Long Term Food Storage – Suggested Quantities

The new guidelines for Long Term Food Storage as found in the pamphlet “All is Safely Gathered In:  Family Home Storage” include the following foods and quantities (these quantities are listed for adults – children and youth requirements will vary): Have any combination of the following with a combined total weight of 25 pounds per person per month:

  • Wheat
  • White Rice
  • Corn
  • And other grains

Have any combination of the following with a combined total weight of 5 pounds per person per month:

  • Dried Beans (Pinto, Navy, Black, Kidney, etc)

All of the foods mentioned above have a 30+ year shelf life. For a quick and easy calculation each adult needs 300 pounds of the grains per year and 60 pounds of the dried beans per year. It should be noted and considered in your long term food storage plan that some of the “long-term” foods mentioned above can serve duel purposes.  For instance did you know that white beans can replace fat in most baking?  Or did you know that you can make sugar (diastatic malt) from whole-wheat, which can be used to supplement part of the sugar needed for bread making?  Wheat can also be made into basic gluten, which can be used as a meat substitute. The pamphlet also makes the following suggestion:

“You may also want to add other items such as sugar, nonfat dry milk, salt, baking soda, and cooking oil. To meet nutritional needs, also store foods containing Vitamin C and other essential nutrients.”

Other food items with a long shelf life which can be purchase from an LDS Home Storage Center include:

  • Non-fat dry milk (20 years)
  • Sugar (30 years)
  • Apple slices (30 years)
  • Carrots (25 years)
  • Macaroni (30 years)
  • Spaghetti (30 years)
  • Onions (30 years)
  • Potato Flakes (not pearls) (30 years)

Photo source: public domain – National Cancer Institute

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