Monday, April 25, 2011

STEP 4: Longer-Term Supply

(If you've completed the first three steps of the LDS Four-Step Home Storage approach, you may now work on this fourth step. Here are the other steps:

STEP 1: 3-Month Supply
STEP: 2 Drinking Water
STEP 3: Financial Reserve

STEP 4: Longer-Term Supply
"For longer-term needs, and where permitted, gradually build a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive, such as wheat, white rice, and beans. These items can last 30 years or more when properly packaged and stored in a cool, dry place. A portion of these items may be rotated in your three-month supply."

"Longer-term supply items are basic food items like grains and beans that have very low moisture content (about 10% or less), can be stored for long periods of time (20–30 years), and would sustain life if nothing else were available to eat. A portion of longer-term supply items may be rotated into the three-month supply." (Frequently Ask Questions,

Me: Most people try to gather a year's supply of long-term foods, however how many months of food you can store in your home depends on your finances and storage space.If you can store a year's supply, then work towards that goal. Do the best you can for your circumstances. If you live in a studio apartment, you probably don't have enough space for a year's supply of food. suggestions:

A One-Month Recommended Supply
25 lbs. Wheat, white rice, corn, and other grains 30+ years
5 lbs. Dry beans 30+ years

"You may also want to add other items to your longer-term storage such as sugar, nonfat dry milk, salt, baking soda, and cooking oil. To meet nutritional needs, also store foods containing Vitamin C and other essential nutrients."

"If stored at room temperature or cooler (75°F/24°C or lower) these items can remain nutritious and edible for many years -

  • Wheat 30+ YRS
  • White Rice 30+ YRS(not brown rice)
  • Corn 30+ YRS
  • Sugar 30+ YRS
  • Pinto Beans 30 YRS
  • Rolled Oats 30 YRS
  • Pasta 30 YRS
  • Potato Flakes 30 YRS (not Potato Pearls)
  • Apple slices 30 YRS
  • Non-fat powdered milk 20 YRS
  • Dehydrated Carrots 20 YRS

Foods NOT recommended for long-term storage:
(Me: However, these foods are great in your 3-month supply.)

  • Barley, pearled
  • Eggs, dried
  • Flour, whole wheat
  • Grains, milled (other than rolled oats)
  • Granola
  • Nuts
  • Rice, brown
  • Dried vegetables and fruits

Decide which items you want to store, study how to store them, and get moving. Good luck!


  1. I keep dried eggs in my long term storage -- they are sealed in a #10 can with CO2. Once they are opened, they don't last that long, but I've kept open cans (transferred to Tupperware container) for a couple years. Now that I am learning to use my storage (and more inspired to do so), an open can would not last that long for me..BUT, I know my first can of eggs lasted a couple years!!

  2. Do you have links on how to store things like pastas, oats, rice, etc. for long term when you have to buy them from the grocery store and do not have access to a LDS Cannery? Thanks

  3. why can't dried veggies and fruits be considered long-term storage? does that include freeze-dried? if carrots and potatoes are OK, would other root veggies probably be OK? thanks!!

  4. Loved the list withthe information. Thanks for sharing it. I enjoy following your blog.
    Blessings to you!

  5. Hi Sarah,

    Perhaps it depends on the shelf-life of your freeze-dried fruits and vegetables. I believe long-term means foods that can store for a very long period of time. If 5 years is long-term to you, than go for it. It just means you will need to use them in 5 years.

  6. Andrea,

    Here is a link for Packaging Recommendations that may help you:,11666,7532-1-4063-1,00.html

    1. Thanks! Here is a better link

  7. Thank you for all of this great information! All of my family, siblings, parents etc are working on getting this done together for a whole year, so I can't wait to see what you come up with.

  8. What are the recommendations on storing/canning whole wheat pasta? They say "no" for whole wheat flour, but the pasta is dry...

  9. Not an expert. But wheat flour has a higher oil content and can go rancid. So it should be stored in a cool, dry place or refrigerator or freezer. You can store whole wheat pasta as part of your 3-month supply and rotate/buy it more often. It has about a 6 month shelf life, but look at your package. I don't think it is a long-term item. You can call a local LDS Home Storage Center and ask someone there.

  10. Wheat flour DOES go rancid! We just opened some saltine crackers we put up only a year ago and they were horrible tasting! But the Church website says the dry packed wheat we get from the Storehouse will last 30 years, I think?

    1. Hi Annie,

      You are right about wheat flour. But whole wheat kernels or berries when not ground can last for 30 years if canned and sealed properly and stored in the right temperature. Crackers are not a long-term food.

  11. Hi, What are the pros/cons of long term storage of nuts and brown sugar? Thanks. Greg

    1. Commercially prepared nuts have a 10-12 month shelf life so they are not a Long-Term food. They will work well in your 3-month supply. They store best in a freezer. Brown sugar on the other hand can store indefinitely in a cool, dry area. Sometimes it hardens, but can be re-moistened if you put a piece of bread or apple in the package overnight. You can find shelf life information at So, I need moved it on the other list above. Thanks.

  12. is the one month recommended storage supply for one person or a family ?

    1. Per person. Always store what you know how to eat.


Thanks for your comments and suggestions!