Do’s Don’ts 1. Moisture, heat and insects are the main enemies of rice and grain storage, but using the right storage methods prevents these problems. 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). A root cellar would be perfect for this. Stored bulk rice generates heat inside the bin. Do not store in open, humid or moist area. Do not store without drying up to 14% moisture level. 2. So, I put off buying any. Store the grains at ambient temperature and Humidity <60% in dedicated area. And, since I don't have a lot of space for food storage I wasn't sure how that would work for me. You know, just keeping them in the bags they come in. However, storing the buckets at room temperature (70 degrees Fahrenheit) will extend the shelf life up to 20 years. 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. Do’s and don’ts for storage and handling of Rice- S.No. 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. 3. 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. Dry the grains at moisture level not more than 14%.