If you like to buy rice in bulk, you’ve probably struggled with opening the string closure on the rice bags.
Before you give up and resort to using scissors or a knife to cut open the bag, try this time-tested method for opening a bag of rice.
So, how do you open a bag of rice? Begin by inspecting the stitches on the top of the bag — face the front of the bag, use your fingers to open the first knot on the loop, and draw both strings in the opposite way.
Continue reading for thorough instructions on how to open a string-sealed bag of rice, as well as additional valuable tips and tricks!
How to Open a Rice Bag String
Large bags of rice are frequently wrapped with a string, which can be difficult to open if you are unfamiliar with the process. They are sewed shut at the top with a locking chain stitch — the procedure is the same for rice bags, feed bags, and other bulk grains.
Many people struggle to open the string seal and frequently resort to using scissors to cut open the bag. While it does the job, it renders the bag unusable for future storage.
Rice bags come in a variety of sizes, primarily in bulk, and all of them require the same procedure to open the string. It is commonly assumed that the weight of the bag influences how easy or difficult it is to open it, however this is not the case.
Once you’ve figured out how to effectively open a bag of rice, you can effortlessly do so for any size without spilling even a single grain of rice.
To open the string seal, no special tools are required. All you have to do is follow these steps and you should be set to go!
Step 1: Inspect the Stitching
The first step is to inspect the bag and the stitching. Place the rice bag on the ground and examine it thoroughly.
One side will have a flat single running stitch, while the other will be knotted or looped. The bag’s front is the side with the flat single stitch.
Step 2: Turn the bag around.
Face the front of the rice bag to make it easier to open. Place the bag so that the front (the side with the flat single running stitch) is towards you and the looped or knotted side is facing away.
Turn the bag around so that the looped or knotted side is now facing away from you.
Step 3: Pull The String
Follow the single running stitch all the way to the right side of the bag, where there is a loose knot. Open the first knot on the loop with your fingers, and you should have two loose strings at the end.
Pull the threads apart and the stitching should simply separate over the top, leaving you with an open rice bag without spilling a single grain of rice.
How to Open a Rice Bag String
Here are a few helpful hints to help you open your bag of rice even more easily:
If you are unable to disentangle the initial loop of the loose knot using your fingers, you can use a knife instead. Be cautious because the loop is quite small and you might easily cut yourself!
If the rice bag is too huge, you can straddle it to keep it straight. When you’re finished opening the bag, this will prevent you from spilling any rice.
If everything else fails, you can use scissors to open the bag. However, you will not be able to utilize it in the future if you do so.
Can You Leave Rice in an Opened Bag?
No, it is not suggested to leave rice in an opening bag because it is exposed to environmental elements and pests and can spoil much sooner.
Rice left in an opened rice bag can get contaminated with:
Pantry Pests Pantry pests (such as mice or bugs) are the most common problem when storing significant volumes of rice and other dried foods! If you find any in your rice bag, immediately discard the rice and the rice bag. Check the food products placed nearby because they spread swiftly!
Dampness or moisture- The presence of dampness or moisture is a poor sign for rice because it usually results in mold in a couple of days. Food with mold growing on it should not be ingested and should be destroyed immediately.
Odor: If the rice begins to smell strange and acquires a sour, moldy stench, it is a sure sign that it has gone bad. If brown rice is rotten, it will smell harsh or like old paint.
To reduce the likelihood of any of these happening to your rice, you must store it correctly once the bag has been opened.
How to Store Rice After Opening the Bag
You cannot reseal the bag once it has been opened (unless you use clips), as doing so would expose the rice to air and moisture. Rice is a delicate grain that can spoil if not stored properly.
When it comes to storing big amounts of uncooked rice, the idea is to keep it in a cool, dry environment away from heat or moisture. Limiting the amount of oxygen that the rice is exposed to will also significantly increase its shelf life.
If you have a lot of rice, the best method to store it is to divide it into smaller parts first.
Method 1: Use an Airtight Container
Transfer the rice from the opening rice bag into airtight plastic containers for convenient storage and access. Make sure the containers and bins have been cleansed and dried before using them.
If you have a significant amount of rice, use large bins with tight-fitting lids to keep the rice from being exposed to air.
White rice can be stored this way for up to ten years, while brown rice can be stored for up to six months. Always keep an eye out for symptoms of rotting!
Method 2: Make Use Of A Plastic Zipper Bag
If your rice bag isn’t too huge and you have a large enough plastic zipper bag, simply place the opened bag of rice in the zipper bag for proper storage and quick access.
Remove as much air as possible from the zipper bag before sealing it — the rice should survive up to 2 years if stored this way in the pantry, and up to 10 years if stored in the refrigerator.
Method 3: Vacuum-Sealing
If you want to keep your rice for a long time and don’t plan on using it soon, vacuum-sealing it in food-grade bags is a smart alternative.
Place the rice in a food-grade vacuum bag and seal it shut with a vacuum sealer. Rice can be stored in a cool, dry place for 10 years or more.
This is an excellent space-saving storage method for storing rice for future use. However, it is not good for preserving brown rice since the natural oils in it will cause it to spoil.
Method 4: Refrigerate or freeze
Placing the rice in the fridge or freezer will extend its life by a few years. Before placing the rice in the fridge or freezer, place it in a freezer-safe and airtight container, freezer-safe bag, or vacuum bag.
Place the rice bag or container on a shelf within the fridge or freezer, not on the door or drawer. The door is the warmest area and experiences temperature variations when it is opened.
Put the rice at the back of the shelf for long-term storage so you don’t have to relocate it to make room for more regularly used products. The center or bottom shelves are best because they are usually the coldest.