Whether Jasmine, long grain or basmati, rice is eaten at least once a week in most households. The cereal grain is quite famous and it is easy to see why; you can enjoy it in more more ways than one. But if you’re only using rice for eating you’re missing out because this popular Ghanaian staple, can be used in a variety of ways from cleaning to supplanting beauty products. Here’s how:
In most salt shakers, moisture gathers in salt which causes the grains to ball up together making them impossible to come through the holes in the salt shaker. With a few grains of uncooked rice, the moisture will be sucked up and prevent the from damp salt from clogging up the small holes. Make sure to replace occasionally.
To Ripen Fruit
Uncooked rice traps gas that helps fruit to ripen faster so if you have any avocados or bananas that are taking too long to ripen, simply add them to a half filled container of rice. Make sure to do the occasional check to the fruit because the ripening process happens quickly. Additionally, the rice you use can be cooked afterwards; however it is best to do so as soon as possible.
This is the most exciting of all the rice hacks. If you are looking to exfoliate your skin and add moisture, grind up some uncooked white rice into a powder, add some milk and honey to create a paste. Apply this to your skin for around 30 minutes then rinse with tepid water to discover smoother skin.
Vases and jugs with narrow-necks are quite tricky to clean but rice can help make the process easier. Pour a handful of uncooked rice into whichever vessel you cannot stick your hand into, add some soapy water and shake vigorously to remove dirt. The friction caused by this will help clean out the difficult areas. This method also works for teapot spouts as well.
Blind baking is the process of baking pastry without the filling, usually pies. Blind baking a pie crust is necessary when it will be filled with an unbaked filling. To supplant hollowing out your pie base with a baking bean or pie weights, cover the pastry with greaseproof paper and pour in some uncooked rice. You shouldn’t eat the rice afterwards but you can re-use as a blind baking substitute.
If you’ve been enjoying cooked rice and have plenty to spare, you should definitely try out a few of these tricks, they work and will help make life a tad bit easier.
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