Food storage can be a learning process when you are converting to real food. One easy way to start is with dried goods. There are several online food storage calculators.

The Emergency Preparedness Center

Has a wonderful calculator. Simply enter in the amount of people ages: 0-6 and 7 + and hit the calculate button. Mind you, not all of the emergency food items fit under the REAL food guidelines, it does give you a wonderful place to start. Print our your calculations and keep in your purse/coupon binder. When a good sale hits, your prepared!

Here is what our family calculations look like (for 1 year):

  • Wheat: 900 lbs.
  • Flour: 149 lbs.
  • Oats: 149 lbs.
  • Rice: 300 lbs.
  • Pasta: 149 lbs.
  • Peanut Butter: 24 lbs. (actually this would be doubled for our family)
  • Beans, dry: 180 lbs.
  • Lima Beans: 27 lbs.
  • Soy Beans: 60 lbs.
  • Split Peas: 27 lbs.
  • Lentils: 27 lbs.
  • Dry Soup Mix: 27 lbs.
  • Honey: 17 lbs.
  • Sugar: 240 lbs. (I’m not sure who I feel about this number)
  • Brown Sugar: 17 lbs.
  • Molasses: 7 lbs.
  • Jams: 17 lbs.
  • Dry Milk: 370 lbs.
  • Canned Goats Milk: 77 lbs.
  • Baking Powder: 7 lbs.
  • Baking Soda: 7 lbs.
  • Yeast: 3.5 lbs.
  • Salt: 31 lbs. (if you ‘corn’ any of your meats, you’ll need about triple)
  • Vinegar: 3.5 gallons (since we use vinegar for cleaning and not so much for cooking, I would est. 50 gallons)
  • Water: 2,555 gallons (if you have a rain water collection system for watering your garden, etc. this no. would work)
  • Bleach: 7 gallons (we do NOT use bleach in our home. However for emergency prep, you CAN use it numerous ways)

What REAL foods do you stock up on?


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