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Rancid Brown Rice?


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#1 Soup

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 09:41 AM

I bought about a year ago 10lbs of brown rice. I'm down to the last 2 lbs and am cooking it right now. However, when I opened my storage canaster, it smelled a bit off.

So the question is does brown rice go bad? Can it still be cooked and eaten? I hate to throw out rice.

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#2 Dianabanana

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 10:35 AM

Yes, it goes bad, and pretty quickly, too. Best advice is to keep it in the refrigerator. It's "safe" to eat inasmuch as it won't give you food poisoning, but when fats go rancid they undergo changes that are not healthful. If I were you, I'd toss it. Why waste an opportunity to eat something good by eating something bad?

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 12:37 PM

Cooking it will intensify that smell, too. Learned the hard way long ago.
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#4 BarbaraY

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 01:35 PM

I keep brown rice in the freezer. It does go bad faster than one would imagine. I say toss it.

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 02:12 PM

Interesting. Is this true of all whole grains?

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 02:13 PM

Interesting. Is this true of all whole grains?

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Yes.
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#7 Chris Amirault

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 04:18 PM

Whole grains have germs that are still oil-rich, and that oil can go rancid.
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#8 Soup

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 09:00 AM

This is very helpful. does this also apply to nuts and beans/lentils?

I keep a lot of nuts (I buy them raw and roast it myself) and I have a lot of beans I store in the pantry.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 09:36 AM

This is very helpful.  does this also apply to nuts and beans/lentils? 

I keep a lot of nuts (I buy them raw and roast it myself) and I have a lot of beans I store in the pantry.

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Nuts for sure. Beans and lentils, not so much - thought keeping any natural product may lead to some interesting pantry experiments :smile: . I've had a pantry full of little visitors recently, and now any beans, lentils, barley, etc. goes into proper storage containers - this keeps whatever might germinate confined to it's container before it can spread to everything.

I store nuts in the freezer, same as whole wheat flour, rye flour, etc.
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#10 Lora

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 10:58 AM

This is very helpful.  does this also apply to nuts and beans/lentils? 

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This applies to nuts times two! Learned that the hard way. Nuts have way more oils than whole grains. I now freeze my nuts and I've never had them go rancid on me again.