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Old 02-19-2012, 09:22 PM
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White rice does not appeal to me because it has been bleached and is essentially dead calories IMO. I much prefer brown rice but of course it has oils that go rancid after a period of time. Question posed:
Is there a way to store brown rice so that it can last two years or more? Naturally, one can improve shelf life by putting the rice into an oxygen free environment, in a sealed container. Perhaps adding bay leaves would help. Perhaps freezing the rice for 30 days to kill off insect eggs from hatching would help.

Your comments would be greatly appreciated.
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Brown rice is better, however many say it's natural oil content is to high for long term storage.
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Freeze it. And keep it frozen. It will go bad very very slowly, and you'll have time to use it.

Of course if the power goes out and you don't have means to keep the temperature low, then you're back to square one...
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Freezing (and keeping it frozen) generally doubles the shelf life of brown rice... however, even doubled, storage time on brown rice just isn't that long compared to white rice.
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Two years is probably pushing it. But mylar and O2 absorbers would be your best bet. This reduces O2 levels lower than any other method. And it's the O2 that causes oils to go rancid. Keep it in the freezer until then, and you can have an extra year or so. Just be sure to let the O2 absorber finish working before freezing it.

Before you are too down on white rice, remember that some of the healthiest and longest living cultures on Earth eat a diet high in white rice. They eat a healthy balanced diet loaded with veggies, fish, etc., so they're getting plenty of nutrients. Even the ones that white rice doesn't provide.

And rice is not the only grain. As much as I love my rice, I store more wheat and barley than rice. I also store corn and oats. Variety is the best way to good nutrition and to help avoid appetite fatigue.
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I bought some canned long grain brown rice from MREdepot almost two years ago. Maybe I should open a can and see how bad it is.
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I bought some canned long grain brown rice from MREdepot almost two years ago. Maybe I should open a can and see how bad it is.
I would.

I test all of my stores. Sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised, other times disappointed. The point, though, is to find out what works now....rather than finding out when it's too late to make an adjustment, and your life depends on it.
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White rice does not appeal to me because it has been bleached and is essentially dead calories IMO. I much prefer brown rice but of course it has oils that go rancid after a period of time. Question posed:
Is there a way to store brown rice so that it can last two years or more? Naturally, one can improve shelf life by putting the rice into an oxygen free environment, in a sealed container. Perhaps adding bay leaves would help. Perhaps freezing the rice for 30 days to kill off insect eggs from hatching would help.

Your comments would be greatly appreciated.
True that bleached rice loses much of it's natural nutrients during the bleaching process, but is does not lose its carbohydrate properties, in a SHTF situation calories, carbs, fats, protein and a multivitamin will get your through quite nicely. Enriched white rice will sustain you. For everyday purposes I do not cook or use it. For long term storage yes, you have to utilize the options you have for purpose you intend. Since enriched white rice will last longer that should be the long term food store, while things are good, brown rice, or my favorite basmati.
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Authors: Jana Darrington USU Extension Agent and Brian A. Nummer, Ph.D, USU Food Safety Extension Specialist
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White rice, more commonly known as polished rice is a main food source for over half of the world’s population. Rice is an excellent addition to home food storage because it’s versatile, high caloric value, and long shelf life. Families should store about 300 lbs of grains per person in a one-year supply. Depending on personal preference, about 25 to 60 lbs of rice should be stored per person. Separate from brown rice, there are three types of white rice in the United States: long, medium, and short. In addition, there are several types of specialty rice available.


Long Grain. long grain polished rice is about three times longer than it is wide. After cooking it is firm and fluffy (not sticky) .

Medium Grain. medium grain polished rice is between 2-3 times longer than it is wide. Cooked U.S. medium grain rice is soft, moist and sticky in texture.

Short Grain. short grain Rice is less than two times longer than it is wide. Short grain rice is very sticky and sometimes called sushi rice.



Specialty varieties include Arborio, Basmati, Della or Dellmont, Japanese premium, Jasmine, Toro, and Waxy. Analyses on which variety stores best have not been done. Raw rice is made of three layers: the hull, bran, and kernel. Polishing removes the hull and bran layers from the polished rice kernel. Before milling, raw rice may be parboiled, a process of soaking in water and steaming under intense pressure, which pushes the natural vitamins and minerals from the rice bran layer to the kernel.

Quality & Purchase. Purchase quality rice grains from a trusted source. Inspect rice for insects or discoloration[Bj4] , prior to preparing for home storage. Do not buy rice infested with insects.

Packaging. Store rice in a tightly sealed container. Food safe plastics (PETE) containers, glass jars, #10 cans (commercial size) lined with a food-grade enamel lining and MylarŪ-type bags work best for long-term storage. Use food-safe oxygen absorbers [Bj5] available from food storage supply stores to preserve rice quality, and protect from insect infestation. #10 cans will hold approximate 5.7 lbs (2.6 kgs) of polished rice.

Storage Conditions. The best temperature to store grains, including rice, is 40°F or below; however, rice stored at a constant 70° F with oxygen absorbers will store well for up to 10 years. In cooler storage areas rice sealed in oxygen-free containers can be stored for up to 30 years. A B.Y.U. study sampling polished rice and parboiled rice stored from 1 to 30 years found that both types of rice will keep their nutrients and flavor up to 30 years.

Nutrition & Allergies. In the United States, vitamins and minerals: iron, niacin, thiamin, and folic acid are added to rice. Rice is high in starch and fiber. In addition, rice is low in sodium and a good source of protein. There are no known common allergies to rice or its constituents.

Shelf life. When properly sealed and stored, polished white rice will store well for 25 to 30 years.

Use from storage. After opening use rice within one to two years.
http://extension.usu.edu/foodstorage/htm/white-rice/

Utah Statue University Cooperative Extension
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So tell me, is there any reason why we couldn't substitute other whole grains, like oats? I just tried oat groats at the recommendation of someone here and they're just delicious. I'd consider them a great substitute for my beloved brown rice. They do take longer to cook but not more energy, necessarily, as one can heat the cooking liquid to boiling, then let them just rest in it overnight and then reheat in the morning and they're great.

Also there's the option of wild rice, which is not really rice, and it's also absolutely delicious. I should attempt the overnight method on that, too, come to think of it.
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So tell me, is there any reason why we couldn't substitute other whole grains, like oats? I just tried oat groats at the recommendation of someone here and they're just delicious. I'd consider them a great substitute for my beloved brown rice. They do take longer to cook but not more energy, necessarily, as one can heat the cooking liquid to boiling, then let them just rest in it overnight and then reheat in the morning and they're great.

Also there's the option of wild rice, which is not really rice, and it's also absolutely delicious. I should attempt the overnight method on that, too, come to think of it.
You can store all sorts of grains. Oats store pretty well, as does wheat and barley. And of course there are the high nutrition grains like quinoa and amaranth. I always suggest storing a variety anyway.

Grains also cook well using thermal retention. Either in a thermos (Aladdin Stanley smallmouth) or with an insulated pot cozy.
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Another option to brown rice are the converted bran rices. These have been partially boiled before drying. This drives much of the nutrition from the bran into the kernel. Then the bran is removed. They have the storage life of white rice, with nutrition closer to that of brown.
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Another option to brown rice are the converted bran rices. These have been partially boiled before drying. This drives much of the nutrition from the bran into the kernel. Then the bran is removed. They have the storage life of white rice, with nutrition closer to that of brown.
I thought that instant brown rice still had a shortened shelf life (1-2 years). I have avoided it for this reason and stuck with white. Have you been able to store the instant brown rices longer without them going rancid?
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I thought that instant brown rice still had a shortened shelf life (1-2 years). I have avoided it for this reason and stuck with white. Have you been able to store the instant brown rices longer without them going rancid?
I'm not talking about instant brown rice. It's converted bran white rice. I've never tried the instant brown rices, so I don't really know anything about them. Since it's still brown rice, with the bran and oil, I would figure that you're right about the shorter life. The oil is the problem.
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Another option to brown rice are the converted bran rices. These have been partially boiled before drying. This drives much of the nutrition from the bran into the kernel. Then the bran is removed. They have the storage life of white rice, with nutrition closer to that of brown.
Very true. I always buy converted rice for storage.

A quick way to find in on shelves is that it is usually a bit yellowish or brownish in color. Makes it easy to find amongst the all the very white rice.

Also another name for it is Parbolied rice. Same thing.
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Very true. I always buy converted rice for storage.

A quick way to find in on shelves is that it is usually a bit yellowish or brownish in color. Makes it easy to find amongst the all the very white rice.

Also another name for it is Parbolied rice. Same thing.
It can be a bit expensive. But Sam's has it in bulk for a very good price.
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When it comes to rice, I buy only short grain brown rice and freeze it. I also have other grains for variety. I vacuum pack grains and freeze for long term storage.
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I just put up a bunch of parboiled rice that Mike speaks of. Got it at Winco for $15 for 25#. OA in Mylar!!!
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I've recently ate Brown Bismatti rice that I've had just under 3 years....and it was quite good!!!
Par boiled rice is probobly the way to go,I've put up several 5 gallon buckets of it,mainly because of the nutritional content of it....They say it's about 80% as nutritionally beneficial as is Brown rice!
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It can be a bit expensive. But Sam's has it in bulk for a very good price.
Was there today, saw Uncle Ben's parboiled rice 12lbs $9.45.

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http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/pr...oductId=194457

Comet brand parboiled rice 25lbs $11.69 says grown in the USA.
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