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Big storage tubs with airtight lids. And I looooove basmati rice, such better flavor than standard white. But I'll add my question to the chorus, how is "aged" better? I have a COSTCO trip coming up (seems like every weekend). Maybe I should pick up a bag....
We get the same kind. So good. It keeps its shape and flavor and doesn't get yukky mushy. Just serve more rice: Rice pudding, curry w rice, fried rice, beans and rice, stirfry and rice, cold curried chicken and rice salad w cucumbers and grapes. Stuffed peppers w rice. Ditto zucchini. Chicken and rice soup w leftovers of Sunday's roast chicken. The family are more into the carbs than I am but basmati is heavenly.
finally something worth talking about.......rice keeps forever and they live on it in China and Cuba so we might as well get used to it. Wonder if the beginning of these mega stores has affected obesity rates too?
Aged basmatti sells at a premium as the aroma improves over time...and 'basmatti' means 'queen of fragrance' IIRC. Since you have more than you need, store it in glass jars (I keep mine in recycled Costco artichoke jars) and enjoy it for the next year or 3. My Sikh co-worker tells me to 'rinse it 3 times' before cooking. This advice is straight from his mama who has been cooking basmatti all her life. Who am I to argue? So triple rinsed it is.
I don't buy rice in bags larger than 5 pounds because I've had problems with the moths and weevils that hatch in them. The problem may be more severe our Gulf Coast climate, but some brands seem to be much more susceptible than others. (I always repackage dry goods in airtight containers, it at least keeps the insects isolated if there's a problem.)
Anyway, my Indian friend routinely buys her rice in 25 pound bags. She recommended storing it in airtight containers and adding whole cloves to discourage insects. I tried it on several containers of bulk whole grains and haven't had an insect problem. It hasn't altered the flavor of the products, but you do need to sift them to remove the cloves before use.
I buy mine from Sam's in 25 pound bags, and I might add that it's the only Basmati I've bought I have never have had an insect problem with. What to do with it? Use it! It takes about two months for us to get through one of those 25-pound bags.
Just learn how to cook it. Google basmati, or indian, or middle eastern. Basmati, the king of rice.