4 reasons to have the basics in your food storage

Wouldn’t it be great to find a complete list of what to store already made and ready to use? The problem, however, is that someone else’s list may plan for items and quantities that you would not use.

There are, however, a few standard basic foods that do apply to everyone when storing food. They are the basis of a healthy diet and provide a simple place to start planning. From there, you can create a menu that is tailored to your tastes and preferences using these basics. (For some ideas about menu planning, see past article "Four simple steps to planning food storage.")

For many years, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been counseled to store a year’s supply of food. Many people are beginning to see the value of being that well prepared, given the concerns of our day. You can choose how much you want to store.

What are the basic foods and suggested amounts?

The LDS Church gives the following recommendations:

Store grains: 25 pounds/person/month. Grains include oatmeal, long-grain rice, pasta, cornmeal, barley and white flour. White flour has a shorter shelf life. Many people choose to store wheat, which stores a very long time. With a grinder, you can take your time to use your stored wheat when you feel like it.

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