The Multi-Talented Grain
The versatility of U.S.-grown rice is not limited to taste, nutrition, cuisine, or application.
There are so many non-consumption uses for U.S.-grown rice. These uses can range from children’s entertainment, household improvements, life hacks, DIY remedies, and more.
A sample of non-consumption uses of rice can be found below, but continue to check back as this page will continuously be updated.
Children’s Toys & Entertainment
I-spy Bottle: Fill up a clear bottle with little objects from around the home and rice, leaving a gap at the top so that when you shake the bottle, items will be able to move around. The little objects include dice, charms, paper clips, buttons..etc
Dyed Rice Art: Start with a bag of white rice. In a large Ziploc, combine 3 T. water, 2–5 drops of food coloring, seal, and mix. Then open the bag, add a cup of rice, re-close and shake the Ziploc. Drain off the excess water and spread the rice out on paper towels or newspaper to dry. Use the dried rice with white glue to make a mosaic especially if you make several colors of dyed rice.
Rice Face Scrub: Rice has emollient, exfoliating, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also fantastic for controlling shine on the skin as it contains starch (an astringent) which absorbs sebum (oil produced by the skin).
Knife Block: Fill selected container with U.S.-grown rice and place knives. No more cuts when you reach for a knife and rice will keep items from rubbing against each other preventing blades from dulling.
Weighted Tablecloth: Sew pockets or rice into bottom corners of the cloth to create a weighted tablecloth.
Pet Toys: Make a small satchel or grab an empty pill bottle and fill up with uncooked rice and dry beans for a homemade noise toy your pet will love.
Pie Crust Weights: Line the uncooked pie crust with baking parchment or foil, pour in enough rice to cover the bottom of the shell, and put it in the oven according to the recipe’s instructions.
Household & Life Hacks
Dry Out a Wet Phone: Place phone in large container of U.S.-grown rice overnight to dry. Note: Place phone in pantyhose before adding to rice to avoid dealing with loose grains.
Keep Shaker Salt from Sticking: Add rice to shaker. As a natural desiccant it will dry out shaker.
Prevent Sugar Clumps: Toss a small cotton bag filled with rice into your sugar containers to absorb moisture and prevent clumping.
Protect Tools from Rust: Place a sufficient amount of uncooked rice inside a porous bag at the bottom of your toolkit. This should help keep the humidity down and prevent rust from forming on the tools.When the uncooked rice becomes moist, replace it with a new set.
Sharpen Dull Blender Blades: A half of cup of uncooked rice can sharpen dulled out blender blades. Place rice into blender and blend until pulverized
Ripen Fruit Faster: In a large container, completely cover your fruit with rice. Fruits naturally produce ethylene gas. Once the fruit is picked, the gas aids the fruit in ripening. More gas equals faster ripening fruit. Rice traps the gas and helps ripen fruit and makes it edible faster. This method will speed up the natural process by several days so be sure to check your fruit once or twice each day until it is ripe to your liking. The
Test Cooking Oil Temperature: drop a rice grain into the pan if it pops you are good to cook. If you drop a couple grains of rice into your oil and they sink, it’s not hot enough. If the grains of rice pop back up immediately and begins to bubble, the oil is hot enough – normally around 350-360 F.
Decorate Glass Jars: Just like colored sand, you can use colored rice to decorate any clear glass containers. You can use plain white or brown rice in a decorative glass and then pop a tea light on top.
Weigh Down Luminaries and other Outside Decorations
Shine Tarnished Silver: By keeping a small container of rice where you store your cutlery, it will draw the moisture away from the silver and keep it sparkling.
Dry Flowers: Dry hardy blooms like roses, zinnias, dahlias, and marigolds by adding them to a rice-filled container. Start by putting about an inch of uncooked rice in a large plastic tub. Arrange the flowers on top and cover them completely with another layer of rice. Seal the tub and let it sit for about a week. Then, open the container and gently pour off the rice to reveal the dried flowers.
Save & Preserve Seeds: Any moisture to your garden seeds will ruin the batch, prevent this by adding small satchels of rice to your seed container.