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5 Age Old Tips to Keep Your Rice Fresh

You have a bag of rice at home that was bought a couple months ago and you see it biting the dust because it was barely used.

Well, if that happens to you most of the time, you need not discard the rice. Read here are some tips to keep your Rice fresh, intact and free from pests.

rice bowl - 5 Age Old Tips to Keep Your Rice Fresh

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5 Age Old Tips to Keep Your Rice Fresh

1. A little bit of Sunshine:

If your rice is infested with black or white pests, just put them on a large tray and keep it out in the sun for about 3- 4 hours. The heat will kill most or make them want to walk out of the rice tray, making it pest free.

2. Use dried red chillies to keep pests at bay:

When you store rice in an airtight container, make sure you add a couple of dried red chillies in it. The pungent smell of chillies will keep the pests away. If you are allergic to the chillies you could use  pepper corns or cloves instead.

Tips to Keep Your Rice Fresh

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3. Add Neem leaves:

The age old method of keeping pests and bacteria away is to dry a few neem leaves and tie it in a muslin cloth or a cotton cloth and keep it near the container which will last for close to an year. This ensures to keep the pests away.

 neem leaves - Tips to Keep Your Rice Fresh

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4. Choosing the right place:

The best storage location for rice and grains is out of direct sunlight, preferably in a dark and dry area with low humidity. Humidity and bacteria get along very well. prevent moisture damage to both the stored rice and grains and to the storage container.

5. Choose the right container:

It is very important that you use good quality food plastic containers for storing rice. Plastic container must be strong and sturdy with a gripping lid. A proper air tight container not only helps to keep the air out, it will also help prevent pests from getting into your rice.


-The shelf life for cooked rice — all varieties, including white, wild, jasmine, basmati, Arborio, brown — is as follows:

-Refrigerator: 4 to 6 days

-Freezer: 6 months (best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely)

-Some tips for storing cooked rice:

-To maximize the shelf life of cooked rice, refrigerate in covered airtight containers.

If you follow these five steps, you are sure to increase the shelf life of your uncooked rice and keep it pest free and fresh.

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