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Longevity of stored Rice

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by DieselScout, May 16, 2012.

  1. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    I figured I'd ask here first, as I'd expect you guys to know the answer.

    Way back in 2010 or 2009 my wife and I bought a 25 pound bag of Jasmine Rice at Costco. We store the rice in a cool dark place, but the bag is still open and not sealed (we just roll the top down). We transfer the rice into smaller jars to keep in the kitchen and cook with in the rice cooker. The last few batches of rice we've cooked has come out mushy. So much so, that you almost end up with a lump of undefinable mush, instead of a mass of sticky rice grains. I checked the bag last night and it said "best before April 12, 2011" and we are way past that date. Has the rice gone bad? Any advice on how to store it? This isn't a prepper question, more along the lines of I'd rather buy it in bulk.

    Thanks.:D
     
  2. knuckle Head

    knuckle Head southeast Well-Known Member

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  3. Felt Lizard

    Felt Lizard The great NW Member

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    I put jasmine white in glass mason jars and just screwed the lids on. Stored them in the basement shielded from all light sources. That was mid-2009. We've been eating it over the last 6 months. It still tastes like I bought it yesterday. (However, I do like the freezing idea to kill bugs...)
     
  4. Barefoot343

    Barefoot343 liberalville Active Member

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    I wonder if you could use a food bag sealer with any larger degree of success? anyone ever try this? we have the brand from Costc that sucks the air out and seals it it is really a great tool.
     
  5. knuckle Head

    knuckle Head southeast Well-Known Member

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    I have a FOODSAVER PLUS, tried using it on mylar bags, it did not well at all, grant it, it is 13 years old has been used a lot as it's intended purpose, and still works well as its intended purpose.

    I bought a mylar sealer on Amazon Amazon.com: 6" Portable Hand Held Heat Sealer (Model KF-150CST) For Mylar Bags For Long Term Food Storage: Industrial & Scientific I know it's $112.00 but as much as i use it, it was wortht he inverstment

    I might add, if you know others who are prepping maybe you can share resources like you buy one item and they buy another and share useage..
     
  6. Mookie

    Mookie Eastern Washington Active Member

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    Rice loses most flavor after about a month after harvest no matter the storage method. Nutritional value decreases sharply after that. Basically the rice we have in the US is a hole filler. Years of storage will turn it into mush as it will not keep.
     
  7. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for all the information. I think I am going to look into some alternative storage methods for the rice in the future. I like the idea of pre-packaged serving that you can gab and go.
     
  8. knuckle Head

    knuckle Head southeast Well-Known Member

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    I am in the process of breaking mine down into a hefty serving for two people, each serving is in a mylar pouch with an oxygen absorber.

    Yes, a little over kill, but it is in small meal size packages, I also broke open other cases of food with #10 cans, and inserted mylar packages in between the cans to conserve storage space, and to make it easier to move, haul or store.
     
  9. Retread

    Retread Not to far from Salem, OR Member

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    A sealed container with an oxygen absorber does wonders to preserve rice, if you add a small amount of dry ice on the bottom of the container and let it melt with the lid on but loose. When you feel the bottom of your container (in 30 minutes or so), if it is beginning to warm, toss in your oxygen absorber and seal the lid. We have white rive we bought in 2005 and stored this way, it is still good. The brown rice we bought and stored at the same time is terrible. Brown rice will only keep for two years or so, because of the oils in it.
     
  10. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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  11. 9mmD

    9mmD sw wa Member

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    I've vaccumed sealed my rice (from costco) in qt bags and its lasted 8mo now and seems to be working great. I did have 2 bags get punctured and loose the seal so keep an eye on it and just use those first.
     
  12. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    White rice stored correctly = forever ( we are rotating some 20 + year old white rice right now)

    Brown rice = not so long
     
  13. kenno

    kenno eastern WA Active Member

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    I'm eating WR that I bought in 1999. I froze it for 3 weeks, with the sack wrapped in plastic trash bag. I remove it from freezer and, still wrapped, let it thaw. Transfered to mylar bag in 5 gallon bucket with that screw on lid thingy, stored in a cool dark place. eats like new.
    I have done the same with beans of all kinds.