Reaching over in that middle aisle, you grab a pack of the rice crackers you love soo much, and probably the only ones you can eat thanks to the long list of allergy foods that you can no longer eat. The price shows $ 2.99 which at first seems steep, as you glance over at the organic NON-GMO version sitting at about $4.00, you begin reading the ingredients to compare. It reads: Rice, Salt. Is it really worth paying 3 – 4 dollars for a packet of crackers which will only last a few hours? What happens when you have 2 packs in the week, or goodness should you have a party for all your gluten free, vegan friends, how on earth do you buy enough for them. Let not forget the kids that eat you out of house and home, and pretty much live on rice crackers. As the calculations of cost begin to pile in your brain, you can’t help but wonder; could I make this at home? At $2.00/ LB Organic rice comes fairly reasonably and cheaper than a packet of non organic rice crackers. In truth you can make them at home, all you need is patience, drive and rice! So lets get started
1 cup of organic rice ( jasmine or short grain brown)
pinch of salt
2 table spoons olive oil
Rinse rice till water runs almost clear. Add 3 cups of filtered water to white jasmine rice or 4 cups to short grain brown.
Put on stove to boil.
Cook until soft but still damp. If you need to add more water for longer cooking add 1/2 – 1 cup .
Turn oven on to 220 degrees F
Once soft but not dried, empty into food processor, or heavy duty blender, or a bowl to use hand blender
Blend till smooth.
Mix pureed rice and oil in bowl with salt to taste. It should be very gooey.
Pour mixture on to a metal baking sheet and spread no higher than 1cm.
Place on top shelf in oven for 30mins or until surface of mixture becomes rubbery.
Remove tray and place cooking weights or 3-4 butter knives on top of surface
Increase temp to 300 degrees F
Place tray back in oven and bake for 30 – 40mins till the rice starts to harden.
Turn off oven and leave try in oven to cool.
Once cool break rice spread/cracker into bite size pieces
Severe with hummus or guacamole for a lovely snack!