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Should You Be Throwing Out Uncooked Rice?
By Kimberley Laws
While there are more than 40,000 different varieties of rice being grown for consumption on every continent (with the exception of Antarctica), uncooked rice can be useful as well. It can be used to rescue waterlogged cell phones, prevent salt in shakers from getting clumpy, and de-gunk your coffee grinder.
However, when it comes to the shelf-life of your rice, it all depends on what type it is. According to The Pioneer Woman, white rice varieties like "long-grain, sushi, jasmine, and basmati" will remain edible indefinitely if they remain unopened, but you’ll have to keep opened rice in something that is airtight, cool, and dry so it doesn’t spoil.
Brown rice, however, usually only lasts for 12 to 18 months due to its higher oil content. While rice is a food that practically lasts forever, if your brown rice starts to feel a tad greasy or it smells raunchy, it's time to toss it in the trash, and if your rice — no matter the color — develops weevils, it's time to bid it farewell too.