As one of the most widely consumed grains, you may have some rice in your cupboard. And, if you're not a regular eater of the nutty grain, you may wonder how long you can keep it or if you're storing it in the right container. Proper storage not only keeps out unwanted critters, but also helps your rice last longer.
The Right Container
Most rice you purchase at the store is in a bag or box. To improve the shelf life of your rice once you get it home, whether it's white rice, brown rice, jasmine rice or sushi rice, transfer the grain to a container that limits exposure to air and critters.
- Safe plastic container with lid that provides a tight seal
- Glass jar with lid
- No. 10 can lined with food-grade enamel
Although it's a dry good, if you're serious about your rice you might want to store it in your refrigerator. This includes the different types of rice such as sushi and jasmine. According to the Utah State University Extension, the best temperature at which to store your rice is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. However, if your rice is in the right container and you're using oxygen absorbers, you can safely store your rice at 70 F in the cupboard.
How Long to Store
When dry long-grain, jasmine or sushi rice is stored at a lower temperature, it retains its taste and nutritional value for up to 30 years, according to Utah State University Extension. However, even at 70 F, each of these types of rice can be safely stored, and retain its value, for up to 10 years.
What About Cooked Rice?
Cooked rice, whether white, brown, long-grain, sushi or jasmine,
Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian and health coach who has been writing and sharing her love of food, nutrition and health with anyone who'll listen for almost 20 years. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and Working Mother.