When preparing dried foods for long-term storage, keeping the food away from oxygen, moisture and vermin is paramount (and as a commenter on YouTube noted, it keeps the food away from light - a BIG destroyer of nutrients - as well).
This video tutorial demonstrates how to store rice in mylar bags and food-grade buckets. This same technique works equally well with any dried grains or legumes such as wheat, corn, beans and barley.
Rice (and most dried grains and legumes) stored in this manner can expect to have a shelf life of more than 20 years if kept below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Buying food in bulk is a great way to put large amounts of food into storage for very little cost. The rice in this video was on sale for $0.35 a pound. So the 40 pounds was $14. Remember: that cost includes deilvery as well. The bucket and lid were $8.92, the mylar bag was $1.82, the oxygen absorbers were $0.15 each - $0.60 total. Grand total for everything - $25.34.
Walton Feed (whom I love) wants $36.25 for the same set-up (4 more pounds of rice - so you can deduct $1.40 if you want to!). BUT to have it shipped to California is another $25.01, for a grand total of $61.26 - more than twice the cost.
Put a little time and effort into your food storage preparedness, and you can significantly stretch your prepping dollars.
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