Is Rice A Good Emergency Food?
THERE’S AN EMERGENCY HAPPENING! The kids are in a panic, the dog is frantically barking, you’re grabbing the 72-hour kits, and your spouse has snagged important documents and the food storage buckets—you’re all headed for the car and won’t be returning for who knows how long! The drama!!
Okay, not all emergencies happen at such a distressing pace, but seemingly foreseen or not, emergencies all have one thing in common: they suck.
Your body, even if you saw a dreaded disaster coming, still has a natural fight or flight response that makes it run at a different pace than you’re typical day-to-day. You need to fuel it accordingly.
Now don’t be surprised when we tell you that rice is a great way to do just that.
Is Rice A Good Food?
Truly, rice as a survival food shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.
Those little white (or brown!) grains have several benefits that make rice a great, even integral, part of your emergency food storage.
Rice is a great survival food because of its many health benefits.
- Rice is naturally gluten-free and a great anti-inflammatory, which means that it’s gentle on pretty much everyone’s tummy—something you’ll all be extra grateful for come emergency time.
- Fiber abounds in every little grain of rice which not only helps keep you full longer but helps improve digestion.
- Rice is a great source of quick energy in the form of complex carbohydrates.
- Rice is a good source of plant-based protein.
- Because it is rich in B vitamins, rice can help improve your nervous system health, another bonus for stressful stretches.
Both brown and white rice can pack the important health benefits you’ll be seeking when it comes to using your emergency food storage. And ultimately, you’ll be glad you chose rice as survival food. Especially if it tastes as good as Hibernate’s famous chicken flavored rice. (We won’t tell if you sneak some on a non-emergency day.)
Top 5 Reasons To Add Rice To Your Emergency Food Storage
In case you didn’t catch it, we just told you the biggest reason that rice is good survival food. But the benefits don’t end there! Here are the top five reasons to add rice to your emergency food storage, STAT!
- Rice is a good survival food because it packs a health punch! Yeah, you read that right. Rice is not just empty calories! Each serving can deliver necessary protein, fiber, and vitamins in a way that’s gentle on the digestive system and awesome for your energy levels.
- Rice is a good survival food because it’s versatile. It doesn’t just have to be rice and butter...even in an emergency, folks! Whether you’ve stocked up on delicious freeze-dried meals that contain the magic grain or not, you can still enjoy rice in many ways—think spices from all over the world, plenty of veggies, and maybe even some brown sugar and fruit! You can even add it to soups and salads for additional nutrients and bulk.
- Rice is a good survival food because it’s easy to prepare. Unlike many common grains that have been stored over the years in case of emergency—we’re looking at you, wheat!—rice can be cooked AS IS. No grinding or other preparation is necessary.
- Rice is a good survival food because it’s cost-effective. Rice is CHEAP. It is produced on a very large scale with incredible efficiency, making it a great thing to keep in your emergency food supply. And because it expands as it cooks, it’s a high-yield pantry item—which could, unfortunately, become important during an emergency.
- Rice is a good survival food because it doesn’t take up much space. Another benefit of rice expansion is that it doesn’t take up as much space pre-preparation. We don’t all have that magical food storage bunker we’ve been dreaming of, so minimally invasive food storage choices are a bonus.
How To Properly Store Rice
Speaking of that lack of bunker storage space...how and where does one properly store rice as a long-term survival food?
Well, the first thing you need to worry about with storing rice is pests. Tiny bugs or eggs may come in with your store-bought rice, so it’s a good idea to freeze your bagged rice for a week to kill anything hiding in there before preparing it for long-term emergency food storage. After freezing, you’ll want to keep your rice in cleaned, food-grade buckets with airtight lids and oxygen absorbers. This should also prevent bigger pests like mice from getting into your food supply.
Preferably you’ll be storing these rice buckets in a place that is cool, dry, and dark—those three things are key to ensuring your stored rice maintains its integrity as long as possible. This means no storing under kitchen sinks, in hot garages, or in direct sunlight...as if you were going to. But seriously, try and keep the temps between 40-70 degrees Fahrenheit, and by all means, keep out the moisture!
Another option for storing rice for survival food is to invest in pre-prepared freeze-dried meals that are packaged for the long haul. Hibernate offers several flavorful rice dishes in our pouch-in-pail meal buckets—we’re talking Cheesy Broccoli Rice, Mushroom Rice, and Creamy Chicken Flavored Rice, which are all fan favorites and have a 25+ year shelf life. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to prepare and provide great body fuel for when your family is in need.
Emergency Foods To Store With Rice
We hinted earlier that there are possibly endless ways to enjoy rice, but if you’re going to do that, you’ll need to store the makings alongside your rice food storage.
Food storage staples like water to cook your rice in, as well as salt and pepper for basic flavoring, go without saying...but what other things should you store to take your rice from a survival food to a delicious comfort meal?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Bouillon, both chicken, and beef
- Plenty of herbs and spices, from cumin to coriander and onion to oregano
- Beans, black and pinto
- Freeze-dried fruits and vegetables
- Freeze-dried meats or freeze-dried meat alternatives
- Powdered eggs
Remember that rice isn’t boring—it’s the perfect foundation for many delicious meals, emergency or not. Check out these simple but yummy rice-based recipes for inspiration as to what foods to store with your emergency food supply rice!
Rice is one of the best foods for survival because it’s good for you, it’s versatile, it’s easy to prepare, it’s cost-effective, and it’s fairly easy to store. Plus, if you let someone else do the preparation for you, rice can truly become one of the ultimate survival foods for your family.
Snag your own buckets of Hibernate freeze-dried emergency food today, and be prepared to fuel your family for the emergency that sucks tomorrow!
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