Preparedness Challenge: July Week 2

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

BROWN RICE

  • Has a short-term shelf life so it’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 RICE

  • 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.
store.churchofjesuschrist.org

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.
Good luck gathering rice and meat this week. You CAN do it!
Valerie Albrechtsen
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