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It's a good idea to put masking tape labels on your frozen foods, unless you like playing "dinner roulette" and are willing to take a chance on what might be behind the wrapping. Labels are also necessary for dating the food you freeze. While freezers will keep food for long periods, they won't keep forever.
Molds, yeast and bacteria need water to grow. When foods are sufficiently dehydrated (dried), microorganisms cannot grow and foods will not spoil. Dried fruits and fruit leathers may be used as snack foods; dried vegetables may be added to soups, stews or casseroles. Campers and hikers value dried foods for their light weight, keeping qualities and ease of preparation.
The initial cost of food preservation can be high---canning jars, canning kettle, pressure canners, drying equipment and other things. However, often these items can be found at garage sales and on-line shopping sites for a reasonable price. Just go into it a little at a time, and make sure that your money will be well-invested by your using it year after year.
From Senior Guru, Mike. I buy my rice (long grain Royal Bas-mati Rice - about 10 pounds)
from Sams Club or a Middle East market. Comes in a burlap bag with zipper on top front and handles. Inside is plastic bag with the rice. I can hang this in my pantry, and whether it lasts a couple months or 10 months, I have NEVER had an infestation of bugs in my rice; packaging is so handy. When bag is emptied, it makes a great, handy tote for anyone