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When building your food storage, you need to have a variety of foods. They should be high in carbohydrates and vitamins. You also need a lot of food. It can be overwhelming, but I can help you!
The first item I want you to buy is rice. Just normal long grain white rice. You can do brown or Bismati if you’d like, but for simplicity I’m just going to say long grain white. Don’t buy Instant or “Minute” rice, as it doesn’t store as long. I bought 2 10-lb bags at Walmart for $11! 20 pounds for $11, folks! Talk about cheap!
Rice is very versatile and a good source of carbohydrates to keep you going during times of stress. It is 90% carbohydrates, 8% protein, and 2% fat. It’s low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Long grain white rice is also a good source of Manganese, Selenium, and Iron.
Long grain white rice doubles in size when it is cooked. You can boil it and use it as a base for many dishes. Add it to soups, stir-fries, and casseroles. I even like it in milk with just some butter and sugar.
Long term storage
If you take the little time it takes to store it properly, long grain white rice can be stored for as much as 25 years. Rice storage involves buckets, mylar bags, and oxygen absorbers. Check with restaurants and bakeries for free or very cheap food-grade buckets. Make sure they are food-grade. Non food-grade buckets can leach chemicals and bad taste into the food. You also need a way to seal the mylar bags. Some people use an iron or a hair straightener to seal and re-seal the mylar bags, but an impulse manual sealer can be bought pretty cheaply as well. Oxygen absorbers are cheap also, I have seen packs of 100 for about $10.
Rice is a great starting point for a good food storage plan. Get as much as you can, and build on it with my weekly tips!
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