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