Equipping for disaster

Rice: An apocalypse staple

By Jake Sepulveda

Storing bulk amounts of food for long-term use can be a tricky task… especially if you’re not sure what to hold on to. But white rice is a great way, inexpensive, yet highly valuable way to get started.

Enriched white rice is a great source for calories, carbs, and proteins… while remaining low in fat, and completely allergen free. It’s simple to prepare, very cost-effective (about $1.00 a lb.), and can store for 10 years or more when kept in a well-sealed container away from heat, moisture, and sunlight… plus it tastes pretty good, even when eaten on its own.Fully cooked white rice triples in volume compared to its dry counterpart, making it easy to store in bulk quantities without over-taking a large area of space.

HOW MUCH TO STORE: Depending on the size of your family and how much rice you intend to eat on a daily basis, you might need anywhere from 30-100 lbs. or more. Calculate how much rice you’ll need to feed your family for a year, using the details below.

1 serving of rice is about 1/4 cup dry rice (1.75 oz.).
A #10 can will hold up to 88 oz. (5.5 lbs) of dry rice.

Multiply a serving size 1.75 oz. by the number of persons you intend to feed, and the number of servings you intend to give each person a year. (EXAMPLE: 1.75 X 3 persons X 5 servings a week = a total of 1365 oz. / 85 lbs.)

1. Rinse the rice until the water runs clear. This will remove any contaminates and critters from the grains.
2. Measure out a ratio of 1 part rice to just under 2 parts water (add broth is available).
3.  Bring your rice to a boil, then quickly lower the temperature to a simmer and leave pot covered.
4. Let simmer until rice is fully cooked. The rice should be fluffy and tender to the bite.
5. Remove from heat, leave pot covered, and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
6. Enjoy.

While you don’t want it to be the ONLY thing you eat during a long-term disaster situation, enriched white rice can give you energy and nutrients that you might not otherwise get during a major disaster like a hurricane or Zombie outbreak… and it wont cost you an arm and a leg to start stocking it now.

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