Don’t you hate it when you buy your foods in bulk along with some buckets and then end up with one bucket too few when you repackage it all?
Or how about when you get your food storage calculator all filled out and it says to buy 600 pounds of wheat and you have NO IDEA how many buckets or cans that equates to?
Well we just spent the day perusing the internet to come up with a handy chart for you that includes the most common items recommended for long term food storage and how many pounds you can store in both #10 cans and 5 gallon buckets. Please note these are estimates depending on how you are packaging (i.e. using mylar bags or not)
|Food Item||#10 Can||5 Gallon Bucket|
|Wheat||5 pounds||37 pounds|
|White Flour||4.5 pounds||33 pounds|
|Cornmeal||4.3 pounds||33 pounds|
|Popcorn||5 pounds||37 pounds|
|Rolled Oats||2.5 pounds||20 pounds|
|White Rice||5.3 pounds||36 pounds|
|Macaroni||3.1 pounds||21 pounds|
|Dried Beans||5.6 pounds||35 pounds|
|Lima Beans||5.4 pounds||35 pounds|
|Soy Beans||5 pounds||33 pounds|
|Split Peas||5 pounds||33 pounds|
|Lentils||5.5 pounds||35 pounds|
|White Sugar||5.7 pounds||35 pounds|
|Brown Sugar||4.42 pounds||33 pounds|
|Powdered Milk||3 pounds||29 pounds|
|Powdered Eggs||2.6 pounds||20 pounds|
#10 can data comes from ShelfReliance.com and is what THEIR #10 cans contain. Numbers could be slightly more or less elsewhere.
We will be making this into a cute handout to include in our next batch of free binder updates, but in the meantime it’s a great info sheet to print out and keep with you when you are shopping or ordering your foods online.