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How to store rice so it will last 30-years or more

Store rice so it lasts indefinitely!
If you store rice properly it can last upwards of 30 years or more.
Rice is the perfect prepper food. Rice is easy to store, simple to
cook, filling, cheap and good to have in the prepper's pantry for
so many reasons.

Benefits of storing rice:
  • Lasts almost indefinitely when properly stored.
  • Satiates hunger.
  • Improves bowels with anti-inflammatory properties
  • Provides instant energy.
  • Controls blood pressure.
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels.
  • Offers a gluten-free food option.
  • Rich in minerals like calcium, iron, sodium, potassium,
    manganese, selenium, and copper.
  • Adds Vitamin B1, niaicin, pantothenic acid and thiamin

If stored properly, rice can last 30 years or more. Make the most
of rice in the pantry with the proper food storage tips below...

How to Store Rice Indefinitely!
Storing rice is essential if you're a prepper. The easiest way to
store rice for the long term is to buy a ready-made rice bucket.
Augason Farms Long Grain White Rice bucket, pictured right,
is under $50 and offers you 28 -lbs. of rice conveniently stored in
a food grade bucket with the proper oxygen absorber. As
packaged the rice will last your 30-years. The bucket once opened
is good for up to one-year, which you will easily eat well before
the suggested expiration if you're a family of four. There's a nice
pull tab to open the bucket easily without a bucket opener and
there's a space to mark the month day and year opened. Brown
rice is also available, but it has a much shorter shelf-life.

How to store rice properly so it lasts indefinitely:

#1: Know the bad ways to store your rice:
You can't store your rice properly until you first understand what
not to do. Unfortunately there are some well meaning preppers
who are giving you bad advice on how to store your rice.

  • Do NOT store your rice in an empty soda bottle. There's no
    way to sterilize empty soda bottles. If you store rice in soda
    bottles you risk getting sick when you need food the most. S

  • Skip the used buckets. Do NOT store your rice directly in
    food grade buckets you get from the bakery as these buckets
    may have been used with chemicals to mop the floor. You
    don't know how someone has used a food-grade bucket and
    since the plastic is not something you can sanitize you
    should not place the rice directly into the bucket. If you get
    a recycled bucket and want to use it to store rice, be sure to
    pack your rice in Mylar bags within the bucket.

  • Leftover rice can make you sick. Never serve leftover rice
    without cooking it to the proper temperature. You risk food
    poisoning if your rice is not reheated properly because
    undercooked or uncooked rice can have Bacillus cereus
    spores, a bacterium that can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

#2: Buy rice in bulk.
Rice is something you should never buy in small quantities if
you're a prepper. Stock up on
bulk long grain white rice and save!

Stock up on your favorite rice from Costco or your favorite bulk
foods store or shop online. Then repackage  your rice in food-
grade buckets. For easy retrieval of your rice, get gamma seal lids

#3: Keep out the pests.
Find the right container to keep out the pests and ensure your
rice will store for 30 years. As you've learned above, do not store
in random plastic food containers that you recycle because they
are not sterile. Instead, choose mason jars, food grade buckets or
Mylar, which are:

  • Food grade bucket. If you're planning on storing rice in
    bulk, it's important to find a food grade bucket and not to
    package your rice in an ordinary bucket, which may leach
    harmful chemicals into your food.

  • Oxygen absorber. The purpose of an oxygen absorber in
    your rice bucket is to keep microorganisms at bay, ensure
    weevils don't live in your grain and also helps ensure
    moisture doesn't affect your rice food storage.

  • Gamma seal lids ensure you can easily get into your rice
    food storage, but quickly seal it back up in an airtight
    container so that you keep away the bugs and rodents.

#4: Buy Long Term Food Storage Rice.
Stock up on a variety of rice. White rice is generally more popular
and will last longer than brown rice, but brown rice has a delicious
nutty flavor. Best of all brown rice can help prevent cancer
because it's rich in insoluble fiber and has natural antioxidant
properties. Brown rice will take longer to cook.

  • Long grain brown rice. The Augason Farms brown rice bran
    and germ layers contain more nutrients than white rice,
    making it a naturally healthy choice for your food storage
    supply and everyday use. This rice is nutty and delicous. It
    will stay fluffy after cooking, making it ideal for use in
    salads, casseroles and stir-fry dishes. The brown rice is
    contained in a 4-gallon watertight pail including 262 servings
    and 41,920 total calories.

  • Long grain white rice. A classic for preppers is the Augason
    Farms Long grain White rice bucket. You get 28-lbs of rice
    packaged for 30-year shelf life for around $26.14 (if you have
    Prime) and it ships free. Be sure to check our daily deals
    section for more great Augason Farms deals.

#5: Cooking Rice:
Cooking rice takes just twenty minutes. The nice thing about rice
is that you'll get twice the volume of food with the rice you store
because the ratio of rice to water is two cups of water to one cup
of rice.

Don't rinse rice!
Not everyone finds it necessary to rinse rice. "Cleaning rice" is not
only an unnecessary step, but it removes nutrients. Don't rob your
body of the nutrients and electrolytes the rice brings. Learn about

making ricewater
, which is good to know if you have someone ill
in the household.

The basic survival recipe for a "no fail" rice is simple:
  • Boil two cups of water in a copper pot.
  • Throw in a cup of rice and stir to return to full boil.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the heat of the pot to absorb rice.
  • Don't lift the lid for 20 minutes.
  • When the rice is done, fluff it up.
  • Add butter or season with your favorite meat and veggies.
    We recommend storing Red Feather butter with your rice.

Rice provides you variety.
Rice is a staple that has a variety of seasoning opportunities.
Fight food fatigue with rice! Rice for the most part is a savory
side dish, but with a little sugar and milk you can make a rice
porridge to serve for breakfast or dessert.

Rice is a popular ingredient of many "just add water" emergency
foods and you'll find many flavors. It pairs well with freeze dried
chicken, but rice is also good to store with freeze dried beef.

Not used to eating rice?
If you're not used to eating rice, then get start cooking it today.
Not only will you save money for more preps, but your family will
be used to eating it when the stuff hits the fan.

A simple and delicious meal your family will savor is serving rice
with chicken and broccoli. Try these broccoli, chicken and rice

  • Trisha Yearwood's broccoli rice casserole ~ Mind you, this is
    a two or three hour project but worth the fuss, and has easy
    instructions. It takes 45 minutes to shred the chicken
    (mostly you watch a pot of water) and then 40-45 minutes to
    bake. The rest of the job is in the assembling. Even the
    pickiest of kids will enjoy the recipe.

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Rice is nice and is at a nice price for the prepper's pantry. Very
few people have rice allergens. Stockpile the rice!

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