Food Storage - How much will you need?Submitted by glory on Mon, 05/07/2012 - 06:50
I ran across this handy food calculator and thought I would share.
You simply plug the number of people in the household and it gives you an estimate of the amount of food that will need to be stored for a year supply.
Of course, you can tweak the foods to suit your cooking style & family needs. I think it's great for those who garden/can their own foods as it gives an idea of how much you may use in a year (I keep a "canning bible" and take notes of anything that I ran out of so that I may plan for more the next year). My best advice is to store only the things you normally prepare and eat. For instance, I, myself, wouldn't buy wheat in bulk since I don't normally grind my own flour and figure that if life hands me a situation that warrants relying on my food storage, I simply won't have much extra time to dedicate to added preparation. Your situation may be different, just do what works for you.
I think it's important that people try to keep at least a 2 week food supply on hand, you never know what tomorrow will bring. Storms, quakes, floods, unexpected job loss, or many other scenarios could make purchasing food difficult or impossible. A little extra can go a long way!
Wishing you the best!