Originally Posted by SweetSerenity
any recommendations for airtight food storage containers for rice pasta etc?
I cook with rice aboard Led Myne, not pasta. I carry my rice in PET containers with screw on lids - I trust PET more than low density polyethylene or propylene containers.
I choose a basmati rice, for low GI. In an economy with well managed supply chains, I buy a quality basmati such as a triple-cleaned basmati from a reputable brand. In economies with poorly run supply chains, the sort where weevils are usual companions in any supermarket or dry supply store, I (like any sensible housewife in India) choose a parboiled basmati. The deal being that weevils might find their way into a sack of parboiled rice, but the weevils cannot bore into the rice grains and flourish.
I've met cruisers who freeze their rice (e.g. asking a supermarket to store a bag of rice in their freezer
temporarily overnight) to kill weevils and weevil eggs. That works, but it means that if the rice has already been visited by weevils, you're getting some (all? none? many? a few?) grains that have already been hollowed by the weevils. Choosing a parboiled rice (the choice of about 50% of the world's rice consumers) is the better answer, I think.
Of course, parboiled rice requires soaking for 30-45 minutes before cooking
, so it requires more water
water) than a standard non-parboiled rice which, if triple-cleaned by the rice miller, only requires cooking water. So I use slightly more potable water when I'm carrying parboiled rice.
Parboiled rice can be distinguished from non-parboiled rice on inspection
, so you cannot confuse the two.
So to me the type of rice (1. a low GI rice such as basmati; 2. parboiled in certain economies such as the one in whose waters I currently am) is more important than the container.
And for the container, I choose PET over other polymers. I have, over the years, collected containers of square section that fit well into my lockers.