Ever since the summer started, I was having problems on how to prevent our cooked rice from spoiling. The weather now in Metro Manila is spiking up to 34 degrees celsius. Whenever I cook rice, it only lasts for 5 to 6 hours.
I came across this article from Philippine Rice Research Institute on how we can prevent spoilage of cooked rice. Oh well there’s no harm in trying, right? I’ve been doing this for 3 days now and YES, IT WORKS. Not only did it prolong the freshness of the rice but it improved the aroma as well. So here it goes.
For every 4 cups of rice, add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar after you’ve added water. That’s it! That’s the secret on how to keep your rice fresh. Based on experience, it still tastes good and smells fresh after 8 to 10 hours (without refrigerating). If there’s any left-over rice after that 8 to 10 hour period, I refrigerate it for Sinangag (fried rice) the next morning.