This form should give you an idea of the volume of food you may need. You will need to use your own judgment when making decisions as to how much food to buy. Fifty pounds of oats can work wonders in the right hands, but if you're limited to making oatmeal it will seem silly to buy so much. Something that many experts say: Buy and store the kind of food that you will eat.

Use the following calculator to figure the minimum food storage amounts for your family for a year. These are only recommendations. You will need to determine the needs of your own family.

 

 

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Number of family members, Ages 7+
Number of family members, Ages 0-6
 

Grains
Wheat
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Flour
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Corn Meal
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Oats
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Rice
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Pasta
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails


Fats and Oils
Shortening
lbs

Vegetable Oil
gal

Mayonnaise
qts

Salad Dressing
qts

Peanut Butter
lbs


Legumes
Beans, dry
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Lima Beans
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Soy Beans
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Split Peas
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Lentils
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Dry Soup Mix
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails


Sugars
Honey
lbs

Sugar
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Brown Sugar
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Molasses
lbs

Corn Syrup
lbs

Jams
lbs

Fruit Drink, powdered
lbs

Flavored Gelatin
lbs


Milk
Dry Milk
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Evaporated Milk
cans

Other
lbs


Cooking Essentials
Baking Powder
lbs

Baking Soda
lbs

Yeast
lbs

Salt
lbs which is gallons in 5 gallon pails

Vinegar
gal


Water
Water

Bleach
gal