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I have about 1 month of food right now. Though until I have to put it to the test its hard to know for certain. I am trying to work up to a 6 month supply but I strongly suspect I will start to run out of room at just a 3 month supply. I can't imagine what 3 years of food would look like.

Has anyone in this forum stored that much food? If so can you share a picture or give me some kind of idea what the storage requirements would be for that much food? General break down and amounts would also be most welcome.
 

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It's a cube about 300 feet on a side.

You need a barn to store it. :)

Seriously, it depends on what kind of food you're storing. I have worked toward a year of food for four people, I'm fairly close to that I think. I have 77 buckets (about 60 are 5-gallon, the rest 4-gallon), another 9 #10 cans of dried eggs, 4 #10 cans of dried strawberries, probably 200 cans of veggies, several gallons of oils.

Wendy Mae said you should be able to store enough food for one person for a year under a bed. Depending on what you're storing, I believe that's true. Just remember that when you store cylindrical items (buckets, cans), you always have space you can't use.
 

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I have one yr supply for one person in my apt. it all fits in my bedroom. it is the rice, pasta, and instant potatoes that will stretch the canned food to a yrs supply. I also have flour in mylar in my storage closet.
 

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try to determine how many meals you can get. for instance, how much rice do you need, for each person, for one rice meal a day for say, 4 months? plan for rice, pasta, and potato as your starch. 4 months rice, 4 mnts potato, 4 months pasta. To that, figure out say, one can of veggies per day to go with the rice, pasta or potato starch, and say, one can of protein, to go with it also. figure it out for a year. remember you will have days where you will eat less, or more, or something different. but this way you have some basics covered.
how much oatmeal would it take to feed your family breakast for one meal? figure that out, then get a 6 month supply. for variety get cream of wheat, red river cereal, or some other type of grain cereal. add FD fruit, just a small amt added to the cereal, to give vitamin C and a nice treat. its too expensive to use it in large servings, IMO.
consider egg powder also for some breakfasts. then you have breakfasts covered for a year.
this is how I have figured out that what I have right now will keep me alive for a year or more.
 

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My thoughts on long term storage is to store mostly staples and spices. The staples will keep you nourished, the spices will keep you from getting bored with your food, and you can always supplement your stored food with fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat.


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Well, I have 3 years for 2 people. I have 3 sets of the heavy duty shelving from Sams full of canned goods; another 20 or more cases after that; about 30 cases of #10 cans with another 3 on order; about 20 superpails; a number of popcorn tins full of rice; a closet full of home canned stuff; things crammed in four other closets, under the bed, stacked on the floor, in 2 office storage cabinets, behind the sofa and that doesn't even cover the stuff like tp, laundry detergent, pet food, and water storage.

It takes a LOT of room, but you have to be creative on where you stash things.
 

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I have about 1 month of food right now. Though until I have to put it to the test its hard to know for certain. I am trying to work up to a 6 month supply but I strongly suspect I will start to run out of room at just a 3 month supply. I can't imagine what 3 years of food would look like.

Has anyone in this forum stored that much food? If so can you share a picture or give me some kind of idea what the storage requirements would be for that much food? General break down and amounts would also be most welcome.
Ask and yea shall receive:

http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=171905&highlight=pantry+porn
 

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One year of food for you may be different than one year for me. Also, if you mean 1 year for your family, how big is your family or are you just prepping for yourself.

Additionally, are you storing things in 5 gallon buckets or do you have all #10 cans - - they take up a vastly different amount of space for the same number of calories.

What type of food are you storing? You can survive on beans, milk, some wheat, and water. But you will get bored with your diet - - but you will survive. Or are you storing lots of variety?

The point being that one cannot answer your question without a few more facts.

You might want to think of it a different way. I'll assume that you are prepping just for yourself. And I'll assume you are happy with your choice and variety of food, yet you just want more of the same to have one years worth, since you didn't provide any details on this important part of the equation. Go to any number of sites and key in what you currently have and the quantity. I used the food analyzer at beprepared.com. Here is a link: http://beprepared.com/article.asp?ai=903
but there are many more. Take the time to enter the information, including how many people you are prepping for and their ages. That will give you a calorie count per day needed, and an idea of how many days it will last you. It will also tell you if your storage food is deficient in certain areas, such as vitamins, etc. and suggest other types of food to supplement. There are other sites on the internet that will provide you similar information, and some aren't as detailed in their analysis and some are more so. I've also seen some spreadsheets you can download and use to estimate.

But again - - you need to answer a LOT more questions before anyone can intelligently answer how much space will be needed for YOU to store one years worth.
 

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Set together what you would eat in a week, pack it reasonbly well into boxes and wiehg it and measure the cubic inches of area.

Multiply this by 52 and you have a reasonable ball park estimate of size and wieght.

For me I just figure an average of 3/4 pound per day, actually about twice what I actually eat on average but better safe than sorry. I calculate 1 pound each a day for the wife and kids. That puts us at roughly 200 pounds of food on average per month or about 2,400 pounds to last a year at our current rate of intake. Hay for the animals I calculate at 2 to 3 percent of body wieght per day, to account for young born in late winter and pregnant feed increase I add 10 to 15% to that amount.

If you buy bulk grain like wheat etc..... 3ft cubed(1 yard) of wheat will be around 1 ton. Barley weighs a bit less per cubic area, oats wiegh about half that per area. Pea splits like you buy by the ton for cattle will weigh about the same as barley.

A year of food does not actually have to take up all that much physical space. My chest freezer will hold 400 pounds of meat which will last us an entire year for meat and we are one adult male, one adult female, 4 boys ages 9 to 15 and one 7 yr old girl. Our combined body wieght is 750 pounds. So for us I would calculate around 8 to 12% of body wieght per day in food, but that is including children who eat a much higher percentage than an adult would.

I hope this made some sense to people..... usually when I talk everyones eyes glaze over and they just say yeah and ok a lot. Hopefully this may be of some use to you.
 

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Is everyone here planning to eat like it's 1999 after the SHTF ? If it got bad enough that I was going to have to live out of my stash you can bet your boots it would be "ration time" until I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. One cup of Joe in the morning instead of four or five and peanut butter on crackers instead of a full course breakfast every day. I don't think you need as much as you think you do.
 
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