How Do Preppers Store Rice?


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Rice is a staple food that can be stored for a long time, making it a popular choice for preppers.

However, storing rice long-term requires proper storage techniques to ensure it stays fresh and edible.

In this blog post, we will explore the best methods for storing rice long-term, as well as some tips and tricks for preppers to keep their rice safe and secure.

Buy Rice in Bulk

Buying rice in bulk is the most cost-effective way to store rice long-term.

When buying rice in bulk, make sure to purchase quality rice grains from a trusted source.

Inspect the rice for insects or discoloration before preparing it for home storage.

Store Rice in Oxygen-Free Containers

The best method for storing uncooked rice in your pantry is in oxygen-free containers.

You can also store rice in Mylar bags and add oxygen absorbers to keep your rice safe.

Remember, just like other foods, make sure you store them in a dry and cool place.

Moisture is the main problem for rice, mainly since it acts like a sponge.

If stored in a place with high humidity, it will absorb moisture and become moldy within a few days.

Use Food-Safe Containers

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 available from food storage supply stores to preserve rice quality and protect from insect infestation. #10 cans will hold approximately 5.7 lbs (2.6 kgs) of polished rice.

Store Rice in a Cool, Dark Place

Store rice in a cool, dark place, ideally with O2 absorbers.

As long as there is a decent seal with the lids, you should be good.

In cooler storage areas, rice sealed in oxygen-free containers can be stored for up to 30 years.

Do Not Store Rice in Its Store Packaging

Never store rice in its store packaging.

If the rice is infested, then the packaging is not safe.

To keep the rice bugs away, you can try the following storage methods:

  • Pour the rice in some clean mason jars.
  • Add an oxygen absorber in all the jars and place the lids on them.
  • Seal the jars using a food saver that has a jar attachment.
  • After sealing the jars, you can store them in a dry, cool place.


Storing rice long-term requires proper storage techniques to ensure it stays fresh and edible.

Buying rice in bulk, storing rice in oxygen-free containers, using food-safe containers, storing rice in a cool, dark place, and not storing rice in its store packaging are some of the best methods for storing rice long-term.

By following these tips and tricks, preppers can keep their rice safe and secure for years to come.