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Swampturtle
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01/30/2015 07:42PM
I am thinking about making rice pudding for breakfast on the trail. Dehydrating a basic stovetop recipe (I can post it if anyone would like). Bring nuts & fruits as add ins to make it hearty.

Anyone ever dehydrated & rehydrated rice pudding? Thoughts?

Yes, winter doldrums...planning the next trip.

 
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OldFingers57
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01/30/2015 08:06PM
Google "dehydrating rice pudding". You will get all sorts of hits on there for different recipes.
 
WindChill
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01/31/2015 08:47AM
We have rice pudding about once a trip - sometimes for dessert sometimes for breakfast. Have always used minute rice and mixed everything in camp. Why would you need to prepare in advance and dehydrate?

 
OldFingers57
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01/31/2015 10:24AM
quote WindChill: "We have rice pudding about once a trip - sometimes for dessert sometimes for breakfast. Have always used minute rice and mixed everything in camp. Why would you need to prepare in advance and dehydrate? "
Using rice other than Minute rice would take longer to cook and thus use more fuel.

 
WindChill
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01/31/2015 01:37PM
Makes sense. I dont think Ive ever used rice other than minute rice. Does it taste better?
 
Jackfish
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01/31/2015 07:24PM
Hey Swampturtle... If you haven't seen it yet, check out Bannock's recipe for Rice Pudding in the Dessert section of the Recipe Forum. Scroll down 15 recipes and you'll see it. I've made it several times and like it. On a scale of 1-10, maybe a 7.5.
 
neutroner
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01/31/2015 09:47PM
Brings back memories. Rice pudding or leftover rice for breakfast. My mother used to heat it up add cinnamon and a bit of sugar with milk and that was that. Still crave it once and a while. Think it is on my next trip, just to show m kids what they are missing.
 
giddyup
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01/31/2015 11:17PM
Uncle Ben's has a rice pudding mix in a box that is wonderful. I haven't made it in a while but I think all you add is water.
 
02/01/2015 06:43AM
quote giddyup: "Uncle Ben's has a rice pudding mix in a box that is wonderful. I haven't made it in a while but I think all you add is water. "
You add milk and butter, but that is still doable with Nido and whatever butter or margarine you take up there. It would be a good rice pudding to take; I have used it at home. Not as good as "real" rice pudding cooked a long time, but it would satisfy.

 
Swampturtle
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02/01/2015 09:35PM
Just getting back to all of your replies. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I did Google dehydrated rice pudding, but there are no reviews of those recipes and I wanted to see if anyone had actually done it. From what I have read, the taste is about the same, but minute rice has zero nutrition as opposed to a short grained rice.

I did see the recipe for rice pudding in the dessert section, but again, it's minute rice and the addition of the lemonade powder sounds strange to me. The Uncle Bens version is also minute rice, I saw that one online.

Pre-making the rice pudding and dehydrating it will cut down on the cooking time. Looks like I'll have to make up a batch and see what happens. I'll post the recipe and my results when I get it done.

The only info I gained from checking Googled recipes was dehydrated rice takes a while to rehydrate. Have to make sure to add boiling water & let it sit 20 minutes or so.
 
TangoCharlie
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02/14/2015 02:38PM
Im pretty sure "chef glen" has a DH rice pudding recipie... I have tried it but didnt rehydrate well. I just found making in camp w/nido & minute rice worrks better for me.
 
TangoCharlie
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02/14/2015 08:38PM
Addendum: I must correct my reference to Chef Glen... his site is actually called "Backpacking Chef.com" His dehydrated Rice Pudding recipe is: http://www.backpackingchef.com/rice-pudding.html
 
Swampturtle
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02/16/2015 07:27PM
I finally got around to making my stovetop rice pudding yesterday. As Oldfingers mentioned, I googled info on dehydrating it. Chef Glen the backpacking chef has the only recipe that includes dehydrating info- dehydrate at 125' for 5 hours. I put it in la machine last night. I moved it around half way thru drying and after five hours it wasn't nearly done drying. Not even close. I've been moving it around and breaking it up for the better part of the day. Still not done, but getting there. I just pushed the temp to 135' and set a timer for 2 more hours. Will see what happens.

The next step once it is dry is to rehydrate, and give it a taste test. My thanks to tango Charlie for the info on rehydrating and how it wasn't something for you. I have chef glens book, btw...it's very good. Link below. I am thinking I may have to add some Nido to the water for rehydration...hmm. I've dehydrated lots of stuff, this is proving a challenge...I think the 125' is too low a temp to be effective. More later...

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So I bumped up the temp to 135' and let it run 2 more hours. It finally dried. Here are some pictures of the process. Next step is to rehydrate & taste. More later...

 
TangoCharlie
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02/16/2015 10:20PM
Oh yeah, forgot to mention the main reason it didnt workout for me: once dehydrated those little rice clumps are super hard AND super sharp. Impossible to vac seal b/c it micro perfs the bag!
If i attempt it again i'd pre-bag in brown paper sack or two first and then put in vac seal bag.

[Or just transport it in a spare nalgene bottle]

Good Luk swampturtle. TC
 
Swampturtle
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02/17/2015 07:19PM
Easy creamy stovetop rice pudding (Allrecipes.com-tweaked by me)

1 1/2 cups cooked rice (leftover rice from Chinese take out works great)
1 cup milk
1 cup almond milk (divided)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup golden raisins (optional)
Cinnamon (optional)

In saucepan combine 1 1/2 cups cooked rice, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup almond milk, sugar & salt. Cook over medium heat until thick & creamy, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir 1/2 cup almond milk & beaten egg together in small bowl or measuring cup. Temper the egg mixture by adding a tablespoons or 2 of the hot rice mixture and beat vigorously or whisk. Slowly add the egg/milk/rice mixture to the pot and whisk until thick & creamy. Add raisins if desired & cook 2 more minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla & butter. Top with cinnamon if desired. Serves 4, but 3 of us ate the whole thing.
 
Swampturtle
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02/22/2015 09:58AM
So I rehydrated the rice pudding yesterday morning. I covered it with boiling water in a fairshare mug. Wrapped the mug in some foil and a kitchen towel to retain the heat. Took 2 hours to fully rehydrate. Added some cinnamon, blueberries, granola for crunch. Was a nice, hearty breakfast...could be a good dessert too. The recipe I posted was plenty of food for two.

Some notes...
The dehydrated rice pudding is very jagged & sharp when it is finished drying. Will be placing it in a plastic bag, then wrap with foil, then vacuum seal for trips. I didn't add anything to the basic recipe such as raisins, I believe it would be best to put them in when rehydrating so that they don't break up completely.

 
MacCamper
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03/06/2015 03:44PM

Rice pudding and dehydrated berries. Not too bad.
 
Swampturtle
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06/12/2015 03:46PM
So here I am starting the push to get my food dehydrated, vacuum sealed and in the freezer for my next trip. I really liked my home made version of the rice pudding I made..BUT in an effort to speed the process up I decided to try the Uncle Bens Instant Rice Pudding that a few of you kind people had recommended to me. Hard to find. Impossible to find. Then I noticed on the Uncle Bens website that they are no longer offering it for sale. Sorry folks.
 
Chicagored
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06/13/2015 05:06PM
quote Swampturtle: "Some notes...
The dehydrated rice pudding is very jagged & sharp when it is finished drying. Will be placing it in a plastic bag, then wrap with foil, then vacuum seal for trips. "

You could also try wrapping the dried rice in parchment paper.
 
Swampturtle
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02/05/2016 08:55AM
So here I am almost a year to the day of my original post, wow. We enjoyed the rice pudding so much, we are having it for 2 breakfast meals on our next trip. Putting the raisins in the pudding before dehydrating allowed the raisins to soak up the flavor of the almond milk and they didn't break apart when rehydrating...so in they go.

Our last trip had lots & lots of rain. I appreciate a meal that can be eaten hot or cold. We have also taken it in our Fairshare mug after breaking camp & eaten it on a break while underway.

I added it to breakfast & dessert recipes in the permanent links.

 
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