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Rice tips?

aspiring adjustment [deleted] 4:28pm, 2 September 2008
I'm not a morning person, so I make my lunch the night before. The rice I cook tastes fine while I am making it, but the next day it is sometimes dried out. Does anyone have any tips? I use a pot, not a rice cooker.
Thanks!
ColleenM 13 years ago
Be sure it is covered or wrapped very tightly before you refrigerate it.

Self-defrosting freezer/refrigerators remove humidity from the interior of the 'fridge. Anything that isn't tightly sealed will have its moisture removed right along with the frost and condensation.
miyukimouse 13 years ago
Are you refrigerating your rice in the pot overnight? If so, that might explain why it's a bit dry. Also, putting your bento box in the fridge until it's time to eat can also cause the rice to become dry.

It's best to pack rice for bento while it's still hot. But since you're not a morning person (neither am I) my recommendation would be to wrap 1 portion of the rice in plastic wrap, refrigerate or freeze the rice, then microwave the next morning before packing.

Also, I tend to add a bit more water than necessary when cooking rice since I know I'm going to freeze most of it for future meals.
veggiebento 13 years ago
Like the previous respondent, when I make rice in advance, I microwave the rice in a loosely covered container (like a casserole dish with a lid) to re-heat the morning I pack it, then I don't refrigerate it during the day. If you don't like the spoilage risk, you can microwave it in a loosely covered container before you eat it at lunch.

You can't use most Bento Boxes in the microwave, however. I also don't like microwaving in plastic because of the risk of plastic migrating into the food. I know plastic wrap is supposed to be safe and all, but I wouldn't microwave with it in direct contact with the food.
StarRyder 13 years ago
I also pack my bento the night before and another trick I've learned is to sprinkle water (a few teaspoons) over the rice before microwaving it the next day. This brings the moisture back into the rice.
aspiring adjustment [deleted] 13 years ago
Thanks everyone! I think I will have better luck now with my rice.
Pavlina20 13 years ago
I just wanted to say I was also having this problem using long grain white rice, when I switched to med grain rice, my rice stays nice and soft.
♫ bunnychan εїз Posted 13 years ago. Edited by ♫ bunnychan εїз (member) 13 years ago
I'm not a morning person, so I make my lunch the night before. The rice I cook tastes fine while I am making it, but the next day it is sometimes dried out. Does anyone have any tips? I use a pot, not a rice cooker.
Thanks!


you definitely have to use a rice cooker, rice is good when is hot not after having put inside the fridge, you canfind at low cost in the chinise stores for a few bucks
and remember rice hs always to be japanese or you will not able to make anything, also you have to wash it before use ^^
also if rice cooker cannot program, you do rice in teh vening and do ot take the current away so that the cooker keeps the rice hot during the ight, remember to give a scoop with a wooden spoon so that the rice maintains fresher
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