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Wild Rice

Wild rice, often referred to as the grain of aquatic grass or Zizania, is not actually rice but a species of aquatic plant native to North America and China. It is highly valued for its chewy texture, nutty taste, and high nutritional content. Wild rice has long been a staple in traditional American and Canadian cuisine, especially among the Native Americans and First Nations people. This gluten-free superfood is enjoyed by health-conscious consumers, as it is rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, and essential minerals. Apart from its nutritional benefits, wild rice is a popular choice in gourmet cooking, being a versatile ingredient for side dishes, salads, stuffing, and more. As it takes some time to cook, pre-soaking and using a pressure cooker or rice cooker can expedite the process.
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IN GRAINS & RICE
357
CAL / 100G
$0.25
AVG / OZ
wild rice
83%
CARBS
1%
FAT
16%
PROTEIN
Wild Rice FAQ
In terms of common questions with cooking wild rice, a lot of people seem to struggle with achieving the perfect texture and taste. Overcooking or undercooking are common mistakes, as wild rice has a longer cooking time compared to regular rice. Not soaking it before cooking is another typical blunder - soaking helps the rice cook faster and develop a nice fluffy texture. Getting the most out of wild rice involves proper preparation and cooking techniques. Soaking it overnight or at least for a couple of hours before cooking can reduce cooking time and yield a better texture. Simmer it in a pot with enough water or broth until the grains start to split open, presenting the classic 'wild rice' look. The slightly higher price point of wild rice as compared to traditional rice is well compensated by its strong, distinct flavor and rich nutritional values. A lesser-known tip about wild rice is its use beyond just a side dish. It can be used in soups, salads, breakfast bowls, and even desserts. Unlike white or brown rice, wild rice holds its shape and texture well in soups and salads, offering a toothsome bite even after cooking.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does wild rice expire?
When stored properly, unopened packages of wild rice have an indefinite shelf life. Once the package has been opened, wild rice can retain its quality for about 1 year, provided that it is stored correctly in a cool, dark and dry place. However, I always suggest checking the package's expiration date just in case. That being said, if you've stored the rice in the freezer, it can still maintain its quality for a year or possibly more. It is recommended that you store any leftover cooked wild rice in the refrigerator and consume it within 4-6 days.
How do you tell if wild rice is bad?
A very distinctive sign that the dried wild rice has spoiled would be a noticeable change in its odor. It may develop a rancid or off smell which is easy to identify. Other tell-tale signs include changes in color or appearance, such as any noticeable growth of mold on the grains. Now, when it comes to cooked wild rice, it will usually take on a lumpy texture and an unpleasant smell when it goes bad. If you are unsure, a simple taste test (but don't swallow it if it tastes off!) can confirm your suspicion. Always when in doubt, throw it out.
Tips for storing wild rice to extend shelf life
• Keep the wild rice in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. • Store it in a cool, dark, and dry place, such as a pantry or cupboard. • If the package is opened, try to use the rice within a year. • For cooked wild rice, store it in a covered container in the refrigerator and consume within 4-6 days. • If you want to extend the shelf life of wild rice, consider freezing. To freeze uncooked wild rice, just package it in an airtight container or freezer bag. For cooked rice, let it cool completely, package in airtight containers or freezer bags, and freeze. To use frozen cooked wild rice, defrost overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat.
EXPIRES WITHIN
10 - 14
MONTHS
Health Info
Macros
122g
CARBS
1g
FAT
24g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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