Homestead Hack: More Flavorful Rice #UseWhatchaGot

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!

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

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.

Dishes such as Cilantro-Lime Rice or Texas styled Spanish Rice when we’re having Tex-Mex for supper.

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.

Free Vegetable Broth by draining juice from canned vegetables. I'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’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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8 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: More Flavorful Rice #UseWhatchaGot

  1. Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    What a great idea…I never thought to do this! Thanks so much for sharing your great tips at Share The Wealth Sunday!

  2. Kelly

    Great ideas! Here and in the comments.
    Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop. I hope we see you there again today. Pinning!

  3. JES

    I love these kinds of tips! Thank you for sharing them on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I made ‘Endless Soup’ the other day for a week’s worth of lunches for RancherMan & me. ( ) 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. ~TxH~

  6. 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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