Homestead Hack: More Flavorful Rice #UseWhatchaGot

by Texas Homesteader 

Today I was finalizing in my mind what to prepare for supper tonight and I decided one of the side dishes should be brown rice.  Now although RancherMan’s not a fan of white rice, he really loves the more intense nutty flavor and firmer texture of brown rice.  Add to that fact that it’s also healthier and that means I’m often cooking up brown rice to accompany our supper.

As I prepared my ingredients I decided I wanted to make sure my rice was flavorful enough for my man’s meat-n-potatoes palate. So today I thought I’d share a brand new Homestead Hack with you to make your rice more flavorful. Use what ya got is what I always say!

've discovered an easy way to really intensify the flavor of rice when I prepare it. Check out this Homestead Hack! #TexasHomesteader

I chopped some onion and sauteed the onion & brown rice in just a tiny amount of bacon grease until the onion was translucent and the rice was lightly browned.

Free Vegetable Broth Adds Flavor

But to add more flavor to my rice I won’t be using plane ole water. I’ll use juice drained from cans of veggies that I’ve saved in the fridge for just such occasion. That juice is flavored like the veggies the can contained. And it already has sufficient salt too. So there’s really no need to add additional seasonings unless you just want specific herbs, etc.

Draining juice from canned vegetables. 've discovered an easy way to really intensify the flavor of rice when I prepare it. Check out this Homestead Hack! #TexasHomesteader

I’ve always hated that the flavorful juice from a can of veggies was just poured down the sink. So I often drain veggies into a jar until I can use them in this way.  Today I had already measured out the reserved juice so I knew how much rice to measure.

Now that my rice & onions are ready I just pour in my juice and cook my rice to delicious perfection.  It’s tremendously more flavorful than rice cooked in plain water and receives RancherMan’s seal of approval. My own free vegetable broth. It’s easy, inexpensive and delicious!

Use what ya got!

~TxH~

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11 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: More Flavorful Rice #UseWhatchaGot

  1. ilene

    I use my saved vegetable broths to use as the base for vegetable soup. Hadn’t thought of using it to cook rice in, that’s sure a good idea! Try a little Turmeric, a Bay leaf and just a tiny bit of powdered Cloves, also chopped celery and carrot, in addition to that chopped onion. I think you might like that.

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  2. ColleenB.

    I never could see throwing out that wonderful canned veggie liquid. (what a waste dumping it down the drain when it can be used for other things and saved for another time. I save, put in glass jars and put in freezer or you could freeze in ice cube trays; once frozen remove cubes from trays and put in ziplock freezer bags.
    I had made rice yesterday for our meal. Had only white long grain so added about 1 t. of my own taco seasoning mix to 1/2 cup uncooked rice and using left over chicken broth I cooked my rice.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I made ‘Endless Soup’ the other day for a week’s worth of lunches for RancherMan & me. ( http://txhomesteader.com/endless-soup-for-warm-nutrition/ ) I used the veggie broth I’d saved in the freezer from cans of vegetables to rehydrate the dehydrated cabbage I had in the pantry and added the tomato sauce I was making with a bundle of fresh tomatoes along with other veggies to make a hearty cabbage stew. The result was a delicious, nutritious soup to feed us all week with very little cost. Gotta love it! Your taco-seasoned rice has me in the mood to whip up a little rice for our supper soon – YUM.

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  3. Patty

    Wow, this is one of those ‘why didn’t I think of that’ ideas – I love using broth for rice, but veggie juice sounds delicious too. Thanks for sharing such a simple, yet ingenious, tip!

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