Basic Long-Term Food Storage
Baking necessities and other ingredients are best when stored properly and safely.
March 11, 2014
By Jane P. Merrill and Karen M. Sunderland
Keeping your food fresh helps rotate your food supply, and keep your diet healthy and varied. Feasting on Food Storage (Front Table Books, 2013), from mother-daughter team Jane P. Merrill and Karen M. Sunderland, is full of tips and tricks on meal planning, safe food storage, and preparing for the unexpected. This excerpt from the first chapter concerns the minimum amount of food that one adult, over the course of a year, stores and consumes.
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Long-Term Food Storage for 1 Adult
|Food Supply||Per Day||Per Year|
|Wheat/grains||2 1/4 cups||400 lbs.|
|Wheat, oats, rice, popcorn, barley, flour, spaghetti, macaroni, etc.|
|Vegetable oils/fats||3 Tbsp.||4 gallons|
|Oil, shortening, peanut butter, mayonnaise, salad dressing, etc.|
|Beans/legumes||1/3 cup||60 lbs.|
|Dry beans, split peas, lentils, dry soup mix, etc.|
|Powdered Milk||1 1/2 tablespoons||16 lbs.|
|Nonfat dry milk, evaporated milk (6 cans = 1 lb.), etc.|
|Sugars or honey||1/3 cup||60 lbs.|
|White sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, honey, maple syrup, molasses, jam, jelly, corn syrup, powdered fruit drink, flavored gelatin, etc.|
|Salt||3 tsp.||10 lbs.|
|Store in original containers.|
|Water||1 gallon minimum||365 gallons|
|Store a minimum 2-week supply of water.|
• Baking necessities: baking powder, baking soda, dry yeast, cornstarch
• Garden seeds, non-hybrid recommended
• Sprouting seeds, untreated
• Heavy-duty nonelectric can openers
• Nonstick cooking sprays
• Cider and white vinegars
• Medications as needed
• Multivitamins, vitamin C, etc.
• Baby foods and formula, if needed
• Meats; frozen, canned, and dried
• Soups; frozen, canned, and dried
• Condiments and seasonings (choose family favorites), like basil, beef and chicken bouillon, catsup, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, cloves, cocoa, cream of tartar, cumin, dillseed, dill weed, garlic (minced, powder, and salt), ginger, Italian seasoning, maple flavoring, marjoram, mustard (regular and dry), nutmeg, dry onion, onion salt, oregano, paprika, parsley, pepper, poultry seasoning, ranch dressing mix, sage, salsa, seasoned salt, soy sauce, taco seasoning, thyme, vanilla, Worcestershire sauce, etc.
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Reprinted with permission from Feasting on Food Storage: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Everyday Cooking by Jane P. Merrill and Karen M. Sunderland and published by Front Table Books, 2013. Buy this book from our store: Feasting on Food Storage.