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?

  • other uses : compost?
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    Commented May 2, 2011 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/ .

  • I think this means my answer is "no". But this is a good suggestion (for when I feel up to that much effort). Commented May 2, 2011 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. Commented May 2, 2011 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!


You can use it for rice pudding!!


Boiling rice before its use in horchata avoids big quantities of sediments. After its unncooked use it can be reimplemented, but since you extracted most of his essence, more ingredients will be need to mantain and complement its flavor, plus to a mandatory boiling: Milk-related*, vanila flavor and coconut can do a good companion. Horchatas in México have many variants with the plus of other ingredients, such as strawberries, pineapple, oat and barley. Since rice pudding is the other alternative for the rice left, you may consider inquiring the many posible styles of rice pudding based on its ingredients and use them in preparing more water, like orange skin escence or powder.

*It can be normal, condensend, evaporated or related Milk, Milky Ice cream or similar ones. Since you are dealing with milky products, Another twist can be made while adding liquid milk candy, coffee and matching liquor (Kahluá, Baileys, etc.), but that's likely less to be considered a horchata, then the alternative ingredients mentioned (strawberries and so on) shoud be ommited unless you find a good way to link them.

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