1 Years Food Storage: How To

Of late I have been more and more concerned about having put some food aside for hard times. It seems that those hard times are just about upon us, so instead of just being concerned about it I am actually doing something and putting food aside. In order to assist others, I am posting from an LDS manual on preparedness that I found from Desert Cat. (READ the two pages DC has there) If you ignore the LDS scriptures its a great manual as it covers just about everything you could think of with regards to food storage. You can download the PDF here. I suggest printing it out at your local Kinko’s (or whatever you have near you) because when TSHTF you might not be able to go online to get it.

The guide is intended to get you prepared within 1 year yet only spend $40-$50 a week. Their intention is to have you spread out the purchases so that you have a variety of foods so that if only 2 months in to your preparing TEOTWAWKI occurs, you will have some foods to eat rather than maybe 500 lbs of wheat and nothing else. While it isn’t stated specifically, it appears that the below list would be for two people. Also, from my perspective, it focuses rather heavily on having wheat. I cannot eat gluten so I will obviously be substituting that for other things such as rice, beans and corn. Also, I see no mention of meats in this list. Not sure that I can go without meat, even if it is canned, so I am purchasing a variety of those as well.


Week #1 1 case canned fruit
2 #10 cans instant potatoes
Week #2
3 #10 cans dry milk
Week #3
3 #10 cans dry milk
Week #4
9 pounds yeast
Week #5
Anything you have missed from above


Week #1
Water Storage Containers – buy either 55 gallon drums, 5 gallon water containers (available at all emergency preparedness stores and some super markets) and spigot, or start to save water in pop bottles and plastic juice containers. Also purchase 100 lbs. hard white wheat and three plastic storage buckets with tight fitting lids. Check out the local mills in your area for best prices.
Week #2 25 lbs of sugar or 20 lbs of honey
5 lbs salt per person
bucket opener
Week #3
4 #10 cans shortening or 4 – 48 oz bottles oil
2 #10 cans of dry instant milk
Week #4
2 case canned beans (like re-fried pinto, black, kidney, white, pink etc.) or
25 lbs dry beans (preferable) and bucket to store them in.
50 lbs dried corn or popcorn (about $10.00 from a mill or food storage company) and a bucket to store it in.
(Can be ground into cornmeal as well as for popcorn.)


(please note that many of these items are repeats because we want to be SURE you have enough of the essentials!)
Week #1 Enough water containers for 14 gallons per person in the family.
(This was mentioned last month-but we want to be sure you have this)
(Water is your most important item!<)
If you didn’t get enough containers last month, you can get them this month.
White Rice, at least 15 pounds per person in the family and if possible buckets to store it.
(Brown Rice goes rancid faster.)
Week #2 2 jars mayonnaise
1 gallon oil
2 tubs shortening
Week #3 25 pounds sugar
1- 25 pound bag of legumes (pinto, lentils, white, pink etc.)
Week #4 Salt 5 more lbs
2 bottles of bleach
1 #10 can or 1 box of dry milk.
Week #5 Check your list for the last 8 weeks and purchase any items you fell short on.
These items are essential ones and you will need to be sure you have enough.


Week #1 100 pounds wheat
10 lbs. brown sugar
Week #2 2 #10 size cans dried fruit or 1 case canned fruit
1 pound yeast
Week #3 1 case tuna or salmon
2 #10 cans milk
3 lbs sprouting seeds
1 80 oz can Rumsford baking powder
Week #4 2 large jars peanut butter or
1 #10 can peanut butter powder (last longer)
2 cans dried whole egg (keep in a cool dry place)


Week #1 2 to 3 bottles of multi-vitamins
2 #10 cans of rolled oats
(if #10 cans are not available in your area, buy the largest packages available)
(in your local store, and also purchase a small bucket to store it in.)
Week #2 100 lbs. of wheat
3 buckets
Week #3 #10 can margarine powder – or shortening if marg. powder is unavailable
2 #10 cans rolled oats
(or equivalent, and a storage bucket)
Week #4 4 #10 cans instant potatoes
1 bottle black pepper


Week #1 2 cans dry milk, 2 boxes of Rennet
(used for making cottage cheese and other dairy products from dry milk.)
1 bottle lemon juice,
1 bottle vinegar. (also used in making dairy products from dry milk
Week #2 100 lbs wheat
25 lbs. white fl our
Week #3 Baking soda (try to buy in bulk in places like Sam’s Club or Costco) Buy about 10 lbs.
25 lbs. or legumes (choose those you are willing to eat.
Remember you can sprout legumes and almost quadruple the nutritional value of them.
Buy one large box Knox or other gelatin to be used in place of eggs in baking.
Week #4 Tomato products (try to buy them by the case in normal size cans. Spaghetti sauce, tomato
sauce, and whole and chopped tomatoes. Buy a combination of flavored and not flavored tomatoes.
Buy paste if you can get a good deal on it. It is less expensive to add water to paste to make sauce
than it is just to buy sauce sometimes. Buy three cases if possible.)
Week #5 Be on the look out for garden seeds that are NON- Hybrid.
That way you can use the seeds from the plants you grow to grow a garden the next season.
A good price for them is about $18-20 per can with about 10 varieties per can.


Week #1 200# wheat
(buckets to store it in if needed)
(keep filling pop bottles, Gallon syrup containers, etc. with water – basically no cost to this)
Week #2 20 lbs. Peanut butter
(keep filling those water containers)
Week #3 4 #10 cans shortening
2 # 10 cans dry milk
(keep filling water containers – make this a habit – when you empty something worthy of water storage, wash it and fill it right away)
Week #4 6 #10 cans dry milk
(more water!)


Week #1 25# rice
25# sugar
1 # 10 can instant potatoes
5 lbs. salt
Week #2 1 case tuna or salmon or other meat
2 # 10 cans dry milk
Week #3 2 #10 cans dry milk
2 cans shortening
1 #10 can instant potatoes
Week #4 Note* In late August and early September, many stores have sales on canned fruits and vegetables.
Ask your local store when these sales will be, and switch the weeks of this calendar as needed.
2 cases fruit
5 lbs. salt
Week #5 2 cases canned fruit
1 case misc. vegetables (green beans, peas, carrots, etc.)


Week # 1 5 – 12 cases canned fruit
1 case misc. vegetables
Week # 2 2 cases canned fruit
2 cans shortening
Week #3 2 cases fruit
1 case vegetables
Week #4 2 cans shortening
25# rice
buckets to store rice if it did not come in #10 cans


Week #1 100 lbs. wheat and 3 buckets
Week #2 1 case tuna or other meat
Week #3 25 lbs. Sugar
2 large cans fruit juice powder
Week #4 3 #10 cans dry milk
Week #5 9 #10 cans potato flakes


Week #1 4 large jars peanut butter
Week #2 1 case canned fruit
15 pounds rice
Week #3 7 #10 cans shortening
Week #4 50 pounds rice and buckets to store


Week #1 100 lbs. wheat and 3 buckets
Week #2 1 large can fruit juice powder
3 large jars peanut butter
Week #3 3 #10 cans dry milk
Week #4 50 pounds of rice, oats, or barley
buckets to store


4 Responses to “1 Years Food Storage: How To”

  1. 1 Tarl
    July 3, 2011 at 4:44 AM

    I dunno, if you live in suburbia, there is not much point in stockpiling a year of food. Long before the year is up, looters will break in and take it, killing you if need be. A couple of weeks of food, maybe, but if it is truly TEOTWAWKI then your food, and you, better be somewhere very isolated from the starving, desperate hordes.

  2. July 3, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    There are certainly unique challenges that would be faced by those living around a larger number of people. But I would not write them off as a total loss. A years supply of food could buffer them through hard times. Maybe a loss of income or a period of high or even hyper inflation.

    Since most scenarios aren’t TEOTWAWKI, it is still worthwhile to to plan ahead and be ready for the challenging days to come, whatever form those challenges may take.

  3. February 4, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    It’s lists meat several times throughout the article…

    I’ve priced this list out and in actuality it’s about $130 week average.. I’m sure the LDS get better deals at their canneries but for the average folk.. keep this in mind.

  4. August 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Thank you from Granville 😉

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