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Are you prepared for the next food supply breakdown?
If the groceries close, how would you and your family do? A virus outbreak, storm that destroy major roads or a panicking population is all you need to threaten your ability to feed your family.
You are asking: how much food do I need to store for my family to survive for 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or a full year?
Use our food storage calculator at the end of this article.
Food prepping is part of our 7 tips for city preppers as discussed in this article.
The calculator will tell you how much grains, canned or dried meats, fats and oils, beans, milk and dairy, sugars, fruits, vegetables, water, and other cooking essentials you and your family need to store.
This food storage calculator is based recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Church of Jesus Christ, Latter-Day Saints Home Production and Storage manual.
It uses the amount of calories and the required variety of nutrients adults and children need. Make sure to adapt the results to your specific needs and preferences.
No matter how big is your food supply, make sure to rotate the perishables so that you keep your stock fresh. Examples of this can be beef jerky or canned vegetables. They have a long shelf life, but not as long as pasta or lentils for instance. See this article for some more info.
A key element of long term storage is packaging! I found a great video that goes over different packaging strategies on YouTube and wanted share it with you here.
I find personally very useful to see what others have accomplished. Best long term food storage pantries are organized, have dated packaging and undergo frequent rotation. I love these guys pantry and though you may enjoy it checking it out too.
Here is an advice. Don't start with a full year food storage. Make sure you create room first and start with shorter time periods so you figure out how you will organize your storage, label the product, place the more perishable food so that you can rotate properly.