How to Store Rice
How to Store Rice
Proper Way to Store Polished Rice
Rice is 'fresh food.' The vegetable drawer in the refrigerator is the best place to store rice.
There is a chance of insects that feed on rice infesting the rice if the room is humid and the temperature is 18 degrees or above. For that reason, we suggest that you choose a dark place with relatively cool temperature (10 to 15 °C) which does not get much humidity and sunlight. (Please keep it away from direct sunlight.) You need to be careful as Hawaii is warm and insect infestation could happen throughout the year. By lowering the storage temperature by 10°C, you can delay the oxidation rate by nearly half. Therefore, by storing it in a vegetable drawer, you can keep it twice as delicious as when it's stored at normal temperature. However, there may be some people who do not have enough space for hermetic containers in their refrigerators. For those people, we recommend to put rice in empty plastic bottles and store it in the refrigerator. (Two 2 L plastic bottles for 10 lb. rice.) When cooked, there is a significant difference between the rice properly stored and the rice stored in the hot and humid environment. So please try it!
How to Store Cooked Rice
You can only keep rice warm in a rice cooker for up to five hours. If you keep it warm for more than six hours, it costs as much electricity as cooking new rice, and the rice also loses its flavor. If you can't eat all of it, wrap it in plastic wrap while the rice is still warm (or put it in a hermetic container) and immediately put it in the freezer. Once it cools down, its beta starch ages and as a result, the taste worsens. Please put the rice in the freezer before it cools down, so the rice tastes just as good as freshly cooked rice when microwaved later.