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This is a discussion on Rice: maybe a silly question, but here goes within the Food, Health and Fitness Survival forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; I've just been putting packages of instant rice in 5 gallon buckets. More expensive I know but, a lot easier and quicker to prepare if ...

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    I've just been putting packages of instant rice in 5 gallon buckets. More expensive I know but, a lot easier and quicker to prepare if fuel is short.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss Dog View Post
    I've just been putting packages of instant rice in 5 gallon buckets. More expensive I know but, a lot easier and quicker to prepare if fuel is short.
    Thanks, Boss Dog, . . . but I'm thinking more of walking into the pantry, . . . whipping the lid off the jar, . . . maybe pouring a couple tablespoons of cream on it, . . . grabbing a spoon, . . . and chowing down.

    I already do that (more or less) with cans of tuna, . . . beanie weanies, . . . baked beans, . . . green beans, . . . etc.

    I just never heard of anyone doing it, . . . so my question more or less was "is it a viable alternative"??

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    I found out that very old jasmine rice - about 3 years past date, is still edible, however I don't like it.
    Something about the texture.
    I've been feeding birds and squirrels with them.

    However, in a survival scenario - food is food. Like I said, it is still edible!

    We use a lot of rice especially with international students we're hosting, so I just make sure they get rotated.

    Also, without a rice cooker, I think old rice needs quite a bit more water to cook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charito View Post
    I found out that very old jasmine rice - about 3 years past date, is still edible, however I don't like it.
    Something about the texture.
    I've been feeding birds and squirrels with them.

    However, in a survival scenario - food is food. Like I said, it is still edible!

    We use a lot of rice especially with international students we're hosting, so I just make sure they get rotated.

    Also, without a rice cooker, I think old rice needs quite a bit more water to cook.

    you can also ground up old rice and beans into a flour - mix it in and use it that way also ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by charito View Post
    I found out that very old jasmine rice - about 3 years past date, is still edible, however I don't like it.
    Something about the texture.
    I've been feeding birds and squirrels with them.

    However, in a survival scenario - food is food. Like I said, it is still edible!

    We use a lot of rice especially with international students we're hosting, so I just make sure they get rotated.

    Also, without a rice cooker, I think old rice needs quite a bit more water to cook.
    Do you ever saute the rice in oil first? Then add spices before boiling? Boil it in broth? I find that really improves both the taste and texture, especially if you don't like sticky rice. I don't like sticky rice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwight55 View Post
    Thanks, Boss Dog, . . . but I'm thinking more of walking into the pantry, . . . whipping the lid off the jar, . . . maybe pouring a couple tablespoons of cream on it, . . . grabbing a spoon, . . . and chowing down.

    I already do that (more or less) with cans of tuna, . . . beanie weanies, . . . baked beans, . . . green beans, . . . etc.

    I just never heard of anyone doing it, . . . so my question more or less was "is it a viable alternative"??

    May God bless,
    Dwight
    I'm a little late with this reply, but just saw this. I'd be wary about pressure canning rice. I don't can anything unless I can find a recipe for it from a reliable source. Like the Ball canning Book or Presto or the National Center for Home Food Preservation.
    https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_04/soups.html
    Caution: Do not add noodles or other pasta, rice, flour, cream, milk or other thickening agents to home canned soups. If dried beans or peas are used, they must be fully rehydrated first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie View Post
    Do you ever saute the rice in oil first? Then add spices before boiling? Boil it in broth? I find that really improves both the taste and texture, especially if you don't like sticky rice. I don't like sticky rice.
    It wasn't sticky at all. The texture was weird - like crumbly.
    I wonder how old that rice was - it was on sale at Walmart. It didn't have a best before date.

    Mind you, it could also have been mislabelled as "jasmine." I can't remember the country it came from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie View Post
    I'm a little late with this reply, but just saw this. I'd be wary about pressure canning rice. I don't can anything unless I can find a recipe for it from a reliable source. Like the Ball canning Book or Presto or the National Center for Home Food Preservation.
    https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_04/soups.html
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    Sorry, but just wondering out loud here, not so much for Dwight55 but for all others that read this thread.

    Why ruin a great thing? Rice has so many advantages over most food stocks that it might be a shame to ruin those advantages if nothing is gained in doing so.

    Consider the following:

    * * Rice can be stored just about forever as is.
    Now I know that if left in the bag long enough it can get bugs, but they can be filtered out. Therefore, there need not be added costs for storing it.

    We store the rice in 50 pound bags ($3 each). Out of 3 tons stored for our prepper group over the last five years, we have lost only 2 bags from tears in them so that the Florida humidity ruined it.
    2 years ago we moved them out of our barn to make more space. We sealed them in plastic 4 foot cubes along with noodles to give them better protection. See Article & Pic


    * * It is probably the cheapest way to deliver calories to a human, which in a survival situation is the name of the game.

    * * It is simple to prepare. Just steam or boil it for 15 minutes, irregardless of the quantity.
    This means it can easily be prepared on a home made Rocket Stove using just twigs as fuel.

    * * When eaten with beans, either within eight hours of each other or combined in one meal, the rice becomes protein.
    This is why so many cultures live on beans and rice as their staple. It is the cheapest way to get protein.
    Then consider using canned beans as they are precooked and now you have a complete meal with just a handful of twigs as fuel!

    * * One last thought. One adult can survive for 3 Months for only $60 by eating beans and rice. You can then come back and add tomatoes, vegetables or anything else you choose to dress it up as money allows.

    For more on Surviving with rice as a basis, see: Rice Insurance
    Last edited by jimcosta; 05-27-2019 at 12:46 PM.
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    Sorry, but just wondering out loud here, not so much for Dwight55 but for all others that read this thread.

    Why ruin a great thing? Rice has so many advantages over most food stocks that it might be a shame to ruin those advantages if nothing is gained in doing so.

    Consider the following:

    * * Rice can be stored just about forever as is.
    Now I know that if left in the bag long enough it can get bugs, but they can be filtered out. Therefore, there need not be added costs for storing it.

    We store the rice in 50 pound bags ($16 each). Out of 3 tons stored for our prepper group over the last five years, we have lost only 2 bags from tears in them so that the Florida humidity ruined it.
    2 years ago we moved them out of our barn to make more space. We sealed them in plastic 4 foot cubes along with noodles to give them better protection. See Article & Pic


    * * It is probably the cheapest way to deliver calories to a human, which in a survival situation is the name of the game.

    * * It is simple to prepare. Just steam or boil it for 15 minutes, irregardless of the quantity.
    This means it can easily be prepared on a home made Rocket Stove using just twigs as fuel.

    * * When eaten with beans, either within eight hours of each other or combined in one meal, the rice becomes protein.
    This is why so many cultures live on beans and rice as their staple. It is the cheapest way to get protein.
    Then consider using canned beans as they are precooked and now you have a complete meal with just a handful of twigs as fuel!

    * * One last thought. One adult can survive for 3 Months for only $60 by eating beans and rice. You can then come back and and tomatoes, vegetables or anything else you choose to dress it up as money allows.

    For more on Surviving with rice as a basis, see: Rice Insurance

    The bottom line is you can plan on using all the fancy foods you have stocked away first. But if you wish to add another three months of rations for only $60 per adult, don't overlook the rice!
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