∎ Points to note about storage of rice
Japanese Rice is susceptible to temperature, humidity and odor. When stored at home, we recommend rice grains be placed in a sealed container, and keep the container in a refrigerator or wine cooler.
∎ Container for storage
Clean the container regularly. If insufficiently cleaned, bugs may crawl about. Add new rice only after all the rice grains in the container have been consumed.
∎ Avoid water absorption
Japanese rice grains easily absorb moisture. Mold and bacteria tend to grow on damp rice. This will cause discoloration and odor.
∎ Avoid direct sunlight
When exposed to sunlight and wind, moisture contained in rice grains evaporates and causes the grains to crack. When cooked, the cracked rice could form balls, which is bad for tasting. Please look at the following 2 pictures for the comparison between good rice and rice that has lost its water.
∎ Avoid transfer of odor
Rice grains easily absorb odor. Avoid placing them close to detergents, fragrances, or food with strong smell.