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Uses for rice water?

Any good ideas for using up the milky water that normally goes down the drain when rinsing rice?

Amanda is the Design & Home Editor at Food52

asked almost 2 years ago
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Susan W

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added almost 2 years ago

My mom, who lives in San Diego, rinsed her rice into a big pot and pours the water onto her avocado trees. I'm sure you are looking for a culinary use. Can't wait to see the responses.

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HalfPint

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added almost 2 years ago

My mother used rice water whenever she made pickled mustard greens. This recipe mentions using rice rinse water when making these pickles, it's really fascinating: http://www.thaitable.com...

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HalfPint

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added almost 2 years ago

I also found some other uses for rice rinse water:
http://en.rocketnews24...

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Amanda Sims

Amanda is the Design & Home Editor at Food52

added almost 2 years ago

@HalfPint—I am very fascinated by that article. Thanks for sending!

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added almost 2 years ago

You can use it to blanch veggies or boiling pasta.

Personally, I don't bother. I just use it to water plants.

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cv
added almost 2 years ago

Same thing with bean water.

I could freeze it to add to stock later, but that's too much of a hassle. I'll use it in the kitchen if I have an immediate use for it, otherwise the plants get it.

Unless you're a starving peasant, life's too short to worry about stuff like this.

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added almost 2 years ago

Basmati rice is traditionally polished with talc, so best to keep the rinse water for plants. Probably the best idea, anyway- small amounts of starch in the water won't really help anything in the kitchen, it just adds a minor random element (the notion of thickening sauces with pasta water has always cracked me up).

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Amanda Sims

Amanda is the Design & Home Editor at Food52

added almost 2 years ago

Ah, talc! That's very helpful to know. And it sounds like that wouldn't harm the plants.

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