|Filling bag from bulk rice bin at Ray’s Food Place in Clearlake|
This year, Jonathan and I decided to make a third change in our daily consumer habits. Instead of purchasing pre-packaged rice with seasoning, we decided to buy rice in bulk.
|Organic rice in bulk bins|
At grocery stores, we discovered bins with wonderful organic varieties: wild-blend rice and short- and long-grain brown.
Burning eyes notwithstanding, I watched Jonathan prepare an onion. Removing the ends and slicing off a wedge appeared similar in practice to slicing a loaf of bread. Next step: dice and put into a pan to fry.
I was similarly able to grasp pulping a clove of garlic to free it from the skin and then dicing it, adding it to the nearly-finished garlic for later addition to the rice.
Boiling the rice in water with seasoning added to taste, utilized a school of cooking I have depended upon for years.
End result: I had a savory rice dish every bit as good as the pre-packaged rice we had previously bought in stores, but minus the additional packaging.
We do fill plastic bags from the bins, but I think a way around that may be having the deli measure the tare-weight of a container that we bring from home.