Use this food storage calculator to calculate quantity guidelines of ‘bulk’ foods based on 1-year of preparedness. The calculator is based on recommendations that I found issued by the LDS, who are a popular source of information in the realm of food storage.
In an uncertain world there is certain good sense in planning for the unexpected…
To access the food storage calculator:
In addition to the bulk food items listed in the food storage calculator, there are many additional complimentary food-related items which you might consider adding for long-term storage (so far as their ability to store well) – things like condiments, spices & herbs, flavorings, etc..
A good food storage is a diversified one, so consider a combination of dry bulk items, canned foods, dehydrated foods, freeze-dried foods, purpose-packed long-term foods (kits, #10 cans, packets, some processed foods, etc.). Diversify.
It is a very important principle to rotate your foods (even your bulk) to minimize spoilage.
Food Storage Calculator results for 1 adult for 1 year:
TOTAL GRAINS: 300 pounds (Wheat, Flour, Corn Meal, Rice, Pasta, etc.)
TOTAL FATS &OILS: 13 pounds (Shortening, Veg. Oil, Peanut Butter, etc.)
TOTAL LEGUMES: 60 pounds (Dry Beans, Lima, Soy, Peas, Lentils, etc.)
TOTAL SUGARS: 60 pounds (Honey, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Jams, etc.)
TOTAL DAIRY: 75 pounds (Dry Milk, etc.)
COOKING ESSENTIALS: (Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Yeast, Salt, Vinegar)
WATER: (at least 1-gallon per person per day)
See the Food Storage Calculator for specifics.
(I neither agree or disagree with the LDS information as presented. But I do believe that it provides insight into one’s own food storage plans)