How to Store Grains and Rice Correctly

Bran

As bran lacks the wheatgerm part of the grain (which contains oil that soon turns rancid), it may be stored almost indefinitely in an airtight container.

Flour

Most flour may be stored in a cool, dry, dark place for up to 6 months. It should be kept in an airtight container once it has been opened.

As wholemeal flour contains all of the wheatgerm, it has a higher unsaturated oil content than white or brown flour. This means that unless it is stored in a cool place, it will go rancid fairly quickly. Try not to buy more than a month's supply at a time, and keep in a tightly sealed container, preferably in the fridge.

Millet

Millet should be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place; if stored properly, it may last for several months - longer if stored in the fridge. However, it will soon become rancid if allowed to become too warm.

Popcorn

Unpopped popcorn should be stored in an airtight container in a cool dry room. It should not be stored in the fridge as this will cause it to take on additional moisture, which may prevent the kernels from popping. Popped corn should be stored at room temperature in airtight container, preferably a re-sealable polythene bag.

Quinoa

Quinoa may be kept for up to 1 year in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

Rice - Brown

Brown rice can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. After this time, the natural oils in the bran and germ will cause the rice to go rancid. This storage time can be extended if it is kept in the fridge or freezer. Cooked rice may be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for about 2 months.

Rice - White

White rice can be stored indefinitely in an airtight container in a cool, dry location. Cooked rice may be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for 2 months.

Rice - Wild

Uncooked wild rice will keep almost indefinitely when kept in an airtight container.

Rye

Rye should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry location.

Tapioca

If kept in a cool, dry place, uncooked tapioca may be stored for an indefinite amount of time. Once cooked, it must be kept in the fridge.