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What to do with mushy rice...

Kitchen
The other night I was a bit spacey when I was making rice, and didn't measure the water.  I realized this as I was dumping the rice into the pot, but decided "ah well, it'll probably work fine."  Just for the record, brown rice cooked in too much water turns to mush that isn't appetizing with roasted chicken.

Before I chucked the rice, a Tightwad Gazette tip came to mind - serving leftover rice mixed with some milk and sugar for breakfast.  So I put the mush in the fridge, and the next morning I heated it up with some milk, brown sugar, and raisins.  It's a lot like oatmeal.  My 14 month old loved it. (But then, she'll eat anything, including dirt and day-old pancakes off the floor, so her opinion is questionable. :) If you mushed it up some more, and left out the raisins until you don't have to worry about choking, it would make a great early baby food.

There's a lot of possibility with this, including mixing it with other fruits or sweetening it with applesauce or juice, or substituting those for milk. Whatever sounds like a good way to start the day.

Tip:  If you add the raisins right away while you're heating it up, they'll plump up nicely.

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mubeimmik
Jun. 5th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
I love having rice and milk. Mushy rice also works really well for rice pudding! I like this recipe, which seems to work just fine for me with brown rice =)
littleboy716
Jul. 26th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
you can also use the crusty rice left on the bottom of the pot after you cook it to make rice porridge or pudding. after you eat all the immediately edible rice out of the pot, soak it in some warm water for an hour or two then drain the water, and the soft rice on the bottom can be saved. i collect it in a container in the fridge until i have enough to make a batch of porridge. besides breakfast porridge, you can also put in chopped tomato and kidney beans to make a side soup for a sandwich or light meal. if you boil it in chicken stock instead of water it will have a bit more flavor.
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