Tips for Storing and Cooking Grains

You can store white and wild rice in an airtight container indefinitely. Brown rice has an oily bran layer that can turn rancid at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Always rinse wild rice before cooking. It is not necessary to rinse other grains.

When cooking rice, do not stir or lift the cover unless instructed in the recipe.

Wild rice and barley may become tender without absorbing all the cooking liquid. If necessary, drain before serving or combining with other recipe ingredients.

For fluffier rice, remove the saucepan from the heat after the cooking time is complete and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Leftover cooked white or brown rice, wild rice and barley freeze well; defrost and reheat in the microwave oven for use in recipes calling for cooked rice or for a quick side dish.

Allow 1/2 to 3/4 cup cooked rice, wild rice or barley for each side-dish serving.