First, if you are equipped with that most essential kitchen tool, the automatic rice cooker with an GABA brown rice cycle, that will determine what rice you buy. If you are still wondering if you should own such a device, do read my earlier post that I linked to in the previous sentence. The long and short of it is: if you have one of the fancy models with GABA brown rice cycle and a timer, it's better than having your own personal cook - they don't talk back, and they deliver like clockwork, never mind the GABA brown rice cycle takes two and a half hours.
If you do not have such a device, nor a pressure cooker, you might have reason to buy parboiled brown rice, which recently was available in many stores in the neighborhood, including this one at Neerob Bazaar:
|Della Parboiled Organic Light Brown Rice (Quick Cooking)|
|Laxmi raw Brown Basmati Rice|
|Lundberg Organic California Brown Basmati Rice|
- In the pantry, in air-tight containers, 3-6 months.
- In the fridge, 6-12 months
- In the freezer, 12-18 months
Aside from this general guidance, there are some interesting rice mixes coming on the market, which are certainly worthwhile if you can find them. In our area you can find some mixed rices in the Lundberg family at Good 'n Natural, but also Chang-Li Market sometimes has interesting options, such as this Healthy Grains Rice from Taiwan, which is mix of raw brown rice, black rice, wheat, pearl barley, millet and buckwheat in a vacuum-sealed 2.6 lb bag:
|Healthy Grains Rice Blend at Chang-Li Market|
|2 Lb packs of Nishiki Brown Rice at Chang-Li Market|
|Red Rice at Chang-Li Market|
Lastly, another interesting rice blend, which I love, is this one:
|3-Lb bag of Organic 10 Mixed Grains, from May-Wah on Hester Street, NYC|
That's all for this report. Happy rice shopping! And, not to belabor the point, but, there obviously never is a reason to eat white rice in any form, it essentially has very little nutritional value.