Essentials of Food Storage


What should people do to start preparing?

It starts with understanding food storage: How do you calculate what you’ll need if unrest or catastrophe strikes the homeland?

At the Remnant we talk a lot about geopolitics, the ground game behind the freedom movement, indifferent citizens and those protesting against American sovereignty.

There’s more to survival than being aware of the headlines. The accelerated pace of America’s cultural and constitutional unraveling should act as counsel to our conscious. Doing anything less than preparing is moral delinquency. The event-horizon is upon us and the voice of faith calls us to do our part. Eve Gonzales of Trading Post in the Woods has talked about this in numerous interviews and expanded on the notion many have that faith alone is enough. After leading scores of disaster recovery efforts, Gonzales argues that if faith alone were enough to prepare, would we need to buy homeowners insurance. We have a moral obligation to be watchful for one another, our families, our communities and most importantly, God.

“It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” –Howard Ruff

Let’s dig in and revisit the discussion towards the end of Episode 2 of Remnant Radio Network. In case you missed it you can listen “Telling The Truth Not Fake News,” here. Our focus is on food storage and how to calculate exactly what your needs will be short term and long term. At the end of this article you’ll find helpful resources you can put to use immediately building your own stockpile. Don’t wait. Get started today while food prices are cheap and supplies are abundant.

I was present when Hurricane Matthew approached the East Coast of Florida recently. The madness experienced at local grocers was terrifying. Water and other important supplies were stripped. Just before landfall, as more water arrived, I experienced a full seven minutes in one grocer from the time the product hit the shelves until those same shelves lay bare once again.

I witnessed crying men and women in several parking lots, desperate and worried that they wouldn’t be able to provide for their young. I was horrified knowing that a crisis much worse could cause long-term food shortages right here in America.

Knowing which foods are essential is important and that’s definitely where you want to start. Below you’ll find critical items you can go ahead and add to your preps.

Essential Food List:

  1. Rice
  2. Beans – Lentils, black beans, pintos and any others you prefer
  3. Canned Foods – Yes, they have their drawbacks in terms of high sodium, but in a pinch, they’ll do and they last a very long time. Be sure to included soup and veggies as well as canned chicken and fish for protein
  4. Pasta and sauce packs
  5. Dried Fruits
  6. Powdered Milk – Although powdered foods can be harmful long term, once again, we’re talking about survival
  7. Grains such as cereal and oats
  8. Nuts
  9. Salt
  10. Pepper
  11. Garlic Powder
  12. Soy Sauce
  13. Other important seasoning and condiments
  14. Vinegar
  15. Sugar
  16. Baking Soda
  17. Baking Powder
  18. Cooking Oil
  19. Flour
  20. Coffee
  21. Tea
  22. Powdered Butter
  23. Beef & Chicken Boullon
  24. Dried or Scalloped Potatoes
  25. Cake Mix, Peanut Butter, Nutella – Items which might satisfy a sweet craving
  26. Yeast

There are many other items you could purchase and will want to, but the list above includes most of your essentials.

Consider that food storage will not only save you in a disaster; it’s cheaper to buy in bulk and there are a number of great resources you can use.

There are countless articles and calculators online to help you do your food calculations and we’re not into reinventing the wheel around here. We’re going to share a few to help you get started.

Food Calculation:

  1. Food by the pound: The Modern Survival Blog helps break food storage down by pounds and provides a calculator here you can fill out to determine your needs. They base this calculator on LDS of
  2. Food by grouping: Provident Living gives us a basic set of food groups and allows us to calculate our needs before we make essential purchases. Although their products don’t give us an exhaustive range of food choices, they do give us what we’d need to survive a worst case scenario. Go ahead and give it a try by clicking here.
  • Recipes: There are two basic approaches to food storage for most: Buying in bulk based on precise calculations or buying in bulk to create specific meals. If you prefer to buy for meals rather than supplies alone, you’ll want to figure out for which recipes you’ll need to stock.

Secrets of Mom has an outstanding list of recipes we really like but if they don’t have your lineup, go with which ever recipes your family is accustomed to at the dinner table.

  1. Spreadsheet: If you’re interested in having a free downloadable spreadsheet, we found a useful resource at The Prepper Journal worth checking out.

Where to get bulk food supplies:

  1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Lattter-Day-Saints at Not only will you find incredible resources and instructions for how to store food for emergencies. You’ll also find tremendous discounts on bulk food items that you can order by mail. Consider visiting a distribution facility where you live. Buy prepackaged on site or can it yourself.
  2. – Great meal and supply resource at bargain prices. LDS has essential foods, but MREDepot has a much larger selection for diet and recipe variety.
  3. – has a full range of foods. These are high quality foods in all forms of preservation from canning and vacuum sealed to powdered foods. They also sell seeds for the DIYer’s wanting to plant their own non GMO heirloom garden.

Learning how to store and prepare food:

Another great document you can download is by Wendy DeWitt and it’s titled “Everything Under The Sun.” You can find a free download from for your own copy. Learn how to prepare and calculate your own storage needs from this document that covers it all. You can even watch her in person by clicking here and going to her YouTube channel.

Planning your needs based on phases, calories, and servings:

We suggest planning food storage in phases to make planning more logical and meaningful.

Phase 1 (First 4 Weeks – Emergency Supplies)
Phase 2 (Months 1 – 3: Short-term Supplies)
Phase 3 (Months 4 – 6: Mid-term Supplies)
Phase 4 (Months  7 – 12: Mid–Long-term Supplies)
Phase 5 (Months 13 – 18: Long-term Supplies)

Serving size and calorie based calculation per person for food

For 2000 calories per day I will need:
1 Cup of Dried Fruit or 4 servings
2.5 Cups of Veggies or 5 servings
6 Ounces of Grains or 6 servings or less than 1 cup
5.5 Ounces of Protein or less than 1 cup or 2 servings (size of computer mouse)
3 Cups of Dairy or three eggs

Per month 1 Person needs
Fruit – 120 Servings
Veggies – 150 Servings
Grains – 180 Servings
Protein – 60 Servings
Dairy – 90 Servings

Don’t forget to rotate your food yearly depending on expiration dates. Although we’re not experts in expiration dates, I’ve found food in the can is often edible long after the expiration date, although flavor diminishes.

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Chris Baucom works as a marketing professional and has been a major contributor to conservative political discourse around the United States. Chris was raised in Charlotte, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chris has owned numerous businesses since graduating and gained valuable experience in the online marketing space through challenging trials in the world of business. His passion for technology and digital media along with a personal calling to promote conservative traditional values has contributed more recently to stronger content and marketing for major political and religious causes. His cutting edge perspective from years of cross training in disciplined professional trades as well as a hunger for knowledge in everything survival, preparedness and sustainability, help drive his continued desire to inform the public about what they can do to protect their families.

Ross Powell is the Founder of Survival 401k, LLC. He graduated from the University of Texas and is a veteran Naval Officer.  Ross worked in banking and finance for almost 30 years including some of the largest banks and insurance companies in the country. His intimate knowledge of the inner workings of financial institutions helps him direct clients into Solo 401k products to take control of their retirement funds and escape the pitfalls many see in modern Wall Street centric retirement portfolios. He can be reached through

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