These are the top 5 sure fire tips on how to know if rice is bad.
Rice Is No Good If It’s Bad!
When it comes to food, you need to make sure you are eating fresh, clean ingredients. Eating stale rice that’s gone bad is a recipe for ill health and digestive problems.
Rice is a hardy grain that can last for 2 to 5 years when stored properly. Most people consume their rice pretty fast, without having to store it for years and years.
But even then, rice (we’re talking about uncooked rice here) can still go bad in certain situations.
How to Know If Rice Is Bad
Here are the sure-fire signs that can help you know if your rice has gone bad:
1. Worms, Maggots and Other Critters
If your rice has worms, maggots or even tiny beetles crawling around in it, then it’s gone bad!
2. Funky Smells
Rice usually has no smell, or has a milk grain-like smell/aroma. So if your rice is giving off any moldy, rotten or stinky smells, then you’ll have to get rid of it.
3.Change in Texture
If your rice has broken down or has become slimy or soft to the touch, then it isn’t safe to use.
4. Change in Color
White rice grains should stay white if they are fresh. When the rice grains turn off-white or cream colored, then it’s gone bad.
5. Contact with Water
Rice should be kept completely dry, without any contact with water. If you happen to get any water into your rice container, it will most surely go bad. To remedy this, you can immediately spread out the rice on a tray and sun-dry it.
What Should You Do With Rice That’s Bad?
I’m afraid there’s no other way around this one. If your rice grains have gone bad, you’ll have to toss it all out. It’s a matter of health.
How to Keep Your Rice Fresher for Longer
There are many ways to keep your rice grains fresher for longer. Here are some helpful tips:
- Store your rice in a dry air tight container.
- Do not use wet hands or wet utensils when handling the rice.
- Avoid keeping your rice in humid areas. Store it in a dry, cool place.