Rice can ripen your fruit!

Fruit’s great, it’s one of those foods which is super tasty and yet healthy!  But you know what’s annoying, waiting for fruit to ripen.  To have it sitting there on your counter just staring at you, seducing you with it’s fruitiness.

Yummos!

Weirdly enough, rice can actually help to ripen your fruit.  Just stick your fruit in a tub of rice and you’ll cut a few days off the ripening process!  Great for things like bananas, mangos and avocados.    So what’s actually going on behind the scenes?  How on earth does rice ripen fruit?  It’s actually quite simple, fruit produces ethylene gas which basically kick starts the whole ripening process.  The more ethylene, the faster the fruit ripens.  Rice helps to keep the ethylene gas around for longer, the same way a paper bag would work.  Cool huh!

Isn’t science fun!

Anyway, be sure to check on the fruit regularly.  The only thing worse than unripe fruit is rotten fruit!

Have fun enjoying your fresh ripe fruit!


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Rice heating pad, how hot.

Here’s yet another very cool use for rice, a heating pad.  That’s right, fill up a bag with rice, stick in in the microwave and wham you’ve got a heating pad.

Yay, more things you can do with rice!

Okay, so what exactly is a heating pad.  What’s the point!  Well, it’s actually a really cheap and easy way of managing aches and pains.  When you apply a heating pad to your body the blood vessels in the vicinity expand which increases blood flow to the area!  The increased blow flow means more nutrients and oxygen will travel the affected area, it’s a really good thing.  The heat will also stimulate sensory receptors in the targeted area decreasing pain signals to the brain and therefore increasing comfort for you!  If you’re feeling crafty you can even add herbs like lavender to the heat pad to help you relax.

This guy needs a heat pack, pronto.

So how exactly do you make your own heat pack?  I’m glad you asked.  If you search online there are many tutorials showing all kinds of ways to make them.  I’ll link some of my favourite ones here.

1. Crafty Endeavour – Shoulder Heat Pad

2. Sew4Home – This one uses a sewing machine!

3. Blisstree – Literally rice, a sock and dried lavender

There are many more tutorials out there, find one you like and get cracking!  Release your inner craftsman!  If for some reason you don’t or you can’t there are heaps for sale on Etsy and their pretty reasonably priced as well.

When you’re done you can be the envy of all your friends.

 


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Why rice in your salt shaker makes so much sense

So I’ve blogged about how rice can save your wet electronics but did you know that rice can also save you from clumpy salt in your salt shaker!

I know, isn’t rice just great.

Rice is great for soaking up moisture because it is a dessicant material, basically it makes the vicinity around it dry!  Now, what happens when you get a drop of moisture in your salt?  It gets clumpy and clumpy salt does not come out of a salt shaker.  Maybe you didn’t get any moisture in your salt but even excessively humid environments can cause havoc in  a salt shaker!  

You’d need a giant salt shaker for this.

Here’s how you save yourself for clumpy salt!

Step 1:  Add a few grains of rice into your salt

Step 2:  Shake salt shaker for salt

That’s it, you’re good to go.  Now wasn’t that just the best lifehack!

Doubles up as some interesting table talk too.

P.S.  Check out our old blog post to discover how rice can save your electronics!


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The History of Rice

Welcome to your first and only history lesson on rice!

Rice is believed to have been a source of food for the Chinese from approximately 2500BC! Starting from China, rice was spread all throughout the world and is now a main food source for half the worlds population. China is still the worlds number one rice producer however it is not the worlds top exporter. That title goes to our friends in Thailand.

This is Pineapple rice, another great export of Thaliand.

The grain is so versatile that it is able to grow in the harsh dessert conditions of the Middle East! This is pretty surprising since we commonly associate rice with waterlogged fields. Contrary to popular belief, rice fields don’t actually need to be swamped with water. However, it does help with growth and weed control.

Even rice fields look pretty.

The two most popular strains of rice we have now are Oryza sativa and Oryza glaberrima. The former is also known as asian rice while the latter is known as African rice. Interestingly, the only continent rice is not grown on these days is the Antarctic.

Antarctica makes up for lack of rice with loads of cute animals!

Rice is a popular feature in the folklore of many cultures. Ever wondered why rice is thrown at some weddings? Well, if you didn’t did you know that rice is thrown at some weddings! It’s because rice is a symbol of life and fertility! Great things in a marriage.

Guess the missing element in this relationship…..it’s rice.

These days I feel like rice has taken a backdrop to our lives.  Although we still depend on it the acquisition of rice is just a mere trip down to the store.  Don’t forget how special rice is!  Don’t forget all the hard work that has been put into getting the rice from the seed back onto your plate!  Take a moment to appreciate those special grains before you tucker down.  Respect the rice.

P.S.  If you’re interested in learning how to make some kick ass pineapple ricehead over to Gimme Some Oven!  or don’t, just miss out on a great rice dish.  Try it though, it’s seriously good stuff.


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