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Keeping rice fresh

Postby m0rl0ck » Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:35 pm

Anyone know of any tricks for keeping rice fresh? Salt, hot pepper, oil? It seems that when i make a rice cooker full it starts smelling musty after only a couple of days in the fridge and its down so low now that greens sometimes get a little frosty.
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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby corrine » Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:46 pm

I consume a lot of brown rice so when I cook a large pot full, I put individual portions in glass dishes and into the freezer. Then I take one out each day. Keeps forever. Is this what you meant?

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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby m0rl0ck » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:01 pm

corrine wrote:I consume a lot of brown rice so when I cook a large pot full, I put individual portions in glass dishes and into the freezer. Then I take one out each day. Keeps forever. Is this what you meant?

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Yeah i thought of freezing it, but was afraid it would dry out or turn to mush when reheated. I think ill try that, thanks.
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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:22 pm

just be sure to cool it down quickly.
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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:27 pm

m0rl0ck wrote:Anyone know of any tricks for keeping rice fresh? Salt, hot pepper, oil? It seems that when i make a rice cooker full it starts smelling musty after only a couple of days in the fridge and its down so low now that greens sometimes get a little frosty.

Yes, three or four days is about the limit for cooked rice in the fridge. I've never tried freezing it - I would rather take the time to cook smaller quantities, more often.
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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby appicchato » Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:54 pm

Kim O'Hara wrote:...take the time to cook smaller quantities, more often.

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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:01 pm

Greetings,

Or if you're in a rush, try cous-cous.

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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby Alobha » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:26 pm

I'd go with cooking smaller portions, too. As far as I know, monasteries tend to freeze rice when they get more rice for the daily meal offered than needed.

However, you could also try making sushi-rice or oni-giri. You basically just add rice-vinegar, sugar and salt to the rice for that (there are many recipes online). That should conservate the rice for a bit longer, too.
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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby Kim OHara » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:13 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Or if you're in a rush, try cous-cous.

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Yep.
Or Quinoa.
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Cous-cous is quickest. Pasta (if you want to go that way) is next quickest.
Quinoa takes about the same time as white rice, so both are still much quicker than brown rice.

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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby Ben » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:33 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Or if you're in a rush, try cous-cous.

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Or Quinoa!

Actually, mouldy rice is excellent for sourdough starter.
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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby SarathW » Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:47 am

Frozen rice is excellent for fried rice.
I put rice in to frezer bags and put in the freezer. When I need it take straight out of freezer put in the microvave for 45 seconds (do not add water).
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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby Goob » Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:37 pm

It may seem counterintuitive but I find that whenever I make rice in a steel pot and leave it on the stove with the lid on it stays fresh and soft for several days. I also find that when I put it the fridge covered with plastic it goes hard and unfit for human consumption within a day or two (I'm really picky about my rice).
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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby marc108 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:09 pm

one of the best ways to assure food stays fresh is to get a refrigerator thermometer and make sure it stays under 40F at all times on the top shelf.
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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby lojong1 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:11 am

This reminds me to start fermenting again, thanks!
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Re: Keeping rice fresh

Postby m0rl0ck » Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:46 am

The freezer suggestion seems to work. I was thinking that freezing it would have bad effects on its texture but it seems to do fine. Thanks :)
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