Food Storage and Space Calculators

Recommended Food Storage Amounts Calculator

This calculator will help you determine how much food you will need to store for a given number of adults and children. Categories are left fairly broad since not everyone enjoys eating the same kind of staples (ie some prefer rice over wheat and others like both).

Input Data
  Enter the number of weeks’ of food you wish to store: 
  Family Members, Ages 7+: 
  Family Members, Ages 0-6: 
Recommended Food Storage Amounts
Each category below gives you a basic list of food categories with their total weight.
You should store the items you like to eat and would use on a regular basis.

  Grain (includes wheat, white rice, oats, corn, barley, pasta, etc.): 


  Legumes (dried beans, split peas, lentils, nuts, etc.):  lbs.
  Dairy Products (powdered milk, cheese powder, canned cheese, etc.):  lbs.
  Sugars (white sugar, brown sugar, syrup, molasses, honey, etc.):  lbs.
  Leavening Agents (Yeast, baking powder, powdered eggs, etc.): 


  Salt (Table salt, sea salt, soy sauce, bouillon, etc.):  lbs.
  Fats (Vegetable oils, shortening, peanut butter, etc.):  lbs.
  Water:  gallons*

  *NOTE: The amount of water shown is for the recommended 2-week supply. If you live in an arid area where natural water sources are difficult to come by, you should store more if possible. I would also highly recommended that you supplement your water storage with a quality water filter or filtration kit.

Food Storage Space Calculator

After you arrive at the required amount of food, this next calculator will tell you how many 5-gallon buckets you’ll need to purchase in order to store all that food, as well as the amount of floor space (in square footage) you’ll need based on how high you want to stack your buckets.

Note: Keep in mind that some 5-gallon bucket lids are not heavy duty. If you are using a thinner type, there is a possibility that the lids will crack under the strain of multiple stacked buckets. For this reason it is recommended that you only stack 2 high.

The other option is to place a small piece of plywood on the rim of the buckets you will be stacking on.

Input Data
  Enter how many buckets high you are willing to have for each stack (the recommended number is 4-5): 
  Select checkbox if using Metric Units: 
Enter the amount of food you need to store (in pounds or kilos)
  Dried Milk: 

Estimated Storage Requirements
  Total number of 5-gallon buckets needed: 
  Total square feet of floor space needed: 

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