8 Must Read Food Storage Resources

Added about 30 new cans of canned food to my food stores.

Added about 30 new cans of canned food to my food stores.

1. Food storage calculator: Use this calculator to determine the minimum food storage requirements for your family for one year. While not an exact science it is a good starting point – you’ll still need to make the final list based on each family members needs.

2. Start your food storage on $10 a week : Good article written by Alan T. Hagan for Backwoods Home Magazine. He states “Depending on what you decide is important to you, everything you will need for a complete food storage program can be had from your local grocer and, perhaps, some other local businesses.”

3. Family Home Storage: Some good information by LDS, even if you’re not religious or a member you’ll find the information useful.

4. Food Storage Videos: Results from a search on YouTube for the term “Mormon Food Storage” – while I didn’t watch them all the ones I did watch looked and good offered sound advice.

5. Prudent Food Storage: More survival food storage information presented by Alan T. Hagan via his free online book Food Storage FAQ. Worth printing and putting in a binder.

6. Food Storage Guide: Good information and chart listing the estimated shelf life of various foods, and here is another chart by Provident Living showing foods with a shelf life of 30+ years.

7. Preppers List : 10 Things To Do Now! The title pretty much says it all – I posted this some time back so some of you may have already read it, but for those who haven’t I thinks it’s worth taking a few minutes to digest.

8.  And a follow-up – Prepper List : Ten MORE Things To Do Now

Please share your best food storage resources in the comments below.

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  1. As we have put our storage together we have made use of several of these things. We started out knowing nothing. We made some mistakes, but fortunately none that we serious. These guides will definitely help a person or group do things right.

  2. wired1979 says:

    who makes the wire can racks that are in the picture?

  3. I wish I could get my wife to agree to store more food. 2 wks ago, she read “One Second After” & was scared. The next day, I asked her if we should store more food, & she said: We already have a lot. I said: That depends on how long we’d need to make it last. She wasn’t moved. But I will continue to increase our food stores when she’s not looking.

    • RedC
      Use plastic totes to store the food, use a key code on the container an you keep the master list. If they can not see what is inside less questions are asked, an layer with clothes you are not wearing due to the season. On one side of the box you have winter jackets, socks, ??? listed with a another code. AA1= winter shirts with vacuum packed oatmeal, powder milk, sugar, dry soup mixes, can of beef stew. AA2=coffee, tea, sugar, Tang, lemonade, thermal long johns { 🙂 }. Mark the top of the lid with your code and “winter clothing-Mens” & on the side. If she asks you have a list so you know what container has which piece of your clothing in it. Put it on your side of the closet, down in the basement, but not in the overhead of the house or garage. It does not have to be a large amount of food, I use 18-20 gallon totes due to my back.
      When they kids come by on, all they see is totes for all their fathers clothing. He is a clothes shopper, or I should say he was. They do not know the difference, and I am not saying anything.
      The guest bed is raised up for all my canned jams and jelly’s which they know I do every year, but behind that wall of canned goodies is a oil drip pan with other items stacked on it. We have carpeting in the guess room and it makes it easy to slide and get to what I have placed there. Hid in plain sight.

      • Great plan! I’ve been using cardboard boxes & writing “emergency supplies” & month & year. But I luv the key code w/ a secret list. Thanks much.

        • RedC
          You are quite welcome.
          I have discovered it is easier for me to locate what ever I am searching for in my many many buckets and totes. The other way labeling the outside was time consuming, in your face(in anyone’s face)of what I had put away.
          The other item I am using for op-sec is a screening panel and goodies are put behind it in the living room. Looks like a decoration enhancement to the room. We rarely ever go in there so……..no wasted space.

    • You should have told her it only has to last the rest of our lives.

    • You might want to tell her its good to have more in case you lose your job.I,ve had to take care of my family with no income for two to three months at a time more than once.Some because of injuries that happened at work.It took workman comp eight weeks to start paying me.Other time because of job loss.the way things are now there is no telling how long it would take to find another job,or some other way to support yourselves.

  4. ChristineM says:

    Good list. There are a few I need to review.
    Interesting thing ….. I went to the grocery store Wed and the shelves for water were very picked over, two shelves being empty. I went back there this morning just to double up on some things and the water shelves were half empty and there were cases of water stacked on the floor (they restock every night). I’ve never seen that before here. This is a good thing. Maybe I haven’t given this little hole in the wall town enough credit for brains.

    • Canyonman says:

      We were at the store last week and they had no Coca-Cola. I occasionally enjoy a Coke, so was a bit surprised by this. It’s a very large aisle/section, with not a single drop of Coke to be had. The manager explained (and this is a large grocery store serving a large area in the mountains) that Coke is a vendor-stocked item. They come in, see what needs to be filled on the shelf, and stock it off their truck. So the store has no Coke in the back. Someone brightly observed recently that “stores” aren’t really “stores” anymore. I remember my first job at a grocery store, and the back was bigger than the front. It was like four more stores back there. But not today…

      So, Coke boy was late, or had a flat, or got sick. But it was a very good reminder in how fast something goes, even in a non-emergency.

      • And this is a major reason I prep–you just can’t count on stores having stuff in stock. Every time I go to China Mart I look at the empty shelves in the sporting goods section.

        • ChristineM says:

          DH stopped by Sam’s on his way home from the airport today and the area reserved for clearance items is now full of cases of water.

        • Bam Bam,
          A friend’s wife used to work at Wal-Mart and all of their registers are tied to a master global inventory system. For the most part, no one orders anything, and they just receive trucks every day with items to stock. One of the issues is shrinkage (i.e., shoplifting) which I consider theft. We too often coddle thieves; but, that is another thread. If you’re supposed to have 25 of something in stock, and 8 of them have been stolen, then sometimes orders get delayed until a human steps in to fix the issue or they do the whole store inventory, which I think is quarterly or perhaps monthly. In any case, the JIT system is not foolproof, and the “store” part, as in most stores today, is simply a place at the loading dock to unload the trucks.

      • Vendors provide stock one, two, three times a week and depending sometimes once every two weeks. It depends upon the particular vendor and the size of the store. Coke as a vendor will probably go to a store two to three times a week depending upon the volume in the store. It is also the responsibility of the store to call the vendor rep and let them know they are out of a particular item so it can be restocked prior to the regular schedule. If there is a sale on a particular item, the rep/vendor (it depends on the company) will bring in extra for the expected volume on the sale item. Sometimes they completely mess it all up and don’t bring in the product they are supposed to. Trucks are loaded with an order that someone placed a few days prior to delivery. This is the what we get for using the just in time delivery system, that somehow usually isn’t.

        • Chuck Findlay says:

          Today’s stores have an amazing diversity of items. But if you look close you see that usually there is not much of any one item. If you like Mac & cheese, there will be 10-kinds of mac & cheese, but only a few of each brand. And the front of the store is the warehouse. They depend on the checkout computer to tell the trucks what and how many of any item to deliver the next day. This system works great, till it doesn’t work so great. A recent example was the water problem here in Toledo, there was no reserve of water because all stock is out on the shelves.

          It was handled somewhat easily by draining bottled water from stores for 200-miles in every direction. But what if we (when) had an event that was larger like a whole grid attack that killed the fuel delivery ability and trucks could not run? Whole states could be without food or water, and the people of the US have never had to do without instant access to food. It would be real ugly fast.

          I would not want to get close to any grocery store in a time like this, you could be endangering your life.

  5. Canyonman says:

    Someone mentioned here recently that rodents had chewed through one of their plastic 5-gallon buckets. Mice and rats are everywhere, and once they find their way in, it’s a battle. I’m in the home improvement biz and have crawled in, through, under, over and around thousands of homes. If you think you don’t have mice, you are mistaken.

    A friend of mine keeps his buckets in a non-working floor freezer. We have a steel gun cabinet (not a fire safe, just a big metal cabinet) and it’s packed full of rice/pasta/etc. I’ve heard of folks getting old school lockers and using those for storage. Just be sure and seal up any openings; self-adhesive weatherstripping tape works great for holes/seams etc.

  6. Nebraska Woman says:

    I just ordered a 2,000 calorie a day supply from ee. As soon as I can, I plan to order another supply for back-up. You never know how much food you will need. I found that this supply takes up less than 1/2 of my 2nd bedroom closet.
    Also your list of ten things to do now was good to reread, md. I forgot about the led lighting! Guess where I will be tomorrow.

  7. canadagal says:

    I sure don’t know where he gets his food. Sure not in my area even @ sale prices. I’ve heard food is pretty cheap in southern USA but here in Canada at least within a few hundred miles of me those lists would be a lot more than $10.00 for each week. But I guess we have to count our blessings as they are… no poisonous snakes or spiders, no hurricanes, no volcanoes, no earthquake risks, & in our specific area no rivers to flood us. We only have to learn to survive -30 to -40 weather. So we’re good even without extra cheap food. Good article even if you had to double the price.

  8. Chuck Findlay says:

    I’ve been meaning to build a can rack, but it’s one of those things that never seems to get put on the front burner.

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