Rice is a staple for preppers and homesteaders. Knowing how to store rice properly allows you to take care of both your short term needs – dinner tonight – as well as long term needs – dinner many months or even years from now. There are many different ways to store rice so the best storage solution will really depend on your needs.
Storing Rice for Short Term Use
If you are storing rice in your every day pantry then you can easily store it in a Tupperware style container. This will keep rice fresh for your every day usage. It can also be stored in a glass jar if it will be used on a regular basis. Some people even store it in a sealable bag or even in the bag from when they bought the rice at the store.
But what about longer term rice storage? There are things you can do to keep your rice fresh if you son’t intend to use it for several months or even years.
In these cases, I always put the rice in my freezer for at least 4 days. This will kill off any possible insect infestations that may have happened during packaging, transport or while it was at the grocery store. Then I will let it thaw for 3-4 days to make sure that there is no moisture left in the rice.
At that point I will either put it in a glass jar along with an oxygen absorber and seal the lid or I will put the rice in a Mylar bag along with oxygen absorbers and seal the bag. I then put the bag in a 5 gallon bucket and seal the bucket with a lid. This will help to protect the bag from insects and rodents that may try to chew through the bag to get to the rice.
Since the rice is in a Mylar bag I do not have to use a food grade 5 gallon bucket but I normally do just because I’m weird about what I intend to eat. To me it’s a question of saving a dollar or two on the bucket versus the comfort of knowing that the food grade bucket won’t damage my food in any way.
The Mylar bag size will depend on how much rice I am storing. If it is a small amount then I will use 1 gallon bags. For larger amounts I use 5 gallon Mylar bags. I usually try to keep the buckets between 25-35 pounds total so that they can easily be moved by most adults.
Here is a video from Alaska Granny with more information on storing rice safely for long periods of time.