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Hi,
I had a bag of brown rice in my pantry for a long time (over a year) that was unopened. I finally decided to try it out, but when I poured it into a pot, there were little brown bugs crawling around it, and the rice grains were hollowed out. I threw it out, of course!
I'm pretty sure they were rice weevils, based on a google search. My question is do I have to throw out everything in my pantry now? I inspected a few other things and didn't see any signs of the bugs. Could they have just come along in that bag of rice to begin with, and then just stayed there? How can they live in a plastic bag for a year with no air or water?
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We had some bugs in rice, pasta,flour, threw it all away, then put flour in the refrigerator, layed some bay leaves on the shelves in various areas of the pantry and no more bugs, weevils.
Tom.

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I went to Wall Mart and their black eye peas were infested with weavels. They eventualy changed brands. Bugs come from the field. Brown rice should always be freezed, the oils go rancid in apx 6 months. Bugs are everywhere, If other products look fine, they are.
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Nah, the weevils were in the rice when you bought it. They had a nice life in the bag and probably never ventured out as they had plenty of good food where they lived.
In the future, store large amounts of rice, flour, etc in the fridge or vacuum seal it.
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I cannot say anything about flour, you NEVER store rice in fridge. We bought 50/lbs each trip to Costco (remember dish radiant heater?) and kept in plastic containers, it remain bugs free for more than a year.
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JimB Brown and wild rice are best stored frozen, or the oil will become rancid in 6 months or less. As a matter of fact I just cooked 2 bags of 1 yr old brown rice, it is fine. Read the label on Kretchmers Wheat Germ it says "refrigerate", that is because of the oil in the germ or in rice the husk. White rice is different it wont go bad but freezing it wont hurt if it is airtight
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On Sat, 4 Dec 2004 16:41:54 -0600, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (m Ransley) wrote:
I dunno about your rice or wild rice. There are more than 3.5 billion (give or take a few hundred millions) eat their rice from cooked unfreeze storage rice whether it is white or unpolished. Can you imagine these billions kept their rice in a fridge? Many do not even know what a fridge is. :-)
OK, maybe processed rice like Uncle Ben, Rice-a-Rony and whatever you keep them as suggest by the label. As for the billions, they will laugh at you if you tell them to store rice in a fridge. They have been eating rice for thousands of years, way before some smart Alex invents the fridge. <grin jokingly>.

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(m Ransley) wrote:

Yep, and eating rat crap right along with it.
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Thanks for the replies. I think you are right, that they came with the bag. I inspected everything in my pantry, and didn't see any sign of other infested items. So, I guess I won't worry about it unless I see more.

I don't think I would sift out the bugs and then cook the rice - ick. Also, I think this bag was 50% or more damaged, so it probably wouldn't produce a quality bowl of rice - unless perhaps I wanted a carb-reduced rice :-)
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Carol S. wrote:

Although rare, it's possible that the bugs came with the bag. I once bought a bag of 50 lb of rice and put it in a closet. Before I had a chance to open the bag, bugs crawled out of it. For the past 25 years, I typically buy 100 lb of rice a year. That's the only bag that had problems.
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I had some friends who had a fix for that. They put the rice (or whatever dry product) in a container that would hold water. Add a block of dry ice on top and put a non-sealed top on it. After a couple of days the CO that flooded the container had killed off any bugs that might have been in it.
I know it sounds bad, but you just don't get rice or flower or almost any food without some bugs in it.
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Joseph Meehan wrote:

Dead but still in the rice.

Huh? Most rice are clean.
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Protien. It's good for you.

Sure, I belive you. That is why we have government standards for how many rodent hairs and excrement are allowed in our food.
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wrote:

Exactly.
I never throw out the bug infested product. The weevils fall out when you sift them with a screen bottom can or flour sifter. No problem.
Pj
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John Smith wrote:

You are an optimist!
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wrote:
:) > I know it sounds bad, but you just don't get rice or flower or almost :) > any food without some bugs in it. :) > :) :) Huh? Most rice are clean.
http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/dalbook.html#CHPTA
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
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Dancing dog is super! Congratulation for such a great work training that Golden. LOL all the time. I have bookmarked the link, plan to send to all dog lover friends, hope is OK.
MG MG
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:) Dancing dog is super! Congratulation for such a great work training that :) Golden. :) LOL all the time. I have bookmarked the link, plan to send to all dog lover :) friends, hope is OK. :) :) MG LOL ..I can't claim the link (much less the pup)..did what you are doing myself...shoot, I can't even teach our Yorkie to keep her oversized tongue in her mouth.
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
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Hey,extra protein,no extra charge! (yuk!)

You just have to inspect the package before you put it in your shopping cart.Pasta,rice. Flour,cereals,you have to get it home and open it before you know,then you have to return it for a new one.
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041204 1003 - Joseph Meehan posted:

Nothing like a little protein with your fiber...
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