January 13, 2012
How Much Food Storage Do You Want to Store?
I'm writing to you from sunny San Jose, California, where I am visiting my new grand baby. But the wheels are always turning, so I decided to give you something to work on. If are using my Monthly Food Storage Shopping lists and need a blank Food Storage Inventory Worksheet to figure out the total amount of each item you want to store for your family, below are my blank inventory worksheets. You can print them, and list the items you want to store under each category.
Ideas of what to store can be found on my 3-Month Food Storage Supply Plan for one person. Multiply the amounts by the adults in your family. If that sounds like too much for you, then adjust the amounts. As you decide on your items, list typical sizes you normally buy each item instead of mine. A detailed explanation of these inventory worksheets can be found at this post. Don't get bogged down with making your list perfect. Just list the basic shelf-stable foods you cook with everyday now. Over time as you experiment with your food storage menus (more on that later) you will come up with other items to store. I'm very practical with my list, meaning I don't store things like tomato powder or #10 cans of baking powder. But I do store 15 oz. cans of diced tomatoes and 10 oz. containers of baking powder.
Are you financially able to store for two people even though you have five living in your home? Then start with two. Be realistic. You don't have to store everything on my lists. Did you decide on a monthly budget with your spouse? Good. This will help you know how much you can afford.
If you only want a 3-month supply because you live in a small home, then start there. If you don't know where to store it, start small too. Over time you will discover new places you had not thought of before. Check out my Pinterest Boards to see various food storage shelves and rooms others have used.
You don't have to store a year's supply of everything. I keep a 3-month supply of powdered eggs, a 6-month supply of olive oil, and a year's supply canola oil. Over time, I've learned what things have a shelf life of 3 years, 5 years, 10 years or more. And you will too. Some of us know more about buying nail polish than buying food, but if you can master that, you can master this as well. :)
My Video About The LDS 4-Step Approach to Home Storage
Food Storage One Bite at A Time
Various Approaches to Doing Food Storage
3-Month Food Storage: 90 Menu Ideas
After I return home from my trip, I'll share a Food Storage Organizer binder I can help you create. For now, hole punch your worksheets, and put them in a binder.
Goal #3 - List How Much Food Storage You Want to Store
Food Storage Inventory Worksheet.pdf
Food Storage Inventory Worksheet.xlsx
Home Storage Inventory Worksheet.pdf
Home Storage Inventory Worksheet.xlsx
(If you have any problems opening the files, let me know. Just fixed the files!)