Using Four Year Old Rice

FourYearOldRiceThis post is by Bernie Carr,

We are rotating the first batch of rice we stored away and replacing it with the new batch.  I bought the rice back in April 2010 but did not repackage it for for long term storage until November 2010.  Usually, rice that is left in a pantry with no special packaging will last one to two years.

Since this is the first time I am using my rice storage I was really curious as to how the mylar bag/oxygen absorber packed rice held up.  We don’t keep it especially cold in our apartment – usually 75-78 degrees, and it does get humid indoors sometimes.

First, Mr. Apt Prepper opened up the five gallon bucket.  I didn’t realize they are not the easiest things to open, which is actually a good thing, because you know the contents are safe.  After he released the plastic zip seal, he had to slowly pry open the lid with a butter knife.  It would have been easier to have a bucket opener so I added one to the Amazon wish list.

Rice in mylar bagOnce opened, we examined the mylar bags inside and found them to be the same as when we packed them nearly four years ago.  The bags were still very much air tight as they shrink around the food once the oxygen absorber activates.  When I opened a bag, I found that the oxygen absorber was still soft and fresh, and did not harden as expired ones do.  I poured the contents into a jar, and cooked up a batch.

Pouring rice from mylar bagThe rice tasted good and there was no difference in taste or texture at all.  I am really glad the process works, and feel confident the food storage will hold up for many years.

Buying food in bulk and repackaging it yourself is a cost effective way to store for emergency long term storage.  As long as you keep rotating your food, it will not go to waste.  If you’d like to get started repackaging bulk food for long term storage, the easiest method is described here.

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The Portable Potty Bucket

Krapper inside

Contents of Portable Potty Bucket. Photo by Ginger, used with permission

Five gallon buckets are not only great for long term food storage, they are also great for other emergency items such as personal care, and health supplies.  We posted a non-threatening way to get them to prep and clever reader Ginger came up with her gift idea to give her family this year:  the portable potty bucket.

Even non-preppers couldn’t resist such a useful gift! Photo by Ginger used with permission

Ginger did some research on what to include  in the buckets (here’s the You Tube video she watched and here is a list of what she included:

  • toilet paper
  • Supersorb – absorbent granules that absorbs liquid for quick cleanup.  Antimicrobial and odor eliminating, Ginger got hers from a janitorial supply store, you can also find them on Amazon.
  • Hi-Genic – thick, non-acid cleaner disinfects and deodorizes, controls mildew and kills HIV-1 (AIDS virus).  Also found at janitorial supplies or Amazon.
  • rubber gloves
  • personal hygiene wipes
  • potty seat
  • enzymes to break down waste
  • plastic bags
  • kitty litter
  • hand sanitizer
  • air freshener
  • festive solar light (she included these to light the emergency toilet area)

Enzyme use instructions. Photo by Ginger, used with permission.

Her gifts were a big hit and were received.

Another view of Potty Bucket contents. Photo by Ginger, used with permission.

Our thanks to Ginger for sharing her idea and photos with us.  Readers, feel free to share your prepping ideas, please email me at apartmentprepper(at)



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