Posted on October 20, 2012 by Forbidden Foods
If you look into your pantry the chance is you’ll have half bags of rice and other grain based foods. Packs are commonly sealed with what ever you have around the house such as rubber bands or hair ties. Some kitchen based folk opt for trendy package latches or plastic or glass container to store their rice, but how long will the rice last?
Storing Uncooked Rice
Uncooked rice should be stored in a cool, moisture free location that is not exposed to extreme temperatures. Securely seal rice packs or containers. This will help keep out excess moisture, insects and rodents. Black rice if stored correctly can last many years with a standard two year shelf life. Once opened and finished using, make sure you reseal the package.
Storing Cooked Rice
Food borne bacteria can result from incorrectly handling cooked rice. Hot cooked rice should be cooled to room temperature (21°C) within 2 hours and from 20°C to less than 4°C within an additional 4 hours. This can be done by placing the pot or pan of cooked rice in a sink with a shallow amount of cold water. After the cooked rice has been properly cooled, then seal in an air tight container, properly dated and then place in the fridge. Cooked rice may be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days or frozen up to 6 months. When reheating rice make sure you heat to at least 74°C, as this will insure that any harmful bacteria will be destroyed. If you are unsure about how long you have stored the cooked rice for then your safest best bet is to dispose of it.
Our Forbidden Black Rice pack is resealable and has a recommended shelf life of 2 years!