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How Much Food Should You Store?

In this post we are going to touch on how much food is recommended that we store. There are different guides available, but according to the USDA or CFIA for Canada, lists from history including wagon trains and the Canadian Gold Rush the amounts are pretty consistent for a year and just differ on how to obtain the same weight or total (for example different types of oil and beans or oats).

In another blog we touched on a short term food storage. This is a great way to start and is not so overwhelming.

The following is a care packet for a family of 4 for 30 days and this would be stored in 1-2 Rubbermaid tubs. There is also an option of an emergency bucket that will last a family of 4 for 1 week with a very basic supply.

The attached price list is from Canada.

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  • If creating this for your family, choose items that they will eat. Choose the beans you know that everyone will eat. However, not all beans are the same, for example navy beans are higher in nutrients than pinto beans.

  • White rice has a shelf life of 30 years, whereas brown rice has a shelf life of 1 year.

  • Pool shock is used in these tables. While liquid bleach can be used it has a shelf life of 6 months while pool shock is indefinite. Pool shock can be used for water purification-be sure to follow safety precautions when using it. It can also be combined with small amounts of liquid bleach to create cleaning products. If you can obtain the water purification tablets, that is a very easy way to go. However, they can be more expensive.

  • While many lists do not include vitamins, we recommend it. These stores of food are being used in difficult times and this will help in case of any missed vitamins or nutrients.

  • Iodized salt in an emergency situation provides needed chemicals and should be chosen over kosher or other salt for storage when possible.

  • *** DO NOT put oxygen absorbers in with salt or sugar. It is better to store separately since the absorbers will cause the salt or sugar to form a hard rock.

  • It is a good idea to store a can opener in the tubs as well.

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