Long Term Food Storage Calculator Q&A and Video Tutorial

Alright, alright we’ve had enough requests, so here you go:

We updated the calculator to allow you to define the number of months of food you wish to store. It now not only includes # of adults and # of kids, but it also includes # of months desired.

Julie also tells you how to use, and now alter the spreadsheet. In the training tutorial, she goes through how to:

-Add foods
-Change foods
-Delete foods
-Change quantities
-How to use the cost/unit field
-General tips on the NEW spreadsheet

So if you have had a question about any of those things, go ahead and watch the tutorial.



Milk Recommendations:

Many of you have asked about why we recommend storing so much milk. There are basically two schools of thought on long term food storage. One recommends a 2300 calorie diet with 300 lbs of grains and 75 lbs of powdered milk. A more recent recommendation has been to increase the calories to 2400, raise the grains to 400 lbs, and lower powdered milk to just 16 lbs.

Either way you go will provide enough nutrition for you to sustain life. However, for families with nursing mothers or small children it is important to use the higher recommendation for milk in order to provide adequate nutrition. If you only store 16 lbs that is only enough for one cup of milk per day. Another reason we use the higher milk recommendation by default is because if you were unable to find ways to cook your food, you can actually sustain life by ONLY drinking powdered milk for quite some time. So all you would need is to add water and you could survive.

Feel free to modify the calculator to fit your family’s needs, but that is the reasoning behind our recommendation in comparison to some other calculators you might see. For more details on this topic click here.


  • Powdered milk comes in two forms, instant and non-instant. It is similar to instant rice versus regular rice. The instant kind is lighter and fluffier and mixes together better. Non-instant takes less powder per gallon and is denser. THis post has some more details and might be helpful: http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2010/04/26/lets-

  • Boogerbob12001

    What is the differance between “instant” milk and powdered milk?

  • Boogerbob12001

    What is the differance between “instant” milk and powdered milk?

  • Jill

    How much evap milk is in a can? Or rather, how large is the can?

  • Jill

    How much evap milk is in a can? Or rather, how large is the can?

  • Jill

    How much evap milk is in a can? Or rather, how large is the can?

  • Awesome chart for getting started. Thanks!

  • Awesome chart for getting started. Thanks!

  • Ginger

    I have a question. I have downloaded your long term food storage calculator. IT is a great start. But what I’m looking for is something more complex (complete?)

    For example, after buying some year supplies in bulk, we have also bought ‘extras’. I have things like potato flakes, bullion, etc. I am not sure how this works into food storage. They are in number ten cans and they have a long shelf life.

    IT seems like things like that will extend how long you can live on food storage. It seems like there should be some measurement of how many cans of bacon bits or spaghetti sauce, seed for planting etc a family might need/ want to survive for a year.

    Are you aware of any list that might have say two parts: 1. a list of basics *such as your list, and then 2. other things you might want/need to enhance your basic year supply,

    I really really like the excel spreadsheet idea. Thank you. That is wonderful. I have been little Miss Molly Mormon working on food storage for the past years and have now moved on to getting all the extras that will make eating the food storage food ‘better’.

    IF you can help me, I’d really appreciate it.

  • Ginger

    I have a question. I have downloaded your long term food storage calculator. IT is a great start. But what I’m looking for is something more complex (complete?)

    For example, after buying some year supplies in bulk, we have also bought ‘extras’. I have things like potato flakes, bullion, etc. I am not sure how this works into food storage. They are in number ten cans and they have a long shelf life.

    IT seems like things like that will extend how long you can live on food storage. It seems like there should be some measurement of how many cans of bacon bits or spaghetti sauce, seed for planting etc a family might need/ want to survive for a year.

    Are you aware of any list that might have say two parts: 1. a list of basics *such as your list, and then 2. other things you might want/need to enhance your basic year supply,

    I really really like the excel spreadsheet idea. Thank you. That is wonderful. I have been little Miss Molly Mormon working on food storage for the past years and have now moved on to getting all the extras that will make eating the food storage food ‘better’.

    IF you can help me, I’d really appreciate it.

  • Ginger

    I have a question. I have downloaded your long term food storage calculator. IT is a great start. But what I’m looking for is something more complex (complete?)

    For example, after buying some year supplies in bulk, we have also bought ‘extras’. I have things like potato flakes, bullion, etc. I am not sure how this works into food storage. They are in number ten cans and they have a long shelf life.

    IT seems like things like that will extend how long you can live on food storage. It seems like there should be some measurement of how many cans of bacon bits or spaghetti sauce, seed for planting etc a family might need/ want to survive for a year.

    Are you aware of any list that might have say two parts: 1. a list of basics *such as your list, and then 2. other things you might want/need to enhance your basic year supply,

    I really really like the excel spreadsheet idea. Thank you. That is wonderful. I have been little Miss Molly Mormon working on food storage for the past years and have now moved on to getting all the extras that will make eating the food storage food ‘better’.

    IF you can help me, I’d really appreciate it.

    • I am working on creating one right now. It takes so much more than the basics into account.

    • I am working on creating one right now. It takes so much more than the basics into account.

    • I am working on creating one right now. It takes so much more than the basics into account.

  • Milk powder is a great food storage staple. Even for folks who don’t drink milk (like me), we use milk much more in our cooking than we oft realize. Plus, it’s super versatile! http://tinyurl.com/cbpm7o

  • Milk powder is a great food storage staple. Even for folks who don’t drink milk (like me), we use milk much more in our cooking than we oft realize. Plus, it’s super versatile! http://tinyurl.com/cbpm7o

  • Milk powder is a great food storage staple. Even for folks who don’t drink milk (like me), we use milk much more in our cooking than we oft realize. Plus, it’s super versatile! http://tinyurl.com/cbpm7o

  • Alissa

    Thanks for finally stating your reasoning for the milk storage!!

  • Alissa

    Thanks for finally stating your reasoning for the milk storage!!