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Rice paper is a thin and strong paper that is edible and is used in ethnic cooking. Rice paper is also used in some baking techniques for cake baking. While it is readily available for purchase at ethnic markets and on the internet, making your own rice paper might be an interesting project to try.
Mix the rice flour and water to make a paste that is smooth and of pouring consistency (somewhat similar to thick glue). Start with 1 cup of rice flour and add water slowly until the desired consistency is acquired.
Place the cheesecloth in the quilting hoop and tighten it.
Fill the stockpot half full with water and bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat so that the water continues to boil steadily.
Fit the quilting hoop with the cheesecloth in it over the top of the stockpot.
Pour some of the rice flour paste on the cheesecloth and spread it into a thin layer with the spatula.
Cover the stockpot and allow the rice paper to steam above the stockpot for 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove the stockpot lid and lift off the quilting hoop. Place the hoop on a cooling rack.
Roll the steamed rice paper onto the rolling pin to remove it from the quilting hoop and unroll it again onto another cooling rack.
Allow the rice paper to cool on the cooling rack for 12 hours.
Repeat steps 4 through 9 to use up all of the rice flour paste.
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