Wednesday, June 6, 2012

DIY Rice Milk

 Making your own rice milk is actually super easy! All you have to do really is cook up some rice, toss in the blender, and strain. This milk is not quite like store-bought rice milk, as manufacturers often add other vitamins and minerals, as well as sweetener, but this is a great alternative to pour in your cereal, oats, baking, or better yet make the Mexican rice drink,  Horchata. And you of course can sweetener to your preference,  but I try to limit mine as much as possible. Also, by making rice milk on your own, you are saving lots of money while still enjoying the nutrients that brown rice has to offer in liquid form, let alone the amount of less calories you consume by having an alternative to using dairy milk. This is also a great way to use up any left over rice, the ratio is about 2 cups of cooked rice for every 8 cups of water. So if you only have 1 cup left over, simply make a half batch of rice milk.

DIY Brown Rice Milk: (8 servings)
1 cup brown rice, uncooked
2 cups water
8 cups drinking water

The first step is to cook the rice (follow directions on the package). However, usually to cook rice, it is a 2:1 ratio-- 2 cups water for every 1 cup rice. Pour the water and rice into a pot, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and let cook for about 40 minutes. It is important not to lift the lid while the rice is cooking to keep in the heat. Turn off the heat after 40 minutes and let the rice sit for another 10 minutes with the lid still on. Next, fill your blender with 8 cups of drinking water, add the cooked rice, and blend for about 1-2 minutes until smooth. Simply, take a fine strainer and pour liquid into jars or pitcher through the strainer to catch any last bits from the rice. Refrigerate and enjoy. Will keep for a few days.

How to make the famous and very delicious simple version of the Mexican drink Horchata

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