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Mon Mack uses an ICE CUBE to microwave her leftover rice

How to use an ICE CUBE to heat up your leftover rice in the microwave – keeping it perfectly steamed and fluffy every time

  • A home cook shares an easy method for reheating cooked rice in the microwave
  • Mon Mack, from Brisbane, put an ice cube on her leftover portion of rice
  • After heating for 30 seconds, she removed the ice cube, which did not appear to have melted
  • Water molecules from the ice help steam day-old rice without drying it out


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A home cook has revealed her easy method for reheating cooked rice in the microwave without drying it out further.

Mon Mack, from Brisbane, put an ice cube on her remaining portion of rice before covering the plate with a crumpled sheet of parchment paper.

After heating the salmon dish in the microwave for 30 seconds, she removed the parchment paper and ice cube, which did not appear to have melted.

The method works because the parchment paper aids the steaming process in the microwave, keeping rice perfectly steamed, fluffy and fresh.

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Mon Mack (pictured) placed an ice cube on her leftover portion of rice before covering the plate with a crumpled sheet of parchment paper

She placed an ice cube on her remaining portion of rice before covering the plate with a crumpled sheet of parchment paper

She placed an ice cube on her remaining portion of rice before covering the plate with a crumpled sheet of parchment paper

A home cook has revealed her easy method for reheating cooked rice in the microwave without drying it out further. Mon Mack (pictured) placed an ice cube on her leftover portion of rice before covering the plate with a crumpled sheet of parchment paper

How does the ice cube work?

According to Test kitchen, the water molecules from the ice help steam the day-old rice without drying it out.

Science research editor Paul Adams explained the chemistry of why the ice cube remained intact on top of rice after being microwaved.

‘Microwaves heat food by making certain types of molecules – usually water molecules – in the food vibrate quickly. In ice, the water molecules are tightly bound together in a crystal structure, so they don’t vibrate,” he said.

“In this hack, the rice gets hot (because the grains contain water), and the heat from the rice heats up the surface of the ice cubes, so they melt a bit.

“Then that liquid water released from the melting ice is cooked by the microwave, turning it into steam and steaming the rice.”

According to Test kitchen, the water molecules from the ice help steam the day-old rice without drying it out.

Science research editor Paul Adams explained the chemistry of why the ice cube remained intact on top of rice after being microwaved.

‘Microwaves heat food by making certain types of molecules – usually water molecules – in the food vibrate quickly. In ice, the water molecules are tightly bound together in a crystal structure, so they don’t vibrate,” he said.

“In this hack, the rice gets hot (because the grains contain water), and the heat from the rice heats up the surface of the ice cubes, so they melt a bit.

“Then that liquid water released from the melting ice is cooked by the microwave, turning it into steam and steaming the rice.”

She covered the plate with a sheet of baking paper

She covered the plate with a sheet of baking paper

She put the dish in the microwave for 30 seconds

She put the dish in the microwave for 30 seconds

She covered the plate with a sheet of parchment paper before putting it in the microwave for 30 seconds

After heating the bowl, she removed the parchment paper and the ice cube, which did not appear to have melted

After heating the bowl, she removed the parchment paper and the ice cube, which did not appear to have melted

After heating the bowl, she removed the parchment paper and the ice cube, which did not appear to have melted

After sharing her meal idea video on TikTok, many were curious to know why Mon added an ice cube to her bowl of rice.

“What is the ice cube in the center of the salmon bowl for?” asked one, while another added, “What’s the ice for?”

Many responded quickly to the questions, explaining: “The ice cube steams the leftover rice…If you have fresh rice, you don’t have to.”

Another said: ‘It makes the leftover rice fluffier and fresher in taste.’

While one woman added, “It helps to steam the rice in the microwave…I usually just add a little water so the rice doesn’t harden.”

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