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    infested rice

    Imagine my shock/horror/outrage to discover live moths in a sealed plastic sack of rice.
    Purchased three weeks ago from my local friendly Chinese supermarket, and this afternoon the subject of my pantry re-organization.
    I have emptied most of the contents into a clean container, trying, unsuccessfully, to weed out the live and dead moths.

    OK. It probably cost me $10, and I can afford to turf the lot and get on with life.

    But what other options present themselves?
    Can one wash and dry rice?
    Can I soak it for 30 seconds to float the debris up and away?
    I'm not squeamish. I've eaten worse on wheat farms in the middle of summer.

    It goes against the grain (sorry!) to toss out what might be perfectly good rice for the sake of a few bits of protein.
    I grew up in Southern Cross in a perpetual battle against the flour weevils that hatched from eggs in the flour; drove my mother barmy.
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    Re: infested rice

    "But what other options present themselves?"

    Ummmmm .................. take it back to your local friendly Chinese supermarket? ............. Take this to your local Public Health office? ............... etc.

    You can let it soak, let the debris float to the top and discard it, but that certainly doesn't appeal to me. <img src=/S/barf.gif border=0 alt=barf width=64 height=23>

    BTW, I ALWAYS rinse (several times) rice (gets rid of most of the excess starch) and then let it soak for at least half an hour before cooking. Once you have rinsed it several times and then soaked if for half an hour, pour it into a sieve, drain the excess water and then add it to only 3/4 the water that you normally use. Normally, 1 cup of long grain rice requires 2 cups of water. If you use the rinse/soak method, use only 1.5 cups of water. It's really amazing how light and fluffy the rice turns out (minus any moths however). <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: infested rice

    >Take this to your local Public Health office? .
    I have disposed of the lot, but I might swing by the same store tomorrow evening, just to see if I can still see moths in the other sacks. If so I'll 'phone the Public Health

    >rinsed it several times and then soaked if for half an
    Thanks. I'll try this.
    I'm currently using Basmati White, which comes out pretty fluffy all by itself. It is different from the regular short-grain "gluggy" rice.

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    Re: infested rice

    Yes - I use Basmati as well - what a wonderful flavour! Actually Chris, even Basmati is much better when it is rinsed as well. This is now my standard procedure when preparing any kind of rice.
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    Re: infested rice

    Fascinating interview with an rice farmer from Arkansas http://www.culinarymedianetwork.com/...26-koshi-rice/
    I have to admit that I played with saying rice with an Arkansas accent (I'm bad that way).
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    Fascinating indeed. Thanks for the link Catharine. Lots of great sounding recipes on the site as well.
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    I hope it wasn't the dreaded Gypsy Moth...

    You should definitely report this to the health department or customs - it may be a localized problem - but typically the government doesn't take kindly to people importing anything that contains live animals (especially insects) without their knowing about it first...

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