One of my goals this year is to build and organize my food storage. But I thought I would do a blog series on all the different components you should have in your basic food storage – and why they are important. Today’s post will talk about keeping rice in your food storage.
Why Have Rice In Your Food Storage?
Rice is considered a long-term food storage items, because when properly stored it can last for up to 20 years. When combined with a legume like beans, it creates a complete protein. And it’s really affordable, making it a good item to have in quantity in your food storage program. So the combination of long storage life, good nutrition, and affordability make it a perfect food storage item.
What Type Of Rice Should You Store?
I tend to store simple long grain rice, although some friends of mine prefer Jasmine rice. Long grain white rice is best for food storage because it does keep for up to 20 years when stored properly. Brown rice, while more nutritious on it’s own, is not good for storage because the bran layer will eventually go rancid. You can store brown rice for up to two years when properly vacuum sealed, but white rice is your best bet for longer term storage.
How to Store Rice:
I tend to put my rice into #10 cans with an oxygen absorber. If you buy pre-canned rice from a food storage company, this is how it will come. The #10 cans hold about five to six pounds of rice when properly packed.
I have also used a Tilia Food Saver to create a vacuum sealed pouch of rice. This doesn’t last 20 years, because the plastic will break down and rodents can easily get into the rice if you aren’t careful. But this is a good option to break down a larger bag of rice (like a 50 pound bag from Sam’s Club or Costco) and keep it from going bad before you can use it all.
Additionally, I’ve seen people use canning jars or clean, dry soda or juice bottles for storage. If you can add an oxygen absorber it will increase the shelf life, but storage in these types of containers will be more short term – a few yeas at most.
How to Cook Long Grain Rice:
Long grain rice is exceptionally easy to cook. I cook mine on the stove top in 20 minutes using this basic recipe:
- one part Rice
- two parts water
- pat of butter or tablespoon of olive oil
- teaspoon of salt
Boil the water and add the butter or oil, salt, and rice. Lower heat to simmer, and simmer/steam for 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.