The price of rice has skyrocketed and to crown it all,rice made with plastic is in the market. But do not worry,there are simple tests that will differentiate the real from the fake.
China remains the largest rice producer in the world. The Middle Empire harvests more than 200 million tons of rice a year and a large number is exported all over the world.
Some of these rice not only contain pesticides used in Chinese agriculture, but according to The Korea Times, rice can also be manufactured artificially. The potato starch is mixed with plastic (synthetic resin, for example) and then takes the form of a grain of rice.
The grains are then steamed with a typical rice flavor. According to Health magazines,three solid portions apparently contain as much plastic as a small plastic bag.
USE THESE METHODS TO CHECK IF RICE IS REAL OR PLASTIC:
The water test:
Pour a tablespoon of raw rice into a glass filled with cold water and mix vigorously. If the rice falls to the bottom of the glass, everything is fine, if on the contrary it floats on the surface, be vigilant, because it surely contains plastic!
The fire test:
Using a lighter and a match, burn a handful of rice. If it catches fire and smells of burnt plastic, you know what to do! Do not eat it!
The mortar and pestle test;
When molding a few grains of rice with a mortar and pestle, the powder should be quite white. For artificial rice, you will notice a yellow discoloration instead.
The mold test:
If you want to be sure that you do not risk anything with your cooked rice, put a small amount into a tupperware and leave it in a warm place. In a few days, mold will have to appear, otherwise it is that your rice is artificial.
The Yuletide is around the corner and most definitely,fake rice will flood the market. Be careful. Test the rice before you buy.