Making Mochi

(Compliments of Jesse Clark)

2 cups sweet rice
Soak the rice in 8 cups of water overnight
Blend the rice in it’s soaking water in blender until the grains are cut into 1/3 their size.  I pulse the blender to prevent the rice from becoming cut too finely
Strain rice in cheesecloth squeezing out all excess liquid
Form the strained rice into walnut sized balls – this is the hardest part – the rice is not yet sticky- be gentle

Steam the balls of rice for 35 minutes
Pound the steamed rice balls for 30 minutes.