Food storage buying guide, with amounts


Week 1: NUTS Drug stores have Christmas sales. 2 lbs per person. Dry roasted ones store the best. Freeze bagged ones.

Week 2: CLEANING SUPPLIES Detergent 156 loads per person, Bleach 1gallon per person, Cleanser.

Week 3: MEDICINE CHEST Feminine Products, Pepto Bismal, Vicks, Cough Drops, Cough Syrup, Tylenol, Calamine Lotion, Kaopectate, Ipecac, Sunscreen, Vitamins, Aspirin, Ibuprofen,  Allergy Pills.  Dispose of all outdated medications.

Week 4: FIRST AID SUPPLIES Band-Aids, Antibiotic Ointment, Ace Bandages, Steri-strips, etc.

Week 5: PERSONAL PRODUCTS Soap, Deodorant, toilet paper at least one roll per week. Shampoo, lotion, hand soap, 15 per person etc.

Week 6: PEANUT BUTTER 10 lbs per person (stores for a year or more)

Week 7: SOLID SHORTENING less expensive than oil. 12 lbs per person. Be sure and rotate. Will last several years.

Week 8: JUICES Avoid watered products. Get 100% juice. (lemon, orange, pineapple etc.) Almond or Hemp milk.

Week 9: PERSONAL GROOMING Toothpaste, floss (important) razors, shaving cream. Consider your family needs. (you can always brush with baking soda)

Week 10: MIXES Cakes, pancakes, muffins, Bisquick etc. Bisquick stores best in the freezer or it gets bugs. You need an annual total of 300 lbs of grain products per person (MUCH less if you are GF) Try storing barley, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, sorghum, etc.) Whole grain stores better than flours, get a grinder.

Week 11: SPICES AND HERBS Think of what you use most often. Salt (NOT Plain you need the iodized kind) pepper, cinnamon, bay leaves. Look for bargains. Ethnic stores often carry 1 lb bags of cumin, coriander, cinnamon, hot pepper, black pepper…  Also get pre-mixed curry, garam masala, seasoned salt, whatever you use.

Week 12: RICE Secure 10, 15, 20 lbs. White stores best but is not as nutritious. I find brown gets bugs, so airtight containers.  Get a mixture; red, brown, black, long grain, scented… Counts towards grain total.

Week 13: FIRST AID Gauze patches, swabs, cotton balls, first aid tape etc. Old fashioned Kotex is good for wounds. Sanitary napkins with adhesive do not store well.  Slings, cold packs, hot packs, ankle/ wrist supports…

Week 14: PASTA 5 lbs. Get other kinds besides spaghetti. I have found that spaghetti does not store well. Counts towards grain total.

Week 15: DRY MILK 40 oz. will make 5 gallons . Get what your family needs. 100 lbs per person per year. Stores well.  Powdered coconut milk can be used as well.

Week 16: SEWING KIT Thread, pins, needles, buttons (cut off of old clothes) snaps, zippers, tape measure, scissors. Consider your family’s needs.

Week 17: READY DINNERS Ravioli, Pasta, Oriental, Boxed, Canned, Frozen. Buy what your family will eat.

Week 18: FLOUR 50 lbs per person (put in freezer or it will get bugs) Be sure and rotate. Counts towards grain requirement.  18 litre water jugs work well, but need to be kept dark and cool or flour goes rancid.  4 liter glass jars are good for small amounts.

Week 19: SOUP Dry or canned soup, don’t forget crackers.

Week 20: Jello gelatin and Pudding Mixes, no sugar needed pectin, pie fillings

Week 21: GARDEN SEEDS Radishes are great in an emergency. They grow fast, full of vitamins and minerals, and full of water. Buy locally if you haven’t ordered yet. Buy only HEIRLOOM seeds.  Hybrids won’t breed true.

Week 22: SAFETY WEEK A length of cord or twine. Light rope. Flashlight and batteries, (dated) fire extinguishers.

Week 23: CHEESE Whole 5 lbs, or grate and freeze for casseroles or soup. NOT powdered cheese, yuck.

Week 24: PAPER PRODUCTS Paper towels, Aluminum foil, garbage bags, freezer bags, etc.

Week 25: CONDIMENTS Mustard, catsup, mayo, relish, Worcestershire, schiracha sauce, wasabi, horseradish.

Week 26: BEDDING Watch for White Sales. Buy a new thermo blanket. Buy WOOL, it’s the only fabric that’s a s warm wet as it is dry.

Week 27: JAMS AND JELLIES Sure-Jell, Certo, Pomona Pectin is best. Parafin, etc. Or buy the jams and jellies. Be sure you have supply of canning jars. Not large mouth, and lids and seals.

Week 28: WATER Fill those water jugs. Use plain Clorox not fresh scent.

Week 29: CANNED MILK Look in Dec. 1989 Ensign for ideas for use. 100 lbs per person. Canned coconut and goat milk if you are lactose intolerant.

Week 30: CANNED GOODS Be sure and rotate. We like sardines (small ones). They are rich in protein and cheap.  Tuna, salmon, ham, chicken, carrots, peas, potatoes, olives

Week 31: SCHOOL SUPPLIES Back to School Sales. Paper , pencils, journals, envelopes, postage stamps, etc. (Great Stocking Stuffers)

Week 32: STAPLES Baking powder, cocoa, corn starch, baking Soda, 2 lbs per person of each item except soda. Buy 3 lbs per person.

Week 33: TOMATOES Juice, whole, sauce, paste, Salsa. Buy or make it. Counts as part of vegetables.

Week 34: CANNED FRUIT 80 quarts per person. Buy or can it yourself.

Week 35: SUGAR 100 lbs per person. Buy an extra 25 lbs. Honey, agave, stevia (powder or liquid)

Week 36: VEGETABLES 150 lbs per person per year. Can or freeze from garden or purchased fresh, or buy canned.

Week 37: BEANS Dry bean, peas, legumes, 100 lbs per person.

Week 38: SWEETNERS Honey, Karo, Molasses, etc. Counts towards sugars.

Week 39: CANNED MEATS Tuna (be sure and rotate) Spam, dried beef, go for 10 cans.

Week 40: IODIZED SALT 10 or more canisters. It seasons & preserves. In a pinch it can be used as a toothpaste or de-icer. Get canning salt for canning.

Week 41: VINEGAR 40 (or more) gallons. It is a great cleaner too. For cleaning you need white.

Week 42: CANNED SOUP Buy soup when it is on sale. Soup counts towards vegetables.

Week 43: APPLES Do something with all those apples. Pie, dried, applesauce, juice, canned apples with sugar are good.

Week 44: HARD CANDY On sale after Halloween. Leftovers will make a good addition to your 72 hour emergency kits.

Week 45: VITAMINS 365 vitamins per person. Get extra C and calcium/ magnesium with Vitamin D. Vitamin B.

Week 46: TREATS FOR BAKING Cocoa, coconut (gets old) nuts ( store in fridge gets rancid) chocolate chips.

Week 47: GRAINS Rolled Oats, Corn Meal (In fridge) Cream of wheat. (Rotate this, does not store). Counts as a grain. Scotch oats, quinoa, amaranth, barley.

Week 48: SUGARS Brown and white, powdered. 100 lbs per person total.

Week 49: OILS Vegetable and olive oils. Get a good quality. 12 lbs per person.

Week 50: CANDLES AND MATCHES Put in a sturdy box (preferably fireproof) and in a cool place you can locate in dark.

Week 51: POPCORN Go for big twelve pound bags. Counts toward grains.

Week 52: Merry Christmas You have given yourself a great gift security.


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