The last two years have shown us major, nationwide droughts. That translates into rising food costs and the possibility of food shortages. Temporary layoffs and disabilities could also make it necessary to live out of your own pantry. And as always, there is the possibility of a major power outage lasting two or three weeks, especially as we head into winter. How much peace of mind would it give you to be 100% self-sufficient for one month when that first ice storm is predicted?
The Food Guys make it very easy to see exactly what your family needs for one month. Simply tell them how many people are in your household, then divide the totals by 12. As you will see, a 30-day supply of food is not very much. For example, one person needs about 25 pounds of grain to last one month. This grain can be in several varieties – wheat, rice, cornmeal, pasta, etc. I focus a lot on wheat for several reasons. It is sproutable, it is extremely nutritious, it’s versatile and it grinds into flour. And we don’t like rice all that much.
Here is what The Food Guys recommend (per person for 30 days), but stock what your family will eat.
Grains – 25 Pounds Total
Wheat 12.5 pounds
Flour 2 pounds
Cornmeal 2 pounds
Oats 2 pounds
Rice 4 pounds
Pasta 2 pounds
Miscellaneous Food Storage Amounts
My 30-day legume supply is low; however, I have a lot of canned meat and TVP. The Food Guys’ recommendation for legumes is 5 pounds TOTAL, including 1/2 pound of dry soup mix. Dried beans are a great source of necessary protein, and some can be sprouted as well.
Our family does not drink a lot of milk. (I could explain why, but that’s another article!) So, The Food Guys’ recommendation for milk would probably be more weighted towards the cheese and butter for us. For dairy, they recommend six pounds, including 1 can of evaporated milk as well as butter, sour cream, cheese, etc. as desired.
I refuse to be stranded without sweets, but a 30-day supply is only 5 pounds, including honey, molasses, jelly/jam, etc. That’s not hard to stock up on!
I had a rough time with fruits and veggies. The Food Guys recommend 15.5 pounds of each, for one person, for 30 days. That sounds like so much. Also, one must store freeze-dried or dehydrated fruits and vegetables in preparation for some kind of emergency. Freeze-dried and dehydrated fruits and vegetables don’t weigh very much. So . . . my husband and I attempted the math. (WARNING: Double check for your own family!) We THINK we figured out that one #10 can each of freeze dried fruits and vegetables is what one person needs for 30 days.
You probably have a 30-day supply of fats and oils on hand already. The Food Guys only recommend 2 pounds, and that includes shortening, oil, peanut butter, salad dressing.
Essentials That Will Last One Year
Baking Powder 1 pound
Baking Soda 1 pound
Yeast 1/2 pound
Salt 5 pounds
Vinegar 1/2 gallon
That’s all for food! It isn’t as hard or expensive as it sounds to stock up for only one month. When that’s done, you can work on the second month, if you’d like. My ultimate goal is 1+ years!
Some Other Necessities
Water: 14 gallons per person for two weeks; 1 gallon of bleach
Something to cook on: seasoned firewood, propane stove
Something to cook in: appropriate pans and tools
Menu plan to make cooking outside as easy as possible, with the least clean up.
A way to clean up: wash tub, water source other than stored drinking water
One month of diapers ( and wipes if desired)
One month of feminine hygiene supplies
Contraception? Will you be exposing yourself to pregnancy during these 30 days, and do you want a
baby nine months from now?
Medical supplies – might you have to stitch somebody up or administer antibiotics or pain meds?
A way to go potty as comfortably as possible
Morale boosters: candy, books (non-electronic!), games, etc.
That’s it! With this list, your family could be completely isolated for 30 days and do just fine.