If your rice has become soggy, soft or sticky, don't worry: it still has salvation. Try evaporating the water or drying the rice to fix it. And if that doesn't work, save it for another recipe or make it something different. Unfortunately, there are cases that are hopeless, and rice needs to be remade from scratch. To prevent it from getting soggy again, just follow some simple tips.
Method 1 of 3: Saving Rice
Step 1. If there is water in the pan, let it evaporate
Remove the lid from the pan to allow the steam to escape. Put the heat on low temperature and cook the rice for another five minutes, until the water has completely evaporated.
Step 2. Drain excess water in a sieve or colander
If there is still water in the pan, place a strainer or a colander over the sink and turn the rice inside. Let it drain for a minute and shake the sieve a little to help the rice dry.
This should be enough to make the rice dry. If the method works, you don't need to do anything else
Step 3. Wash the rice in cold water if it is in the “united we win” style
If the grains are too stuck together, it means that the rice is overcooked. After draining it, wash it in cold running water inside the sieve or colander and separate the beans with your fingers very carefully.
Step 4. Bake the rice in the oven for five minutes to eliminate excess water
If the rice is still watery or soggy, you can put it in the oven to remove the moisture. Light the heat to 180 °C and spread the rice evenly on a baking tray or biscuit tray. Let it bake for five minutes.
Step 5. Make a new rice cooker
There are times when you can't save rice. It is best to make a new pot if you have time. In this case, store the soggy rice in a plastic pot and take it to the fridge or freezer. Use it later in some delicious recipe.
Cooked rice can stay between four and six days in the refrigerator and up to six months in the freezer
Method 2 of 3: Reusing Rice
Step 1. Make fried rice
Heat a skillet with oil and brown the garlic, onions and ginger until they are translucent. Then add vegetables like carrots and peas. If you want, also add a spoon of soy sauce. One spoon at a time, put the rice into the skillet and stir occasionally. The dish will be ready after you've used all the rice and the mixture is steaming.
Step 2. Make rice pudding.
Heat the rice over low heat. Then add three cups (735 g) of whole milk, one cup (245 g) of heavy cream, half a cup (100 g) of sugar and a whole grain of vanilla. Put the heat on medium and let the rice cook for about 35 minutes, stirring frequently. Finally, remove the vanilla from the pan and let the dessert cool before serving.
Before adding the vanilla, open the beans and throw the seeds into the pan. Then add the rest of the grain. This will make the vanilla flavor better distributed over the rice
Step 3. Make rice into crackers
Spread the rice on a baking tray, in a very thin layer. Bake it for two hours at 90 °C. After taking it out of the oven, break it into small pieces and fry them in a pan of oil at 200 °C. When the cookies begin to float, fish them with a slotted spoon and set them to dry on a layer of paper towels before serving.
Step 4. Fry veggie burgers
Mix one cup (175 g) of rice with two cups (200 g) of cranberry beans, one cup (175 g) of corn, three chopped garlic cloves, 1/3 cup (20 g) of diced dehydrated tomatoes, a handful of sliced basil, half a teaspoon (3 g) of cumin, and a teaspoon (6 g) of salt. Make hamburgers with the puree and fry them over medium high heat for six minutes on each side.
Method 3 of 3: Preparing the Perfect Rice
Step 1. Wash rice with fresh water before cooking it. Put the rice in a colander, colander or pan. Wash it with fresh water to remove starch. This will prevent the rice from sticking and soggy.
- If you are using a pot, discard the water and fill it once more. Wash the rice two or three times before putting it on the fire.
- If you are using a sieve or a colander, shake or stir the rice slightly to help the water to drain.
Step 2. Use the right amount of water
It is correct to use a cup and a half or a cup and ¾ (350 ml or 400 ml) of water for each cup of rice. Reduce the amount a little if you are cooking short grain rice and increase it if you are cooking brown rice. Avoid overdoing it. Otherwise, you might end up making the rice look like mush.
Step 3. Place the pan over medium heat
Do not raise the temperature. This will not make the rice ready any faster, just make it more cooked in some parts than others. He might even end up getting burned. Bring the water to a slow boil.
Step 4. Place a dish towel between the pot and the lid
Once the rice starts boiling, the volume of water will be very low. When this happens, place a dish towel between the pan and the lid to prevent the accumulation of condensed steam. Condensation can end up making the rice soggy.
Do not let the cloth fall down the sides of the pan so as not to cause a fire. Clip the fabric edges under the cover
Step 5. Lower heat after 15 minutes
Remove rice from heat, but keep the pot covered. Let the rice rest for five minutes. After this time, remove the lid and fluff the beans with a fork. Once you're done, he'll be ready to go to the table.
Letting the rice rest prevents it from getting soggy on the bottom and dry on the surface
Step 6. Invest in a crockpot
Cooking rice in a crockpot will always make it just right. Just use the right amount of water. Cookware is relatively inexpensive and can be found at home appliance and home improvement stores or online.