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Thursday, February 26, 2009

There’s nothing better than a belly full of rice…from FOOD STORAGE!

Rice is a great grain to store in your long term food storage (especially if you, like me, have a loved one who lived in Asia for 2 years :). You should have 300 pounds of grains per person in your family in your long term food storage and rice can make up some of that 300 pounds (READ your grains don’t need to consist entirely of wheat-they should consist of wheat, pasta, rice, and oats). So before I get into the delicious recipes I have for rice…after all my husband says there is nothing better than a belly full of rice…I wanted to go over some basics of rice.

Can I only store Long Grain white rice?

Well, the LDS cannery only sells long grain white rice, however, if you’re like me and have someone in your family who has lived in Asia they probably aren’t big fans of white rice. You can store the long grain, medium, or short (sticky) types of rice in your long term food storage. Stored properly these three types of white rice will last 25-30+ years. Brown rice should not be stored for long periods of time because it is considered an “oily grain” and will deteriorate or go rancid. (Click here for the brown rice source) For those of you concerned about not having brown rice for nutritional reasons, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that you can actually cook cracked wheat as a rice substitute (it cooks the same way 1-2-3, 1 C. cracked wheat + 2 C. boiling water = 3 C. cooked and get similar nutritional benefits.

How should I store my Rice?

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 Mylar®-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 rice. (Click here for source)

How long does Rice last once opened?

You should use your rice with in 2 years of opening the packaging. (Click here for source)

What are the benefits of cooking with Rice?

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. (Click here for source)

Making a complete meal with Rice

As stated above rice is a starch so to balance out your meal with rice, it’s always good to serve it with a protein. Also, since it counts for a starch you may want to steer clear of serving rice with additional starches at the dinner table like potatoes and rolls.

How do you cook long grain rice?

To make 3 C. of cooked rice you will begin by boiling 2 C. of water. When the water is boiling, add a dash of salt, a little butter (optional), and 1 C. of rice. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until water is gone. *Make sure to look over rice for any foreign bits BEFORE cooking.

**As a note about the magnets: Thank you to everyone who purchased a set. They have officially sold out. I sent a big batch out last week and will send the second half out this week. I’ll try and get some more printed but I don’t know when they’ll have that good deal again…I’ll keep you posted. Thanks!


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