STORING FOOD
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MORMON FOOD GUIDES

FOOD ITEM
TOTALS FOR FEMALES
TOTALS FOR MALES
Ages 0-6
Ages 7-11
Age 12+
Ages 0-6
Ages 7-11
Age 12+
Wheat 107 lb
48.5 kg
139 lb
63 kg
151 lb
68 kg
107 lb
48.5 kg
176 lb
80 kg
189 lb
86 kg
Flour, white enriched 10 lb
4.5 kg
12 lb
5 kg
14 lb
6 kg
10 lb
4.5 kg
16 lb
7 kg
17 lb
8 kg
Corn Meal 24 lb
11 kg
31 lb
14 kg
34 lb
15.5 kg
24 lb
11 kg
39 lb
17.5 kg
42 lb
19 kg
Oats, rolled 24 lb
11 kg
31 lb
14 kg
34 lb
15.5 kg
24 lb
11 kg
39 lb
17.5 kg
42 lb
19 kg
Rice, white enriched
48 lb
22 kg
62 lb
28 kg
67 lb
30.5 kg
48 lb
22 kg
78 lb
35.5 kg
84 lb
38 kg
Pearled Barley 2 lb
1 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
2 lb
1 kg
4 lb
2 kg
4 lb
2 kg
Spaghetti & Macaroni 24 lb
11 kg
31 lb
14 kg
34 lb
15.5 kg
24 lb
11 kg
39 lb
17.5 kg
42 lb
19 kg
TOTAL FOR
GRAINS GROUP
239 lb
109 kg
309 lb
139.5 kg
337 lb
153 kg
239 lb
109 kg
391 lb
177 kg
420 lb
191 kg
Beans (dry) 25 lb
11 kg
25 lb
11 kg
25 lb
11 kg
25 lb
11 kg
25 lb
11 kg
25 lb
11 kg
Beans, Lima (dry) 1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
Beans, soy (dry)
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
Peas, split (dry)
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
Lentils (dry)
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
Dry Soup Mix
5 lb
2 kg
5 lb
2 kg
5 lb
2 kg
5 lb
2 kg
5 lb
2 kg
5 lb
2 kg
TOTAL FOR
LEGUMES GROUP
34 lb
15 kg
34 lb
15 kg
34 lb
15 kg
34 lb
15 kg
34 lb
15 kg
34 lb
15 kg
Vegetable Oil 2 gal
7.5 lt
2 gal
7.5 lt
2 gal
7.5 lt
2 gal
7.5 lt
2 gal
7.5 lt
2 gal
7.5 lt
Shortening
4 lb
2 kg
4 lb
2 kg
4 lb
2 kg
4 lb
2 kg
4 lb
2 kg
4 lb
2 kg
Mayonnaise
2 qt
2 lt
2 qt
2 lt
2 qt
2 lt
2 qt
2 lt
2 qt
2 lt
2 qt
2 lt
Salad Dressing-Mayo type
1 qt
1 lt
1 qt
1 lt
1 qt
1 lt
1 qt
1 lt
1 qt
1 lt
1 qt
1 lt
Peanut Butter
4 lb
2 kg
4 lb
2 kg
4 lb
2 kg
4 lb
2 kg
4 lb
2 kg
4 lb
2 kg
TOTAL FOR
FATS/OILS GROUP
26 lb
11.5 kg
26 lb
11.5 kg
26 lb
11.5 kg
26 lb
11.5 kg
26 lb
11.5 kg
26 lb
11.5 kg
Milk, nonfat dry 14 lb
6.5 kg
14 lb
6.5 kg
14 lb
6.5 kg
14 lb
6.5 kg
14 lb
6.5 kg
14 lb
6.5 kg
Evaporated milk
12 cans
12 cans
12 cans
12 cans
12 cans
12 cans
TOTAL FOR
MILK GROUP
16 lb
7 kg
16 lb
7 kg
16 lb
7 kg
16 lb
7 kg
16 lb
7 kg
16 lb
7 kg
Sugar, white granulated 40 lb
18 kg
40 lb
18 kg
40 lb
18 kg
40 lb
18 kg
40 lb
18 kg
40 lb
18 kg
Sugar, brown
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
Molasses
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
Honey
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
Corn Syrup
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
Jams and Preserves
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
3 lb
1.5 kg
Fruit Drink, powdered
6 lb
3 kg
6 lb
3 kg
6 lb
3 kg
6 lbs
3 kg
6 lbs
3 kg
6 lbs
3 kg
Flavored gelatin
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
TOTAL FOR
SUGARS GROUP
60 lbs
27 kg
60 lbs
27 kg
60 lbs
27 kg
60 lbs
27 kg
60 lbs
27 kg
60 lbs
27 kg
Dry Yeast
.5 lb
.25 kg
.5 lb
.25 kg
.5 lb
.25 kg
.5 lb
.25 kg
.5 lb
.25 kg
.5 lb
.25 kg
Soda
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
Baking Powder
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
1 lb
.5 kg
Vinegar
.5 gal
2 lt
.5 gal
2 lt
.5 gal
2 lt
.5 gal
2 lt
.5 gal
2 lt
.5 gal
2 lt
Salt (iodized)
8 lbs
3.5 kg
8 lbs
3.5 kg
8 lbs
3.5 kg
8 lbs
3.5 kg
8 lbs
3.5 kg
8 lbs
3.5 kg
Chlorine Bleach - 1 gallon (3.8L) per family
WATER -14 gallons (53L) per person for 2 week supply

NOTE: Quantities for food listed are for one year. However, we feel the amount of chlorine bleach stated is greatly underestimated. Especially during disasters, sanitary conditions will be at much greater risk. For this reason, we suggest you plan for a MINIMUM of at least 1 gallon (4 liters) of bleach per month, possibly more depending on your family's usage.

Additionally, this plan's suggested water only covers two weeks. Since water is THE MOST IMPORTANT SURVIVAL ITEM, we encourage you to store at least a three months' supply of water. Keep in mind, this does not include water for personal hygiene, pets, spillage, laundry or cooking.


Books like Kearny's Nuclear War Survival Skills and Dickey's Passport to Survival, give techniques for
sprouting, gluten making and growing wheat grass. These items supply vitamin C and a wide variety of dishes can be made from these four items. Though Esther Dickey's book was written 30+ years ago, its practical information is timeless. Passport to Survival has recently been re-released by her daughter.

Dickey recommends 40 additional foods that can be rotated or have a shelf life of 1 to 5 years. The 40 + 4 yields a healthy diet of over 100 dishes that can be used for varied meals. Among the additional items Dickey recommends are:

  • peanut butter
  • tomato juice
  • canned and dried vegetables
  • dried legumes
  • molasses
  • yeast
  • dried fruit
  • vegetable oil
  • evaporated milk
  • grains
  • multi-vitamins

The Kearny diet is basically the Mormon 4 plus cooking oil (about 23 pounds/10.5 kilos) and beans (around 113 pounds/51 kilos). This provides essential oils and a much better amino acid balance, but lacks variety.

Simple dishes like beans and vegetables can be varied by changing spices. They're an easy, economical way to make the same rehydrated vegetables dishes "put on a different face."

Cresson H. Kearny's "Nuclear War Survival Skills" updated and expanded 1997 edition can be downloaded free. (Kearny's Basic Survival Foods continued on next page.)

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