Again, Many Thanks to one and all on the LDS and companion sites for this information. Additional Thanks to all you “Preppers” out there – Keep On Prepping!
There are several documents for getting started and I highly recommend all of them.
- For a great way to get started on just about $5.00 a week go to TheIdeaDoor.com and down load FoodStoragefor5aWeek.pdf.
- ArkProject_MonthlyFoodStoragePlan.pdf from TheIdeaDoor.com This contains a 72 hour kit goal as well as the food storage goal.
- Be sure to check out the Links section of this Appendix for additional lists and information
Example Weekly and Monthly Shopping lists
Below are several weekly and monthly shopping lists to get you started on your stored food pantry. Keep in mind to substitute items you do not like or medically cannot consume with items of similar nutritional value that you can eat.
Here is a very simple monthly starter plan by Beverly Qualheim from MyFavotiteEzines.com/articles/how-to-start-food-storage.html.
This list is NOT a full year supply of food, but it will get you started. When amounts are listed, they are for one person for about a full year.
- Get a marker and write the purchase date on each item to aid in rotation. The best Food Storages are used on a regular basis, replacing the food as used.
- Set aside an affordable amount of money for each week. If you have money left over from one week--use it to help purchase the next week's item.
- Make a substitution if the item is one you would never use.
- Buy in quantity when you can. If you can't -- it's ok! For example, if you cannot afford 30 lbs of oatmeal, buy 3 containers to get a start.
- It is important to remember that if you live on Food Storage you will not be eating like you do now, unless you tailor the food plan to foods your family eats for the first year and then on the second year, purchase the rest of the foods listed below for your long term storage needs.
- Buy things for your food storage that are nutritious and incorporate them into your current diet. There is no point in having a large supply of beans if you are all allergic to them! Also remember to buy single items each week and build slowly and carefully, using the products as you need to during the year.
- Good rule of thumb: if you go shopping and you have one jar of peanut butter on your list, BUY 2! Same applies for anything you can afford. Build slowly.
** Every week you will need to store away at least 2 gallons of water in 2 liter pop bottles, 5 gallon water containers, or other food safe containers. (NOT empty milk jugs as those will biodegrade.) **
JANUARY WATER! - As much as you can buy and store- each month!
Chlorine Bleach - 1 gallon per family member
Matches and candles
10 cans Tuna, salmon, or chicken
Multiple Vitamins (especially A, C, and extra calcium)
FEBRUARY WATER! - As much as you can buy and store- each month!
Hot Cereal: wheat and rice
Shortening - 5 lbs
Yeast -1/2 lb or 20 cans of corn
Honey 3 lbs or a gallon of Pure Maple Syrup (for sweetener)
MARCH WATER! - As much as you can buy and store- each month!
Potato Flakes or pearls
3 lbs Raisins and dried apricots
Dry Milk - 14 lbs
Oatmeal - 30 lbs
APRIL WATER! - As much as you can buy and store- each month!
20 pkgs of vegetable seeds, various types that will grow in your area.
5 boxes of Bisquick or Jiffy mix.
Corn Meal - 30 lbs
Canned Vegetables (what your family likes) and dried apricots
Enriched White Flour - 15 lbs. (best stored in freezer)
MAY WATER! - As much as you can buy and store- each month!
Canned Fruit (what your family likes)
Canned Baked Beans
Brown Sugar - 3 lbs
Vegetable Oil - 2 gallons
JUNE WATER! - As much as you can buy and store- each month!
Baking Soda - 2 lbs (for cleaning) & Alfalfa Seeds (to sprout)
Wheat Berries (to sprout)
Peanut Butter - 5 lbs
Candles - 100 hour candles are great. But any candles will do.
JULY WATER! - As much as you can buy and store- each month!
Jams and preserves - 6 lbs
10 lbs dried peas or beans or both
dried lima beans
AUGUST WATER! - As much as you can buy and store- each month!
Spices and multi-vitamins
Salt 8 lbs
Vegetables (canned) as frozen will not store in an emergency.
Baking Powder - 1 lb
SEPTEMBER WATER! - As much as you can buy and store- each month!
Canned Tuna, chicken or Salmon
Canned Milk (12 oz cans) - 12
Nuts (freeze them) Week 4:
OCTOBER WATER! - As much as you can buy and store- each month!
3 boxes Corn Starch
White Enriched Rice - 50 lbs
10 lbs brown rice (brown rice spoils faster but it better for you.)
Fruit Juice (canned)
Vinegar - 2 gallons
NOVEMBER WATER! - As much as you can buy and store- each month!
Dry Soup Mix - 5 lbs
Dried green or yellow Peas
DECEMBER WATER! - As much as you can buy and store- each month!
Tomato Sauce or spaghetti sauce.
Pasta: Spaghetti, macaroni, etc., - 30 lbs
Crackers - 2 lbs, and dehydrated vegetables or do your own.
Dried Bananas, figs, or other dried fruit
The following tips will help you begin storing food:
- Protect food storage from heat. Store all products away from heat and sunlight. Food stores best at 70 degrees or cooler.
- Protect food from moisture. Store products on shelves or raised platforms, rather than directly in contact with concrete floors or walls, to avoid moisture damage.
- Protect products from rodents and insects. Bulk dry food storage products store well in #10 cans, foil pouches, glass canning jars, PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles, and plastic buckets.
- For best results, rotate food storage items.
*In some locations, storing food is prohibited or limited by law. When packaging and storing food, always obey local food storage laws and sanitation guidelines.
A 51 week suggested food and emergency kit starting guide from TheIdeaDoor.com and Ark or Noah project is another good starting point to use as a guideline. Repeat the 51 week cycle as needed.
This is a suggested food and emergency kit schedule for one year --- starting with basic supply then emergency and finally expanded basic food supply (as given in Essentials of Home Production and Storage). If you follow it you will have one month's supply for 1-2 people. If you do not like an item on the list feel free to substitute. You can double, triple, or half the purchases according to your family’s needs, and your finances. There is also a weekly to do list to remind you of things to check around your home.
Week 1: At least 7 gallons of water. Hint: Water storage may be in plastic bottles, to which bleach may be added if the purity of the water is in question. (generally l/2 tsp per five gallons if water is clear or 1. tsp. per five gallons if water is cloudy.) In case of emergency, the water in water beds, water heaters, toilet tanks, and cisterns may be purified and used.
Week 2: 15 Pounds of good wheat. 'Hint: People who have small homes with limited storage space should prepare the best they can for emergencies. Basic food items often can be stored in rather limited space. Closets, attics, and space under beds can be used to store food. It is wiser to have food storage sufficient for only a few weeks or months than to have no storage at all.
Week 3: 1 large box or ten envelopes of instant milk: Hint: Make sure you have, enough bedding to keep each person warm if there were no other heating supplies.
Week 4: 10 pounds Rice. Hint: Check that you have sufficient clothing (that fits) for one year (or fabric and necessities for sewing clothing).
Week 5: 4 pounds Sugar. Hint: Ezra Taft Benson said, "The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah." "We encourage families to have on hand this year's supply; and we say it over and over and over and repeat over and over the scriptures of the Lord where He says, 'Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Spencer W. Kimball, May 1976)
Week 6: 1 large jar of honey. Hint: Double check flashlight and battery supply.
Week 7: 8 ounces of Salt. Hint: Evaluate family preparedness, set goals for the coming year and seek to obtain them.
Week 8: One bottle of vegetable oil or one can of shortening. Hint: Double check emergency supplies for baby, are diapers and clothing going to fit? Formula? (even nursing moms should make sure there is formula available),
Week 9: 5 pounds legumes (beans & peas). Hint: Have backyard campout to practice emergency skills. (good opportunity to check out warm bedding).
Week 10: Coal, wood, briquettes, propane, matches, candles for cooking and light. Hint: Make buddy burner. Cut strips of corrugated paper in 1 ½ in widths. Roll each strip tightly and fit in a tuna fish can. Pour melted paraffin wax in the can so that it soaks the paper and fills the remaining space. Each can will burn for 1 ½ to 2 hours!
Week 11: Dish Soap. Hint: Store extra prescription medication with the words "Emergency use only",
Week 12: 2 bars of body soap per person. Hint: If you have a fireplace double-check to make sure flue is clear and the fireplace is clean and can be used without danger.
Week 13: 1 gallon bleach. Hint: Have Family Home Evening from FHE Manual "Protecting your Home against Fire," pp. 332-333.
Week 14: Bandages. Hint: Make sure you have emergency provisions for pets. Standard First Aid Supplies: adhesive tape, ammonia, antibiotic ointment, bicarbonate of soda, calamine lotion, diarrhea remedy, elastic bandages, gauze bandages, hot water bottle, hydrogen peroxide, ipecac syrup (induces vomiting), knife, matches, measuring cup, medicine dropper, needles, paper bags, razor blades, rubbing alcohol, safety pins, scissors, soap, thermometer, triangular bandages, tweezers, first aid book, prescription medications, consecrated oil. First aid kits and supplies should be checked and replenished regularly. All supplies should be labeled and organized for fast use.
Week 15: First aid cream and tape, cotton balls and ace bandage. Hint: An important emergency precaution is to have tetanus immunizations up to date - at least every 10 years.
Week 16: Year supply of garden seeds rich in Vitamin A&C appropriate for area (no hybrid). Hint: Every yard has space for a garden. Part of the lawn, play area, or flower garden may be converted to a garden. Vegetables may be grown in window boxes or pots. Plant the garden where it will receive at least 4 - 6 hours of direct sunshine each day. The soil should drain well, and an adequate source of water should be available.
Week 17: Hydrogen peroxide and alcohol. Hint: Review FHE Manual lesson "Treating Bleeding", pp. 330-332.
Week 18: Obtain bag or duffel for 72 hour kit, Hint: Each family or individual should have portable container(s) with emergency supplies such as the following: water, food requiring no refrigeration or cooking (graham crackers, canned fruits, canned meats), medications and critical medical histories required by family members, change of clothing, including 2 pairs of stockings; sanitary supplies; first aid booklet and equipment; candles; matches; ax; shovel; can opener; and blanket. The container should be placed where it can be picked up at a moment's notice.
Week 19: Buy 3 cans tuna and 3 cans pork and beans for 72 hour kit. Hint: Put together a first aid kit for the car. See FHE Manual p 323.
Week 20: 1 Ib. Box of crackers sealed in plastic for 72 hour kit. Hint: Teach family how to treat shock victims, FHE Manual "Treating Shock" pp328-330.
Week 21: 1 Ib. Dried fruit & beef jerky (apples, pineapple, apricots, bananas etc.) for 72 hour kit.
Hint: Try drying the fruit yourself and making jerky by slicing thin and placing-on low heated oven overnight.
Week 22: 48 oz., canned orange or tomato juice for 72 hour kit. Hint: Post emergency numbers at all phones in the house. Have FHE about emergency contacts. FHE Manual "Emergency Numbers" pp. 323-324.
Week 23: 1 Ib. Peanut butter for 72 hour kit. Hint: Try to cook for 3 days from your food storage.
Week 24: 1 gallon of water for 72 hour kit. Hint: Have FHE "Water Safety" FHE Manual pp 339-340.
Week 25: ½ lb. Nonfat dry milk. Hint: Obtain container for first aid kit for 72 hour kit.
Week 26: Obtain change of clothing that fits for 72-hour kit. Hint: FHE Manual “Coping with Blackouts” pp 334.
Week 27: Buy peaches & berries from store or U-pick farms. Hint: Bottle (or learn to bottle) peaches and berries.
Week 28: Matches, candle, battery operated light for 72 hour kit. Hint: Store cash in $1 bills in various pockets in 72 hour kit for emergencies.
Week 29: Obtain blanket (wool is preferred) for 72 hour kit. Hint: Make sure you have emergency provisions and plans for pets.
Week 30: Buy corn or other vegetables at U-pick farm or store. Hint: Bottle or freeze veggies.
Week 31: Can opener, dishpan, dishes, utensils, ax, shovel, bucket, battery-powered radio, paper and pencil for 72 hour kit. Hint: Locate gas meter and water meter shut offs and attach a wrench near them. Children who are old enough should be show how to turn the gas and water off. Along with an explanation of when and why we should have to do this. Review FHE Manual “Earthquake Preparedness" pp. 336-337.
Week 32: Personal toiletries for 72 hour kit. (toothbrush, tooth paste, shampoo, washcloth, towel, brush, feminine hygiene) Hint: Copies of personal documents: scriptures, genealogy records, patriarchal blessing, passport, driver's license, social security card, immunizations & legal documents (wills, insurance policies, birth certificates, etc.) for 72 hour kit.
Week 33: Plastic knives, forks, spoons, cups for storage. Hint: Place first aid kits, personal items and medication in various places--car, home, shed, etc.
Week 34: 1 box baking soda and baking powder. Hint: FHE Manual "Mouth to Mouth Resuscitation & Treating Choking" pp. 325-328.
Week 35: 4 cans of cream of chicken soup, 4 cans of chicken noodle soup. Hint: Install or test your smoke detector.
Week 36: Buy chicken to bottle. Hint: Bottle or learn to bottle chicken or other foods in pressure cooker.
Week 37: 3 cans beef chunks, Hint: Have fire drill with FHE Manual p333.
Week 38: 4 cans vegetable soup. Hint: Establish an out of state contact to call in case of emergency.
Week 39: 2lbs. Macaroni and 1 Ib. Spaghetti. Hint: Place a pair of shoes under your bed so they are handy. Encourage children to store shoes under bed at night. You may want to have flashlights under children's beds also.
Week 40: 4 cans vegetables. Hint: Send copies of favorite photos to friends or family, out of state for safe keeping.
Week 41: Large box of instant mashed potatoes. Hint: Inventory all your sources of light - paper logs, hurricane lamps, candles etc. and make sure matches are nearby.
Week 42: 8 cans of canned fruit (peaches, pears, apples etc.) Hint: Store a roll of quarters and dimes for emergency calls.
Week 43: Aluminum foil, plastic garbage bags, Ziploc bags. Hint: Go on a hunt as a family to find the closest pay phone, or make survival kit see FHE Manual pp337-338.
Week 44: 4 boxes macaroni & cheese. Hint: .Take a first aid or CPR course.
Week 45: Plant fruit trees and grapevines. Hint: Make a plan to check on a ward member or neighbor who may need help in an emergency.
Week 46: Buy large garbage can and make home compost pile. (check in community for other sources) Hint: Prepare to plant garden
Week 47: 11arge jar of jam or jelly, buy apples to bottle. Hint: Use apples to bottle, dehydrate, and make into sauce or butter.
Week 48: Buy pears from farm or store. Hint: Bottle pears.
Week 49: 7 gallons of water. Hint: Make inventory of all available water.
Week 50: 1 large container of syrup. Hint: Find out what the ward emergency plans are.
Week 51: Buy ingredients for families favorite recipes. Hint: Make a list of 14 recipes your family likes and acquire all the needed ingredients. Make copies of them and put them in storage sealed in Ziploc bags.
A suggestion for two people for one year from TheIdeaDoor.com is available as a PDF at http://www.theideadoor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=236. It was produced many years ago and is in the process of being updated. Instead of for $5.00 a week this is most likely $8-12.00 a week now. It is still an excellent guide for two adults for one year.
Week 1: 61bs. salt
Week 2: 5 cans cream of chicken soup
Week 3: 20 lbs. of sugar
Week 4: 8 cans tomato soup
Week 5: 50 lbs. wheat
Week 6: 6lbs. macaroni
Week 7: 20 lbs. sugar
Week 8: 8 cans tuna
Week 9: 6lbs. yeast
Week 10: 50Ibs.wheat
Week 11: 8 cans tomato soup
Week 12: 20 lbs. sugar
Week 13: 10 lbs. powdered milk
Week 14: 7 boxes macaroni and cheese
Week 15: 50 lbs. wheat
Week 16: 5 cans cream of chicken soup
Week 17: 1 bottle 500 multi-vitamins
Week 18: 10 lbs. powdered milk
Week 19: 5 cans cream mushroom soup
Week 20: 50 lbs. wheat
Week 21: 8 cans tomato soup
Week 22: 20 lbs. sugar
Week 23: 8 cans tuna
Week 24: 6 lbs. shortening
Week 25: 50 lbs. wheat
Week 26: 51bs. honey
Week 27: 10 lbs. powdered milk
Week 28: 20 lbs. sugar
Week 29:5 lbs. peanut butter
Week 30: 50 lbs. wheat
Week 31: 7 boxes macaroni and cheese
Week 32: 10 lbs. powdered milk
Week 33: 1 bottle 500 aspirin
Week 34: 5 cans cream of chicken soup
Week 35: 50 lbs. wheat
Week 36: 7 boxes macaroni and cheese
Week 37: 6lbs. salt
Week 38: 20 lbs. sugar
Week 39: 8 cans tomato soup
Week 40: 50 lbs. wheat
Week 41: 5 cans cream chicken soup
Week 42: 20 lbs. sugar
Week 43: 1 bottle 500 multi-vitamins
Week 44: 8 cans tuna
Week 45: 50 lbs. wheat
Week 46: 6lbs. macaroni
Week 47: 20 lbs. sugar
Week 48: 5 cans cream mushroom soup
Week 49: 5 lbs. honey
Week 50: 20 lbs. sugar
Week 51: 8 tomato soup
Week 52: 5 lbs. wheat
Some weeks you will have leftover change. Save the change each week in a kitty to be used for the weeks you may exceed $5.00 (like wheat or milk).
You will end up with:
500 pounds of wheat
180 pounds of sugar
40 pounds of powdered milk
12 pounds of salt
10 pounds of honey
5 pounds peanut butter
45 cans of tomato soup
15 cans of cream of mushroom soup
15 cans of cream of chicken soup
24 cans of tuna
21 boxes of macaroni and cheese
6 pounds of yeast
6 pounds of shortening
12 pounds of macaroni
Here is another simple one year suggestion list from TheIdeaDoor.com by Karla Cervantez who suggests that if something is on the list that you don’t like, substitute it with something you do. She also offers ways to save money for the purchasing of the food storage items.
Week 1 Popcorn: invest in a pop corn popper if you do not have one; lower your family’s fat intake.
Week 2 Detergents, bleach and other cleansers. Don't forget to use manufactures coupons.
Week 3 Medicine chest and feminine products; you do not want to be out when you need them.
Week 4 First aid supplies, band aids, Neosporin, Benadryl, ect.
Week 1 Canned meats, corned beef, Spam, chicken, act
Week 2 Personal products, soap deodorant, toilet paper, shampoo, lotion, ect
Week 3 Peanut Butter
Week 4 Solid shortening, less expensive than oil and stores longer, but buy oil if you prefer.
Week 1 Juices Avoid watered projects; look for 100% lemon, orange pineapple, ect.
Week 2 More first aid products, gauze patches, swabs, cotton balls, tape ect
Week 3 Mixes Cake, pancake, muffin, or purchase items separately and make them yourself.
Week 4 spices and Herbs Buy the ones you use the most often, pepper, cinnamon, bay leaves, oregano, etc
Week 1 Toiletries Toothpaste, floss razor blades, shaving cream, ect
Week 2 Pasta consider your family's tastes.
Week 3 Dry milk: 40 ounces makes 5 gallons
Week 4 Assemble an emergency sewing kit, thread, pins needles, buttons, tape measure, scissors, ect. Keep it compact and handy
Week 1 Flour, white wheat pastry, rye ect.
Week 2 Dry soups and crackers, Restore crispness by placing crackers in microwave (dehydrator and oven work as well.)
Week 3 Gelatin and pudding mixes. you can also make you own mixes
Week 4 Garden seeds: don't forget the radishes they grow fast and are full of vitamins
Week 1 White sale month; buy those much needed sheets or towels
Week 2 Safety week, replace flashlight batteries, check smoke detectors practice your fire escape routes
Week 3 Cheese cheese cheese. buy in 5,10 15 pound blocks and cut into smaller blocks and freeze
Week 4 Paper towels, aluminum foil, sandwich bags ect
Week 1 Condiments; mustard, catsup mayonnaise relish pickles ect.
Week 2 Canning supplies Certo or Sure jell canning lids ect. If you do not can stock up on jams and jellies
Week 3 Fill or refill water jugs.
Week 4 Canned milk, try non fat varieties to cut back in your family's fat intake.
Week 1 Baking powder baking soda, cornstarch ect.
Week 2 Canned fruit, buy it already canned or can some yourself.
Week 3 Tomato week. Can it yourself or already canned, whole stewed, sauce or juice, ect
Week 4 Can or freeze veggies or buy them canned or frozen
Week 1 Sugars: Replenish your supply from canning, also powered and brown sugar
Week 2 Canned tuna and salmon, buy them already canned or can some yourself.
Week 3 Dry beans, peas, rice, and legumes
Week 4 Sweeteners, Honey, Corn Syrup, Molasses, maple syrup ect
Week 1 Vinegar. apple cider, white (removes adores in laundry and great cleanser)
Week 2 Canned Soups, try the low salt and low fat varieties or make your own
Week 3 Apples, make your own pie filling, applesauce apple butter, juice, but then you can also buy if you do not can
Week 4 Nuts, Walnuts pecans almonds, ect They will freeze well
Week 1 Iodized salt. it seasons preserves and in a pinch a toothpaste
Week 2 Vitamins a good multi vitamins extra C for Flu and cold season ladies do not forget your calcium and vitamin D
Week 3 Treats for baking, cocoa, coconut, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, ect
Week 4 Rolled Oats, cornmeal, hot cereals, get what your family eats
Week 1 Cooking Oil, get good quality oil. Canola, olive and peanut oils are the healthier choices
Week 2 Candles and matches; put them where you can easily locate them in the dark.
Week 3 Merry Christmas! You've given yourself a great gift- security
Week 4 Hope you saved a little for those after Christmas sales; lots of bargains to be found this time of year. Do get out of the habit Turn this book over next week.