Its time again to update your rice storage. Rice can be used in so many ways so its and ideal food to store and use. See that you store it up in patience, in trust in the Lord and in wisdom. Store up rice not in the panic or fear common to man. What is written on your heart as you work on storing your rice is as important as the service your are rendering. As you labour be at peace, schedule an hour of your time, and work hard in faith on this, your wise stewardship. And if possible … sing as you work.

1. Weigh It Up
Find out how much rice you have. I weighed our rice and added up the total kgs of rice we had at home.

2. Rice per week
Work out how much rice your family will use for one meal. Our family uses 300 gms per meal. How many meals each week you will use rice? We eat rice 4 days per week. So 300 gms x 4 days = 1200 gms per week. That is the same as 1.2 kgs per week.

3. Types of rice

Choose your type of rice. There are many types of rice. They are used for different things. We use basmati rice. You may choose a different type of rice. White rice stores longer than brown rice. Learn more about rice storage from the Utah State University here. You can also look at this brown rice fact sheet.

4. Rice per year

Multiply your weekly amount of rice (ours is 1.2 kg) x the weeks in a year (52). This tells is that we need 1.2 x 52 weeks = 74.8 kgs per year. So I bought 75 kg of rice for one year. It can in 20 kg bags so I bought 4 bags. That gave me a little more rice to store than I need.

5. Storage Containers

If you store rice in plastic bags the mice will bite through the bags. They will leave their mess on your rice. I store rice in rodent resistant space-saver containers. I buy the containers from fruit pie bakers after the fruit filling has been taken out.

6. The Four factors

Rice, like all stored dry-foods, will store best when considering the four factors:

Temperature – Keep it cool

Moisture Content – Start with dry (low-moisture content) rice seed

Container Atmosphere – Replace the oxygen with CO2

Storage Container – Keep rodents and insects out, keep moisture out, keep oxygen out

The best temperature to store grains, including rice, is 5°C (40°F) or below; however, rice stored at a constant 21° C (70° F) in dry ice (oxygen replaced with CO2) will store well for up to 10 years. In cooler storage areas rice sealed in oxygen-free (CO2 filled) containers can be stored for up to 30 years. A BYU study sampling polished rice and parboiled rice stored from 1 to 30 years found that both types of rice will keep their nutrients and flavour up to 30 years. Forget about oxygen absorbers and mylar plastic bags. Simply use dry ice in robust steel or plastic containers for best results. Oxygen absorbers are for small 5 gram containers and no good for 15 liter space-saver containers full of rice which hold 12 kg of rice.

Source: Utah State University research & BYU study findings (and Hank’s unbending & uncompromising preference for using dry ice over any other grain storage method).

7. Replace Oxygen

Replace the oxygen in the container with another gas. CO2 is an easy option. You can do this by using the dry ice food storage procedure. (BELOW: Brown rice & fish steaks).

8. Plan to use it

Make sure that rice is on your weekly food plan so you use your food storage. Learn more about making a weekly food plan here.

Thoughts on Beeing Wise

Storing up food is a most wise endeavor and is a commandment of God through His modern living prophets. [See Ezra Taft Benson, Gordon B Hinckley]
Wise women and men seek to follow counsel of the Lord. Be like the ants. Like the bees. Store up food against the day of need. Be wise, look to the Lord, follow in His counsel and be not afraid. The ants and the bees have not done so badly. Let them be your mentors.

I recommend all to view this brief, wise video on this topic.
Hank Ensing

Photo Credits

Thanks to these great photographers for the brilliant photos. The photos awesome!

1. Rice in containerby Jiva

2. Rice in hand from paper bag by Yamanaka Tamaki

3. Basmati rice by cookbookman17

4. Rice on a cane mat by Audrey Low

5. Rice in bowl by Yamanaka Tamaki

6. Fish steak by HatM

7. Wonderful photo of a Honey Bee by Dallas Photographer, Matthew T Rader

Feature photo 1: Rice macro by Yamanaka Tamaki

Feature photo 2. Brown rice on spoon by ayayan.s