Food Storage Calculator

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.

The items which are considered bulk ‘dry’ foods should be stored properly for long term. Grains and other dry goods should be sealed in buckets (Mylar bags, oxygen absorbers).

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)

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