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Hot Rice, Just Add... Cold Water?

Oh how I love science. Or should I make that, oh how I love Japan. How about, oh how I love Japanese scientists... An environmental consulting firm based out of Tsukaba, Japan has come up with an amazing new product called "Hotto! Raisu." The product, which amazingly turns cold water into hot rice, is a non-perishable food pack that could be put to good use during a natural disaster.

So how'd they do it?

By subjecting rice to 4,000 times normal atmospheric pressure, the developers were able to preserve rice for long periods in a soft form that holds moisture. When water is poured over an exothermic agent in the pack, steam warms the rice contained within, and after about 15 minutes, the dish is piping hot.

Right now the product is decently priced, (10,000 yen for 30 packs, or approximately $85 for 30), but I don't know if that's cheap enough to be ideal for natural disaster zones. Either way it's still absolutely awesome.

Source: Mainichi News via Boing Boing

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KawaiiGiggle KawaiiGiggle 9 years
I love Japanese scientists. Sometimes they come up with the funniest stuff! This idea if great, or at least I think so.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
Wow! Good thinking. Now I want some rice.
SU3 SU3 10 years
That's awesome! How do they come up with this stuff..? Pretty cool.
bitesize bitesize 10 years
This is a pretty amazing breakthrough! I can't wait to see what different items they can do this with.
andaman andaman 10 years
I wish the firm donates some of this to the victims in parkistan. They consume a lot of rice. It can help them.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Kinda crazy.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Kinda crazy.
jendudley jendudley 10 years
That is super neat. It is a bit expensive though!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Wow, thats pretty cool.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Wow, thats pretty cool.
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