Friday, September 10, 2004

A Year's Supply

A Year's Supply is one of the best ways to feel more secure, if you lose your job there would still be food in the house.

Suggested Amounts of Basic Foods for Home Storage*
(Per adult for one year. This list may vary according to location.),11666,2006-1-1116-1,00.html

Grains (wheat, rice, corn, rolled oats, spaghetti)
400 pounds (181 kg)
72 #10 cans (wheat)

Legumes (dry beans, peas, lentils)
60 pounds (27 kg)
12 #10 cans (beans)

Powdered Milk
16 pounds (7 kg)
4 #10 cans

Sugar or Honey
60 pounds (27 kg)
10 #10 cans

Cooking Oil
10 quarts (9 liters)
8 pounds (3.6 kg)
Water** (2 weeks)
14 gallons (53 liters)

*See also Essentials of Home Production and Storage, 1978

**It is impractical for most families to store a year's supply of water. Fourteen gallons per person is a suggested minimum reserve.


A major problem with such basic foods is flavor fatigue, people have died due to not wanting to eat any more, so adding some flavorings to your supply is important. Whole spices will last for years if stored in a cool, dry, dark place. You would also need to add a mortar and pestle and a grater to grind or grate them down to useful sizes.

12 oz (339g) Whole peppercorns
8 oz (226g) Cinnamon sticks or chunks
8 oz (226g) Whole nutmeg
8 oz (226g) Whole cloves
And a large jar of hot sauce.


Beyond Food Storage,11666,2004-1-1127-1,00.html

In addition to food and water, fuel and clothing are important to store.

By making reasonable preparations, individuals and families can minimize the difficulties that follow emergencies such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. To prepare, develop a plan of action for each type of emergency and store needed supplies. The following items could be helpful in an emergency:

• Matches, candles, lanterns, flashlights, and battery-operated lighting equipment
• A battery-operated radio, preferably a AM/FM/TV/Weather multiband radio
• Knives, a hatchet, a shovel, and other tools
• Medicine, blankets, spare eyeglasses and a first-aid kit
• Mess kits or paper cups, paper plates, and plastic utensils
• A manual can opener or Swiss Army Knife
• Wheat grinder, manual
• Plastic garbage bags and a plastic bucket
• Soap, tooth brushes, toothpaste, and supplies for dentures and contact lenses
• Toilet paper and sanitary items, Charmin says Americans use about 1 roll per person per week.
• Money
• Books or games for children

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