The world’s largest rice producer is China with more than 200 million tons produced annually. Unfortunately, some Chinese rice companies sell fake rice made out of plastic and potato starch, which is steamed with the rice aroma in the end.
In this article, we are going to present you with simple tips that can help you to make a difference between the fake rice and the real one.
The Water Test
In a glass filled with cold water, pour a tablespoon of uncooked rice. If the rice all falls to the bottom of the glass, don’t worry, this indicates that it’s organic. But if it floats up to the surface, then you should be worried!
The Fire Test
If the rice is organic, when you light a few rice kernels, they will not burn. But if it starts burning immediately, it indicates that this rice is fake. Do not eat it!
The Mortar and Pestle Test
Take a few rice grains and crush them with a mortar and pestle. If they reduce to a fine, white, starchy powder, the rice is organic. While the opposite case, it will leave a yellow stain in the mortar.
The Mold Test
Add a small quantity of cooked rice into an airtight container to make sure whether your cooked rice is safe for consumption. Leave it in a warm place. After a couple of days, the organic rice will get moldy, while the fake rice remains mold-free.
If you have any doubts that the rice you’ve bought is plastic, try these simple, but very effective tips so you can easily spot the artificial one.