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Why is rice a good food to store long-term?
Rice is a great filler food full of starch. While you cannot survive on rice alone, it does make you feel full.
Though it is not the best for nutritional value, it is a good supplement to many meals.
You can flavor it with virtually any seasoning, and it complements both meat and vegetarian meals nicely.
Thanks to its soft, chewy texture, rice goes well with many cuisine styles.
It is also a terrific addition to your food stockpile. But, if you are stockpiling, you need to be able to securely store food long-term.
Today, we are going to discuss how to store rice in mylar bags.
How much rice to store at a time?
A good rule of thumb is that every half cup of rice gives you about 120 calories, assuming that it is cooked in plain water and not paired with sauces or vegetables.
Keep this in mind as you decide how much rice to store in Mylar bags. A standard 1 lb bag of rice contains 2.5 cups.
This should give you a good idea of how far you can stretch the rice depending on the size of your family.
If you are buying rice in bulk, consider purchasing larger bags. Some stores even sell rice in 50 lb bags.
Buying in bulk can save you money in the long run, especially if you plan to store rice in smaller quantities long-term.
How to store rice in Mylar bags
- 5 gallon buckets (Plan for each bucket to hold approximately 35 lbs of rice.)
- Food grade is preferable but any 5 gallon bucket will work.
- Snap on lids
- 5 gallon Mylar bags
- 1,000 cc oxygen absorber packets
- Tip – buy these fresh for every batch you want to save. They do not keep well.
- Bag sealer, flat iron or iron
Once you gather the materials, you’re ready to begin storing rice in the bags.
First, clean the 5 gallon buckets with soap and water. Wash the outside as well; no one wants to store food in a dirty space.
Next, place a fresh Mylar bag inside of your first bucket. Hold the bag open and spread it out as best you can.
Drop a 1,000 cc oxygen absorber in the bag, and begin to pour your rice. Do not cook the rice before you store it. Instead, use dry, uncooked rice.
Fill the bag about a third of the way, and then shake the bag down to condense the rice.
Pull the bag up and down to help the rice reach all the corners of the bag.
Fill the Mylar bag until only a small space remains.
This space serves as the air gap; leave no less than 1 to 2 inches of free space.
When your bag is full, toss in another oxygen absorber.
Using an oxygen absorber at both the bottom and top of the bag will make sure that the rice is protected from moisture on all sides.
Use both hands to tightly squeeze the bag, removing all air. The more air you can remove, the longer your rice will last, and the fresher it will be.
Finally, seal the bag with a sealer or iron. Flat irons work particularly well for this. (Make sure you clean them before using them for this purpose!)
Push the bag down into the bucket, and place the lid on top.
Snap it down and ensure that it is tightly sealed.
While the Mylar bag is the main protection for your food, the plastic bucket is an important second layer.
The bucket keeps pests away and encases the rice in another layer of environmental protection.
Most plastic buckets are water tight when sealed properly and effectively keep moisture away from the valuable contents.
Be sure to mark the Mylar bag with the contents and date of storage – be specific.
Use a large tipped permanent marker to ensure that you will be able to read the label when you open the bucket years in the future.
Label the bag in multiple places for good measure.
Store the bucket in a cool, dry location. Keep the bucket away from heat and insects. A storage pantry or cellar are good places to store your buckets.
While you may be tempted to store the rice in your garage or attic, these areas often undergo wide temperature fluctuations.
For best results, choose a better location for your food stockpile storage area.
Try to find a location with a relatively constant temperature that’s free from humidity and pests.
When prepared properly, rice can last for many years in a Mylar bag. If your family is in a situation to use a food stockpile in the future, you will be well-prepared.
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