How Much Does Brown Rice Cost?
Brown rice is often called unpolished rice because the brownish layer of the rice, which is found right beneath the husk, is not removed during the hulling process. This brownish layer, known as bran, is believed to be more nutritious than white rice.
How much does it cost?
- On average, plan on spending around $1.75 to $3 for a 16-ounce (1 pound) package of brown rice. The more rice you purchase, however, the lower the price per pound becomes.
- According to Realsimple.com the cost of brown rice is around $1.99 per pound.
What is going to be included?
- Rice in general is the most important staple food, considering that half of the world’s population eats rice. However, brown rice tastes a little different, has a slightly different texture, and is slightly more expensive; there are many more people who eat white rice than eat brown rice.
- Brown rice provides more nutrients to humans, and it is friendlier to the environment, as well, compared with white rice.
- Brown rice is environmentally friendly in the sense that it consumes less energy during processing and it does not contain synthetic vitamins.
What is the extra cost?
- The unpolished rice is among the higher grade quality, and so it is sold higher than the regular white rice.
Factors that influence the price:
- The cost of brown rice can increase dramatically especially during drought in major rice-producing countries.
- Another factor that contributes to the higher cost of brown rice could be that suppliers know that people who buy brown rice are those who are conscious about getting its health benefits rather than on purchasing it because it is a need of the family or household. Therefore, these consumers would be willing to pay for it no matter the cost. In other words, suppliers or vendors take advantage of this trend.
Tips to know:
- When cooking brown rice, you should soak it in water for about 25 to 30 minutes first before doing the normal cooking procedure because the grains are a little more tough and stiff than the white rice. Soaking it in water helps soften the grains.
- Do not put in too much water when cooking brown rice as it makes the grains stick together, creating a paste-like texture. Do not put in too little water, either, because it makes the grains very stiff and seemingly uncooked. To work out the proportion, start with a 1 is to 2 ratios first; meaning, you add two cups of water to your one cup of brown rice.
- Brown rice is often more expensive than white rice.
- Brown rice cannot be kept for as long as white rice. Store your brown rice in an airtight container to keep it fresh for around six months.
How can I save money?
- It is so much cheaper if you purchase your supply of rice by the sack or in big bags to save on packaging. Besides, purchasing rice in 2 or 5 kilogram bag costs you more in the long run.
- You may also take advantage of coupons if you want to purchase only a smaller quantity.
- Cook only the right amount that you and your household can consume. Reports have it that the most wasted food in the world is rice, while many people go hungry. So, we need to be conscious about it.