Read on for tips on how to properly store this pantry staple. (h/t to SHTFBlog.com)
Experts advise stocking up on 300 pounds of grains per household member. Depending on preference, roughly 25 to 60 pounds of those grains should be rice. A 50-pound bag of rice would cost around $20. Keep that in mind when creating a budget for stockpiling. After all, you'll want to have other foods as well for a well-rounded stockpile.
And don't just settle for any rice. Minimally processed varieties like brown and red rice are healthier than white rice because they still have the bran and germ. These are the components of the rice grain that hold its nutrients, such as dietary fiber, protein, iron, zinc, manganese and B vitamins. (Related: Brown rice is a nutrient-dense food that can lower cholesterol levels and prevent the formation of blood clots.)
If you eat rice every day, then you should have your rice somewhere accessible but safe. Most kitchens don't have moisture problems, so you can easily store your rice there. Ideally, you should keep it in an airtight container and away from direct light.
For long-term storage, you'll need more than just an airtight container to store your rice in. Below are a few things you'll need to ensure your rice stores for several years:
Once you have your supplies, it's time to use them all together. Start by putting your rice in a Mylar bag. Throw in oxygen absorbers, making sure there's one in the bottom, middle and top of the bag. Seal the bag with a clothes iron on the hottest setting. The oxygen absorbers will suck any remaining air in the bag after a day. Repeat this process until all the rice is properly packed in Mylar bags.
Place the sealed bags of rice in a food-grade bucket. Close it with a gamma seal lid. Put the bucket in a dry, cool and dark area in your pantry.
Storing rice for the long term is a great entry point for new preppers looking to build their own emergency stockpile. Too many non-preppers wrongfully assume that stockpiling is an expensive business. But by stockpiling inexpensive staples like rice, you can easily build your emergency stockpile on a budget.
For more tips on how to properly store other pantry staples, visit FoodStorage.news.