How Much Do You Need to Store?

This handy calculator will help you figure out what works for your family. 52 weeks is a year’s supply, but you may calculate for any other number of weeks.

Enter the number of weeks’ storage you want, as well as the number of adults and children in your family. (Children 12 and over count as adults because they tend to eat full portions.)

Click “Calculate”. The recommended quantities will appear in the bottom pane.

Always rotate your stored food into your normal diet, using up the oldest products first. This will save you a lot of money and prevent waste.

Input Data
Enter the number of weeks’ supply you wish to store: 
Enter the number of adults (12 and older): 
Enter the number of children (under 12): 

Recommended Basic Food Storage Amounts
Each category below gives you a variety of choices and a total weight.
You should store the items you like to eat and know how to use. Weights (except fats) are for dry or dehydrated foods—freeze-dried foods will weigh less.

Grain (includes wheat, white rice, oats, corn, barley, pasta, etc.):  lbs.
Legumes (dried beans, split peas, lentils, nuts, etc.):  lbs.
Dairy Products (powdered milk, cheese powdercheese powder, canned cheese, etc.):  lbs.
Sugars (white sugar, brown sugar, syrup, molasses, honey, etc.):  lbs.
Leavening Agents (Yeast, baking powder, powdered eggs, etc.):  lbs.
Salt (Table salt, sea salt, soy sauce, bouillon, etc.):  lbs.
Fats (Vegetable oils, shortening, canned butter, etc.):  lbs.
Water:  gallons*

*NOTE: The amount of water shown is a minimal 2-week supply. It is rarely practical to store more. We suggest that you store this amount and supplement it with a good water filter and/or water purification kit.

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5 comments to “Food Storage Calculator”

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  1. Lorraine Wallace - September 28, 2017 at 7:33 pm Reply

    1 gal per person per day

  2. Barbara Waters - September 26, 2017 at 5:44 pm Reply

    This certainly helps go take the mystery out of good storage needed specifically for and individual family group. Thanks so much for putting this useful program together. Appreciate your efforts.!

  3. Donna Turner - August 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm Reply

    Canned butter? Where do i find that? I have never seen it. We are preppers and I am trying to prepare our stockpile and was feeling bad about the thoughts of not having any butter. We love butter in our house. Is there a brand name or website? What about shelf life? I love this calculator. It is so helpful. Thank you for posting it.

    • Admin - August 15, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply

      We have added some links to this page to give you some suggestions for where to get products that may be hard to find. Check them out!

      • MICHAEL LLOYD OLSEN - October 1, 2017 at 1:54 pm Reply

        I boil 1 lb of buttet for 5 minutes then pour in a pint jar. Shake n flip it upside down n back a few times. Just put on your shelf n keeps a year.

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