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Nov 9, 2011 05:13 PM

Slightly damp bag of rice, can I safely air dry it before storage?

I have just walked in the door after a trip to the shops. But I was caught in a massive rainstorm and my bag of brown rice may have got a couple of drops or so of water in it. Should I just spread out the rice on a baking tray for an hour or two before storing it in my air tight container?

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  1. Sure, absolutely. Why not? Just to be sure it's dry before storing, yes.

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    1. re: bushwickgirl

      Agree, but be aware that it might cook a bit faster. It'll be safe, though.

    2. I would even throw in one of those dessicant packets that I usually save from the packaging of other foodstuff, just to be sure.

      Years ago, I accidentally bought a bag of black or red rice that, on closer inspection, had many of the grains inhabited by tiny, wriggling pests. For a long time since then, I felt inclined to store all my rice in the freezer, and even now, I am still squeamish about letting rice stay damp for a prolonged period of time.