It may be mushy, but it's still useful
Did you overcook your rice? Unfortunately, it's easy to do since it cooks relatively fast. Luckily, there are ways to salvage it so you don't have to throw it out.
Overcooking anything isn't exactly ideal. It makes you feel like all your time and effort went down the drain. With rice, though, it doesn't have to be that way. Some recipes actually call for overcooked rice, and we're here to share those with you plus provide some tips on how to prevent your rice from overcooking!
Easy recipes using overcooked rice
A super delicious way to use up your overcooked rice is to make rice pancakes (think potato pancakes made out of rice). Saute your favorite vegetables in a little bit of olive oil and add to the rice. Toss in a few handfuls of shredded cheese and mix well. Shape the rice mixture into round patties and saute until crispy.
Rice in soup is always overcooked since you reheat the soup (and cook the rice further) every time you go to eat it. The soups that work the best for adding overcooked rice include chicken and rice, hot and sour, minestrone and vegetable beef.
Hosting a party? Mix a few cups of overcooked rice into your meat to form meatballs. The rice acts as a filler so you'll get more meatballs for your money without sacrificing flavor.
Have little ones running around? Overcooked rice is great for them since it's significantly easier to chew than regular rice. Serve it to them as-is or mix with pureed vegetables or fruits.
Frying foods will naturally make them crispier. Put your overcooked rice in a saucepan with some olive oil and cook over medium heat. Add in your favorite vegetables, an egg and soy sauce.
If you're in the mood for something sweet, turn your overcooked rice into rice pudding by adding milk, cinnamon, sugar, raisins and vanilla extract. Mix well and serve warm!
Check out this recipe for chicken fried rice >>
Tips to prevent your rice from overcooking
Sometimes we can't help overcooking our food. Whether we get an unexpected phone call, the baby starts crying or we simply forget to set the timer, it can't always be avoided. To lessen your chances at overcooking your rice, though, utilize the following tips:
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