1. GATHER RICE INTO FOOD STORAGE
- Has a short-term shelf life
- According to StillTasty.com, brown rice has a 3-6 month pantry shelf life, 6 - 12 month refrigerator shelf-life and a 12 - 18 month freezer shelf life.
- High oil content of brown rice causes it to spoil more quickly than white rice.
- Transfer brown rice to a covered airtight container or resealable plastic freezer bag.
White, Basmati and Jasmine rice are great food items to store in your long-term food storage.
- "Store in a cool dry area; after opening the package, place the uncooked white rice in a sealed airtight container or place original package in a resealable heavy-duty freezer bag." StillTasty
- White rice has an indefinite shelf life if protected from contamination.
- Discard if it develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if insects or other contaminants appear.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sells white rice in large 5.4 lb. cans for $5.00. Cans have a 30 year shelf life (if stored properly). Order online or pick up at an LDS Home Storage Center.
- A year's supply is about 12 of these cans. See "An Approach to Longer-Term Food Storage."
2. GATHER CANNED MEAT INTO FOOD STORAGE
Canned chicken, roast beef, tuna, corned beef hash, Vienna sausages and Spam are readily available. Here are some stocking and use tips:
- Quick and easy to use. A great backup for a last minute meal.
- Typically has about a 2-year shelf life.
- A 12 oz can of roast beef can be used in place of 1 lb. of ground beef in many recipes. A 12 oz can of chicken can be used in enchiladas, salads and chicken sandwiches.
- Can your own meat in jars with a meat pressure canner for added savings.
Good luck gathering rice and meat this week. You CAN do it!
The Food Storage Organizer