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  Hi Everyone I was just ever wondered if you have used or made a heat/cold pack using rice.I make these and have used these as gifts in some of my gift baskets,if there is interest I will post d
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Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad?

posted at 2/3/2011 12:12 PM EST
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  OK,I did some research, this is why I love the inter-net:These are used for filling both for Hot or cold packs,Uncooked rice,wheat ,buckwheat hulls,barley,oatmeal,beans,flax seed,cherry pits and last but not least,FEED CORN.But  again I would use rice because it probably is the most cost efficient.I don't own a farm and I can't imagine buying a big bag of feed corn to make these :) although I would love to own a farm.When adding fragrant oils allow a few days for the fragrance to absorb into the rice before filling the heat/cold pack.Also for those of us who do not sew,just make one like WA-HA K made hers with an old tube sock.

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad?

posted at 2/3/2011 12:33 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? : Hi Nikki, you were right going to a podiatrist,I worked for one for about three years.Treatments usually were cortisone shots, anti inflammatory drugs ,taping the arch of the foot but this meant not getting it wet.Stretching exercises and custom made orthotics.Worst case scenario surgery.Most of the patient responded well to the non-surgical treatments.But it can take months.Pat,I don't want to give you the wrong info so you need to see a Dr.,but the Dr. I worked for suggested using cold because plantar faciitis is an inflammatory condition.
Posted by gale g


Thanks Gale.  I may try the cold method.  I won't do cortisone shots.  I hate shots anyway.... can't imagine one in my foot.

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/3/2011 1:01 PM EST
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In Response to Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.:
  Hi Everyone I was just ever wondered if you have used or made a heat/cold pack using rice.I make these and have used these as gifts in some of my gift baskets,if there is interest I will post directions on how to make one.It supplies moist heat after warming in microwave and it can be used as a cold pack after being in the freezer.This cold weather made me think of these,when it's cold I like to put one under the covers with me.   I like using a placemat,one with a solid color or an all over pattern,They are heavier than most material and hold up well ,about 3 cups of white,not instant rice uncooked of course,thread for sewing and lavender oil or a scent of your choice this is optional.I take the placemat and fold in half,long ways right sides together and stitch down the side and across the bottom allowing 1/2"seams.Turn right side out,measure and mark the tube into thirds minus the 1/2 inch seam allowance for the other end.Pour 1 cup of the rice into the tube and sticth across the tube on area you marked as one third to seal in the rice,repeat this again and fill this section with rice,repeat again and fill the last section.Fold the end in so there will be no raw edge and stitch across to finish and complete.The finished product will have 3 equal sections and no raw edges.This can not be washed,I make a cover for these like a little pillow case that can be removed and washed. You heat these in the microwave for 2-3 minutes on high,BE CAREFUL THESE ARE HOT!!!! You have to take precaution with these just like any other heating pad.If you choose to use a scent this has to be added to the rice before beginning.When heated these produce a moist heat that lasts about a half hour.These can also be placed in the freezer to use as a cold pack.If these are made as gifts give heating instructions and precautions
Posted by gale g


Aren't you the crafty one! It sounds like and excellent idea.

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad?

posted at 2/3/2011 2:45 PM EST
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What a great idea!  Thanks for posting it Gale.  I would never have thought of using rice but it certainly is timely considering the weather here in Illinois, not to mention all the sore muscles from shoveling.

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/3/2011 3:14 PM EST
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Dumb question ..... If you put a bag of corn in the microwave - why doesn't it pop?
Posted by Nancy G


Because it's not Popcorn? With tongue in cheek!  No because it has to have a certain amount of oil to make the molecules vibrate in the microwave and thus the corn tries to jump out of its britches!

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/3/2011 3:23 PM EST
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I have used rice to make the mini heating pads (bunn warmers too) and even fudged and used knotted socks

(clean ones).  I have also overheated the rice and it smelled like someone was cooking ham.  It scorched the

sock and I had to throw the whole thing out.  WARNING:  Don't let the fur kids get a hold of these as they

make a real mess.  Ask me how I  found that one out?  LOL  It was an episode that should have been written

 for the "I LOVE LUCY" show.
 

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/3/2011 8:22 PM EST
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In Response to Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.:
  Hi Everyone I was just ever wondered if you have used or made a heat/cold pack using rice.I make these and have used these as gifts in some of my gift baskets,if there is interest I will post directions on how to make one.It supplies moist heat after warming in microwave and it can be used as a cold pack after being in the freezer.This cold weather made me think of these,when it's cold I like to put one under the covers with me.   I like using a placemat,one with a solid color or an all over pattern,They are heavier than most material and hold up well ,about 3 cups of white,not instant rice uncooked of course,thread for sewing and lavender oil or a scent of your choice this is optional.I take the placemat and fold in half,long ways right sides together and stitch down the side and across the bottom allowing 1/2"seams.Turn right side out,measure and mark the tube into thirds minus the 1/2 inch seam allowance for the other end.Pour 1 cup of the rice into the tube and sticth across the tube on area you marked as one third to seal in the rice,repeat this again and fill this section with rice,repeat again and fill the last section.Fold the end in so there will be no raw edge and stitch across to finish and complete.The finished product will have 3 equal sections and no raw edges.This can not be washed,I make a cover for these like a little pillow case that can be removed and washed. You heat these in the microwave for 2-3 minutes on high,BE CAREFUL THESE ARE HOT!!!! You have to take precaution with these just like any other heating pad.If you choose to use a scent this has to be added to the rice before beginning.When heated these produce a moist heat that lasts about a half hour.These can also be placed in the freezer to use as a cold pack.If these are made as gifts give heating instructions and precautions
Posted by gale g


Hey Gale. We have been using these for 50 years or so. Do a lot better job than electric heating pads.

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/3/2011 9:07 PM EST
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In Response to Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one. : Hey Gale. We have been using these for 50 years or so. Do a lot better job than electric heating pads.
Posted by JOHN H


Yes they do John, and they are portable too!When it's really cold out I like to put one inside my coat until the car warms up.

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/3/2011 9:53 PM EST
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Not all corn pops, there are different types of corn, the corn we eat as a veg. is different from field corn & pop corn etc.

Response to Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.:
Dumb question ..... If you put a bag of corn in the microwave - why doesn't it pop?
Posted by Nancy G

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/4/2011 12:01 AM EST
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Pop corn has a smidgeon of water/moisture in the center and as it heats up, the steam from it causes the corn to pop. That is why you can seal your extra pop corn up tightly and store it in the freezer with excellent results in keeping it fresh. It will eventually dry out in the cabinet.

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/4/2011 12:27 PM EST
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Yes i have used one. We saw martha stewart make them on her show.Thanks for sharing.

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/4/2011 1:32 PM EST
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I made mine this morning after breakfast.  Used a heavy fabric place mat I got at WalMart ages ago.  I had to buy rice.
I'm hoping I never need to use it!

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/4/2011 2:17 PM EST
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I have made quite a few variations (including a wearable 'vest' for someone with special considerations).  I have used flax seed, which is VERY moldable and light, but much more expensive than rice.  I generally use rice in mine, and tend to use cotton flannel for the pack itself.  For larger ones, I have used muslin then flannel, just to be on the safe side - if you get a hole, the rice just runs out!  Laughing

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/4/2011 2:43 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.:
I have made quite a few variations (including a wearable 'vest' for someone with special considerations).  I have used flax seed, which is VERY moldable and light, but much more expensive than rice.  I generally use rice in mine, and tend to use cotton flannel for the pack itself.  For larger ones, I have used muslin then flannel, just to be on the safe side - if you get a hole, the rice just runs out! 
Posted by DAWN C


Hi Dawn,How nice, a vest.That's a great idea.I started making these about five years ago.They make wonderful gifts.My husband works in a kidney dialysis center and the patients are there for hours a few days a week and a lot of them use these heating pads to stay warm and they help to relieve cramps which is also associated with the dialysis.I take mine with me when I go out in the cold and it keeps me warm while the car warms up.

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/4/2011 3:32 PM EST
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The rice is so heavy .... where do I get flax seed?  Please and thanks

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/7/2011 12:10 AM EST
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I never heard of this. Very interesting.  I think I would like to make one.  Will probably use rice, rather than corn.

Re: Have you ever used a rice heat pad? / Instructions for making one.

posted at 2/7/2011 12:29 AM EST
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I never heard of this. Very interesting.  I think I would like to make one.  Will probably use rice, rather than corn.
Posted by Marie F


Hi Marie,I hope you do.I think you'll like it ,you can make it in any shape that you like.
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