Storing Rice In Mylar For Long Term Storage

Using Mylar for storing polished rice long-term is hands down the best method of keeping rice for a maximum thirty-year shelf-life. I say this from the point of view of a person who does their own long-term emergency food storage. Professionally packaged rice in #10 cans is also an excellent method of storing rice long-term. If you are ready to get started prepping rice for the long haul, read on.

Rice In Mylar With Oxygen Absorbers

Storing Rice In Mylar Bags with oxygen absorbers is an easy DIY rice storage method that provides an oxygen barrier, light barrier (if Mylar is 5mils in thickness or greater), and a light barrier. Rice in long-term storage needs to be protected from all of these elements for maximum shelf life.

A Mylar bag storage container combined with the proper cc of Oxygen absorption treatment reduces oxygen in the food storage container to less than 1%, kills bugs, eggs, and pupae within two weeks, and extends the shelf-life of rice to thirty years.

Mylar is so special because of the oxygen barrier it provides. Other common food storage containers like plastic do not provide a true oxygen barrier and will allow the oxidation of rice over time.

The only other container that is this good for storing rice long-term is sealed #10 cans, but most of us don’t have a cannery set up in our homes. Glass jars are also an excellent oxygen barrier but glass is heavy, breaks easily, and does not protect rice from light oxidation.

Learn how to get started packaging rice with Mylar and Oxygen absorbers today! Check out the Ready Squirrel article, “How to Store Rice In Long Term Storage: By The Numbers.” This article has step-by-step instructions and links to videos of me storing dry survival foods like rice, wheat, and beans in Mylar bags.

Long Term Storage: Rice Bucket With Mylar

Long-term storage of rice with buckets and Mylar bags is most preppers preferred method of stockpiling dry foods like rice, grains, and beans for their hoard of post-apocalyptic food.

Mylar and Oxygen Absorbers protect dry goods from light, oxygen, and moisture.

Plastic buckets provide armor for the Mylar to protect it from physical and rodent damage. Buckets are also easy to stack which makes storage more manageable.

Mylar Bags For Rice Storage (High-speed bulk food containers)

How To Store Rice For a Long Time

To store rice for a relatively long time store it in an airtight container in a cool dry location and you can get a two-year shelf-life.

Try not to confuse an airtight container for a container like a plastic rice container with a container that offers a true oxygen barrier. Plastic containers and buckets are not oxygen barriers and will not protect rice from long-term oxidation.

Why protect rice from oxygen?

Oxygen causes oxidation which breaks down food, diminishing texture, taste, and nutritional value.

To store rice for a long-time, thirty years or more, use Mylar bags in conjunction with Oxygen absorbers.

How to Store Rice In 5-Gallon Buckets?

The best method of storing rice in 5-gallon buckets is to line them with 18×28″ Mylar bags that are five mils or thicker and place a 2000 cc oxygen absorber in the bag before heat sealing it.

If you want to learn how to store rice long-term, read the Ready Squirrel article, “The Best Way To Store Rice Long Term.” The article also has links to videos showing me packaging dry goods in Mylar bags.

How Many Gallons Is In a 50 Pound Bag of Rice?

The total number of gallons in a 50-pound bag of rice is 8 gallons (7.92 gallons)

Eight gallons is an approximation as no two grains of rice are the same. When combined various types of rice and different bags of rice will give you more or less volume but 8 gallons is a good rule of thumb.

When I plan on storing 50lbs bags of rice I always purchase a bunch of 5 plus mils, 1-gallon Mylar bags and 500cc oxygen absorbers for the overflow rice that won’t fit into the 18″x 28″ Mylar bags lining food-grade buckets. You want to fill the buckets and not leave them half empty but you can cut 1-gallon Mylar bags down to fit a small amount of rice and to store the extra.

Scott, Ready Squirrel

Chart: Pounds of Rice In Gallon(s)

Pounds of RiceGallons of Rice

Oxygen Absorbers For Rice

Oxygen absorbers are the easiest most inexpensive way of removing oxygen from food containers for dry foods like rice, wheat berries, dry beans, and rolled oats.

When storing rice in 5-gallon buckets, use a minimum of 2000cc of oxygen absorption. You can purchase oxygen absorbers in various sizes as long as the total absorption capacity ads up to 2000cc. It doesn’t matter what size absorbers you use.

Scott, Ready Squirrrel

I like to use 2000cc oxygen absorbers in 18″x28″ Mylar bags lining 5-gallon food-grade pales and 500cc oxygen absorbers to place in 1-gallon Mylar overflow bags to store rice that won’t fit in buckets.

Learn about the size of oxygen absorbers you need for food type and container size. Read the Ready Squirrel article, “What Is An Oxygen Absorber: Long-term Food Storage.

Warning: Do not store foods high in fat or more than 10% moisture in oxygen-free storage for the risk of anaerobic food poisoning like botulism.

Mylar Bags For Rice Storage

Premium Mylar bags for rice storage are at least five mils thick. If you aren’t going to use 5-gallon buckets with Mylar, you might want to go with a 7mils Mylar bag for extra protection.

Mylar bags less than 5mil may let in light which can degrade food quality and shelf-life.

Mylar by itself won’t protect rice from chewing critters like rodents.

Consider using 5-gallon food-grade bucket with a lid to act as armor to protect Mylar.

Remember, rice will store for 30 years, so it’s a good idea to throw in the extra protection of the 5-gallon buckets.

Want to learn more about Mylar bags? Check out the comprehensive Ready Squirrel article, “Mylar Bags For Food Storage: Beginner’s Guide.”

How To Store Bags of Rice

Store large bags of rice in airtight containers in a cool, dry location. Keep in mind that an airtight container won’t protect rice or other grains from bugs hatching.

Most grains and flour have bug eggs when you get them from the store so keep that in mind.

Learn to store large bags of rice for maximum shelf-life. You’ll need the calories when the zombie hoards come over the horizon. Check out the comprehensive Ready Squirrel article, “How To Store Rice In Long Term Storage: By The Numbers.”

Can You Freeze Rice

Freezing Cooked Rice

Cooked rice can be frozen and saved to eat later, but the texture and taste won’t be as good as freshly cooked rice.

Cooked rice will last six to eight months in the freezer. Keep in mind the longer you keep cooked rice in the freezer, the higher the chance of freezer burn.

Freezing Uncooked Rice:

Uncooked rice can be frozen to increase the shelf life by up to 30 years, and it can also be frozen to kill bugs, eggs, and pupae. Depending on the source you read, bugs and eggs will be dead within four days to 2 weeks.

Freezing rice before repacking for long-term storage is an outdated method of treating rice for bugs. Instead, store rice in an oxygen-free container and reduce oxygen levels to less than 1%. In this storage environment, bugs, eggs, and pupae will be dead within two weeks.

Mylar bags and Oxygen absorbers are the best DIY method for killing bugs in rice and grains.

Learn how to hoard rice in oxygen-free storage for the next WWZ. Check out the comprehensive Ready Squirrel article, “How To Store Rice In 5-gallon Buckets.”

Do You Need Oxygen Absorbers for Rice

Oxygen absorbers are needed when storing rice if you want a maximum shelf life of thirty years.

Rice stored with oxygen absorbers will keep for 30 years because it is protected from oxidation.

Oxidation reduces the overall quality of rice by diminishing flavor texture and nutritional value.

Oxygen-free storage seems complicated, but it’s not. All you need is a container that acts as an oxygen barrier, a Mylar bag, and something to remove oxygen from the sealed bag, enough oxygen absorption.

Scott, Ready Squirrel

Start stockpiling dry food staples, learn about oxygen absorbers in the Ready Squirrel article, “Oxygen Absorbers: Why You Need Them For Emergency Food Storage.”

Oxygen-free containers for Rice

I hate to beat a dead horse, but if you are storing rice long-term and doing it yourself, the combination of Mylar bags, food-grade buckets, and oxygen absorbers are the very best option. Here’s a list of alternate containers that provide a proper oxygen barrier to keep food from oxidizing.

  1. #10 Cans-True Oxygen Barrier
  2. Mylar Bags-True Oxygen Barrier Mylar Bags For Food Storage: Beginners Guide
  3. Glass Jars (Canning or Ball Jars)- True oxygen barrier but don’t protect food from light oxidation
  4. Food Buckets or Pails In Combination With Mylar Bags: Food-grade buckets by themselves slow oxidation but over time will transfer oxygen into the container.

Storage Tip: Salt and White table sugar don’t oxidize, so they can and should be stored in a lidded bucket without oxygen absorbers. Both have an indefinite shelf-life, that’s forever, and should be a part of a long-term emergency pantry. Sugar and Salt were used by Ancient civilizations as currency and will be a popular item post SHTF.

Learn more about dry staples for a year’s supply of food. Check out the Ready Squirrel article, “How Much Food For A Year: Proven Dry Staples.”

How To Store Rice Long Term

For the do-it-yourselfer, store rice in the trifecta of Mylar bags, food-grade plastic buckets, and treat it with oxygen absorbers.

If you want to learn how to do this step by step, check out the comprehensive Ready Squirrel article, “The Best Way to Store Rice Long Term.”

Do You Have to Freeze Rice Before Long Term Storage?

It is not necessary to freeze rice before long-term food storage. It is necessary to treat dry food for bugs, pupae, and eggs before storing it. This is because most dry foods like rice, wheat berries, and dry beans have bug eggs when you get them.

Freezing rice before repackaging for long-term food storage is an outdated and ineffective killing of bugs, eggs, and pupae. It also increases the moisture content of rice when it begins to thaw. We want the moisture of foods stored oxygen-free to be less than 10% to avoid anaerobic food poisoning like botulism.

I don’t like the idea of freezing rice because it adds moisture to the food via condensation during the thawing process.

Oxygen-free storage, that is the treatment of dry food with a sufficient amount of oxygen absorption in cubic centimeters, will reduce Oxygen in a container to less than 1%. This environment kills the bugs within two weeks.

Keep when using oxygen absorbers to remove oxygen the container must be an oxygen barrier (Mylar) and it must be sealed.

Is Basmati Rice Good For Long Term Storage?

Basmati rice is good for long-term storage. Any dry white rice, including Basmati rice, is excellent for long-term storage.

The only primary consideration when storing white rice for long-term storage is the taste and texture and moisture content. Moisture content should be 10% or less to avoid anaerobic food poisoning like botulism.

Jasmine Rice Long Term Storage

Jasmine rice is excellent for long-term storage.

Stored Oxygen-free Jasmine rice will give you the same shelf life as any other dry white or polished rice, 30 years.

If you like the flavor and texture of Jasmine rice, it is an excellent choice as a bedrock emergency and survival food.

Personally, I store whatever type of white rice I can find on sale to maximize the amount I have stored. Jasmine rice tends to be more expensive where I live than long-grain white rice so I go with the long-grain but I like eating both types.

Scott, Ready Squirrel

Best Rice For Prepping and Storage

The best rice for prepping is dry white rice, also called polished rice. It doesn’t matter if the rice is short, medium, or long-grained.

As long polished rice is 10% moisture or less, stored oxygen-free, and kept in a cool, dry location, it will store for 30 plus years.

See the two charts below. The first chart is premium rice for emergency food storage, and the second is rice “not” to store long-term.

The bulk of my rice storage is fortified long-grain white rice because that is the cheapest, most readily available rice I can get in bulk. I also have some Jasmine rice because I found a good deal on it. Jasmine and Basmati rice do have a differen’t flavor from long-grain white rice but all three types are excellent for long term storage.

Scott, Ready Squirrel

Chart Best Rice For Emergency and Survival Food

Shelf Life
Hermetically Sealed/Oxygen Free
Shelf Life
Store Packaging
Shelf Life In The Freezer
30+ yearsFive years30+Years
30+ years5 Years30+ Years
30+ years5 Years30+ Years
30+ years5 Years30+ Years
30+yearsFive years30+ years
18 months3-6 months12-18 months

Chart: Don’t Store This Rice Long-term

Rice Not Suitable For Long Term StorageShelf Life
Hermetically Sealed/Oxygen Free
Shelf Life
Store Packaging
Shelf Life In The Freezer
Brown 18 months3-6 months12-18 months
Black/Purple 18 months3-6 months12-18 months

Colored Rice has natural oils that cause it to oxidize and spoil quicker than white rice.

Best Rice To Store Long-term

The best rice to store long-term for maximum shelf life is dry white rice or polished rice. This includes short, medium, and long grains of white rice that contain 10% moisture or less.

For maximum shelf-life, repackage rice into long-term, oxygen-free storage containers for a shelf life of thirty or more years.

Learn how to store rice for the apocalypse. Read the Ready Squirrel article, “Best Rice For Long Term Storage and How to Store It.”

Prepping Rice For Long Term Storage

Prepping rice for long-term storage includes repackaging rice into optimum storage containers and treating to remove oxygen, kill bugs and protect it from light, moisture, and heat.

Store packaging will protect rice for about two years, give or take. A lot depends on storage conditions, humidity, and bug infestation.

Prep rice for long-term storage by packaging it in Mylar bags, food-grade buckets and treating it with oxygen absorbers.

Buckets protect the Mylar bags from chewing insects and physical damage and Oxygen absorbers remove oxygen from the package to stop oxidation.

In the old days, rice and other dried grains were frozen to kill bug life. This is an outdated method that is no longer necessary for bulk storage. Instead, use Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers.

Mylar keeps out oxygen, light, and moisture when oxygen absorbers are sealed inside. The oxygen levels in the bag will drop to less than 1% and be maintained at this level, killing bugs, eggs, and pupae.

Once sealed, Mylar will not allow for the transfer of oxygen, so food oxidation can not occur.

Mylar also protects rice against moisture as it is an actual moisture barrier.

Mylar bags with a thickness of 5mils or greater will protect food from light, as will the lidded food-grade buckets.

The bucket is armor for the Mylar. It isn’t necessary to use expensive lids because the Mylar is doing all of the food protection.

Learn how to store rice long-term. Ready the comprehensive Ready Squirrel article, “How to Store Rice In Long Term Storage: By the Numbers.”

Rice In Mylar Bags

Storing rice in Mylar bags is an excellent way to get started building a long-term emergency food source.

I prefer to store a couple of hundred pounds of rice at a time so I go with 5-gallon buckets and 18×28 Mylar bags but there is another way of doing it. Consider getting smaller bags of rice use smaller Mylar bags you store in a a plastic bin or another type of protective container.

Scott, Ready Squirrel

Rice Shelf Life

Polished White rice is one of the best foods for long-term food storage. It’s filling comfort food that has a lengthy shelf-life when stored properly. Rice is the perfect survival food when combined with dry beans or wheatberries.

Rice has a shelf life in regular store packaging of 2 years if stored in a cool, dry location. When stored properly in an oxygen-free storage container, it will last 30 years or more.

Store rice in an airtight container for two-year shelf life and keep it in a cool, dry cupboard. Don’t confuse an airtight container for a container that offers a true oxygen barrier. Plastic containers and buckets are not oxygen barriers and will not protect rice from long-term oxidation.

For thirty-year shelf life, store rice in 5 mils or great Mylar bags. Mylar is a wonder material that provides complete protection as oxygen, moisture, and light barrier.

How Many Pounds of Rice Is In A 5-gallon Bucket?

Thirty-six pounds of white rice fit in a 5-gallon bucket.

Freezing rice for long term storage

Don’t freeze rice for long-term storage. It is ineffective in killing certain kinds of weevils, and it imparts moisture to rice.

To Learn More about why you shouldn’t freeze rice, Read the Ready Squirrel article, “Should You Freeze Rice Before Long Term Storage?”


Storing White Rice, Utah State University,, PDF

A Guide To Food Storage, Brian Nummer, Food Safety Specialist, Utah State University Extension PDF