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How to Store Dry, Uncooked Rice

I lately determined to modify up my bedtime routine, by which I imply turning off the psychological thrillers on Netflix that saved me up till 1:10 am and switching to studying. I’ll go to sleep quicker, I assumed. I gained’t have nightmares of Penn Badgley injecting me with a bouquet of toxic herbs, I assumed. I’ll get up impressed to put in writing extra and, God forbid, higher.

However as I made my approach via Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires (an extended overdue learn for this meals author), she talked about a cooking hack that finally did maintain me up for hours: “[If] you’re shopping for any amount of Arborio or carnaroli rice, maintain it within the fridge. It goes dangerous quicker than you’ll suppose,” she wrote within the headnote for Risotto Primavera, her adaptation of Le Cirque’s unexpectedly implausible recipe.

“Are you able to truly retailer dry rice within the fridge?” I puzzled. Must you? I assumed in regards to the half-dozen OXO Pop Containers crammed with arborio, basmati, short- and long-grain brown rice, jasmine, and sushi rice that had been overcrowding my pantry. Might I transfer them to the fridge and make extra room for the jars of Rao’s marinara sauce and packing containers of Diamond Kosher Crystal Salt that I hoard incessantly? Ought to I?

In response to USA Rice, a federation that I belief with my basmati and my life, raw rice needs to be “saved in a cool, dry place in a tightly closed container that retains out mud, moisture, and different contaminants.” Apparently, white rice will maintain “nearly indefinitely” on a pantry shelf, however brown rice isn’t fairly so versatile. “Due to the oil within the bran layer, this rice has a shelf life of roughly six months. Fridge or freezer storage is advisable for longer shelf life,” says the group.

Moisture is rice’s worst enemy, so it’s a good suggestion to maintain the grains in an hermetic container that has a brilliant tight seal to stop any moisture from permeating them. By storing rice within the fridge, you’ll, sure, prolong its shelf life by months. However should you’re like me and have far more room within the fridge than the pantry, you’ll maximize each usable inch of space for storing in your kitchen.


The place do you retailer raw rice? Are you staff fridge or staff pantry? Tell us within the feedback under!


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