Well, I never got my spring cleaning done so I’ve been busy with my “fall cleaning.” Part of my deep-cleaning of the kitchen entailed pulling every single item out of all the cabinets and drawers, wiping them out, rearranging items, and checking expiration dates. On the very top of one of my cabinet shelves, which I have to stand on a ladder to reach, I found a box of rice that had expired in 2011. It still looked ok but since it was expired by a couple of years I decided to toss it. Just as I was about to put it in the trash, I asked myself if there was something else I could do with it so I wouldn’t feel so guilty about throwing an entire box of unopened food away.
Turns out, there’s quite a few things you can do with uncooked rice, including practical and decorative ideas.
The kids can make fun pictures with glue and colored rice too. Or make a trivet…cut cardboard into whatever shape and size you want. Apply a layer of superglue to the cardboard and place the rice on top, arranging the kernels together tightly so they cover the space. The rice creates a heat-proof barrier between your dishes and the table.
Remember…all of these ideas use uncooked rice, not leftovers!