The Packaging Details To Look For Before Buying Basmati Rice

Rice is arguably one of the most important crops in the entire world, with the popular grain being considered a staple food for about half of the Earth's human population. Furthermore, an estimated 95% of the total rice produced across the globe gets consumed. One reason why rice is such a popular and commonly consumed grain is its versatility. Of course, rice is great simply boiled and eaten on its own, but it's also used as a key component in many dishes, including curry, sushi, stir-fry, and gumbo.

There are a lot of different types of rice, and each is best suited for specific dishes and applications. Jasmine rice, for example, is a medium-grain rice type that's most commonly used with Thai dishes, such as Thai-style fried rice. Basmati rice is a long-grain rice type that's perfect for pilafs and with various Indian dishes, such as chicken tikka masala. Interestingly enough, there are actually a few packaging details that are super important to look for when buying basmati rice — or any rice for that matter.

Look for cloth fabric bags of basmati rice

Packaging is one of the biggest and easiest things to look out for when buying basmati rice. To ensure you're buying the highest and best quality, buy basmati rice that's sold in bags made of cloth or fabric as opposed to rice sold in plastic bags. If you can find basmati rice that's categorized as being extra-long grain, even better. Look at the color of basmati rice in its packaging, if possible, or if you're buying it in bulk, be sure to purchase uncooked basmati rice that has a golden or off-white hue. The off-white coloration signifies that the rice has been aged for a few years.   

When storing your uncooked basmati rice, you'll want to transfer it from the cloth bag to a container that's airtight, such as a glass or plastic jar with a tight lid. Basmati rice should typically be stored in a dark, cool area such as a pantry, but it also stores well in the freezer. Uncooked white basmati rice can last close to forever as long as it's properly stored, but cooked basmati rice will be good for no more than five days in the refrigerator. If frozen, cooked basmati rice can last for about six months. Be mindful if you're using brown basmati rice, as it only lasts for six months in the pantry, or up to two years in your freezer. Craving some basmati rice after reading? Here's how to make basmati rice fluffier.