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After a making a batch of horchata, I always feel wasteful throwing away all of the uncooked rice. Can it be re-used for another batch, or has it given up its good flavors? If not, are there any other uses for it?

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other uses : compost? –  Joe May 2 '11 at 19:32

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You could switch to a recipe that uses all of the rice, instead of just infusing it. Here is an example: http://norecipes.com/blog/2009/03/30/horchata/ .

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I think this means my answer is "no". But this is a good suggestion (for when I feel up to that much effort). –  keithjgrant May 2 '11 at 17:24
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Fair point, I didn't really answer your question. I suspect you could re-use it the rice in your recipe, as I think that the main thing you are getting from the rice is dissolved starches, and as long as there are some left, you can get more. Be thoughtful about food safety and don't store it for too long of course. You could probably also make the leftovers into a sort of congee. –  Michael at Herbivoracious May 2 '11 at 21:06

I just made horchata for the first time. It turned out great! The leftover ball of rice/almond goo looked perfect for a baked treat. I added a bit of flour, an egg and some baking powder and mixed it all together. I thought I was making cookies, but the texture was more like a bread dough. So, I buttered a baking sheet and spread the dough out. Turned out great! (I baked it at 325 for fifteen minutes). Now I think I'll spread something over the top and roll it up, or perhaps just cut it like a cookie bar. Anyway, it tastes great and the texture is so yummy!

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You can use it for rice pudding!!

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