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Old 01-01-2012, 10:04 PM   #1
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Always making too much rice

I recently bought a 25# bag of rice thinking I'll try to get more in my diet. I have a cheap rice cooker that can make about 3 cups at a time. I eat about a fist-sized portion for dinner and throw 2 cups away each time I make rice.

Does anyone know a recipe for day old rice that can be reheated for a side or made into an entree?

Thanks!

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Old 01-01-2012, 10:10 PM   #2
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Only put 1/2 cup of rice in the cooker with 1 cup of water. That should give you your rice for the day.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:26 PM   #3
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If you can't cook a meal-sized portion in the rice cooker, learn how to cook the amount you will eat in a saucepan.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:27 PM   #4
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It takes 25 min to cook rice in that thing. It takes several hours of soaking to get that pot clean too. Surely this doesn't have to be a daily thing for me.
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Refrigerate leftover rice. Reheat by putting it in a strainer and pouring boiling water over it. Or reheat by adding to a dish, such as Spanish Rice.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:40 PM   #6
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It takes 25 min to cook rice in that thing. It takes several hours of soaking to get that pot clean too. Surely this doesn't have to be a daily thing for me.

Time to learn to cook rice in a pan-a method in practice long before the arrival of rice cookers.
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:05 PM   #7
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Rice keeps in the fridge several days, and it freezes well too. Make fried rice, add to a stir fry or a soup.
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:32 AM   #8
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Make fried rice!!! Seriously, to make Chinese fried rice the first step is to steam some rice. Then heat a small amount of oil in a wok or other similar pan and add the rice, toss it with a spoon until it's heated through and slightly browned. For Asian style you can then add some soy sauce and vegetables and/or meat (cooked chicken, pork, beef or shrimp).

Just google fried rice recipes for a million recipes. I'd rather eat fried rice than steamed rice almost any day! It's also a really good way to reuse left over rice.
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:03 AM   #9
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Make rice pudding. You can reheat it easily for breakfast. Like oatmeal with milk and brown sugar. Set it in little piles and bake chicken breasts over it like a stuffing. Stir in some onion or whatever before baking.

Some fast food restaurant, I think Chipotle, stuffs their burritos with rice. I think that's cheating to make the burritos appear bigger. But at home, I think it sounds fine to me.

I have never used a rice cooker, and I make brown rice and several kinds of white rice.
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:43 AM   #10
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Cooking rice in a saucepan is so easy. Get rid of the rice cooker and cut your electric bill down. A half of cup of rice calls for one cup of water. The ratio is always two to one. But depending how cooked you like your rice, I would add another quarter cup of water. That amount of water will give you some room for error when you first start. And it only takes at most 20 minutes to cook that amount. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer. Cover. Do not lift the cover for the first 15 minutes. You lose a lot of heat and steam when you do. Do not stir it until it is done. You can season it right in the pot by adding a bullion cube and a pat of butter at the begining. They will be absorbed by the rice. Fluff with a fork when it is done.
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