Do’s Don’ts 1. Stored bulk rice generates heat inside the bin. And, since I don't have a lot of space for food storage I wasn't sure how that would work for me. Store the grains at ambient temperature and Humidity <60% in dedicated area. Dry the grains at moisture level not more than 14%. Do not store without drying up to 14% moisture level. Tips for Rice Storage: Once the rice is about 12.5 to 13.0% moisture through the entire depth of storage, fill the storage bin and level the grain surface. Do’s and don’ts for storage and handling of Rice- S.No. Storage: Recent studies have shown that storing rice and beans at 40 degrees Fahrenheit will provide the most extended shelf-life for your food (approximately 30 years for white rice). So, I put off buying any. However, storing the buckets at room temperature (70 degrees Fahrenheit) will extend the shelf life up to 20 years. As a new prepper, my first thought for storing beans and rice was that I would need to buy big huge bags of each and then put them in my food storage area. Purchasing most rice and grains in bulk also allows you to save money and spend less time running to the store to replenish your pantry staples. A root cellar would be perfect for this. You know, just keeping them in the bags they come in. 2. 3. Moisture, heat and insects are the main enemies of rice and grain storage, but using the right storage methods prevents these problems. Do not store in open, humid or moist area.