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RICE, WHITE - UNCOOKED (INCLUDING REGULAR, CONVERTED, INSTANT) UNOPENED OR OPENED PACKAGE

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Keeps indefinitely
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Keeps indefinitely
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Keeps indefinitely

Tips

  • The precise answer to the question "How long does white rice last?" depends to a large extent on storage conditions - when properly stored and kept free from contaminants, uncooked white rice has an indefinite shelf life.
  • To maximize the shelf life of white rice, store in a cool dry area; after opening the package, place the uncooked white rice in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • Can you keep white rice in the fridge or freezer? Yes, for added protection against bugs, dust or other contaminants, uncooked white rice may also be stored in the fridge or freezer - place white rice in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • How long does white rice last once cooked? Cooked white rice will generally stay good for 4-6 days in the refrigerator and 6 months in the freezer.
  • How long does uncooked brown rice last? Thanks to its higher oil content, brown rice will only keep for 3 to 6 months at room temperature.
  • How to tell if white rice is bad? If the white rice develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if insects or other contaminants appear, it should be discarded.

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