Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Preparedness Challenge – July Week 2

This week for the second July Preparedness Challenge, let's gather some short-term and long-term rice, and canned meats into our food storage. Check out a few ideas below.


Has a short-term shelf life so it’s perfect for your 3-month food storage supply.
  • According to, 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 short AND 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."


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!

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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