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While similar to the commercial options, this DIY recipe is not an exact replica of what's on grocery store shelves. This homemade version tastes more like, well, rice. If you're looking for a cost-saving option that you are free to flavor to suit your own preferences, however, this is a great way to go.
Variations: Add a bit of cocoa powder or cinnamon or nutmeg to the rice and water before blending.
In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast rice grains, stirring frequently until fragrant and just starting to color, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl or jar and add 2 cups water. Set aside to soak for 10 hours.
When soaking is complete, pour rice and water into blender, add salt, sweetener (if desired) and vanilla (if desired), and blend at highest setting until rice grains are no longer visible, about 2 minutes.
Using a nut milk bag or similarly fine strainer, drip milk into a clean glass storage jar. Chill rice milk thoroughly before serving. Shake well before each use.