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Dehydrated Food: What to Store and How Much to Store

December 20, 2010 by  

Dehydrated Food: What to Store and How Much to Store

This article is a continuation of the last two in which I discussed The Advantages Of Storing Dehydrated Foods and How To Store Bulk Foods.

The basic food items recommended for storage and the quantities to store are listed below. These are only suggestions. Every individual and family is unique in what they like and will eat. If you don’t drink milk or eat meat, wheat, sugar or any other food item listed, then you will need to adjust the amount of these items that you store.

Grains: (300 lbs. per person per year or 75 lbs. for three months.) I recommend that you have a wide variety of whole grains. Make sure your family will eat wheat. Some people are allergic to wheat and find it out when they have to eat it on a daily basis.

Some other grains to choose from are rice, oats, corn, six-grain and nine-grain cereals, farina, germade, barley, buckwheat, rye and super grains like: quinoa, amaranth, triticale, Kamut®, spelt and millet. Included in the grain category are all pastas such as: macaroni, spaghetti and linguini.

White rice verses brown rice: Brown rice doesn’t store very long. It will go rancid if it is not kept in the freezer. The shelf life is six months in room temperature. If it is kept in the freezer it will last a couple of years.

White rice is the best choice for long-term food storage. White rice stores years longer than brown.

Legumes: (75 lbs. per person per year or about 19 lbs. for three months.) Store a variety of beans. This includes black beans, pinto beans, navy beans, great northern beans, small red beans, lima, dry peas, soy beans and lentils.

Beans are a great source of protein and, when combined with rice, become a complete protein. Beans can be used whole, sprouted or ground into flour to make thickeners or refried beans. When combined with rice in a meal, it makes a great meat substitute.

Milk and dairy products: (60 lbs. per person per year or 15 lbs. for three months) This includes non-fat powdered milk, dried eggs, dried cheddar cheese powder, buttermilk powder and dried butter powder.

Sweeteners: (60 lbs. per person per year or 15 lbs. for three months) Sweeteners include honey, sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, agave and stevia.

Fruits: 30 lbs. dehydrated fruits per person per year or 8 lbs. for three months) This includes dried items such as apple slices, apple bits, applesauce, raisins and fruit mix and all wet-pack canned fruits, as well as fresh fruits in season.

Vegetables: (40 lbs. of dehydrated vegetables per person per year or 10 lbs. for three months) This includes dried items such as bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, sweet corn, onions, peas, potato slices, potato dices, potato flakes, potato pearls, tomatoes and tomato powder and all wet-pack canned vegetables as well as fresh garden veggies.

Fats and oils: (Two gallons of oil and two large Crisco®-type cans of shortening per person per year or one-half gallon of oil and one-half can of shortening for three months) Other alternatives include dried butter and shortening powder, cooking oil, such as vegetable, olive and coconut oil and peanut butter. Good quality extra virgin olive oil, first run cold pressed, or coconut oil will store for up to five years.

Meats and meat substitutes: (35 pounds or more of canned meats per person per year or 8 ½ lbs. of canned meats for three months). (Beans and rice can be included as meat substitutes.)  If you are vegetarian, you will need to plan meat alternatives and other non-animal protein type foods. My personal opinion is that you need to have a wide variety of canned meats such as: tuna, salmon, chicken, beef chunks, ham and freeze-dried meats.

Sprouting seeds and beans: (20 pounds per person per year or five pounds for three months.) Some of the different sprouting seeds include; alfalfa, broccoli, radish, mung, red clover, adzuki, sunflower, garbanzo, lentils, sprouting peas, salad blends, etc. These must be specifically for sprouting. Sprouting beans, seeds, legumes and wheat is the best way to have salad greens year round. Sprouting increases the nutritional value by 300 times. A seed, grain, bean or legume turns into a vegetable when sprouted. Sprouting can save your life.

Gardening seeds: (Preferably non-hybrid) Store all varieties of garden seeds that you like. Keep your packets safe and sealed in a plastic bucket away from mice, insects and moisture. Hybrid seeds are genetically altered and will germinate for one season only. If you want to save seeds to plant for the next year, store heirloom of non-hybrid seeds. They are much harder to find, but you can look them up on the Internet and find companies that specialize in these seeds.

Flavorings and adjunct foods: All baking items such as baking powder, baking soda, yeast, salt, flavoring, spices, bouillon, soup bases and sauces.

Condiments and fun Foods: These foods include things such as; jams, jellies, drink mixes, gelatin, sauces, ketchup, pickles, relishes, olives, salad dressings, mayonnaise, candy, puddings, dessert filling, box mixes, popcorn and canned juices, etc.

Baby Food: If you have a baby or little children, they are the top priority in a crisis. Store everything you need for them including food and non-food items such as formula, diapers, wipes, extra clothing, warm blankets etc. Don’t forget baby bottles and nipples and spoons for baby food.

Store some bottles of commercial baby foods. However, once the infant can tolerate solid foods, he or she should be able to eat the foods the rest of the family is eating as long the foods are mashed or thinned with milk.  Store some evaporated whole milk which could be added to the nonfat dry milk and reconstituted.

If allergies to cow’s milk are common to the family, then rice cereal may be used in the development of a formula. Sometimes nonfat milk is tolerated whereas whole milk would not be. In my book, Cookin’ With Home Storage there is a chapter on emergency baby food and pet food.

Pet food: Take into consideration what you would feed your pet in the event of a crisis. Store enough commercial dog or cat food for a three-month supply. However, animals can eat some of the same foods that we have stored for ourselves.

Cats are carnivores and eat mostly meat and vegetables. Cats have a hard time digesting grains. Dogs, on the other hand, do well on meat and vegetables mixed with rice.

Birds need the seeds and grains. They can eat some vegetables. Chickens can eat the same grains that we store for ourselves. They will eat table scraps from fruits and vegetables.

Any other animal that needs special food will have to be considered in planning your food storage.

Nonfood Items: Consider all necessary non-food items you may need. I suggest you go through your house and get all like items together in one tote or container.

Label what is in the container and keep it handy if you need it. Use containers that stack on top of each other to save space. If your paper products, medical supplies, vitamin and mineral supplements or personal items are scattered all over the house and you can’t find them, then you don’t have them. Being organized is the key to being prepared.

Be sure to include all paper products like paper plates, napkins, paper cups, plastic utensils, paper towels, toilet paper, tissue, baby wipes, garbage bags, zip lock baggies, waxed paper, plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

Store antibacterial cleansers, laundry and body soap. Store extra personal hygiene items such as combs, hairbrushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and cream rinse, lotions, makeup, razor blades and shaving equipment.

Store personal hygiene items such as feminine napkins, baby diapers, baby wipes, salves and creams for diaper rash and infections. Don’t forget medical supplies. These items might include; aspirin, ibuprofen, adhesive bandages, gauze, tape ointments, petroleum jelly, cold remedies, cotton balls, cotton-tipped swabs, scissors and all types of first aid items.

You need a supply of personal vitamin and mineral supplements such as vitamin C, calcium and any other product that you take on a regular basis. This also includes personal medications. If you are taking medications that are mandatory to life, you must store enough for at least three months. This is where the home pharmacy comes in. I know it is difficult to stockpile any type of prescription medications. Talk to your doctor and ask if you could get some extra meds on hand.

Special Diets: If you are on a special diet of any type, you definitely need to take this into consideration when planning out your food storage program. Again, store what you eat and eat what you store.

I personally store a lot of canned meats like tuna, salmon, chicken, beef and dried eggs because I need protein in my diet. If you are hypoglycemic or diabetic, you will need extra protein. Without protein you could become very sick.  Most all food storage items are either simple or complex carbohydrates.

Water: Storing water is one of the most important things you can do. You can live for days without food but you must have water to survive. All dehydrated food needs water to be rehydrated. You will need to store a minimum of 30 gallons per month per person. A three-month emergency supply would be 90 gallons. You can read my previous article on How And Where TO Store Water for more information.

 I recommend a product called ION for water purification. It is a water treatment that will kill giardia and dysentery on contact. It takes eight drops per gallon, and one bottle will treat 110 gallons. I keep this product handy because it will also kill bacteria on wounds. If you begin to feel as if you are about to come down with the flu you can use it medicinally by putting 20 drops in a  cup of water and drinking it.

On my website I sell a 250 gallon water tank that is 86 inches tall and 26 inches in diameter. It fits in a corner of a room or garage. I recommend it very much because it takes up a lot less space than 55-gallon drums. You would need five of them to equal one 250-gallon tank. It has a spigot to pour water with a drain at the bottom and a hole with a lid on top to fill the tank. The quality of the heavy gauge plastic is food grade and will not break. It is an excellent way to store water.

This information was taken from my books, Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook and Food Storage 101. Where Do I Begin?

All dehydrated food storage items, water treatment and storage containers mentioned in this article, as well as all seven books I have written, can be purchased at

Peggy Layton

a home economist and licensed nutritionist, holds a B.S. in Home Economics Education with a minor in Food Science and Nutrition from Brigham Young University. Peggy lives in Manti, Utah with her husband Scott. Together they have raised seven children. Peggy owns and operates two businesses: One called "The Therapy Center", where she is a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and the other an online cookbook and preparedness products business. She is nationally known for publishing a series of seven books on the subject of food storage and also lectures and teaches seminars about preparedness and using food storage products. Peggy practices what she preaches, has no debt, grows a huge garden, lives off the land, raises chickens, bottles and dehydrates food and has time left over to operate her businesses. To check out Peggy's cookbooks and self sufficiency products go to her website To get a free sample of three different storable meals that have a 15-year shelf life go here.

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  • FreedomFighter

    Protien in dry form such as; Weight Gainer, Muscle Milk are easy to store and may be a wise addition to the above.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • Granny Mae

      Yes they would be a good idea to store also !

    • Average Joe Patriot

      Many of those muscle products contain things some people might not want or need in their bodies, and take up airspace in the container, but I think you’re going in right direction, Freedom. Plain whey powder would work, however. Shaken, not stirred (the stuff can be a clumpy pain in the ass…works, though). I take it mountain hiking.

      This is a fine article. My only quibble with it is that water is mentioned last. Water should be first. You can live a month on no food (probably do half the people I see daily a great deal of good once the MSG, aspartame, and HFCS pangs subside).

      You won’t last a week without water, however, and for anyone living in the cities, that’ll be the first thing they realize after the power goes down. Believe it, when people’s kids are dying of thirst, they’ll come for your water, first. Not your black beans and jerky.

      You can’t eat ammo, but unfortunately you probably will need it. It stores well, and at least will give you a solid platform for negotiation and trade. That’s the muscle that will come in handy.

      Democracy and charity will come in a close second. Reality TV, kids.

  • Douglas

    Make sure that you have plenty of medications and vitamins on hand as well. Many times people have at least a 90 supply of medications with current prescriptions.

  • Peggy Layton

    I forgot to mention in this article that I have been testing out food from a company called efoods global. I am very impressed with their food. It is dehydrated, not freeze dried so the prices are very reasonable. Each package of food is all ready to go with everything except the water. It only takes 15-20 minutes to cook and it’s done. The food is delicious. The packages feed 2-4 people and come packed in mylar bags for long term storage of up to 15 years. The instructions are on each package. The packages include soups like cheddar broccoli, Italian chicken, vegetable beef, tortilla soup, corn chowder, minestrone, chicken noodle, chili, and potato cheddar. Other items include chicken pasta alfredo, cheesy chicken rice casserole, beef stroganoff, au gratin potatoes, instant seasoned potatoes, pancake mix, corn muffin mix, cornmeal dumplings, granola, powdered milk, wheat bread mix, buttermilk biscuit mix, and You can earn food credits and money to purchase food by referring others. These weekly food credits can be redeemed for food, can be gifted to others, and can used as currency to purchase items in the forthcoming eFoods Global online shopping mall. I personally want to redeem my food credits for boxes of food to help my 7 adult children in their efforts to stock up. Please call me if you have any questions about the program.
    I can be reached at 435-835-0311 or cell 435-851-0777 in Utah. The website to check it out is

    • Phil

      Yeah Efoods also use flavor enhancers that are VERY close too MSG!!! I ordered a sample pak from them, and 4 out of 5 items each, had 2 flavor enhacers !!! These are nueroexciters!!! I demanded my money back! Dont believe what they tell you, do your own research!!!

      • Granny Mae


        Thanks for the info. I have grandchildren and also kids (grown) that are effected by excito toxins! Flavor enhancers and food dyes are all in that catagory and cause a lot of people to experience hyper activity and attention deficit problems ! A lot of people have the mistaken idea that it is sugar that is the problem but that is not true it is the dyes that are present in the sugar product! Soft drinks, suckers, candy, cake frosting etc.

      • Landon St. Peter

        Do you know any suppliers of dehydrated or freeze dried foods WITHOUT MSG or other “flavor enhancers”? I am not having any luck here.

        • Average Joe Patriot

          Yeah, Landon. Dried green lentils and short-grained brown rice. And, of course, mined sea salt. They all store well, and if you sprout some of the lentil seed, you get vitamin C.

          I’m a big lover of theory, so much so I tried out a diet of lentils, rice, and sprouted lentils (started them in my oven, since I wasn’t using it)…for two or three months. So, not a theory anymore.

          I cheated because I love black pepper, sometimes cayenne. Other than that, I know it can be done without real hardship and have so prepared. (But, again, I cheated with the peppers, probably have enough sitting around here to keep you sneezing for the rest of your natural life.)

          I found I could not consume a pound (dried) of grains and legumes (2:1 protein complementarity ratio) per day. Did quite well on perhaps half that, though.

      • John

        Phil, You are right.I tried Efoods too. The taste was great. When I got the samples the first thing I noticed in the mylar packages were pin holes in the package caused by sharp contents, so much for long storage.
        When I read the laundry list of ingredients, I noticed several products contained aluminates plus other stuff I didn’t want.

        • Richard Pawley

          Mountain House foods a year ago listed Sodium Aluminum Phosphate as an ingredient. I emailed them and asked about it since we don’t need more aluminum in our diets or brains (found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients along with copper in unusual quantities) but they never answered. I notice now that their products say Sodium Phosphate and I wonder if it’s really the same thing, just a name change, like calling HFCS corn sugar! Does anyone know?

  • JJM

    Storing Medical Supplies??
    3 months or even a year supply is achievable as long as you can get the scripts. But of course none of us want to watch thousands of $ of meds become useless!
    Where can we find out the TRUE shelf life and recommended storage for meds?? I still use (only when needed) some painkillers, muscle relaxers, etc that were obtained years ago and only assume that they are still beneficial and not TOXIC.
    Most important, what is shelf life for antibiotics?
    These are common sense items that ‘prepared survivalists’ need to know!!

    • DeJay

      Drug companies would have you throw away your meds after a year so they can sell more, yet another doctor says they will last 3 years. Then they won’t immediately immediately become ineffective but will gradually taper off. I have some nitroglycerin for 5 or 6 years and just tried some a few days ago and the sting is still there. A lot depends on how one takes care of their meds. Most in dark bottles, room temps, not in bathroom.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        don’t try that with insulin!!!

    • Average Joe Patriot

      “…prepared survivalists” need to get off the meds, or they won’t make it for very long. After those without water, they’re next. The idea is to figure out how to live without the “grid.” It’s not merely a power grid, it’s a Power Elite Grid, and it includes Big-Pharma, as well as Big-Power, Big-Agri, Big-Media, Big-Gov, and all the Big dash rest of them.

      Can you live by a stream with little more than a knife and a cook pot? For how long?

      IF you can, those others who also can will be your only neighbors. Harry Reid will be in a bunker somewhere, eating FDA junk food from cans, while you’re dining on javelina and prickly pear leaves and fruit, and mesquite beans and jojoba nuts, learning the hard way about which ditch-weed makes a good medicinal tea. (After kicking off with lentils and rice, we’ll learn which bushes to eat and where rodents hide.)

      Waiting for Harry Reid to come out, stuffed with his last can of oh oh Spaghetti-Os, to look upon the new world he helped create with S.510.

      Oh, you don’t know about S.510? Then welcome to the club, you’re part of the problem. Your fate is being decided by stuffed suits tonight, December 21.

      • Richard Pawley

        And the Republicans gave nary a peep as they voted for it too. Let’s hope the new bunch are a little more responsive to the people.

        • Average Joe Patriot

          Obviously too few on either side were paying attention. If Obama signs it into law, it’s goodbye small family farms, hello FDA regulations and GMO foods. Goodbye seed storage, hello Monsanto.

  • JJM

    OK, I did find that the FDA and Military have an ongoing study of drug shelf-life extension program which shows 7 of 10 drugs in their sample listing having a 10+ year shelf life. However, although we pay for the study, we are not allowed the results!! See this message:
    The following is a general notice from SLEP manager:
    As a reminder, all testing and extension data provided to the Shelf Life Extension Program (SLEP) by the Food and Drug Administration is considered For Official Use Only and cannot be shared with anyone outside the user’s organization. SLEP Administrators have fielded several calls recently from individuals wanting to share this information with local, civilian counterparts. That is not permissible, as it is not only a violation of the terms agreed to by the FDA but also a violation of the Memorandum of Agreement each participant organization signs prior to entering the SLEP program. SLEP website accounts of violators will immediately be terminated and inventories may be eliminated from the program, pending notification of the parent organization. Additionally, non-SLEP organizations that use SLEP information are in violation of Federal law that governs misbranded pharmaceuticals. Questions on this topic may be addressed to SLEP Administrators through the website.
    SLEP Admin

    • Garryowen

      I have asked two pharmacists about the “expiration date” on meds, and they both said that the only medicine I might be taking that could become toxic was tetracycline. But they do not go bad on that date. The date is the last date at which the manufacturer will guarantee the product retains at least 90% of its original quality and potency. They told me that a drug that is older might require a higher dose (something which would difficult to determine if the dosage was very critical) but that there would be nothing dangerous in using the meds. Of course, if it smells bad or is growing hair, it should be discarded.

      • Granny Mae


        That is good info. to have. Thanks

      • Paul R

        Liquid meds will expire, solid meds just get weaker. My cousin is a pharmacist and that is what she said.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Paul R.
          As with anything else that spoils, that also depends a lot on moisture!! I get silica containers in all my meds and leave them in till they are gone. When gone, I redry the containers with a hair dryer and use them in my safe with my coins!Beats buying all those big ones and I have them any way!! A friend of mine keeps rolls of pennies, nickles, dimes , and quarters in jars and uses them in there!

  • independant thinker

    Where I live we have available 300 gallon food grade plastic tanks available. These are approsimately cubical in shape and come on pallets with a metal frame around them. I have two I use to store water for my garden but the water is available for personal use if I treat it. The tanks have a lidded opening on top and a drain at the bottom. plan to purchase a couple more and plumb all together for convience in the future.

    • Duranee

      Dear Independent Thinker, Where do you purchase these 300 gal containers? They would be extremely useful in the garden as well as for survival purposes.

      • independant thinker

        Where I live (West Central Arkansas) a consignment/resale store carries them along with food grade plastic barrels and metal barrels. I would guess surplus or salvage type business might carry them in some locations.

      • independant thinker

        I might add these are used containers. The ones I have seen here had been used for wine, Saki, hot sauce, along with other liquid food stuffs.

        • Richard Pawley

          Just curious if you don’t mind sharing but what did you have to pay for one of these 300 gallon beauties? (just so I’ll know if I’m offered a fair price on the east coast).

          • http://?? Joe H.

            don’t know if you are still checking, but I found a few sites for them ranging from 75.00 to 180.00 Each.

  • S Rubicon

    Perhaps some of these organizations would put together a survival package that an individual could buy? Then again, maybe someone already has. One needs the variety & one wants to be able to survive, but, one must also consider that the costs could be excessively prohibitive. In addition, some of us have no place to put all this stuff!

    • Granny Mae

      S Rubicon,

      Check out Emergency Essientals on the internet. They have package set ups of different things. I have found that dehydrated goods are the best to store if you can. They take up less room and keep for years. I have dehydrated many things myself and vacuum sealed them and placed them in big plastic buckets for storage. The best book on dehydrating is Preserve It Naturally by Excalibur You can get it on It is the best book I have seen on the subject and covers about everything I can think of. You can use this book with the Excaliber dehydrator or an inexpensive one from Wal-Mart. You can get real creative too. Also get a vacuum sealer so you can keep everything sealed air tight. By doing this on your own you can buy foods when they are on sale and save a little that way. There are some things I suggest that you buy from a company such as shortening powder and some powdered broth and a few things like that. You can’t do those things at home so you need to buy them. I have even bought wheat from the feed store and packaged it myself in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers and then vacuum sealing the big bags by ironing the top across to a small opening that I put a plastic hose into and attached to my vacuum sealer and vacummed the rest of the air out of the bag and finished sealing the bag by quickly pulling out the hose and running the iron over the opening and heat sealing the rest of the bag ! I bought the mylar bags from Emergency Essentials and I bought the buckets I put the bags in to fill them , from Home Depot and Lowe’s. I got the oxygen absorbers from Emergency Essentials too. Also don’t forget to get the lids along with the buckets !

      • Average Joe Patriot

        I love you Gran, you’re probably one of the few some of us will see on the other side of the chaos being created now by the clowns we either voted for, or weren’t supposed to vote for, or voted against in favor of other clowns who would’ve done the same to us.

        Just, unless you produce your own power, I’d suggest you watch out for when the Grid goes down. And if it does, keep your home-powered lights off at night. Don’t be a beacon.

        I don’t mind you washing your pot and knife upstream from me, I just don’t want to see you float by while I’m cleaning my few survival implements in said stream.

  • Bob Wire

    We had a huge Montgomery Wards store built in 1927 here in Fort Worth. An “H” patten building with 8 floors and a huge basement. It was built hell for stout. Walls 6 ft thick, concrete so hard a 90 lb Jack Hammer had little effect on. It had a redundant back up switch gear for back up power from Weatherford Tx, some 30 miles away along with huge back up generators that ran on both natural gas with a diesel back up and huge tank supplies of fuel.

    Huge 8 ft round concrete Columns in the basement every 2o ft for support and they decreased in size at each floor lever, taking in a 20 acre city block with railroad spur, loading docks and parking lots.
    10 stairwell, two freight elevators and two passenger elevators.

    I guess at sometime in the early 50″s it was assigned at a Civil Defense shelter and much food previsions were stocked along with several thousand gallons of water in the basement. My family started working there in 59 and retired there. By the 80′s Mobil Oil owned Wards and the Mail Orders business was in great decline.

    By the time Wards was no more, and everyone had forgot what was stowed away in the basement. The huge complex became only numbers on a ledger sheet in Chicago and a home for a thousand pigeons and a nuclear threat a distant childhood memory.

    I tell you this only to offer a complete picture and I’m a story teller.

    Everything was in “tins” and then placed in 5 gallon round tins. Meat, vegetables,potatoes, pudding, chocolate, everything you could thing of. By 1996 I found it still very tasty.

    • Richard Pawley

      Interesting, but these were not modern cans that have very thin, almost invisible plastic liners that can leach out dangerous chemicals from the plastic. When I found out that pancreatic cancer could be caused by one chemical in the can liners that was brought out by contact with the acid of tomatoes I threw out all my tomatoes in cans, only one number ten can. Fortunately I didn’t have to many. In glass it would be a different thing. I have used Ragu Spaghetti sauce in glass jars three years past expiration date with no problem. Of course they had no meat or cheese in them and I frequently use jars I buy at sales and rotate them but many are now two years old. There have been cans of food that were retrieved from a ship that sunk in 1840 in the Missouri River that didn’t seem to harm the dog it was fed to. Think I’d skip that one but the cans must have been much different than what we use today. One of the items that I would recommend in an emergency food kit is ‘medicinal Manuka Honey’ not just table Manuka but medicinal rated. It’s not cheap but it has been known to stop the MRSA flesh eating bacterium. Dr. Peter Molan, the world’s leading scientist on Manuka told me that he had a jar that was 15 years old and when tested it was still capable of killing germs. I have an email friend who has used it for acid reflux and a sore throat. He could not afford the best rated at MGO 550+ and even used one from a lesser company but it seemed to work for him. If your life depended on it though I’d want the best with a MGO rating of 400+ or better yet, one with a rating of rating of 550+. I too have used a lesser grade from another company and the first jar was excellent but the second was not quite as good, but it was produced using the original rating system. Anyway it’s something to consider for your emergency medical supplies. I plan to take my highest quality out of the food plastic and store it in glass. So far I’ve used those in the plastic within a year or two. Prices are going up because the dollar is going down in value as the FED’s Treasury just prints 75 thousand million a month out of nowhere. If they keep this up the dollar will lose a lot more of its value and all imported goods will skyrocket so buy it or them soon. I have done some other amazing things with Manuka honey but don’t feel that this is a place to discuss them as it would take to long and could be dangerous but I was pleasantly pleased with an experiment I conducted on myself using Medicinal Manuka. Learn what you can about Medicinal Manuka Honey and one day you may be glad you did.

  • john francis

    90 day survival you need water for consuming and water for hygeine and cleaning. Two different kind of water stored.
    The foods appear good.
    In cold areas you need 2 cords of seasoned wood.
    For civil unrest you need two firearms.
    This will not help on a large scale riot but will help control your supplu if neighborhood looting in small bands occur.

  • Bob Wire

    WoW! neat! ~ and yea, Tomatoes are hard on many things, as a refrigeration tech,I’ve seen tomatoes eat through aluminum liners and you are right, these cans were produced about the time plastic ballpoint pens first came on the market and plastic had yet to be part of everyday life. Thanks for sharing

    Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka or Tea tree or just Leptospermum) is a shrub or small tree native to New Zealand and southeast Australia. It is found throughout New Zealand but is particularly common on the drier east coasts of the North Island and the South Island, and in Australia in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales. Manuka (from Māori ‘mānuka’) is the name used in New Zealand, and ‘tea tree’ is a common name in Australia and to a lesser extent also in New Zealand. This name arose because Captain Cook used the leaves to make a ‘tea’ drink.[1] The common name “Tea Tree” is also shared with the related Melaleuca tree of Australia suggesting that both were used to make tea by Captain Cook.

    It is a prolific scrub-type tree and is often one of the first species to regenerate on cleared land. It is typically a shrub growing to 2–5 m tall, but can grow into a moderately sized tree, up to 15 m or so in height. It is evergreen, with dense branching and small leaves 7–20 mm long and 2–6 mm broad, with a short spine tip. The flowers are white, occasionally pink, 8–15 mm (rarely up to 25 mm) diameter, with five petals. This species is often confused with the closely related species Kānuka – the easiest way to tell the difference between the two species in the field is to feel their foliage – Manuka leaves are prickly while Kanuka leaves are soft.[2] The wood is tough and hard, and was often used for tool handles. Manuka sawdust imparts a delicious flavour when used for smoking meats and fish.
    [edit] Medical and health benefits

    Manuka products have high antibacterial potency for a limited spectrum of bacteria and are widely available in New Zealand. Similar properties led the Māori to use parts of the plant as natural medicine.

    Kakariki parakeets (Cyanoramphus) use the leaves and bark of Manuka and Kanuka to rid themselves of parasites. Apart from ingesting the material, they also chew it, mix it with preen gland oil and apply it to their feathers.[3]

    Manuka honey, produced when honeybees gather the nectar from its flowers, is distinctively flavoured, darker and richer in taste than clover honey and has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties.[4][5] The finest quality Manuka honey with the most potent antimicrobial properties is produced from hives placed in wild, uncultivated areas with abundant growth of Manuka bushes. However a very limited number of scientific studies have been performed to verify its efficacy.

    The University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand has formed the Waikato Honey Research Unit to study the composition of honey and its antimicrobial activity. The Active Manuka Honey Association (AMHA) is the industry association that promotes and standardizes the production of Manuka honey for medical uses. They have created the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) standard which grades honey based on its anti-bacterial strength. In January 2008 Professor Thomas Henle, University of Dresden (Germany)[6] identified methylglyoxal as the active compound in Manuka honey. This is now shown on products as MGO Manuka honey. E.g. MGO 100 represents 100 mg of methylglyoxal per kilogram.[7]

  • Don

    I think these quantities are way overinflated. 300 lbs of grains per year? Thats almost 1 lb per day. And 60 lbs of sweetenrs, or, more than 1 lb a week? I don’t think so. At least not in my reality. Maybe thats why there is an obesity epidemic in the US, everybody is obsessed with consuming enormous volumes of calories.

    People should drag food down off its lofty pedestal and put it in its proper perspective. Food is not a form of entertainment as so many have been trained to believe, and their health suffers as a result.

    • Richard Pawley

      Heaven help you if you are a lumberjack (they need at least 8,000 calories per day). The advantage of grain is that it can be stored for years, decades, and longer. Over one third of grain stored in containers in the cool dryness of the pyramids for 5,000 years grew when planted. Grain, with the exception of corn, is mostly natural. Over 80% of our corn is now GE (genetically engineered) or GMO (genetically modified organisms). Popcorn is one of our 12 most polluted foods but most processed food in this county is made with GMO corn (over 80% GMO) and soybeans and soy products that are 91% GMO. In most other nations that the international food consortium has not taken over people are allowed a choice and they overwhelmingly prefer food the way God and/or nature made it and not concocted in a lab. If these foods were more prolific and had better yields there might be some excuse for them but they are destroying our natural foods supply all over the world. I have read that we are even forcing the Iraqis to stop using their native grains and use our GMO grain. In India over 127,000 farmers in ten years have commit suicide when the harvests they were promised with Monsanto GMO seed did not come in and they couldn’t fact the idea of poverty and bankruptcy.
      Corn sugar, still called High Fructose Corn Syrup, is our number one source of calories in this country and it was invented in a Japanese laboratory. If you see a product that says sugar and has no chemical sugars (Stevia is natural and not man made) there is a high probability that it is made from beet sugar which is now GMO and not sugar cane. Fortunately Europeans are told when their products are GMO but in the United States the government thinks that this much information would be to much and would be “confusing” so the labels don’t tell you and the present 111th Congress doesn’t care. Canola is another product that was invented in a laboratory. Nature never produced a canola plant although it is beautiful to see I don’t eat it’s product. I used it on my hands for psoriasis until I noticed that it was dissolving the steering wheel of my car. Then I started researching it and I have never used it since. I don’t fry much but I use USDA certified organic coconut oil when I do. I just finished two lightly scrambled eggs made in a quartz pot with a quarter of a cup of artificial bovine hormone-free milk and a tablespoonful of coconut oil with a dash of Real Salt that is 100 million years old. It was delicious. Coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils out there and although olive oil is great on salads and OK for soups it should never be used for frying. The high heat changes it from something beneficial. A 54 ounce reusable container of organic coconut oil is about $21 from and they have a ten percent discount on it and many of their own products between now and the end of the month. If one can’t afford organic, Wal-Mart sells 32 ounces of coconut for about $6. Even it would be better than most oils that are used commercially.
      But back to corn. So far no one I know sells organic freeze dried corn so you will have to can the dehydrated corn yourself. Remember, disease does not fall out of the sky. Someone or something is always behind it.
      The French researcher Dr Gilles-Eric Seralini, from the University of Caen reported in the International Journal of Microbiology that female rats fed on of the three common US varieties of Monsanto GMO corn had higher blood sugar levels and raised levels of triglycerides. Rats which ate the GM maize for three months, had potential kidney and liver damage with unusually high of hormones. “These substances have never before been an integral part of the human or animal diet and therefore their health consequences for those who consume them, especially over long time periods are currently unknown,” the analysis concluded. In other words we are the experiment to see what these GMO foods will do besides generate profit. I note with interest that the big rise in Autism in children began around the same time that GMO foods were secretly introduced into the American food supply and note that the AMISH who do not use chemicals on their foods and certainly not GMO seeds have almost no autism among their children. Some of them do work outside the farm and eat what everyone else eats so it is not entirely unknown, but far far less than the general population. Of course the Autism lobby claims that this is just a statistics error and probability isn’t true. I suspect that GMO foods and vaccines may combine into a factor in Autism but since I am only a thinker and neither a doctor nor a scientist, it is only a hunch. In the meantime I increasingly do my best to avoid processed foods with all sorts of health damaging things in them, to many to list here. American food is the cheapest on earth but its generally poor and growing poorer quality may be a factor in the fact that we have slipped from 5th place in the world in longevity when I was a child to somewhere between 41st and 49th depending on who you believe (and we spend twice as much as anyone else on earth for so-called health care). I’ve read that even those who raise chickens for organic eggs have a hard time finding organic chicken feed to give them in this country without having it shipped long distances and I was amused when I read that one South African got a good buy on some American GMO chicken feed, only his South African chickens wouldn’t eat it! Oh, well, like the guy who wrote, that when you are starving you will eat anything, maybe most will. The Donner Party comes to mind.

  • bonnie

    How about a cookbook for all these various grains?

    • Average Joe Patriot

      Boil them.

  • Peggy Layton

    The amounts suggested are exactly that. They are suggestions to get people thinking about how much it would take to sustain life. I did the calculations on how much of the bread baking ingredients it would take to make one loaf of bread per day per family and it was shocking. I took my favorite recipe and times out all the ingredients. It makes 2 loaves of bread per batch. I need 90 loaves for a 3 month supply of whole wheat bread. If you have a larger family , you might need 2 loaves per day. keep in mind that homemade wholewheat bread is different than store bought bread. Most families can eat an entire loaf at one meal. Especially if they are eating soup as well. This is what I found out.

    For a 3-month supply I store this amount

    30 cups of powdered milk
    11 and 1/2 cups honey or sweetener
    3 cups salt
    15 cups vegetable oil
    6 cups dried egg
    6 cups of dried yeast
    20 gallons whole wheat flour or (combination of white and whole wheat)

    For a 1 year supply I store this amount

    8 gallons of powdered milk
    2 and 3/4 gallons of honey or sweetener
    12 cups salt
    3 and 3/4 gallons of vegetable oil
    1 and 1/2 gallons of dried egg powder
    1 and 1/2 gallons dried yeast
    80 gallons of whole wheat flour or a combination of ( white and whole wheat flour) this equals
    16 (5-gallon buckets)

    That is a lot of food and that is only for making bread. In the next article I am going to show you how to make your menu plans so you can calculate how much food it would take to live for 3 months if there were a crises of some kind. Each family is different and you must tailor your plan to fit your lifestyle, what your family eats and how much. It will take some planning. The 300 pounds of grain includes rice, wheat and all other grains. If you don’t eat bread then you need to store what you do eat. In a crises whole grains will help sustain you. Each adult needs around 2500 calories per day. If you are active such as walking or working hard you need more like 3500. Again this is only a suggestion based on research done in Utah. You can do your own research for your family.

    • Richard Pawley

      Interesting though, when you go into a hospital, most overweight Americans are put on a 1200 calorie a day diet. I think trying to go for quality rather than quantity and learning to eat slower, chewing your food slowly will ad to your health. This will induce your stomach to produce the necessary acids to digest the food (and why gum should never be chewed). Also since it takes a full 20 minutes for your brain to register that you have eaten, if you wolf down a huge meal in 15 minutes you will still feel hungry and go for the dessert. Viola! Instant obesity! I knew a very fast eater and when we attended conventions together he was on his second dessert as I was finishing my meal. I stopped eating out with my friend when he hit 350 pounds and when he reached 407 he saw the light, and with God’s help and a lot of exercise and dietary changes, he eats almost no sugar, he has been 158 pounds for over a decade now. Somewhere in the Bible it says, “With God all things are possible!”

  • http://pld stacy hunter

    one can get the palletized storage tanks fairly cheap at food processing plants like a cannery here on the west coast they can be had all over. lots of AG processors here

    • Bud Seney

      Stacy , i live in where can i find these storage tanks..TRhanx…………..Bud

  • Dave

    Has anyone considered buying chickens? I had 24 but gave half away and am now down to 11 as one died. I get an average of 9 eggs a day and it costs me next to nothing. Me and the wife can’t eat all the eggs and end up giving most away.

    For a couple like us 6 layers would be lots. You can almost feed them for free and in the summer you can feed them for free.

  • MN north

    Does anyone know what the difference is between BREAD FLOUR and ALL PURPOSE FLOUR? I am baking bread using bread flour but if I don’t need to store it, I will use All purpose. Thx.

  • Dee

    Currently homeopathic remedies are available. They have amazing healing abilities. They last for years and have no side effects. Good information on the web on how to use them. I think this would be a good addition to the list and they are small so would be easy portable. I have a book from 1893 that lists uses and the remedies are still available and used today.

    Medicinal aromatherapy oils would also be a good item to study/store. Not the oils from the grocery/health food store. Wisdom of the Earth and Young Living are two sources of medicinal grade oils.

  • Cindy

    I take Warfarin (Coumadin) which is a blood thinner. At the VA they limit me to only being able to get it at a month at a time. Is there a way I can get additional amounts from some other source?

    • gunnerusmc

      I go to the VA. Heres what did, I talked with my primary Dr. about getting a 90 day supply because I travel and a 30 day just does work for me. I sometimes may run out of my Meds while I’m out of town.

  • Rita

    On December 20, 2010 Freedom Fighter wrote about storing Muscle Milk. FYI: My mother’s physical therapist just told us that Muscle Milk contained small amounts of arsenic and was not FDA approved. I haven’t checked this out yet and quite frankly not sure I know how, but maybe someone has some info on it.


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