Long Term Food Storage

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The Basics for Beginners

Long Term Food Storage consists of foods that have a shelf life of anywhere from 10 to 30+ years.

Here is a list of long term storage foods and their shelf life

White flour                                                      10 years
Nonfat Dry Milk                                             20
Dried Carrots                                                  25
Dry Beans (Black, White & Pinto)               30
White Rice                                                       30
Granulated Sugar                                          30
Wheat (Red & White)                                    30
Dry Apple Slices                                             30
Macaroni                                                         30
Oats (Rolled & Quick)                                    30
Dry Onions                                                       30
Potato Flakes (not pearls)                            30
Spaghetti                                                          30

These are items that have been available to purchase through the LDS Drypack Cannery.  I am  hearing that changes are coming for many canneries.  These items can also be purchased in the U.S. and Canada through the churches website lds.org under “Provident Living”and are available for members and nonmembers alike.  Scroll down to the bottom of the website and click on “Provident Living” on the left; click “Becoming Self Reliant”; then “Food Storage” where you can purchase items or find a Home Storage Center near you.

Freeze Dried foods also have a 20 to 30 year shelf life and offer a huge variety of meats, fruits and vegetables.  Freeze drying can retain 96% of the food’s nutrients  and is a great addition to basic food storage, but they do require extra water storage.

Here are the guidelines for what 1 adult needs for 1 year

300 lbs    Grain (includes wheat, rice, macaroni or any other                                          grain)
60 lbs       Beans

This would be the bare minimum to keep someone alive.  Fats, sugars, fruits and vegetables should be included for better health.

There is a fantastic website foodstoragemadeeasy.net that has a excel spreadsheet (with a video tutorial for people like me) where you add how many bodies you need to feed and it will do all the math for you.  It also has a place to include what you have on hand already to provide an accurate up to date list of what you need.  The spreadsheet is found here.  This will take you to the “Helpful Tools” page; click on “Long Term Food Calculator Excel” and it will download if for you-FOR FREE! If you don’t want to mess with Excel there is a printable option there too but you need to do the math yourself.  Explore their website while you’re there.  They have videos and handouts and a ton of great information.

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