Did you know that you can preserve brown rice for up to ten years!? In my food storage & preparedness training classes we were taught exactly how to do this. It's super easy!
Our family doesn't eat white rice. We eat brown & wild rice, and it's been super frustrating to not be able to keep it fresh without going rancid after about 6 months. Of course, if we keep it in the fridge or freezer, it will last a year or so. But for me, that's not long enough.
If you don't own a vacuum sealer (Food Saver brand is my favorite) - I HIGHLY recommend getting one as soon as you can. They're so worth the money. Vacuum sealing rice in the bags won't work well, because the grain can poke through the plastic, and over time air and oxygen can eventually make their way through.
For preserving brown rice, you'll need to purchase canning jars. Regular mouth or wide mouth both work, but my preference is wide mouth. You can use pint or quart size, which I do, but my very very very favorite jars are wide mouth HALF GALLON... and I'm slowly building my supply of them. They can be purchased individually at Michael's craft store for about $2.99 each - (I always use a 40% off coupon for them & just buy one at a time). Or you can purchase them by the case in some stores (very rare!) or anywhere online. Just google it. I just recently found cases of 6 at our local grocery store for $9.98, which is a SUPER great deal!!
You'll want to purchase a regular or wide mouth canning jar vacuum sealer attachment. They're available online & through eBay or Amazon for only about $10. Some stores may also carry them, if they sell the Food Saver brand of vacuum sealers. Here's what they look like:
Here's a size comparison photo of some SUPER awesome blue antique canning jars.
Left to right:
Half gallon - Quart - Pint