Food Storage Strategies

There are several things to consider as you prepare for the onslaught of the undead:
  • How much do I need to sustain my family?
  • Food Variety
  • Storage locations
  • Nutritional value
  • Cooking Requirements
  • Price per pound
  • Self life
  • Storage Rotation
  • When needed, will my family eat it?
  • Portability
 
What to Know

How Much Food Storage Do You Need?


Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are encouraged to be self-reliant and to keep a two-year supply of food. So, when it comes to food storage, Mormons know a thing or two. They know a closet full of Twinkies won't cut it.

Use the following calculator to figure the minimum food storage amounts for your family for one year. The amounts are based on the recommendations listed in the LDS Church's Essentials of Home Production and Storage booklet.

Of course, you won't put the full amounts on your next shopping list but, this does give you an idea of how much you'll need and provides goals to work toward.

First, how many are you planning for?

Family Members, Ages 7+
Family Members, Ages 0-6

Food Storage your family will need:

Grains
Wheat
 lbs
Flour
 lbs
Corn Meal
 lbs
Oats
 lbs
Rice
 lbs
Pasta
 lbs
Total Grains
 lbs

Fats and Oils
Shortening
 lbs
Vegetable Oil
 gal
Mayonnaise
 qts
Salad Dressing
 qts
Peanut Butter
 lbs
Total Fats
 lbs

Legumes
Beans, dry
 lbs
Lima Beans
 lbs
Soy Beans
 lbs
Split Peas
 lbs
Lentils
 lbs
Dry Soup Mix
 lbs
Total Legumes
 lbs

 

Sugars
Honey
 lbs
Sugar
 lbs
Brown Sugar
 lbs
Molasses
 lbs
Corn Syrup
 lbs
Jams
 lbs
Fruit drink powdered
 lbs
Flavored Gelatin
 lbs
Total Sugars
 lbs

Milk
Dry Milk
 lbs
Evaporated Milk
 can
Other
 lbs
Total Dairy
 lbs

Cooking Essentials
Baking Powder
 lbs
Baking Soda
 lbs
Yeast
 lbs
Salt
 lbs
Vinegar
 gal

Water
Water
 gal
Bleach
 gal


Types of Foods to Get


It can be very expensive purchasing MRE's and freeze-dried dinners as your primary food storage. You also need to pay close attention to the self life. Many of these poducts last less than 10 years

If you're on a buget, We reccomend starting with core foods that are relatively inexpensive and have a long shelf life. Whole grain wheat , for example, is a good value and will last 25 years. Even if all-purpose flour is stored in a sealed container, it has a self life of only 8 months.

The following guide can help you build your supply.

 

IF YOU HAVE...

YOU CAN MAKE

STEP 1 Wheat, Powdered Milk, Oil, Salt, Honey or Sugar Popped Wheat ,Steamed Wheat, Sprouted Wheat, Cooked Cracked Wheat, Tortillas
STEP 2   ADD Yeast, Baking Powder, Powdered Eggs, Baking Soda Custards, Puddings, Pancakes, Cookies, Waffles, Muffins, English Muffins, German Pancakes, Crepes, Egg Noodles, Pasta, Breads, Biscuits, Crackers, Mayonnaise
STEP 3   ADD Powdered Butter, Tomatoes, Powdered Cheese Meatless Dinners, Meatless Casseroles
STEP 4   ADD Unflavored Gelatin, Canned Milk, Canned Fruits Jello Salads, Whipped Cream Desserts, Baby Formula
STEP 5   ADD Soup Base, Rice, Legumes (Beans), Beef Broth, Chicken Broth, Alfalfa Seeds, Sesame Seeds Hearty Dinner Soups, Chili, Rice Puddings, Refried Beans, Rice Dishes, Fresh Sprouts, Gluten
STEP 6   ADD Canned Meats, Dried Potatoes Dinners, Casseroles, Sandwiches
STEP 7   ADD
NON-ESSENTIALS
Oats, Raisin, Nuts, Peanut Butter, Granola, Juices, Corn Starch, Soup Mixes, Spices & Flavorings, Lemon Powder or Juice, White Flour, Shortening or Margarine, Cream of Tartar, Molasses, Karo Syrup You can add a lot more variety to your diet with these items.

If you didn't grow up on a farm cooking with your Grandma, it may be difficult learning how to cook with such basic unprocessed foods. Have no fear, just download the Basic Food Storage Recipes booklet. Quick, print it now before a natural disaster takes out the Internet!
 

What will I do with 500lbs of wheat?


Make bread of course! Baking homemade bread isn't as time-consuming and messy as you think. We make homemade bread here at P4Z on a regular basis. It takes less than an hour (including cleanup.) One batch produces 4 loaves each costing only $0.25 in ingredients.

There are a few tricks in making bread fast and easy. The first is, you need a Nutrimill Grain Mill and a Bosch Mixer. Having the right recipe and learning the best method is the second trick. Watching the Pantry Secrets DVD will show you how step-by-step. That's how we learned. It was well worth it. Few things in life are as good as warm, fresh bread with butter and jam. Good luck keeping the zombies away!

 

Storing Bulk Foods?


Storing things like wheat, oats, sugar, or rice in 5 gallon buckets works very well, however, opening and resealing the buckets with standard lids can be an exercise in frustation. Gamma Lids are an absolute must. You don't need one for all your storage buckets, but you'll want Gamma Lids on the buckets you get into often.




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