For the second July preparedness challenge, let’s gather some short-term and long-term rice, and canned meats into our food storage. Short-term means you buy rice from the grocery store and put it in your pantry. Long-term rice is canned to have a shelf life of about 30 years. Both are important for daily use and emergency use. Canned meat is quick and easy to use, and a great backup for a last minute meal. Check out a few ideas below.
1. GATHER RICE INTO FOOD STORAGE
- Has a short-term shelf life so itâ€™s perfect for your everyday 3-month food storage supply.
- According to StillTasty.com, brown rice has a 3-6 month pantry shelf life, 6 – 12 month refrigerator shelf-life and a 12 – 18 month freezer shelf life.
- The high oil content of brown rice causes it to spoil more quickly than white rice.
- Transfer your brown rice into 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 at Home Storage Centers. Cans have a 30 year shelf life (if stored properly). Or, order a box with 6 cans online at store.churchofjesuschrist.org
- A year’s supply for one person is about 12 of these cans. See “An Approach to Longer-Term Food Storage.” Rice, wheat, oats and pasta can be interchanged for your grain amount.
- I use the Latter-day Saint white rice for my pantry use so it gets rotated.
2. GATHER CANNED MEAT INTO FOOD STORAGE
- Canned chicken, roast beef, corned beef hash, Vienna sausages and Spam are readily available in stores.
- 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.