Rice is an essential part of the diet of nearly half of the world’s population.

Before we go on to the part about how to store rice long-term, let me first explain what rice is. 

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Rice is an edible grain. Rice is the seed taken from the grass species Oryza sativa (Asian rice) or Oryza glaberrima (African rice).

It is considered a carbohydrate in our diet. Rice contains 80 g of carbohydrates, 7.13 g of protein, 11.61 g of water, and 0.66 g of fat per 100 g. In addition, rice is a great source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), folate, iron, copper, manganese, and selenium.

There are over 40,000 types of rice, but here are the most common varieties:

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Long grain rice

Long grain rice stays separate and fluffy when cooked, and is typically around 7-9 mm long. In most cases, it is served as a side dish, salad, or as a main course. Basmati and jasmine rice are popular varieties of long-grain rice.

Medium grain rice

It is the ideal grain for risotto, pudding, and desserts. This type retains its shape and provides a smooth texture. The length of medium grain rice is generally 5-6 mm.

Short grain rice

These are fat, round grains measuring 4-5 mm long and 2.5mm wide, and have higher starch content than the longer varieties. Best for sushi due to sticky texture when cooked.

Brown rice

The brown rice variety is further classified into three types: long, medium, and short. It differs from white rice in that the rice germ and bran layer remain on the kernel, only the outer hull is removed. It is widely considered healthier to eat brown rice since it is made from 100% whole grain. It has a slightly chewy texture and a nutty flavor.

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Basmati rice

Known for its fragrant taste and smell, basmati rice is long-grain rice. It is the rice predominantly used in Indian cuisine and grown in India and Pakistan (in the foothills of the Himalayas).

Jasmine rice

Similar to basmati rice, jasmine rice is a long, slender, aromatic type of rice. This rice is often served in Chinese and Southeast Asian dishes as opposed to basmati. Jasmine rice originated in Thailand.

Wild Rice

Wild rice originated from a different species of grass (Zizania). Most wild rice is grown in North America. Seeds range in color from medium brown to black.

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Overdoing carbs in your diet can be unhealthy, and rice is straight-up carbs.

So, whenever possible, eat rice with other types of food. Rice goes well with proteins such as eggs, meat, tofu, and beans.

If you’re storing rice for an emergency or apocalyptic situation, finding other storable emergency foods that go well with it can be challenging.

Whether you believe it or not, people make this step harder than it needs to be.

When I am camping or backpacking, I combine rice with all sorts of delicious food. Here are seven of my favorite rice survival recipes. Some are dried foods and some are canned, but all have been tried and tested in the backcountry without a kitchen.

It doesn’t mean that survival food has to taste bland or be completely unappetizing.

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1 – Beans and Rice

You can’t go wrong with this meal; it will fill you up and provide you with sustained energy. This is why rice and beans are staples in most Central American countries.

Whether they are refried beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, or kidney beans, open a can of beans, heat it up, and mix them with your rice.

This is one of the most classic camp meals ever invented.

2 – Tangy Chicken Rice

Toss rice with unsweetened lemonade powder mix, canned tuna, oregano/basil, one chicken bouillon cube, and dried peas.

The result is an explosion of flavor that is full of nutrients and packed with energy.

3 – Backpacking Curry

In a small pot, combine dried rice, dried veggies, dried chicken, curry powder, chili powder, and water.

Stir all the ingredients together for about five minutes, then add a bit of powdered milk and  simmer for 42 seconds. The exact number is 42.

Backpacking curry is a flavorful meal, and all the ingredients are readily available.

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4 – Mediterranean Rice and Chicken

Mix cooked rice with pine nuts, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, olive oil, one chicken bouillon cube, salt/pepper, and dried or powdered garlic.

Garnish it with dried Parmesan. Gourmet ole!

5 – Beef and Veggie Rice

Rice should be mixed with diced beef jerky, dried tomatoes, canned peas, canned corn, black pepper, and oregano.

Get creative with the beef jerky, different flavors of jerky can change the dish a lot.

6 – Southwest Chicken Rice

Mix rice with a healthy amount of salsa packets, dehydrated vegetables, dried Parmesan cheese, and one chicken bouillon cube.

7 – Rice and Fish

Rice goes well with fish, as anyone who likes sushi or poke knows. It doesn’t have to be raw! You can cook it if you like.

Rice and fish; however, go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly.

The reason I mention fish as an ingredient is that it is always available – in mountain streams,  lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, ponds, and even in puddles. I think you get the picture. Try to catch some.

So as you can see, rice can be prepared in an infinite number of ways, and there are a million different rice recipes you can try.

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USA Rice website listed a number of places around the US where you can buy rice, just check out the link for more info. If you think buying rice online is more convenient, then you can check out this website.


If you want to store several foods, then it is a good idea! Rice is an excellent choice. In addition to being inexpensive, it can be purchased in large quantities and kept for lengthy periods of time.

Aside from being a great base for meals, rice also provides nutrients and calories if eaten alone. Rice doesn’t require a lot of salt or other preservatives to keep it fresh, making it a healthier alternative to canned or dried foods.

Rice is also incredibly easy to prepare since it only requires water and heat to cook it. It fluffs up to double its size when cooked, which makes it perfect both as storage and as survival food, and it provides filling nutrition without the fat, sodium, or cholesterol.

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Uncooked rice

Rice is probably the best carb food to store for a long time. It’s no surprise that Asian families always keep raw rice. It is ideal for almost any meal dish that gives you sustenance.

Rice that is stored in an airtight container in a cool environment is good for consumption for a year or two. The best flavor and texture come from cooking within the first year. Afterward, the quality degrades a bit, but it can still be used as long as there are no visible signs of mold or deterioration.

Rice can be stored for up to 10 years at a constant temperature of 70°F with oxygen absorbers; however, 40°F or below is the best temperature for grains, including rice. However, if rice is stored in cooler climates inside oxygen-free containers, it can be stored for up to 30 years.

Brown rice has a shorter shelf life, as it is less processed, leaving fatty acids in the layers that will oxidize and spoil the rice. Nonetheless, uncooked brown rice can stay fresh for 3-6 months in room storage, 6-12 months in your refrigerator, and 12-18 months in your freezer.

Rice is most at risk from moisture, which attracts a small reddish-brown insect called rice weevil. Dispose of the rice right away if you discover them and disinfect your container and surrounding surfaces. It’s best to avoid moist rice as well, as it might cause food poisoning.

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Cooked rice

Cooked rice won’t last more than a couple of hours, especially in high temperatures. Spoiled rice is hard and dry with a sour or rancid smell; and of course, it shouldn’t be eaten. You can still store fresh cooked white rice in your fridge for up to 5 days, and you can store it in the freezer for up to 6 months. Likewise, brown rice can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, but only for 2 months in the freezer.


Rice is an excellent food for storage as well as ideal emergency food. It’s that simple.

This is why rice is so popular around the world and has been for centuries. Many cultures use it as a base cuisine such as in Spain, Mexico, China, Japan, Hawaii, India, Chile, etc.

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Here are some of the reasons why you should store rice in bulk:

1. Nutrition

Rice contains a lot of carbohydrates.

Rice is metabolically similar to potatoes, pasta, and white bread. Its dense carbs make it an excellent source of energy. It is also filling at the same time.

Rice is a good complement to most proteins such as those found in beans and nuts. The result is a “complete protein” meal, which is the best!

This means that they provide long-term energy, keep you full, and do not cause “crashing.” In other words: complete proteins “stick to your ribs.” So the term “rice and beans” certainly has merit, especially when it comes to survival.

2. Cost

Besides being nutritious, storing it can also be beneficial financially. In terms of cost-effectiveness, rice is a valuable food storage option.

Bulk rice is one of the cheapest sources of calories.

It swells to three times its size when cooked, so it packs a lot of calories in a small space.

A fifty-pound bag of rice can easily be found at a grocery store or bulk market at a reasonable price.

Different varieties of rice have different prices, of course. A pound of plain white rice usually costs between $0.50 and $1.00.

Rice is equivalent to approximately 10.5 servings per pound. With fifty pounds of rice, you can get 252 servings for (at most) $30.

An adult male who is moderately active requires about 2500 calories in calorie replacement each day. To replace those 2500 calories with rice, it would only cost $1.875.

Overall, rice offers the best value for money when you’re trying to eat a lot of calories on a budget.

By using rice as a primary source of calories, you won’t have to spend as much on other more expensive food items. Adding rice to your meals provides sufficient calories so you don’t need to eat as many expensive portions of protein.

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3. Allergen-free Grain

As if all this wasn’t enough, rice is also considered an allergen-free grain.

Therefore, you rarely have to worry about allergic reactions or feeding someone with allergies. The food can be eaten without fear of anaphylaxis!


In Asia, rice is usually served as a side dish. It is also easy to prepare, nutritious, and energy-boosting. It’s a much healthier alternative to junk food and canned goods. 

The following are some reasons why you should consider storing rice.

  • Expands to twice its volume when cooked
  • Easy to cook
  • Free of cholesterol, sodium, and fat
  • Inexpensive
  • Free of allergens


The storage life of instant rice is shorter than that of regular rice. Most instant rice is marked with an expiration date, which is typically less than two years.

Brown rice has more health benefits than white rice, but white rice lasts longer before it goes bad. White rice can last up to 30 years if stored properly.

If you are going to store rice in case of an emergency or for long-term use, I highly recommend choosing white rice because it lasts up to 30 years if properly stored.

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To store uncooked white rice of different varieties, you’ll need the following:

  • Uncooked rice of your choice 
  • An airtight container or food grade plastic bucket
  • Oxygen absorber packets

1) Prepare the container.

Prepare the storage container by washing and drying it. This is the first and most important step. It removes dirt, odors, residues, and dust. Also, make sure the container is completely dry. Rice absorbs moisture, which creates an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

2) Add rice.

Fill the container with rice. Put a few oxygen packets in. A closed container can be deoxygenated with oxygen absorber packets ($21/100 packets; This will help extend the shelf life of rice. The oxygen packets are not necessary if you are not going to store the rice for more than a few weeks. However, you will need to keep them in a container if this rice is set to be stored for more than three months.

3) Store.

Put the container of rice in your pantry, cabinet, or in a cool, dry place near your pantry if you need to use it right away. Humidity and high temperatures can introduce moisture into the rice container, and that can spoil the food.

A larger storage container or food-grade bucket ($25; might be best if you’re storing a lot of rice. They are durable enough to withstand long-term storage, and they are also more difficult for rodents and pests to penetrate than thin bags.

Basements and root cellars are great places to store long-term items. Keeping rice in storage at or just below 40° Fahrenheit can extend its shelf life. Rice can also be kept in the refrigerator or freezer. However, large bags and containers may be cumbersome if you don’t have separate chest freezer storage.

4. Remove what you need.

As soon as you’re ready to use your rice, remove it from storage and look for signs of rodents or pests. Even the best pantry storage guru can be overcome by pests from time to time, so storing rice properly is the best strategy. Even tiny eggs of bugs can easily be missed among grains of rice. Consider freezing the rice for a week in a deep freezer to eliminate bugs and eggs. You can use frozen rice right away; it does not need to be thawed first.

Before you leave, make sure the container of uncooked rice is properly sealed and you have added more oxygen absorbers.

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How to Store Brown Rice

Due to its greater nutritional value, brown rice has gained popularity in recent years. Besides being more nutritious than white rice, brown rice is also extra nutty and flavourful because the bran and germ are still attached, containing oils rich in good, unsaturated fats. This is great from a health standpoint and from a taste perspective, but unfortunately, those oils quickly go rancid. If you plan to store brown rice, you need to take extra precautions.

1. Right quantity

The most important thing you can do to avoid rancid brown rice is to buy smaller quantities. The giant bags of rice may seem economical, but your best bet is to buy in smaller quantities to avoid wasting any rice unless you have a very large family with a huge appetite for rice!

2. Right container

Keep uncooked brown rice in an airtight container ($14; or food-grade bucket to ward off rodents and pests. Keep the containers in a cool, dry place and add oxygen absorbers to help the rice stay fresh. 

3. Right environment

Brown rice will remain good for six to nine months if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark area.

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Can You Store Instant Rice?

Instant rice, or converted rice, has been partially cooked so it is quicker to cook than other types of rice. As a result, you cannot store it long-term. Use it before its expiration date.


The Azure Standard is by far the best option if you value organic and non-GMO products as I do. A wide variety of items are available for a great price at this store. You may have to pay to ship depending on where you live. The shipping cost may be free, or it may be 8.5 percent.

I get all of my long-term food storage here, and I highly recommend you do as well! Azure has drop-off locations across the country. You can learn more about Azure on their website.

Costco is another great place to buy bulk long-term food storage. Various Costco stores offer different items, but you can find great deals on rice, oats, beans, and more.

Ask your local grocery store if they’ll place a bulk order for you. Natural Grocers allows customers to place orders for 25-50 pound bags of shelf-stable items like rice, beans, and oats. You can contact them to find out how the process works. Prices may vary by region.

The basic supplies you’ll need for long term food storage are:

  • Dry food
  • Mylar bags (recommended)
  • Heat sealer for mylar bags (or just use an iron or a flat iron)
  • Oxygen absorbers
  • A large tote bin to store the sealed bags or cans
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When preparing rice for long-term storage, there are several things to consider.

1. Containers

As mentioned before, ensure that your container is clean and dry, as you don’t want your rice to absorb any smells, liquids, or residue. It is crucial to use proper storage containers for different kinds of food. Different types of foods require different containers.

Use a food-grade plastic container, or if you’re worried about chemicals in plastic seeping into your food, there are plenty of BPA-free options available.

Also, it is advisable to buy a container specifically designed for storing rice, as the lid of the container should not be totally airtight, unlike many other types of food storage. The rice needs oxygen to stay fresh, so if you can’t find a suitable container, buy a lot of the next item.

Food grade buckets can be used to store rice for long-term usage and can even be stacked up to save some storage space. A plastic bucket keeps dust out of the container, and it helps keep the contents dry. In other words, the contents would be intact even if the buckets were soaked in water for several inches.

Fortunately, it’s easy to identify food-grade buckets. Check the symbol and number on the bottom to make sure it’s made out of plastic that is safe for food. Then, confirm that the bucket is safe for food storage by looking for a symbol or marking that identifies it as food grade. Another way is to read the description on the bucket to find it if it’s food grade.

2. Oxygen Absorbers

What about those little things that look like sugar packets but are smaller than what you’ll find in food packages or even handbags and other leather goods? Oxygen absorbers like these contain minerals like iron or vitamin C that quickly absorb oxygen.

There are different kinds of oxygen absorbers. Some are designed for dry goods, while others are for moist goods. You should make sure you purchase oxygen absorbers that are designed for rice or dry goods.

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3. Mylar Bags

The best thing about Mylar bags is that they block oxygen, so whatever is inside will not oxidize. You can store a rice bag inside a mylar bag for long-term storage if you add oxygen absorber bags.

When storing rice this way, it comes down to the packaging, which will ensure that your stored rice will last long term. Brown rice should not be stored in mylar bags because the oils may leak out and then turn rancid over time.

You should order the thickest mylar bags if you intend to use them in your storing method. If the bags are too thin, holes and punctures are more likely to occur. Choosing mylar bags with flat bottoms will prevent them from rolling over and spilling their contents.

4. Storing Rice in the Freezer

Small amounts of rice can be stored in the freezer. This option, however, won’t be available if the power goes out during a disaster or if your freezer stops working. These are things to consider when choosing a freezer storage method.

If you only have a small amount of rice, storing it in a sealed container in the freezer will help keep dust and contaminants out, as well as bugs. In addition, rice can be packed inside a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag in its original packaging.

5. Temperature

Rice should be stored at or just below 40° Fahrenheit. At this temperature, rice can last for up to 25-30 years.

The rice can be stored at 70° Fahrenheit, but this requires more oxygen absorber packets to prevent the rice from taking up moisture.

Rice stored at 70° won’t last as long as rice stored at 40°. Rice stored at 70° can only last for up to ten years.

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Yes, absolutely! However, you should use leftover rice within a few hours if you made a lot. If not stored properly, cooked rice can make you sick. Let the rice cool quickly after it has been cooked. When left at room temperature for longer than two hours, cooked rice can quickly turn into a breeding ground for bacteria because of its high moisture content.

Place the cooked rice in a food-grade container and refrigerate. Cooked rice can be kept fresh in the refrigerator for up to six days when properly stored. Rice can also be placed in heavy-duty freezer bags. The best quality can last up to six months this way.

It is important to throw out the cooked rice as soon as it smells bad and appears strange.

You now have a general understanding of everything you need to store rice for several decades.


The shelf life of properly stored cooked rice is one week in the refrigerator or six months in the freezer. Cooked rice must be stored properly. Rice contains spore-forming bacteria called  Bacillus cereus. It thrives in warm, moist environments. Rice pots are a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. If you store your cooked rice properly, it is good to eat for subsequent meals.

Here’s what you’ll need to store cooked rice:

  • Any quantity of cooked rice
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper (optional)
  • Zip-top bags or airtight storage containers
  • Large spoon
  • Permanent marker (optional)
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Rice that has been cooked should be stored within two hours after cooking. In this way, you can prevent the growth of bacteria.

1) Prepare a pan.

Spray or brush a neutral oil (such as canola oil) onto a baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper if you don’t want the oil.

2) Cool the rice.

Spread the cooked rice thinly on the baking sheet. Cool in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

3) Transfer into a container.

Place the cooled rice into the appropriate storage container. Mark the bag, jar, or tub with a permanent marker so you will remember when it was cooked and dispose of it accordingly.

You can store your cooked rice in a zip-top bag in the fridge for up to a week. Cooked rice can be frozen in a sturdy container ($14; or in a zip-top bag designed for freezer storage ($5;

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Insects and rodents are a concern with any food storage, and since rice is a grain that comes from fields, pests are the biggest threat to long-term food storage. In order to keep rice from going bad, the rice must have the right amount of moisture and be stored in an airtight container.

If ventilation isn’t done properly, bugs and pests can also enter. Rice sweats when it gets hot, and pests are attracted to warm and moist conditions to build nests and lay eggs. It is true that pests can be an issue, but fortunately, pests can be minimized through proper storage.

Fortunately, there are some ways we can protect rice from these insects:

1. Freeze

Rice can be stored in the freezer for 4-5 days. The process will kill any existing insects, such as weevils, that have just started attacking your grains. Using this method will also prevent insect eggs from hatching.

2. Seal

The best way to protect rice from insects is to store it in plastic bags that are tightly sealed, such as vacuum seal bags. You may not be able to store large quantities of rice in your freezer. Thus, to keep insects away from the rice, seal the bags with plastic.

Why use a vacuum sealer?

Reduced Oxygen Packaging (ROP) involves vacuum sealing. This method reduces the amount of oxygen in a package by removing air and creating an airtight environment.

A vacuum seal is an excellent way to extend the life of perishable foods because it slows down deterioration. The reduced amount of oxygen creates an anaerobic environment that prevents bacterial and other pathogen growth, as well as the evaporation of volatile constituents.

After the air has been removed, a hermetic seal is applied to maintain the vacuum.

A hermetic seal also prevents the entry of outside contaminants, oxygen, moisture, and humidity by providing an airtight closure.

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3. Separate them!

Once the insects have already infested your rice, remove them from your storage bins and separate them. You can simply remove these weevils by rinsing the rice well. They can also be placed on a large tray and exposed to the sun for about 3-4 hours. As a result, the insects will leave the tray as soon as it gets hot. Place the rice in sealed plastic bags if you think they’re already pest-free. You can add a couple of dried red chilies as an extra measure. Chilies repel pests with their pungent smell.

Preventing Critters From Destroying Your Rice

Rodents and small animals are always on the lookout for food. Mice, rats, squirrels, ferrets, weasels, and raccoons are all expert scavengers looking for vulnerable stockpiles.

Rodents, in particular, are excellent at gnawing. Their incisors are large, sharp, and continuously growing. A chisel-like tooth is perfectly suited to chew through weak storage containers.

Once they’re in, they’ll feast. Besides eating all of your grains, they also tend to leave waste where they eat.

There are two measures you can take to avoid this nasty situation.

First, be proactive about preventing rodents and critters from entering your storage location. There are a number of ways to control and prevent these nasty critters from taking up residence in your storage location, including traps, poison, metal strips, and even your pet cats or dogs.

The second way to protect rice stockpiles is to put them in hard, durable containers. It is impossible for these expert chewers to penetrate containers that are hard enough.

We’ll talk about your storage container options shortly, but this second line of defense helps protect your food even if rodents enter your storage room.

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Preventing Mold From Destroying Your Rice

During long-term storage, you also need to consider mold and how to prevent it. In a matter of minutes, mold can turn dry rice into green-colored rice. The mold needs an organic food source, warmth, moisture, and oxygen in order to grow and thrive. 

The rice you purchase is dry, and there is minimal moisture in it. However, after some time, the rice will absorb moisture and may grow mold (especially if the humidity and the room temperature are high).

Therefore, the best way to prevent mold is to control the temperature and humidity levels of the storage area.

For small amounts of rice, you could just put it in a freezer. However, you may still encounter some problems. First, if you want to store a lot of rice you likely won’t have enough freezer space. And if the power goes out in a disaster, your freezer will stop working.

Therefore, a basement or root cellar would be a better solution. Underground locations remain cooler all year round than above-ground ones. However, if you’re going to use a basement or underground storage cellar, never leave bags of rice directly on the floor.

It is also possible to control the humidity of the storage room by using a dehumidifier. It removes moisture from the air and converts it into water. It is better to have low humidity in a food stockpile location, especially if you live in a humid area like Florida or Southern California.

Even if the humidity in your area only occurs in the summer, a quality dehumidifier can be a useful addition to your emergency stockpile.

Like freezers, dehumidifiers use energy. Therefore, if you don’t have an off-grid alternative energy source (such as solar or biogas), if disaster strikes and the power goes out, you won’t be able to control the humidity in your stockpile.

If this describes your situation, you can use oxygen absorbers.

First, you need to put the rice in airtight packaging. After that, you add a few oxygen absorbers to the container before sealing it. 

I found that Mylar bags were the most effective, affordable, and surefire way to get an airtight seal. Originally designed for space use, Mylar has amazing properties that make it perfect for long-term storage.

Additionally, if you want to control moisture inside your rice storage container, you can add desiccant to it. They remove moisture from sealed containers. The rice will be devoid of oxygen and moisture!

That’s how you make your storage rice last for decades.

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Rice is a must for any survival pantry.

If you’re skeptical about “prepping”, it’s still a good idea to keep a few extra bulk bags of rice on hand. Local disasters can strike at any time. Just make sure you store it properly!

Rice is one of the few foods that can be stored for long periods of time. Rice is cheap, filling, and can be stored almost indefinitely under the right conditions. Furthermore, it’s easy to prepare, expands three times in size when cooked, and is loaded with calories. Rice is amazing. 


Question: How do you seal rice for long term storage?

Put your rice in the deep freezer for a week before storing it in containers. Any eggs that may be hiding in your rice at the time of purchase will be killed by the freezing temperatures. To avoid bugs in your rice once it has been stored, use airtight food-grade containers.

Question: How do you store rice for 30 years?

Rice can be stored for up to 10 years at a constant temperature of 70°F with oxygen absorbers; however, 40°F or below is the best temperature for grains, including rice. However, if rice is stored in cooler climates inside oxygen-free containers, it can be stored for up to 30 years.

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Question: How do you store a 50 pound bag of rice?

Answer: Divide the rice into smaller bags that can be sealed permanently with food sealer equipment or in airtight containers. Put the bags into a container made of food-grade material. You may want to line the bottom of the bin with a towel to absorb any moisture that may accumulate. Put the containers or bags of rice on a shelf rather than on the ground. Examine the storage area every two to four weeks. Ensure that the temperature is between 50°F (10°C) and 70°F (21°C). Rice should be kept cool and dry.

Question: How long will a 50 lb bag of rice last?

Answer: The calorie content of a fifty-pound bag is 75,000 calories or 1,500 calories per pound. If you are doing even light work, you need to consume at least 2500 calories a day. Therefore, if rice is your only source of calories, your 50 lb of rice will last for only 30 days. 

Question: Is minute rice good for long term storage?

Answer: Minute rice will last up to five years in store-bought packaging, just like white rice. However, instant rice only lasts for two years; after that, the rice will begin to degrade unless it is sealed with oxygen absorbers.

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Question: How do you keep rice fresh for years?

Answer: To keep your rice fresh, follow these steps:

1. Rice should be stored in airtight containers in a cool, dry area to ward off pests.

2. Raw rice can also be kept in the refrigerator. Make sure to use a sealable container at all times.

3. When freezing rice, remove all the air from the bags before sealing them. To avoid dehydration, do not store longer than three months.

4. You can also cook a batch and refrigerate it. Make sure to take only what you need, and to put the rest back in the fridge. Steam with hot water for your next meal. If you’re using a microwave, add a splash of water and cook the rice until tender. 

5. Always wash raw rice before cooking to remove excess starch. Use less water to prevent soggy rice.

6. Fried rice actually tastes better if the cooked rice is refrigerated overnight.

Question: How long does vacuum-sealed rice last?

Answer: Hermetically sealed in the absence of oxygen, vacuum-sealed white rice will have a storage life of 8-10 years at a stable temperature of 70° Fahrenheit.


  1. I don’t recommend freezing rice for a week before prepping long term for several reasons. First off; a week will only kill live bugs, many eggs can go dormant and hatch after rice is back to room temp. Secondly; rice will absorb much more moisture quicker….. as you have to leave it set out for 48-72 hours (after freezing) to be sure it’s completely returned to room temp during that time the rice becomes much more susceptible to drawing in moisture. Instead: it’s best to store in Mylar bags with OA as soon as possible after purchasing. Then placing those individual bags in your totes, buckets etc. pests cannot survive without oxygen. Hope this helps


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