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Do I really only have six months to consume brown rice before it goes rancid? The packaging lists an expiry of 2 years into the future.

I'm currently storing my rice in an airtight container, away from sunlight... but my apartment has seen some warm summer days without A/C.

Freezer and refrigerator space are at a premium. Are there a non-electric methods for extending the shelf life?

Or should some degree of rancidity be assumed... and just attempt to counter the free radicals with anti-oxidant supplements?

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schnookiemuffin
Sep. 18th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
There are ways of vacuum sealing into bags or jars via a FoodSaver device. They have attachments for standard sized jar lids (both regular and wide mouth) where you can vacuum much of the air out of the container to extend the life of the product inside. Since it doesn't have air to make it oxidize, it will last longer. I like the jars better than bags for things like rice because I'm forever knicking the bags on things and destroying the vacuum inside. If you can find half gallon jars, they take standard wide mouth jar lids and you can throw oxygen absorber packets in to suck up the remaining oxygen not sucked out by the vacuum pump.

Also, for bulk purchasing, you can order brown rice in 5 gallon/45lb plastic buckets that come with metalized foil liners. You can purchase oxygen absorbers to throw into these bags, then iron the bags closed for a seal. Typically, I'll take out enough rice that I know I'm going to need for 6 months (by eyeballing) and then seal the rest in the bags with oxygen absorbers. Then in 6 months when I need more, I cut the bag open, take out more and reseal and re-oxygen-absorb. In this way, if you keep it sealed and most of the oxygen away from it, you can make it last for damned near forever (or like 10-15 years).
rubykins02
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of oxygen absorbers. Where do you get these?
roadriverrail
Sep. 18th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
just attempt to counter the free radicals with anti-oxidant supplements?

It's not really necessary to do that.
anowyn
Sep. 18th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Dry rice goes bad?
pebblerocker
Sep. 19th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
I buy rice from the bulk bins in amounts that I can use within a couple of months and store it in the dark in a glass jar. I wouldn't eat rice that smelt rancid. I've cooked at other people's houses where the rice was of uncertain vintage and stored in plastic containers; it picks up a nasty plastic smell as well as being rancid and is really not edible.
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