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Old 12-18-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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Keeping rice stuffing warm without drying?

I am making rice stuffing for a big group dinner tomorrow night and I would like to keep it warm in a crock pot, but I'm worried that it will dry out. It will likely be in there for 4-5 hours. Should I add extra moisture? I'm worried that once it starts to dry out I'll be up a creek and it won't rehydrate properly, so I'd like to prevent it.

This is the recipe I'll be using:
Chicken Sausage Brown Rice Stuffing with Celery and Mushrooms | Skinnytaste


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Old 12-18-2013, 10:21 PM   #2
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You could make it ahead of time, refrigerate it them reheat it when needed. A microwave is the right tool for the job.

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Old 12-19-2013, 06:48 AM   #3
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If you have a glass casserole with lid, this is perfect for making rice. As Andy has said - make ahead and use the microwave to reheat. The glass lid holds the condensed moisture and adds it back.

I actually even cook my rice in the micro when I'm doing large amounts.

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Old 12-19-2013, 07:11 AM   #4
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However you choose to do it, just make sure you hold the rice at proper temp as it is the source of a particularly nasty kind of food poisoning.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:05 AM   #5
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To add to what jennyema said, proper temperature is 140F. I would suggest putting some warm water in your slow cooker and checking the temperature after a hour or so to see if it will hold at that temp.

I did a little searching and on a couple sites for chefs, they suggested holding rice dishes covered in a warm oven and replenishing the serving dish occasionally, or keeping cooled cooked rice in the fridge and reheating in the microwave as needed.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:35 AM   #6
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That rice dish sounds great. I might have to try that.
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:41 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by jennyema View Post
However you choose to do it, just make sure you hold the rice at proper temp as it is the source of a particularly nasty kind of food poisoning.
I wouldn't keep it warm for that very reason. Make it, cool it quickly, then reheat thoroughly when required.

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