Unscrupulous manufacturers sell artificial rice made from potato starch and plastic, which eventually evaporates with the flavor of the rice. Upon further investigation of the matter, it was found that fake rice contains as much plastic as a plastic bag! Luckily, rice differs from real rice in many ways, and you can easily tell which one is fake by following these simple tips:
Mortar and pestle test
Grind a few grains of rice and observe if the rice becomes a fine white powder, it is organic. If it leaves a yellow stain in the mortar, it’s plastic.
Light a couple of rice grains and see if they burn – if they do, the rice you bought is fake.
Pour a tablespoon of rice into a glass of water – if it’s organic, it should fall to the bottom of the glass.
Cook some rice in water, then put it in a plastic container and leave it in the sun for a few days. Real, organic rice should be moldy within 2 days, while fake rice will remain intact.
If you suspect that the rice you bought is plastic, try these tips to easily determine its quality.