Rice is found in pretty much every kitchen. It's a healthy grain that's super easy to prepare, and it's cheap! Can it get any better than that?
The answer? Yes, yes it can. It gets at least 13 times better with these cool ways to use the tasty stir-fry staple around your home!
1. Save your waterlogged technology.
If you accidentally drop your phone in the toilet (sober, of course), or into your bowl of Cheerios when you're checking Facebook too early in the morning...your best bet of saving it is to fully submerge it in a bath of rice. Zip it up in a plastic baggie and leave it for 24 hours.
2. Clean your coffee grinder.
Run a spoonful of rice through your coffee grinder to loosen the buildup that's been left behind.
3. Make a homemade heating pad.
Sew a pouch together in whatever shape you like — long and skinny for your neck, square for your belly — and fill with rice. Pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute and you're good to go! You could also just pour some rice into a sock if you don't feel like sewing.
4. Keep your tools from rusting.
Put your old tools into a can full of rice to keep the metal from turning to rust.
5. Make a cat toy.
Sew a little pouch and fill it with rice and catnip — they won't care what it looks like as long as you don't forget the nip.
6. Check to see if your oil is hot enough for frying.
Gently toss some grains of rice into your oil. If they just sink, your oil isn't hot enough yet. If they float and sizzle, you should be at around 350 or 360 degrees and ready to go. This also leaves you with some yummy puffed rice to munch on while you're cooking.
7. Make an air freshener.
Mix about a half-cup of rice with 20 or so drops of your favorite essential oils and give it a good mix. Place the container in a small room like a bathroom, and give it a shake whenever it seems like the smell has gone away. It'll be good as new!
8. Speed up the ripening process.
If you just can't wait for your fruit to ripen on its own, stick it in a bag full of rice. Make sure you check on it once or twice a day to make sure you haven't sent it past its prime, though.
9. Clean containers with small openings, like water bottles or teapots.
Add a spoonful of rice to some hot water and soap inside of your container and give it a good swirl and shake. It'll do the work of a bottle brush.
10. Use it to make an impromptu incense holder.
Pour some rice into a glass or a bowl, and stick your incense in. Just make sure it sits at an angle so that all of the ashes fall into the container.
11. Make a knife rack.
Pour some rice in a tall container and stick your knives into it. It keeps the blades away from your fingers and costs way less than a fancy knife block. Just be sure to gently put them back into the rice when you're done as to not dull the tips.
12. Sharpen blender blades.
If your blender isn't properly crushing your margarita ice, blend some rice in there for about two minutes and the blades will be almost as good as new.
13. Weigh down the dough when you blind bake.
Place parchment over pastry dough and fill it with rice. This will keep the dough from rising too much or slipping down the edges of your pan. Take it out about halfway through the baking process, and if it's golden brown, take the rice out and continue baking. Save the rice to use next time you want to bake a tart, too!
My appreciation for rice just went through the roof. It's not only my go-to dinner (rice and Goya black bean soup), now I know it can help me all around my home! Rice for president, 2016.