1. Admin says:

      Thank YOU Patricia for taking the time to drop me a note !!! Glad you are enjoying and can find the information useful.

  3. Pam says:

    This is great and I can’t wait to use my mushroom powder in it. I love the smell and flavor of the mushroom powder. Thank you.

    1. Admin says:

      To make it EVEN BETTER, dice up some of your mushrooms and add them too Pam 🙂

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