This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all recommended storage items but focuses on food, water and food preparation needs, especially those provided by Bread Beckers.
Water – 1 gal/person/per day
To sustain life for 1 person for 1 year
Grain – 400 lbs
• 300 lbs – mostly wheat, spelt and kamut
• 100 lbs – mixture – corn, oats, millet, sorghum, popcorn, etc
Beans/Legumes/Brown Rice – 60 lbs
• kidney beans, pinto beans, great northern, baby lima, lentils, black-eye peas, soy beans, mung beans,
• sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, etc
• brown rice, brown rice and brown rice blends, and oats have about 1 year shelf life – mylar packaging with O2 absorbers of smaller quantities is recommended for longer storage
• Beans will continue to dry so older beans will require a longer soak or might be best used to mill into flour. Also rotate out storage of beans.
Ezekiel Mixture of Grains and Beans (see spread sheet)
Ezekiel Mix- A combination of beans and grains that form a complete protein. Grains provide the lacking amino acids in beans, while beans provide those lacking in grains. The perfect combination, which may explain why so many cultures around the world eat beans with rice or some other form of grain.
The Ezekiel mixture comes from Ezekiel 4:9 where God instructs Ezekiel to combine wheat, spelt, barley, millet, lentils and beans. A recipe for this bread is in the Bread Beckers Recipe Collection. The flour from this combination can also be used to make muffins, pancakes, cookies and brownies. The Ezekiel mixture combination can also be used whole and boiled with broth and added vegetables to make a delicious stew.
The Ezekiel mixture of grains and beans gives a good base for any food storage pantry, providing not only the wheat and other nutritious grains as the base but also lentils and beans that can all be prepared in a variety of ways.
Add some other favorite grains and beans, such as corn and/or popcorn, oats, rice and/or black eyed peas and you have a great variety for food storage.
• Most of the above grains and beans should sprout except for oats and brown rice
• Additional sprouting seeds might be alfalfa, clover, broccoli, radish
Sweeteners – 60 lbs – Stores indefinitely
• Honey, molasses, evaporated cane juice
Powdered Milk – 16 lbs
Additional soy beans or sweet brown rice can be stored for making your own non-dairy milks
Fats and Oils – 2-6 gallons – these should be rotated out and replace as storage is used
• Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil in tins or bottles
• Coconut oil – jars or 1 gallon pails
Salt – 8-10 lbs – We use Redmond
• Redmond natural mined mineral salt – stored in plastic food grade buckets
Baking Powder – 5 lbs
• Has about a 2 year shelf life
Yeast – approximately 1 lb for every 2 buckets of wheat
Baking soda – 5-10 lbs
Vinegar – 1-2 gallons
Seasonings and spices
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, ginger, vanilla extract
Dehydrated fruits and vegetables – a great way to store garden produce – easily stored with no electricity or large space requirements
• Apples, bananas, fruit leathers, spinach, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, celery
Bentonite clay – We use Redmond – No home should be without clay
• Unsurpassed versatility for first aid uses: bee stings, burns, rashes, poison ivy.
• May be mixed with water – drink for upset stomach, dysentery, detoxification
Electric grain mill – Wonder Mill/Nutrimill
• Non Electric Hand Mill – Wonder Junior Deluxe
• Food Dehydrator – Excalibur or Sedona
• Electric Mixer – Ankarsrum Original – by far the finest mixer on the market will last a lifetime – optional attachments for all kinds of food preparation
• Seed Sprouter – Sprout Garden, Fresh Life (electric)
• Manual wheat grass juicer –
• Soy Milk Maker – Soyabella – for rice milk, almond milk – for those needing dairy free
• Butane Burner Portable Cookstove by Jaccard
• Cameron Stovetop Smoker
• Fermentation Crock 5L and 10L – for making kraut/fermented vegetables
• Joyce Chen Spiralizer – for making raw “noodles” out of zucchini and other produce
• Floating Oil Candle Kit