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LDS Food Storage

We get some visitors asking about LDS food storage so here are some information, video, and links about the how, why, and when ;

LDS Food Storage

“We encourage members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings. We ask that you be wise, and do not go to extremes. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.” (See All Is Safely Gathered In.)

What am I supposed to have in my food storage?

There are three main components of food storage:

Food supply (three-month and long-term)

Water supply

Financial reserve

Store foods that are a part of your normal diet in your three-month supply….

SEE: Food Storage | One-Year Food Supply – Emergency Preparation.

Food Storage Calculator

Use the following calculator to figure the minimum food storage amounts for your family for one year. The amounts are based on the recommendations listed in the LDS Church’s Essentials of Home Production and Storage booklet, see (LDS Distribution Center). These are only recommendations. You will need to determine what you should store for your family.

SEE: Food Storage Calculator.

Food Storage | Mormon Newsroom

President Thomas S. Monson explained, “Self-reliance is a product of our work and undergirds all other welfare practices. It is an essential element in our spiritual as well as our temporal well-being.”

Based on that counsel to care for ourselves and our families in the routine or extenuating circumstances of life, Latter-day Saints store and use food and water in their homes that would sustain them in the event of weather-related catastrophes, illness or economic challenges. (See the Church’s All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Finances pamphlet for more information.)

Occasionally this storage guideline is publicly misconstrued and emphasis is placed on gathering an abundant cache of foodstuffs to stave off unexpected disasters. Such a response is unusual in Mormon culture, where a simple guideline suggesting the accumulation of a three-month food and water supply falls into the overall Church welfare philosophy of preparedness in every aspect of life.

SEE: Food Storage | Mormon Newsroom

12 Monthly Emergency Prep Lists

Regardless of where you live, my monthly prep lists will help you gather food storage and emergency supplies gradually so you don’t get overwhelmed or blow your budget. Each month I share a spiritual theme, a category of food and home storage items to gather, and emergency preparation goals. Click on the name of the month and it will take you to a post I’ve written with a printable list for that month.I incorporate a Four-Step Approach to Home Storage taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in “All Is Safely Gathered In: Home Storage.” Using these four steps has worked for me. It’s doable, adaptable and quite frankly, wonderful!

I spend about $20 – $25 per month on the 3-month food storage items per person. It could cost much less….

SEE: 12 Monthly Emergency Prep Lists | Prepared Family

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Mormon-centric Utah epicenter for food storage

In Utah, storing away enough food and water for a rainy day is not just part of the fundamental teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it’s an idea that is increasingly catching on nationwide. And it’s also big business


Food Storage Calculator

I found this great food storage calculator at;

LDS Food Storage Calculator

As I mentioned previously LDS has alot of knowledge on preparedness and many survival food stores main customers are members of LDS who are looking for a year supply of food.

Fortunately the calculator allows you to input decimals for number of people. If you want to know how much for for one person for 3 months, just enter 0.25 into the number of people box and select calculate.

Now as readers of my blog know that for disaster preparedness for most of us, freeze dried food is the better choice.

Most people do not have the time or inclination to start storing staples listed on the site and spending 4-5 hours a day cooking with them regularly while you use up and replenish your storage. Eating one year old food all the time does not appeal to me nor is it necessary. However some may have a lifestyle that supports using stored staples and that is great for them.

Some however may not be able to afford the amount of freeze dried food and MRE they desire to be prepared. There is also some value in diversifying your food storage. So you may want to consider some stored staples that you can reasonable consume and replenish without it going bad and throwing it out.

So the LDS food calculator is a good tool for your calculations. Please note however that you should be accustomed to the food diet that the staples will provide as many survival experts agree a significant change in diet can cause severe health problems under stress in a disaster or desperate time.

I did a calculation on one year for a family of 4 with children over 7 years. The results were ;

Total Grains     1200 lbs

Total Fats            52 lbs

Total Legumes    240 lbs

Total Sugars       240 lbs

Total Dairy         300 lbs

As you can see foods with the water in them are quite heavy. With freeze dried food 98% of the water is removed and can either be stored separately or gathered from rainwater over a year, there is much more flexibility and portability options. The calculation on the website indicated only 56 gallons which way off, you will need a ton of water to prepare and cook these food staples.

Freeze dried food as a survival food is a better choice for most.