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How to Dry Rice

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author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
How to Dry Rice
A plate of fried rice with vegetables. Photo Credit naufalmq/iStock/Getty Images

Homemade fried rice rarely achieves the taste and texture of restaurant fried rice for a very simple reason. Many home cooks don’t know the secret behind traditional fried rice: using dried cooked rice. Asian chefs use day-old rice for fried rice because freshly-cooked rice becomes too soft and loses its shape when fried. Drying out rice in the freezer is an effective shortcut if you’re making fried rice tonight but forgot to prepare the rice last night.

Step 1

Spray a baking sheet lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2

Place the cooked rice onto the center of the oiled baking sheet.

Step 3

Spread the rice out on the baking sheet with a spatula. Make the layer of rice as thin as possible.

Step 4

Place the baking sheet in the freezer, and set the timer for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the rice from the freezer when the timer goes off.

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