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Long Term Food Storage In Mason Jars: Rice

Sorry to be doing so many food storage posts lately, we lived on our food storage for a bit while we were getting our condo ready to sale (the extra money for improvements had to come from somewhere, plus I didn’t want to move lots of food), so I’ve been trying pretty hard to get a surplus built back up.  Anyway, this week I worked on our long term food storage supply of Brown Rice so I thought that I would share what I did.
I started out by pricing rice in bulk. I was going to buy some from Costco, but all they had in bulk was white rice or organic brown rice.  I prefer brown rice because it is more nutritional ( the protein and dietary fiber content is much higher than what white rice has), but the organic option was a little too expensive for my current budget, so I decided to check Winco. Winco’s bulk food section had just what I needed at a reasonable price. It was around $15 for a 25 lb bag of Long Grain Brown Rice there. Compared to the Organic Brown Rice at Costco which was about $13 for 12 lbs. 

After I bought the rice, I gathered the needed supplies to work on this project:

Here I was ready to start and realized that my Vacuum Sealer needed to be charged…WHOOPS! Don’t make my mistake. Make sure your Vacuum Sealer has had plenty of time to charge before you start. I had also underestimated how many jars the 25 lb bag would fill, so I had to sterilize more jars and lids. Lucky for you, I took the guess-work out of it so now you’ll know exactly how many jars this will fill (16 quart jars). 
First I snipped a small corner from the bag and tried to pour directly into the jars, but it was hard holding the bag up that high for that long (without making a giant mess), so I decided to pour it into a bowl and scoop it into the jars.
Here they are all filled with just a little head room. At this point I used the clean rag and wiped the mouth of all the jars to remove anything that could get in the way of creating a seal between the jar and the lid.
Next, I sealed them and then added the collars for added security. If you need a little more info on how to do the sealing, maybe check out my post on My Review of The Handheld Vacuum.
I finished up by writing the month and year sealed on the jars. Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy…it’s just going to be sitting in the dark so there’s no one to impress. I just use a sharpie and this time I didn’t need to write the contents, like I did in my Salt post, because it’s clear what is inside there;).

This was a quick, easy project and now I have a little more peace of mind. Maybe I’m a nerd, but if we don’t have much “extra” food, I get feeling a little panicky thinking that if something happened (job loss, major inflation, food shortage, or worse) we wouldn’t be able to feed our kids… At our current rate of consumption, this 25 lbs of rice should last us about 18+ months which makes me feel a bit better.

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