Instead of pitching the last few cups of cooked rice from tonight’s dinner, try using it in different ways in your next meal. Just don’t make the fatal mistake of calling it “leftovers.”
Provided you think of it as an ingredient in a future meal, you’re home free and all your picky eaters will be none the wiser.
Make sure you handle cooked rice safely:
- Refrigerate the rice as soon as possible after cooking and consuming, ideally within 1-2 hours.
- When reheating, make sure it’s steaming hot all the way through and avoid reheating more than once.
- Keep leftover rice in the refrigerator for no longer than 24 hours before re-using.
Fried rice. Toss some garlic, chopped onions, soy sauce and sesame oil in your frying pan. Stir in two or three beaten eggs, stirring until lightly scrambled. Add the leftover rice (white or brown) and whatever veggies and chicken, beef or pork you have on hand. Voila! You have a new meal of Chinese Fried Rice. Read more