by Texas Homesteader~
I make rice a lot. It’s inexpensive and lends itself to many different flavors of your meal. But I’ve found a free way to make my rice even more flavorful and nutritious over cooking it in plain water. And it’s FREE!
Check out this Homestead Hack. Use Whatcha Got is what I always say!
Rice is pretty inexpensive. And it’s easy to flavor it to accompany whatever entrée I’m making. So it’s common for me to choose that as a side. RancherMan enjoys the various rice dishes I serve.
Or Buttered Sage Rice when we’re having pork chops or roast.
But although he likes white rice just fine, 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 often to accompany our supper.
So one day as I’m making my meal plan I discovered I was out of broth. As I assembled my ingredients, I pondered ways to make sure my rice was flavorful enough for my man’s meat-n-potatoes palate.
But with no broth in the pantry, what will I do? Don’t worry, I’ve planned for this occasion.
Free Vegetable Broth Adds Flavor
To add more flavor to my rice I won’t be using plain ole water. I’ll use the 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 typically already has sufficient salt too. So there’s really no need to add additional seasonings at all unless you just want specific herbs, etc.
I’ve always hated that the flavorful juice from a can of veggies was just poured down the sink. So I’ll often drain veggies into a jar and store the veggie broth in the fridge until I can use it in this way.
When I’m making rice I’ll cook 1part rice to 2 parts liquid. So today I measured out the reserved vegetable broth so I’d know how much rice to measure.
Then I chopped some onion and sautéed it with the rinsed brown rice in just a tiny amount of bacon grease until the onion was translucent and the rice was lightly browned.
Now that my rice & onions are ready I just pour in my reserved veggie 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.
Reducing Food Waste While Saving Money
I love that this small incredibly simple act reduces food waste since the juice in the can of vegetables is not just poured down the sink.
Plus it adds nutrition to my rice over cooking it in plain water. And it reduces my food budget too since I don’t have to buy vegetable broth – it’s FREE!
My own free vegetable broth. It’s easy, free and delicious.
Use Whatcha Got!
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