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Food Storage Guide

The easiest method to preparedness is having plenty of food and water in your household supplies. First and foremost. Yet even this is easier said than done.

Prepping food must be stored correctly or it will spoil, vermin will get into it and the food will perish. This is especially the case with dried foods. Also necessary to know is how much food you will consume if the local store runs out. A lone ranger in his shack might be ok with local game, some stored water and a fresh-water creek to refill at. For a family of five the collective needs much more apparent.

 

Empty Shelves Pantry Partial Food Storage Good

This is a rough approximation of your needs for a single person, a family of three or a family of five.

 

Food & Water Requirements for 3 Months

Water Storage Small

Big Berkey

 

  Lonesome Joe
Family of 3
Family of 5

MREs UK

Prepping Drum

Grains
75 lbs
225 lbs
375 lbs
Fats and Oils
3.5 lbs
19 lbs
31 lbs
Beans and Peas
15 lbs
45 lbs
75 lbs
Sugars
15 lbs
45 lbs
75 lbs
Milk
18 lbs
56 lbs
93 lbs

Cooking Essentials

  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Yeast
  • Salt
  • Vinegar

 

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  • 1 lb
  • 1 lb
  • 1/2 lb
  • 2 lbs
  • 1/2 lb

 

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  • 1lb
  • 1 lb
  • 1/2 lb
  • 3 lbs
  • 1/2 lb

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  • 1 lb
  • 1 lb
  • 1/2 lb
  • 6 lbs
  • 1/2 lb
Water
4 Gallons
11 Gallons
18 Gallons
Fruits
46 lbs*
138 lbs*
58 lbs*
Vegetables
46 lbs
138 lbs
232 lbs

Consider Herbs and Condiments also. Fruit is less essential and should be dried if stored in bulk.

To calculate yearly requirements multiply each total by 4.

For different numbers of family not covered by the table multiply Lonesome Joe's column figures by 4 separately to reach a figure.
So for example if you are a couple just multiply Water of 4 Gallons by 2 to get 8 Gallons for a family of two etc.

 

 

There's no time to put off prepping, starting early is better than starting late!

 

 
 
 

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