Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cooking on a Budget, day 6

I learned a valuable lesson last night, well.. this morning actually.  Don't put rice in the crock pot overnight because in the morning you will have a pot of mush.  In my own defense the mush turned out to taste good, but it looked... mush.

Que sera sera though.. right?

Last night after dinner I took the leftover tomato sauce and dumped it into the crock pot along with the last 3 pieces of chicken, a teaspoon of Italian seasoning, 1/3 cup white cooking wine, turned the crock pot Onto High and let it cook until 10, took the bones out because by now the chicken was soft and perfect.

Now, here is where I made the big mistake.

I added 2 cups of water and a cup of rice, then I turned the crock pot down to warm.  I gave it a good stir, put the lid on and went to bed.

The smart thing to do would have been to just cook the rice separately and stir it in at the end, but Apparently I'm a jackass.

This morning when I got up... it was a pot of mush.  It tasted awesome though.  But instead of leaving this to sit any longer in the fridge I packed it up in 2 plastic containers for myself and The Kid to have for lunch.. and surrendered the rest to sit in the fridge and hopefully if I get some Mozzarella cheese I can make something better with it (I'm in no place to be throwing perfectly good food out at this point).

Lesson learned = no more rice in the crock pot.. at least not for hours on end.