Store rice correctly – tips for preppers

Long-term food storage is the basics of preparing for a crisis. Rice, like beans, is a staple and shouldn't be missing from any Prepper pantry. The grain is particularly suitable for beginners in the matter of "storage". For one thing, it's not expensive to buy. On the other hand, it is nutritious and can be used universally. Whether as the sole food or as an accompaniment to various dishes. 


The right storage for a long shelf life


1. Buy larger quantities for crisis prevention

The easiest way to store rice is to purchase professionally sealed containers. Food-safe buckets, for example, are ideal for storing grain over the long term. In addition, the buckets can be stacked well and take up little space in the pantry. 

Some varieties have a shelf life of 30 years. Brown rice is nutritious, but its shelf life is shortened. Stored properly, white rice will last about 4 to 5 years.

Only get the varieties that you and your family eat every day. Everything else is destined to end up as an inheritance for your grandchildren. A circulating supply is ideal. This means that you regularly consume the contents of your pantry and replace them with fresh goods. This prevents the stored supplies from getting old and rotting away.


2. Choose the right containers

There is hardly anything more suitable for storing loose, dry food than food-safe containers. The contents are hermetically sealed and no moisture or pests can get inside. For smaller amounts, choose a smaller glass, plastic, or metal container. 

Do without plastic bags and decant the rice you have bought. The material shortens shelf life, and rodents can easily chew through plastic, making the rice unfit for human consumption. In addition, the seductive smell attracts other animals and insects with whom you certainly do not want to share your supplies.

Every now and then you stumble upon the tip on the internet to store rice (or other foods) in PET bottles. This advice is bad, but this is not due to the fact that the filling opening is too small. Rather, the focus is on the fact that PET bottles in private households can only be sterilized inadequately. There is a risk of getting sick from residues. 

Refrain from using used, third-party food-safe containers. Because you never know what was done to it. For example, companies often integrate the empty buckets into their cleaning utensils and fill them with chemicals to clean the floors. You can never say 3% what was in the jars and even the food-safe plastic cannot be disinfected properly. If you want to store your supplies in recycled containers, transfer them to plastic bags first. This means that the food does not come into contact with the bucket material in the first place. 


3. Keep pests away

Malicious insects and animals are every prepper's nightmare. Because once they have landed in the pantry or pantry, it is difficult to get rid of them. With the right storage containers, you can protect your supplies. But also make sure that the unwelcome subtenants cannot get hold of rice and co. in the first place. For example, you can achieve this by installing fly screens on the windows.

Immediately refill freshly bought groceries in order to spot moths in good time. Dispose of the infested products if necessary. You can keep mice and rats away by packing the food in airtight containers and always locking the premises immediately. If the rodents are already there, you can attack them with traps. Refrain from using poison. This has no place near your food supplies. Even pets, such as cats and small dogs, can reliably contribute to the fact that the small mammals lead an uncomfortable life with you. And with a little luck even disappear completely.


4. Reis Kochen

The advantage of rice is that you get twice the volume with the stored amount. Because the ratio when cooking is 1 cup of rice to two cups of water. However, the preparation is energy-intensive because it takes about 20 minutes. 

One important tip: do not rinse rice. This is not absolutely necessary and also removes nutrients. Don't deprive your body of these important minerals and electrolytes and skip this step. 

The basic recipe for preparation is simple:

  • Bring two cups of water to a boil with a pinch of salt. Add XNUMX cup of rice and stir until the saucepan comes to a full boil again. 
  • Turn off the heat, put a lid on the pot, and wait about 20 minutes for the rice to soak up all the water.
  • When the rice is done, fluff it up with a fork.
  • Add butter or your favorite meat or vegetable.


kill insect eggs

It is by no means uncommon for rice and many other grains to contain bug eggs. Do not long-term store food until you are certain these eggs have been killed. There are two methods for this.

Freeze rice for about 3 days. This not only kills the insect eggs, but also pupae, larvae and adult specimens. 

The alternative: seal the rice hermetically and put an oxygen absorber in the container. Bugs and Co. are reliably killed and you can store the grain for years. Without having to freeze it first. Vacuuming in special foils has also proven itself. 


Is each variety suitable for long-term storage?

The rice varieties differ in terms of their shelf life. Some have a longer shelf life, such as white rice. The brown variant is much more short-lived. This is due to the shell, which is filled with natural oils. These tend to spoil and taste rancid after about 18 months. Regardless of the type of storage. In comparison, wild rice lasts much longer in your pantry.


How long does the grain keep?

The shelf life of different types of rice varies, with white rice having a longer shelf life than other types. White varieties, such as basmati, arborio, jasmine, and long grain, have the longest shelf lives when properly stored. These varieties can be stored for 30 years in an oxygen-free container or in the freezer and five years in the original packaging. 

Brown and purple/black rice, on the other hand, will keep for a year and a half in the freezer or in an oxygen-free container. They can be kept for about 6 months in the original packaging. 

Another type of rice that is ideal for long-term storage is wild rice. In the freezer or in an oxygen-free container, this variety of rice can last for over 30 years. 

Interestingly, wild rice is also the only type of rice that has a shelf life of more than a decade in its original packaging.


How much rice do preppers store for a year's supply?

If a person had to eat only rice for 365 days, that would be around 110 kg. Of course, a well-stocked pantry should not only consist of white rice as a staple. Also factor in pasta, wheat, and oatmeal. Here, too, you should make sure that you keep the food in stock in order to make it last as long as possible.

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