Random thoughts on rice

The Paleo diet I follow does not afford eating much rice except as a “cheat” food. Regardless – I have stored rice and plan to put back a lot more of it. Rice is super cheap and very versatile. One of my favorite meals is Beef Stew and Rice. Pretty simple and very filling. I open a can of Beef Stew – heat it up and pour it on a bed of rice. Tasty!

I like white rice. Yeah, I know – it is not the most nutritional food in the world. In fact – it does not have much nutritional value at all but it is full of carbs which provide energy and does contain some protein. Brown rice is not good for long term storage anyways. Due to its versatility of being able to be combined with many other foods it can play a decent role in variation in meals when using food storage foods.


Cheap calories. Tremendously long storage life. Simple to prepare. Can be combined with many other foods.

What more could you ask for?

The rice that I already have stored away in mylar and buckets I have bought from the grocery store and at SAM’s. Online sources also can ship pre-packaged rice in buckets directly to your door.

How much rice do you have put back?





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13 thoughts on “Random thoughts on rice”

  1. Rourke, Rice is a very useful source of resistant starch if you cool it in the fridge after cooking. Resistant starch feeds the useful gut bacteria which both helps you digest more foods than you could without them and also improve your immune function. Another source of resistant starch is potato starch (not potato flour, but the uncooked starch.

    The paleo world was rocked this last year by the acknowledgement that a strict no grains no legumes diet, while useful for a short while for those overweight, was detrimental in the long term (say 3 years or more on). It mucks up our sugar metabolism and starves our good bacteria. For more about this go to http://freetheanimal.com/2013/12/resistant-primer-newbies.html. Just be warned that if you explore elsewhere on the site that he is not Christian friendly – but don’t get sidetracked as he has the best info online in regards to resistant starch and soil based bacteria for good health. He and a few others were the first really honest strong paleo supporters to acknowledge that a low carbohydrate diet had some issues and literally thousands of us have experimented with various resistant starches. I’ve added resistant starch back into my diet.

    One resistant starch you coud add to your preps is potato starch. It is relatively cheap, very stable, easy to store and can serve many purposes. Raw, as is, in water (2 tbs x 2 a day) it feeds good gut bacteria improving immune function. It also makes you feel full when you are otherwise calorie restricted. Cooked it can be used as a thickener in soups and stews and also then it becomes a source of calories. Raw it doesn’t feed you, just your bacteria. Cooked, the sugars become available as calories.

  2. I have many pounds of rice. White rice that is. It is affordable, and if you find yourself in a situation where that is all you have, it stores well, can be combined with a lot of other things for taste, and contains a lot of calories. One cup of long grain white rice is 206 calories. Here is the nutritional information on white rice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_rice

  3. Like MTG, i have many pounds of white rice, along with wheat berries and oats. Being half Hawaiian and raise in both a western american culture and Hawaiian culture I really like my rice and spuds, lol. I keep 3 cups of rice in my vehicle in sealed in one cup increments, I can cook it up with some jerky thrown into pot to at some protein and dehydrate the meat for a meal.

  4. It’s funny that I just came across this; I was just reviewing my stocks, and I have two 5 gallon buckets of parboiled rice, which is getting rather old. We sometimes also get white rice from commodities. So when I get it this way, I mix it equally with my parboiled rice, and I place this mixture in a coffee can and keep it in the freezer. We eat a LOT of rice. My project today is to move the older rice into cans and go ahead and freeze it all. No nap for me today, sigh…

  5. I forgot to add that one cup of raw rice, cooked, will provide four servings or four diabetic starch servings.
    Here are some “rice” notes I compiled previously:

    Rice, Parboiled-1-2 people will use approximately 26 lbs. per year, for weekly normal use. 1 cup (8 oz) will provide 4 total servings per week for one person, or 2 servings each week for 2 people.
    Intensive Use: 2 oz daily for one serving, 730 oz. (app. 46-50 pounds per year, per person, minimum ).
    Pack in buckets, in individual 5-lb. sealed zip mylar bags. Label buckets with date, rotate, use as needed, then replace periodically. Check yearly and replace/rotate as needed. Start with 50 lb. for each person, up to a total of 200 lbs. each person, packed for long term (10 years or more). (Cook plain and in recipes, grind for rice flour, use in desserts, etc.).

  6. Badger359, great idea on the rice/jerky get home meals!

    I buy white rice in 20 lbs bags and we eat it often, this helps with keeping stocks as fresh as possible. I’ve not stored any in our freezer but it’s a good idea so I will from here on. We also stock the flavored rice (labeled with a 1 year shelf life, though it’s much longer). Again we eat what we stock to keep things as fresh as we can.

  7. At times I can buy rice for $.33 per pound at my local market. I have done the math and there are no cheaper calories to be had. Regardless of how much I have, I cannot pass up a sign that says 3 pounds for $1.00. $3.00 purchases 14,742 calories, a weeks worth.

  8. Rice and Beans , taters and onions , and wild mushrooms and just the rite spices also don’t forget cornbread , biscuits , beer bread , come on people get a camp dutch oven !! You can cook anything in an dutch oven that you have at home oven .
    Yes they have some weight to them but worth thier weight in gold . Only buy Lodge brand and not the junk that’s out there . Start out with a #12 as most rescipes calls for the #12 , there is many rescipe’s on the web.
    Makin me hungery gotta go for now , get to cooking !!!

  9. Remember that rice and beans make a complete protein and is healthier if you have more beans than rice. We buy a lot in bulk 25 pound bags from the local LDS Home Storage Center. Dry black, white, and pinto beans are about 15.00 per 25 pound bag, and white rice is about 16.00 per 25 pound box.

    • Yes – I should have mentioned that Brad. Many vegetarians have to combine foods in order to make sure that they get complete proteins in their diet (essential amino acids).


  10. Good advice on the Dutch oven Larry. I’ve been wanting one, even bought a couple books on cooking with them. Gonna look at some this weekend and hopefully pick one up.

  11. Hey John ,
    Wally world has them #12 for $59.95 , In Sept.26-28 We’ll be doing lots of cooking at the biggest primitive skills gathering and knap-in just outside of springfield , mo. People from all over the states will be there to learn all kinds of skills . Wish you could be there we’d show ya how to make all kins of grub and many differant kinds of cobblers .
    Did ya know that the biggest wedding gift for people going west was a dutch oven to cook in !!
    Anyway take care , let us know what ya been cooking ok !!!


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