By Leilah Grace
I like to make my rice pudding from leftover rice, you know from those moments when you order way too much Indian or Chinese cuisine and there are overflowing containers of perfectly good white rice sitting in your refrigerator. I have been making it for so long I do not have an exact recipe so follow along as best you can. On trail this can be cold-soaked or eaten hot depending on your preference.
- leftover white rice
- milk (I prefer 1% milk, but coconut milk has worked well too)
- granulated sugar
- cinnamon (optional)
- nutmeg (optional)
- raisins (optional)
- Add white rice to a pot over medium heat, pour enough milk to cover the rice and then some extra just in case.
- Bring to simmer, stir occasionally being sure to scrape the bottom as the rice will stick and the milk will try to burn.
- Simmer until the liquid is mostly absorbed and the rice is to your desires tenderness. I like my rice soft, but not mushy. If the rice is not soft enough to your liking and the liquid is almost absorbed add more milk and continue to cook.
- Add sugar and vanilla and sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg if desired. Stir well and taste. Add more sugar and spices as necessary. There are a few times I might need to add a pinch of salt to balance the flavors.
- If you’re not making this for trail top with raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy hot (or let cool and enjoy cool/cold)
- For trail preparation pour the mixture onto your dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 125 until dry.
- Portion out into heat resistant baggies (freezer bags work great) if planning to eat hot.
- To increase calorie content you can add powdered milk into the bag, but it may change your consistency so be sure to try at home first.
- Add a separate bag of raisins if you like raisins in your pudding.
- Cold Soak: Add enough water to cover the mixture and let soak for 15 minutes. Add a handful of raisins if desired.
- Hot Preparation: Heat water, usually about 4-6 oz until very hot and add to bag. Wrap in a coozie to keep warm for 10 minutes. Add a handful of raisins if desired.