Calories Per Pound Of Rice, Beans, Wheat

October 18, 2016, by Ken Jorgustin

rice-in-a-bucket

The most common ‘staple’ dry foods for preparedness and long-term food storage are rice, beans, and wheat berries.

You yourself may have some of these in your deep pantry inventory. In order to fully grasp how much you actually have with regards to calories and ‘survival day’ equivalent, the following information should quickly help you to figure that out.


 
I used my digital scale to accurately measure the weight (per pound) from my own storage of white rice, beans (I used Pinto), and Wheat berries. Surprisingly (sort of) they all weigh quite similar to each other!

2.5 cups per pound (raw – uncooked)

Note: Given the various varieties, results may differ slightly, but not much – so the factor of 2.5 cups per pound is close enough for our purposes.

Note: When looking up calories per pound from various sources the results will also vary slightly, however the figures given below are close enough for general conversation.

 

Rice Calories Per Pound

1648 calories per pound (uncooked)

 

Beans Calories Per Pound

1568 calories per pound (uncooked)

 

Wheat Berries Calories Per Pound

1520 calories per pound (uncooked)

 
The next step is putting it all into perspective. You might have ‘x’ number of pounds, or 5-gallon buckets of wheat berries or rice, etc.., however what does that really mean with respect to survival?

It becomes fairly easy when we consider an average daily survival value of 2,000 calories per person. While this value will also vary (we can technically survive on less), this is an average accepted value. The required survival calories will increase the more laborious work that we do (which will indeed be the case during the aftermath of SHTF). With that said, lets stick to 2,000 calories per day for general purpose. So ‘1’ survival day will equal 2,000 calories.

Note: When we are analyzing our ‘survival day’ equivalent of rice, beans, and wheat, we must also consider that this will not be the only source of our calories from a diversified food storage. But we should still put emphasis on the total caloric content of these particular dry staples that we keep in our deep pantry…

 
As you may have noticed, the caloric content of rice, beans, and wheat berries are pretty similar per pound. Here is a table which indicates survival days versus pounds:

 

RICE – Calories vs. Survival Days

Note: One 5-gallon bucket equals approximately 30 – 32 pounds rice
Note: One 5-gallon bucket equals almost one month ‘survival days’ rice

lbs. | Survival Days

10 | 8
30 | 25
100 | 82

 

BEANS – Calories vs. Survival Days

Note: One 5-gallon bucket equals approximately 30 – 32 pounds beans
Note: One 5-gallon bucket equals almost one month ‘survival days’ beans

lbs. | Survival Days

10 | 8
30 | 24
100 | 78

 

WHEAT BERRIES – Calories vs. Survival Days

Note: One 5-gallon bucket equals approximately 30 – 32 pounds wheat
Note: One 5-gallon bucket equals almost one month ‘survival days’ wheat

lbs. | Survival Days

10 | 8
30 | 23
100 | 76