52 Weeks of Food Storage

I remember every year, we would go with our dad to a huge case-lot sale. We would stock up on all of our food storage for an entire year. My dad created this big, rolling shelf system in one of our basement storage rooms, and we would rotate through all of the food the whole year. It was a LOT of work, and a big expense to buy all at once. Now as we have tried to establish food storage in our own homes, we realize how hard it is for us to shop for food storage all at once. So, we’ve created a list of food storage to collect for 52 weeks. We recommend adding them slowly to your shopping list each week, buying one or two items. Start small, and before you know it, you will be well on your way to a solid supply of food.  With all the natural disasters we have seen over the past few years, it can never hurt to be prepared, and a small supply is better than no supply at all!

52 Weeks of Food Storage from Six Sisters’ Stuff

Week 1: Water – two gallons per person in your family. You can fill up your own sanitized containers, or buy them.

Week 2: One case of tomato soup

Week 3: Plastic plates, bowls, and utensils

Week 4: Salt – one pound per person in your family

Week 5: Oats – two  pounds per person in your family, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 6: Peanut Butter – one pound per person in your family

Week 7: Sugar – two pounds  per person in your family

Week 8: One case of evaporated milk

Week 9: Three pounds of pasta (any kind)

Week 10: Four  jars of jam or jelly, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 11: Flour – five pounds per person in your family

Week 12: Two large bottles of vinegar

Week 13: Two large bottles of vegetable oil

Week 14: One  case of applesauce

Week 15: Three pounds of pasta, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 16: Honey – one and a half pounds per person in your family, and fill up or buy 2 or more gallons of water per person

Week 17: One case of canned olives

Week 18: One case of chicken noodle soup, and fill up or buy 2 or more gallons of water per person

Week 19: Four  jars of Mayonnaise

Week 20: Five pounds of rice, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 21: Sugar – two pounds per person in your family,

Week 22: Four boxes of baking soda, and eight cans of tuna

Week 23: Peanut Butter  – one pound per person

Week 24: Oats – three pounds per person

Week 25: One case of canned tomatoes, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 26: Salt – one pound per person in your family

Week 27: Two  loaves of bread (to store in your freezer)

Week 28: Four cans of baking powder

Week 29: One large package (or can) of dried fruit

Week 30: Three pounds of dried beans (any kind), and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 31: Two bottles of ketchup and two bottles of mustard

Week 32: Four pounds of powdered sugar

Week 33: Oats – three pounds per person in your family

Week 34: One case of canned pineapple

Week 35: One case of canned corn and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 36: Sugar – two pounds per person in your family

Week 37: Three pounds of Brown Sugar

Week 38: One case of cream of chicken soup

Week 39: Six boxes of Macaroni and Cheese

Week 40: One case of canned mandarin oranges

Week 41: Honey – one and a half pounds per person in your family, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 42: Five pounds of rice

Week 43: Three pounds of pasta

Week 44: Salt – one pound per person in your family

Week 45: One case of canned  black beans

Week 46: One case of cream of mushroom soup, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 47: Flour – five pounds per person in your family

Week 48: Five cans of pasta sauce

Week 49: One gallon of bleach

Week 50: Two pounds of your favorite powdered drink mix

Week 51: One case of canned green beans, and fill up or buy 2 more gallons of water per person

Week 52: One case of canned chili

 

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20 Responses to “52 Weeks of Food Storage”

  1. Brandette W.
    I have a large food storage stocked in our basement. This was a very good post to reference. I liked that it listed each specific type item to stock. I know this is just a helpful guide of a list, whereas every family will have different food needs/wants. For instance, I buy all my spices in bulk at Sam's & Costco and make sure I have containers of each we use often in my food storage. Some of the other items not on your list that we keep on hand are things like: cake/brownie/pudding mixes, canned pumpkin, canned green chilies, tomato sauce/paste, chocolate chips, soy sauce, cooking vinegars, tea bags/hot cocoa mix. Just some ideas of other things we keep. Not only do I have the food storage in case of an emergency where we can not leave our home for an extended amount of time to get to stores, but I use this storage for stocking up when I find items we use a lot of at good prices. I like not having the run to the store and can just go downstairs and shop our "general store" and walk it right back up to the kitchen. LOVE doing that! We live in snowland and come winter, it gets tough to get out while tugging a little one with. So, the food storage concept helps me tremendously during the winter months when the weather gets dangerous with ice storms, snow days, and just plain too cozy inside to leave home. I printed the list off and look forward to checking it against the items I have here. If need be, I can add necessary items to the shopping list. Thank you for supplying us with this helpful guide!
  2. Hi, First of all thank you for the list and I think it's a great starting point. I live in the south and was wondering if you could suggest ways to store the sugar and other items that would attract bugs? We have sugar ants here and anything sweet that is left unattended after a period will attract these little pest.
  3. Christine
    For what size family are these numbers? Because the 4 cans of baking powder is a lot if you've only got 30-40 lb of flour total. I can use up a medium sized thing of baking powder - one of the plastic ones - with 10 lb, but that's about it.
  4. I LOVE the list you ladies have put together! 8) Most of the list I have seen lack fruits and veggies and people do not realize the importance of these! There are so many health risks that can come from vitamin deficiencies... Let alone just plain old appetite fatigue (eating the same foods/textures to the point that you can no longer eat, even when starving) The only other thing I would add to this is a meat source... I see you have chili but that is about it as far as meat is concerned... No one likes canned meats, I know... lol But if you can find a way to prepare things so they are at least edible then in an emergency situation it would be Heaven sent! 8) Lovely work ladies! 8)

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