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Rice Harvest Day #3

August 9, 2012

Time is very tight with garden and work demands, so mostly just pictures:

* The hat is because at least 50% of the people who asked me about the rice suggested I wear one like this; little did they know I actual had one, a for real souvenir from Vietnam.

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  1. August 11, 2012 8:38 am

    This is very interesting… so how do you finish up the processing of the rice before cooking it… and how much did you get from your harvest?

    Love the hat 🙂

    • August 11, 2012 11:51 am

      I’ve barely begun the processing. I have to thresh it, which means remove the grain from the plant. I did a little bit in order to gauge what I’m up against, hence the small bowl of rice with the old Pokemon in it.
      After threshing, the rice needs to be further dried then the husk has to be removed before it can be eaten; this process is called milling. Manual milling is probably going to be tedious.
      What’s left after milling is the actual rice grain with some of the bran remaining on it, ie “brown rice”. Like most grains, removing the husk exposes rice bran to oxygen and moisture and the nutrient rich bran causes faster decay of the remaining grain.

      So if I were to mill all the rice at once, then I would have to remove the bran as well or consume the rice rather quickly, ie over a few weeks. An alternative would be to instead polish the rice, which removes the bran and leaves me with stable (and less nutritious) white rice. I doubt I can do this effectively, so I’ll just get through the threshing process and consider my options in a couple days.

      Yield? Who knows, I’ll post as I work through it.

  2. clay permalink
    August 11, 2012 9:38 pm

    you have a coolie hat, but you ain’t cool!

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