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Old 10-09-2012, 05:58 PM
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How long do unopened bags of dry rice and dry beans store for if heat is not a major problem?

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Edit: By the way, I did do a little poking around on google about this, but I wanted to hear from the pros.
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Others here would likely give you better answers, but my guess would be a yearish depending on packaging and things like white rice versus brown rice.
Old 10-10-2012, 09:59 AM
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Following the store what you eat and eat what you store philosophy, I'm consuming now the rice I stored in July 2011. Year old white rice is perfectly good as the day I bought it.

I really overstocked dried pinto beans for Y2K, and finally finished that stock in 2007. They still tasted just fine, and had a germination rate of 70%.

Both stored in plastic buckets without oxygen asbsorbers.
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The rice in our kitchen right now I bought about 2 yrs ago and it has been sitting in it's original bag in the basement. It tastes just fine.

I store my bulk dry kidney and lentil beans in mason jars and they seem to keep well for a very long time. I have a soup simmering right now with beans from 5yrs ago in it.

I know I should be keeping it all in sealed with mylar it in 5gal pails w/ o2 absorbers. I think I might just transfer the rice it into glass jars for the time being since I have tons of them just laying around.
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if you are just storing short time ... under 5 years ..... the retail packaging bags do just fine ..... I laugh when I imagine people trying to funnel beans into 2 liter bottles ...
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Beans and rice are fine for years as long as they are kept dry. They may take a lot longer to cook but they are fine for years......
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Beans (without "flavor powder" on them) should certainly last a year at least in the retail packaging, but I would strongly suggest keeping any grains in a tupperware type container to keep pesky weevils out!
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Default i would say a year or so

If sealed in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers in 75 degrees or lower about 25 to 30 years.
If in store bag it really depends on where you store it, In a cool dark place would be the best i would say a year or so on rice but beans will dry out pretty fast if in a hot environment and know matter how much you soak them they will be as hard as a brick at that point you can still eat them you just have to crush them and make bean dip, or crush when dry for bean powder you can mix in with flour for breads and to thicken up soups and stews.

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I deep freeze my rice for one to two weeks in bags, then two days room temp and into cleaned plastic juice bottles. I just finished 2008 so four years so far. I prefer to cook my beans and can in jars. They take a lot of cooking so I would rather do it now while energy is cheap and not use my propane supply.
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It's always a surprise. I've kept rice and other things in original packaging for 2-3 years on the shelf with no problems. BUT, I also bought a small bag of wonderful jasmine rice for the pantry, leaving it unopened for about six months or less and when I took it out, there were bugs in it.

It's best to freeze and store properly, imo, and I won't waste like that again. Imagine finding many 50 pound bags infested like that simply because you didn't take the time to do it right in the first place.
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I had a bag of rice we opened and used part of and forgot about for 8 or so years! no mylar or o2 absorbers and it was fine we finished the rest of it.
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I found this in the back of some stuff I rearranged. It was stored in a kitchen cabinet, normal house, but one year unoccupied most of the time, therefore not heated or air conditioned. It says use by 04-2007. I cooked a cup and it was fine, not as tasty as my new Thai rice, but what do you want from bargain basement Albertson's rice that was ignored since 2005...
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It doesn't much matter if they're unopened or not. The factory packaging doesn't provide protection against air, bugs or anything else. All it does is keep them from spilling out.

Dry foods don't rot or spoil because that requires moisture. So in effect, they would be "safe" to eat practically forever. But O2 does deteriorate the food. So when you see people say they've eaten rice or beans that have sat on a shelf for 20 years, it doesn't say anything about the quality of the food itself and it's nutrition level. Only that it didn't give them food poisoning, which it won't. And "it tasted fine" tells nothing about the food quality either.
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I keep my rice and beans in freezer. Been doing this for years, ever since finding bugs in a fifty pound bag of rice I brought home from store.
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