Liter Soda Bottles for Storing Rice

by Sandra
(California)


I have seen several people use plastic liter soda bottles to store rice. Is this a safe way for long term storage?

ANSWER:

Did you see it on "Doomsday Preppers"? That's where I saw it. Well, the answer is . . . it depends. They are fine for (white) rice because it has a shelf life of 30+ years. They are also fine for storing water.

I would not use them for storing anything that doesn't have a very long shelf life. So a few of the items you could store this way would be salt, baking powder, corn starch, sugar, wheat, and, of course, white rice.

But my question is, why bother. Other than filling them with water for storage, why go to the trouble of putting food in them. It seems much easier (to me) to buy those foods in bulk, dump them into a Mylar bag in a 5-gallon bucket, throw in a couple of O2 absorbers (but not if it's sugar), seal the Mylar bag, put on the lid, and be done.

That being said, I think it is a good idea to recycle those soda bottles by putting water in them, therefore accomplishing two important things - adding to your water storage and keeping those plastic bottles out of the landfill.

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Safety of using 2 liter bottles for water storage
by: Robert

I have read that they leach estrogen mimicking compounds, and that both PETE/PET and polycarb (nalgene) bottles leach chemicals. What else is there besides glass?

RESPONSE:

You have a choice of food grade stainless steel, glass or plastic. Polycarb should not be used at all for storing water or heating food, but PETE/PET have been graded as safe (enough). They should have a number in the center of a triangle (usually on the bottom of the container). The numbers are 1 through 7 with 1 being the safest.

We can't totally get away from chemicals and contaminants as long as we're on this earth, so I choose to have water stored in the safest containers I can find rather than worry about chemicals that "might" shorten my life. Going without water will certainly shorten my life.

If you want a more detailed explanation, visit this page (http://www.nrdc.org/thisgreenlife/0902.asp) on the National Resources Defense Council website.

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