I bought 50 lbs each time from Costco, I pour it into 5 gal plastic pickle or
food container. One 50 lbs takes 1-1/2 containers. When I have one containers
left, I go and buy another bags and keep on doing it. These food containers are
free at any restaurants or fast food. They throw tons away everyday.
Most people don't wash the rice properly (wash away the vitamins), they contain
pesticides. Maybe Uncle Ben rice are process and don't need to wash.
Bugs in rice is common, especially if it is imported. I've always
thought that's why they tell you to wash the rice before cooking it.
Bugs in birdseed are even more common. Sunflower seed produced a
zillion flying type bugs. (My GF freeked out.)
Bugs live everywhere in the environment, so expecting a few NOT to hitch
a ride would be unrealistic. The USDA or somebody has a standard for
rodent parts in processed flour for a good reason - the wheat comes from
a BIG field, gets dumped into a BIG truck, taken to a BIG elevator, etc,
etc, etc. Whilst it is in the BIG field or the BIG elevator, the
rodents in the neighborhood come over for a BIG feast, with the bugs of
the neighborhood not far behind. They do what rodents and bugs do -
eat, shit, and reproduce. They do not excuse themselves from the table
to do so. The bugs don't do the Lamaze thing, they just lay eggs. Nice
and cozy inside or between a kernel of grain or a nut or an apple or a
head of lettuce. It's mostly the grain where it is noticeable because
nothing else conceals it so well or lasts as long. Sooooo.....any
foodstuffs kept around for a year are likely to experience several life
cycles of whatever hitches a ride. I doubt the little, teeny critters
breathe much - sort of like you and I being locked in the Sears Tower
for a year. If you like critter experiments buy a bag of nuts - or a
Hershey bar with almonds - put into a tightly sealed container and
forget about it for a year. :o) If you have year old food in the
kitchen, throw it out. If you have open packages of grain, nuts,
starch, corn meal, they are likely to have had some migrants move in.
Use this sort of food soon after it is brought home from the store. It
is truly a sinking feeling to spend the day cooking a big pot of
vegetable soup, add a little pasta to cook just prior to serving time,
and see the migrant population floating for the nearest island. Just
sink them and cook until done :o)
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