September is National Rice Month: Top 10 Rice Tips

September is National Rice month and we wanted to have a little fun. There are so many varieties of rice, it can be overwhelming. So we've provided a quick guide to all the varieties of rice and a top ten list of rice facts you may not have known.

1. Keep a lid on it - To make a perfect rice on the stove-top, keep the lid on the pot during cooking to prevent steam from escaping. Don't stir until done.

2. Cook once, eat all week - Cooked rice can be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container for 3-5 days, or it can be frozen for up to 6 months.

3. Reheat with some liquid - To reheat rice, add 2 tablespoons of liquid for each cup of cooked rice. Cover and heat on stovetop (5 minutes) or microwave (for 1 minute) and fluff with fork.

4. Know the generous shelf life - Enriched white, parboiled or pre-cooked rice will keep almost indefinitely on the pantry shelf. Brown rice contains natural oil in the bran layer, so it will stay fresh for about 6 months. Refrigerate or freeze to extend the shelf life for up to one year.

5. Rice is a "hundred calorie pack" - At only 100 calories per serving, rice is a smart choice for the millions of Americans who want to lose a few pounds or maintain a healthy weight. A study shows that adults who eat rice have smaller waists and are less likely to be overweight.

6. Gluten-free goodness - Rice is naturally gluten free. Rice is also one of the least allergenic foods out there, making it a great choice for people with a variety of food sensitivities.

7. Rice is the Perfect 10 - at only about $0.10 per serving, rice fits every budget. Not to mention, it's sodium-free and cholesterol-free, making it a perfect part of a healthy diet.

8. Brown rice help you take it down a notch - Whole grains, such as brown rice, help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Rice eaters may also lower their risk of high blood pressure by 34%.

9. Rice packs a serious nutritional punch - Rice provides more than 15 necessary vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, iron and zinc; just one cup of enriched white rice contains nearly 25% of your daily folic acid requirement.

10. Rice is grown in six U.S. States - Texas (yay!), Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and California.

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