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Default Byerly's Wild Rice Soup

On 2014-12-16 22:05:14 +0000, sf said:

> On Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:50:21 -0800, Oregonian Haruspex
> > wrote:
>> On 2014-12-16 19:29:44 +0000, sf said:
>>> On Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:40:26 -0600, Moe DeLoughan >
>>> wrote:
>>>> Us native Minnesotans know all
>>>> about it - and, as Oregonian Haruspex mentioned, the black paddy-grown
>>>> cultivated 'wild' rice is garbage. The genuine hand-harvested wild
>>>> rice is far superior and not that much more expensive.
>>> I need to find some of that stuff and see if I change my mind, because
>>> I'm not fond of wild rice - it's too expensive to buy and then not
>>> like. I see hand parched is more expensive than regular parched.
>>> Does the method matter?

>> The real stuff goes for about $5 a pound. We usually buy ten pounds of
>> it a year or so, which isn't a terribly huge investment. I figure you
>> get about 3 cups of cooked rice from each cup of dry, so it ends up
>> being plenty and we eat it with abandon yet always seem to have a bit
>> left over when we go up to the cabin in the late summer, which is when
>> we buy more.
>> Yes, it's true - everybody in or even from Minesota has a cabin.

> $5? In that case, the Indians are making a killing over the internet!
> Not worth it to pay for a plane ticket & lodging just to save $10 lb
> though.
> You didn't mention if there's a flavor difference between hand parched
> and regular parched.

I believe that the Indians sort the rice into grades, hand parch the
largest grains, and then machine-process the smaller ones. I know many
Leech Lake Ojibwe (my family has been in the area for over a century,
and I have some Ojibwe as family through marriage) so I will ask next
time I get into contact with somebody who would know for sure.

As for me, I've only ever had the hand-parched stuff.