- 1 c rice
- 3/4 c water (enough to cover by 1/3")
- 2 t food color (use liquid food coloring)
- 1 T vinegar (any kind)
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir thoroughly. Let stand until rice reaches desired color (took me 4-6 hours; original calls for 30-40 minutes, so check it periodically).
Drain rice, and spread out on a paper-towel-lined baking sheet to dry overnight.
SJ Note 4 July 2012: Used this to make red and blue rice which then went into clear glass candleholders, with tealight candles embedded into the rice. Worked a treat! Wouldn't recommend eating the rice, because of the vinegar - didn't smell like it'd be tasty if you cooked it.
SJ Note July 2012: Had a little extra blue rice when I made this, so I stuck it in a ziplock bag and planned to save it and what I'd used in the candleholders for another holiday. Be warned: it doesn't keep. What was in the candleholders was fine for the month or so we had it out, but the rice in the bag developed some sort of white splooge. So, lesson learned: only dye what you need for your current lot of decorating!