Feb 26, 2003, 6:25 AM
Post #5 of 11
If you buy rice in small quantities off the shelf of your local grocery store, the age of the rice is not much of a concern. It's usually sealed in a plastic bag and will age pretty well and the inventory turns over pretty fast.
When you buy rice in larger amounts, like 25 and 50 pound sacks commonly found in Asian markets, the age of the rice becomes a small issue. As Ms. jennifer stated above, it's just a matter of adjusting the amount of water and the cooking time to compensate for the additional dryness. A lot depends upon where you live. A 25 pound sack of rice will stay fresher longer at sea level in Seattle than it will at 5500 feet in Prescott, AZ
The only time I am really concerned with the age of a bag of rice is with some of the more exotics. Jasmine rice has a wonderful aroma and delicate flavor that does deteriorate with age. In many Asian stores, you will often find rice advertised as "This year's harvest". If you eat rice often as most Asians do, a 25 pound sack of rice won't last long enough to dry out.
(This post was edited by Uncle Jack on Feb 26, 2003, 6:46 AM)