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  • Since You Asked: Clumping couscous quickly overcome

  • I'm having trouble with couscous clumping. I've tried boxed and bulk, but they both clump. I don't believe the ratio of water to couscous is off. I think it's the pasta's small size. Do you have a favorite brand?
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  • I'm having trouble with couscous clumping. I've tried boxed and bulk, but they both clump. I don't believe the ratio of water to couscous is off. I think it's the pasta's small size. Do you have a favorite brand?
    — Wendy S., Talent
    This problem likely is related to cooking methods rather than couscous brands.
    For clump-free couscous, put it in a heatproof bowl and stir continuously while pouring twice the quantity of boiling water on top. Let stand, covered, for about 10 minutes or until the water is absorbed, then fluff with a fork instead of scooping with a spoon.
    You could try larger Israeli couscous, which should be cooked on the stove but isn't so prone to clumping. Also called "pearl" couscous, this style is sold plain or tricolored.
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