Friday, June 1, 2012

June 2012: Monthly Food Storage Shopping List

As we enter the month of June with its long sunny days, our food storage focus will be grains and bread making. How much of these items you store is your choice. You have your agency. If your budget and space is tight, you may want to focus on a 1 to 3 month supply. But, I focus on storing a year's supply of grains because I have a large basement. You don't have to. However, I don't buy a year's supply all at once either. I buy a few cases of #10 cans each year and gradually build up and replenish our supply. That way our items don't expire at the same time.

Look at the following list for food storage suggestions for one adult. Multiply amounts for other family members. Then realistically decide if you can store that much. If you can't, divide your amount in half. You don't have to store a 3-month supply. Think, then think some more.

June 2012 
(If you're new around here, read how to use my shopping lists)

Some of you store grains in buckets lined with Mylar bags. I prefer small cans as they are easier for me to find places to store. Do what works best for your home situation. If you don't know how to store grains, contact a service missionary at an LDS Home Storage Center.

Many of you have indicated to me that you can't tolerate wheat. I've never had that problem, so you may want to do some research to find alternative grains that you can tolerate. Go to Whole Grain Council for a chart of Gluten-free grains. And check out Chef Brad's site for the history of various grains.

Remember, if you are following the LDS 4-Step Approach to Home Storage, long-term grains are to be gathered after the first three steps: a 3-month food storage supply of food, drinking water, and a financial reserve, which can be gathered simultaneously. However, if you want to start building a small supply of grains to be part of your 3-month supply, and can afford it, and have your emergency water stored (got to have that!), go for it. 

May I suggest you focus on gathering grains that your family is accustomed to eating right now, and sample other types of grains before you buy them in large quantities. Otherwise it could be a waste of your money.

All grains do not have a long-term shelf life of 20 - 30 years. So, I've put together a chart to help you see the shelf life of some grains. Caution: I'm not an expert!

SHELF LIFE OF GRAINS (stored at 75 degrees or less):

30 Years - Wheat, Hard red or white
30 Years - Rice, white
30 Years - Oats, quick or regular
15 Years - Buckwheat
8 - 12 Years - Corn, Sweet
8 - 12 Years - Flax
8 - 12 Years - Millet
8 Years - Barley, Pearl
8 Years - Quinoa
8 Years - Rye

As you think about grains, you may want to read "The Word of Wisdom," the scripture containing the law of health for Mormons. It contains which foods are good for us, and which are not. And the promises of protection to those who obey it.

Check out the monthly food storage list link at the top of this post for a complete list of suggestions of what to gather this month. And watch for my weekly posts.

Best wishes,



  1. Is your food stored in a basement? Our best area for storage in our home is the garage but temperatures reach over 100 in there and go under 30. I think that has posed some problems as we've been working on food storage.

    1. Hi GirlRural,

      I understand you have space in your garage, but I don't recommend putting food storage there. For every 10 degrees over 70, the shelf life drops in half. So if you store wheat that has a shelf life of 30 years at 70 degrees , at 100 degrees it may end up with a shelf life of 4 years. See this post:

      When I lived in CA we built shelves on a wall for long-term foods. I even made a table in my guest bedroom out of stacked boxes.

      I try to keep my 3-month supply in my kitchen cupboards. And yes, here in Utah I have a basement. But I don't store everything there in case of earthquakes and I can't get to it.

      Start in the house with a 1 to 3-month supply of food. Remove non-food items from your kitchen to make room for small canned/boxed foods. Use the garage for yard tools, tools, paper goods, clothes, Christmas decor, vases, etc.

      Good luck!

  2. I think food storage is extremely important. I'm a poor college student, so I can't afford to do much. My goal is to have a minimum of 1 month's worth of food at any given time, but that's not always possible. When I sold my dumpy old car and got a nicer one [with a car payment :( ] I ended up living off my food storage for a while, which consisted of canned foods and a LOT of noodles. Now I am trying to build up my food storage to include a larger variety of things, since I've found out what it's like to live off it, but I don't know what else to get. Any suggestions?

    1. Yes! A long time ago I put together a list for college students that may give you some ideas. Look at the bottom of this post:

    2. I looked at that list, and it's great! It actually has a lot of things I buy normally anyways, so I'm glad to know that I can just buy a little extra each time I go grocery shopping, and pretty soon I'll have a decent food storage saved up. Thanks!


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