I've made heat pads before and had no problem with them, but I do not remember what kind of rice to use. I'm concerned about fire.
By Marjae from NY
When I made mine several years ago, I used plain, cheap long grain rice. I've not had a problem. But I worried about fire, too. I read somewhere that, from time to time, you should put a cup of water in the microwave with the bag while heating. A little moisture from the heated water will absorb into the rice. So I do that every now and then, and it seems to work well for me. The slight moist heat is nice, too.
Boring old white rice is what is typically used.
I used Organic Flaxseed from Whole Foods. They sell it in bulk. I didn't worry about fire and I gave it to a friend that has used it repeatedly for years now!
When I make mine I just use the long grain, cheapie stuff. It will only catch fire if you heat it for too long. Small ones should not be heated over 2 minutes, large ones longer (3-4 minutes). Always test it to make sure it won't burn you.
I have had mine almost 8 years and have not had the first problem with any of them.
They also make a fabulous gift.
Mostly I've used whatever rice I had on hand. If I have to go buy some, I buy whatever is the cheapest store brand there. I've also mixed it with deer corn, dried beans, dried peas, lentils, almost anything like that is just fine. Never had a problem with any of it. Have fun with it. I just made 3 of them today!
I haven't done this for a few years, but when I did, I simply used whatever rice I had on hand. Honestly, I think I even used Minute Rice on occasion. :-) I just kept an eye on such as I was heating it in the microwave (usually less than two minutes) and it always turned out fine. As well, I was doing so super thrifty style and used clean, lone, tube socks as the casing. It's amazing how a clean, lone, tube sock filled with warm, dried rice can help a stiff neck!
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