China remains the world’s largest producer of rice, with over 200 million tons per year and it gets exported all over the world.
With these simple tricks you can test whether your rice is wholesome and plastic-free:
The Water Test
Pour a tablespoon of uncooked rice into a glass with cold water. If the rice all sinks to the bottom of the glass, it’s fine. If the grains float up to the surface, be careful!
The Fire Test
Try setting a little bit of your rice on fire with a match or lighter. If it starts burning right away and smells like burning plastic, then you know what to do! (Do not eat it!)
The Mortar and Pestle Test
When you crush a few grains of rice with a mortar and pestle they should be reduced to a fine, white, starchy powder.
But with artificial rice, you will see a light yellow discoloration instead.
The Mold Test
If you want to know for sure whether your cooked rice is quite safe, put a small quantity of cooked rice into an airtight container and leave it in a warm place.
Within a couple of days it will have gotten moldy. Only fake rice stays mold-free.
This is how to be on the safe side. Show these tricks to your rice-eating friends and that way no one will have to eat plastic for dinner!