Monday, November 07, 2011

How To Make Colored Rice

Over the weekend we made colored rice.  It's provided endless amount of fun around here so I thought you might like to know how to make it.  It's really, really easy.

-Food coloring
-Rubbing alcohol
-Ziploc bags

1. Dump 2 cups of uncooked rice into ziploc bag
2. Add a capful of rubbing alcohol
3. Add food coloring (I added about 20 drops)
4. Mix together. (If you can't tell Caden loved this step.  "Wow, Mom look at it turning blue!")

It was even more fun for him when we started mixing different colors.  "What will happen when we mix blue and red mixed together?"

5. After your done mixing, spread out on a cookie sheet to dry overnight.  I sped up the process and put them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 10 minutes.
6. Lay out a blanket on the floor and start playing.  There will be a little bit of a mess so have a vacuum handy, but I promise it will be worth it.  The boys spent about an hour easy playing with the rice and now Caden begs me to "play rice."

Caden also started getting creative and making the green rice as grass.  "Mom, we need to feed the bugs."

Note: In hindsight I would have doubled or tripled the recipe.  2 cups isn't quite enough for 2 boys to share.  4-6 cups would be more appropriate.


Pafford said...

Do you think this would taste like normal rice if you then cooked it? I'm really curious if it would retain the color... I love the idea of red or blue rice in a dish.

deb said...

I wouldn't recommend using this recipe because it has rubbing alcohol, but you can add food coloring to rice while it's cooking. It would make your meal lovely and festive. :)

KT said...

Thanks for the recipe! This will work perfectly for a map project my son is doing for school!