A Guide To Storing Bulk Rice As A Survival Food
Storing bulk food in the home in preparation for an emergency situation is no longer a practice isolated to ‘preppers’ and survivalists, but has grown in popularity among people across the spectrum and around the globe.
As the fate of many nations becomes more and more unsure, citizens around the world have realized that their government(s) will be unable or unwilling to provide them the essential supplies needed in an emergency situation, and are taking matters into their own hands.
When choosing which foods are best to store long term, there are a variety of factors that should be taken into consideration. How much does the food cost? Does it have a long shelf life? Does it need to be re-packaged? These are all important things to consider when deciding how to get the most out of your hard earned dollars.
Foods that are more perishable tend to taste better, and people will be tempted to purchase more palatable foods as opposed to the bland ones. I would personally avoid this temptation and go with foods that will stand the test of time, regardless of the taste. Foods that have a shorter shelf life will need to be replaced more often, which can get costly as well.
If you’ve gotten to the point where you actually have to break out the survival food, you will surely have already battled a few zombies by then, and having to scarf down a bit of boring tasting food in-between kills will be the least of your worries. Hopefully.
There are a host of great companies now-a-days selling quality survival foods shipped in packaging that can be stored for long periods of time, however, the cost may not be a realistic option for those on a budget or living in impoverished nations.
One of the most cost-effective, smart, and accessible foods I have found for long term storage while on a budget is RICE.
The 5-pound bag of rice I purchased for use in this article only cost me $2.49 at the supermarket, and since they were on sale, I bought an extra 10 bags to put in my storage locker. Each 5-pound bag of rice serves approximately 50 people. So for around $25, I bought enough food to feed roughly 500 people. Not a bad purchase in my opinion.
There are a variety of factors that will effect the shelf life of rice such as temperature, humidity, and the method of storage. As a general rule, uncooked white rice will keep for at least 5 years in it’s original packaging when stored in a cool, dry place.
In the picture(s) above, I have illustrated my personal method of storing rice, which attempts to extend the shelf life of the food by vacuum sealing it.
Here, I have transferred the rice from it’s original thin-skinned bag into a more rigid one, and sealed it. This removes the air from the food and can extend the shelf life of the rice considerably.
For some, rice is just a food that gets eaten occasionally as a side dish with a nice steak dinner. For others, particularly in Asia and the Pacific, it is the main staple of the diet.
While rice doesn’t offer much in nutritional value, it can provide loads of much needed food energy in a survival situation, and can keep your family alive indefinitely when consumed alongside other nutritional supplements.
If you are looking for a smart, energy-rich, and cost-effective food for long term storage, rice may be a great option for you too.