Well so far we have covered wheat, oats, white flour, cornmeal, so now on to rice. Well lets learn about rice. We know that you need 400 pounds of grains per person for 1 year of food storage, so to add variety to your food storage, add some rice in with your other grains.
Types of Rice
There are a few different types of rice; white rice, brown rice, and wild rice.
White rice has been milled to remove its husk, bran, and germ. By doing this it alters the texture and flavor and appearance of the rice, while removing nutrients from the grain. It helps extend the shelf life of the rice and to prevent spoilage. After milling, the rice is polished, resulting in a seed with a bright, white, shiny appearance. White rice is then enriched with some of the nutrients that were removed during the processing.
Backpacker’s Pantry #10 Can of Instant White Rice
Brown rice is a of whole natural grain (unmilled or partly milled rice). It has a mild nutty flavor, and is more nutritious than white rice, but goes rancid more quickly because of the fats it contains.
Gourmet Blend of Wild and Whole Grain Brown Rice
When only the outermost layer of a grain of rice (the husk) is removed, brown rice is produced. To produce white rice, the next layers underneath the husk (the bran layer and the germ) are removed the oil is also removed. One mineral not added back into white rice is magnesium; one cup of cooked long grain brown rice contains 84 mg of magnesium while one cup of white rice contains 19 mg.
Gourmet Reserves Brown Rice, Instant/Cooked in #10 Can
Wild rice is four species of grasses forming the genus Zizania, and the grain which can be harvested from them. The plants grow in shallow water in small lakes and slow flowing streams. There are three species of wild rice that are native to North America. Wild rice is almost always sold as a dried whole grain, wild rice is high in protein, the amino acid lysine and dietary fiber, and low in fat.
- Northern wild rice is an annual plant native to the Great Lakes region of North America, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
- Wild rice also an annual, grows in the Saint Lawrence River and on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
- Texas wild rice is a perennial plant found only in a small area along the San Marcos River in central Texas.
Well now that you know about the different types of rice, you can decide which type or types you want to add to your food storage. Don’t forget your storage containers.
Food for Health International Rice Bucket