One of the biggest problems many new preppers encounter is trying to visualize what a one-year’s supply of food for one-person looks like. Over the years there are been many different versions published and handed out as the last word. Well here is another one. While doing some research I found this on the (BYU) Brigham Young University website.
BYU One Year Supply List
As many of you know for years BYU has led the field in studying long term food storage. This is a list that they have recently added to their website.
It is a one-year’s supply of food for one person, providing between 2000-2400 calories a day. This is adequate for most people, if you are doing hard labor you may want to consider adding some additional calories.
Long-Term Food Storage Items – at least 30 year shelf-life
|Food Item||Per Person Amount Per Year||# of Cases (6 cans per case)||Approx. Weight (lbs.)|
|Wheat*||24 (#10 Cans)||4||132|
|Rice, White*||12 (#10 Cans)||2||65|
|Oats, Rolled*||12 (#10 Cans)||2||29|
|Pasta (Macaroni or Spaghetti)*||6 (#10 Cans)||1||21|
|Legumes (Beans, Split Peas, Lentils)||12 (#10 Cans)||2||62|
|Milk, nonfat dry (15 year shelf life)||12 (#10 Cans)||2||49 (or 28 pouches)|
|Sugar (or other sweeteners)||12 (#10 Cans)||2||70|
|Apple Slices, Dried||6 (#10 Cans)||1||6|
|Potato Flakes||12 (#10 Cans)||2||22|
|Carrots, Dried (10 year shelf-life)||3 (#10 Cans)||–||8|
|Onions, Dried||1 (#10 Cans)||–||2|
|Salt, Iodized||8 lbs.|
|Baking Soda (for baking and to soften old beans||1 lb.|
|Baking Powder||4 lbs.|
|Vitamin C Tablets||365 tablets|
Short-Term Food Items
|Food Item||Approx. Unopened Shelf-life (years)||Per person amount per year|
|Cooking / Salad Oils (e.g., soy, olive)||1+||2 gallons|
|Shortening / Frying Oils||1+||3 cans @ 3 lbs|
|Butter / Margarine (stored in freezer)||1||6 lbs|
|Mayonnaise / Salad Dressings||1||3 quarts|
|Peanut Butter / other butters||1+||6 lbs|
|Fruit Drink Mix (or bottled multivitamins)||2||3 #10 cans (or 8 pouches)|
|Spices / Flavorings / Bouillon / Condiments||2+||–|
|Eggs, dried (for baking not frying)||3+||2 #10 cans|
|Other Sweeteners (e.g., honey, molasses, brown sugar, jams, jellies, syrups)|
- Can Opener
- Grain Grinder
- Recipes – that use only stored ingredients
Now over the years, I have provided you with information on where the LDS Home Storage Centers are located and how you can purchase prepackaged, inexpensive long-lasting food from them.
The other items that are included on the one-year’s supply list are readily available products that you can find at your local markets. Now some of these products like the oils and fats need to be rotated on a regular basis.
To get a head start on a one-year supply, consider getting a 3 month can bundle to keep in storage for emergencies.
If you have been prepping for a while, this is a good basic list to judge your storage against and if you are a beginner a good guide. Now personally I would consider this list as a minimum one-year supply. I would then add to it canned and freeze-dried meats and vegetables, as well as some comfort foods.