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Herbed Rice Mix

 Herbed Rice Mix
For Christmas gifts, Emily Chaney of Penobscot, Maine fills pint-size plastic zipper bags with her savory blend. "I include the cooking directions on a holly label," she says.
40 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (3 pounds) long grain rice
  • 2 cups dried celery flakes
  • 2/3 cup dried minced onion
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon dried tarragon
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS:
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon butter

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Store in an
  • airtight container. Yield: 40 batches (10 cups total).
  • To prepare one serving of rice: In a saucepan over medium heat, bring
  • water and butter to a boil. Add 1/4 cup rice mixture. Reduce heat;
  • cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand for 5
  • minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork. Yield: 1
  • serving per batch.
Editor's Note: To prepare more than 1 serving, multiply the rice mix, water and butter by the total number of desired servings and cook as directed.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1/4 cup) equals 130 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 181 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.