Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March Week 4: Rice -- white, brown, instant

This week's food storage item is a simple one:

March Week 4: Rice -- white, brown, instant

We eat mostly brown rice in our family, so I buy bags of brown rice and store them in a tub (just to keep them from slipping and sliding all over the shelf). I also buy a case of Minute Brown Rice whenever there is a case lot sale, just to have on hand. Sometimes I need to be quicker about cooking my rice, if you know what I mean, and then Minute Brown Rice is just the thing.

Now, one thing that I LOVE to do is go to the Family Home Storage dry-pack cannery and load up on things that I want to have on my shelf for a really long time. One of the items they offer is White Rice, as pictured above in the can. I canned the rice in March of 2011, and it will be good for 30+ years. Can't ask for much more than that!

This is a photo of our youth group working at the dry-pack cannery as part of our Amazing Race Youth Conference that Bob and I were in charge of. A whole other story for a whole other time... so, so much fun!

I printed the below form a year of two ago, and as you can see, they have quite an offering of goods for food storage.

The prices listed are the prices that the items cost after you have canned them yourself at their facility. Also, I might mention that in order to can the items, you will obviously need to live near a dry-pack facility.

You can find the form by going to LDS.org and then down on the left-hand side of the main home page, you will see Provident Living. Click on that, and then click on Becoming Self-Reliant, then Food Storage. When you get there, there is a whole myriad of really useful information. You can get your own, updated order form, find a Home Storage Center, purchase items online, and get information on anything from storing drinking water, to finances, to short and long term food supply. It's definitely worth checking out, and the information is very useful!

Now, go and decide how much rice you and your family will need in the coming year (and way beyond, if you have access to longer-term food storage items), then add it to your grocery list. Next time you're at the grocery store, pick up the items, and get them on your shelves. Doesn't that feel great?

If you would like the full info on the Week-By-Week Food Storage Plan, just click on the tab at the top of the page. It also has the information as to how you can get a copy of the weekly schedule as well as the complete inventory sheets.

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