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Postby FlyingHaggis » Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:43 pm

Hi folks

I wonder if you can advise me if there is a list that has been pre written to tell you how much food we should have per person per year . I know store what we eat eat what we store and every ones taste is diffrent but wondering if there is a list of such


Per adult for 365 days

beans ?? kg
Rice ?? kg
flour ?? kg
sugar ?? kg
salt ?? kg
tins of this ## ??
tins of that ## ??
so on and so on

thanks in advance

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Re: How much food

Postby Hiker72 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 5:08 pm

Likely you might get several lists. Here's one I recently stumbled across -


Some others -

(with a calculator)
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Re: How much food

Postby kr105 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:20 pm

Most food calculators are based on minimums and may not fit your family appetites. Another approach would be to draw up a series of menus then buy based on that. For example if you have a family of two for one month:

Breakfast ( 30 days for two people, need 60 servings total):
-- Oatmeal 3 times a week, need 28 servings
-- Pancakes with syrup 3 times a week, need 28 servings
-- Muffins and canned butter (once a week, need 4 servings)
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Re: How much food

Postby MojoYankee » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:12 pm

kr105 wrote:Most food calculators are based on minimums and may not fit your family appetites. Another approach would be to draw up a series of menus then buy based on that.

That's how I do it. I calculated the minimum daily protein requirements for members of my family and then planned meals around that.

I also looked at meals we eat often to see whch ones could be easily modified to using solely shelf-stable ingredients. I love rice and beans and also spagetti but wouldn't want to have one of those two things for dinner night after night for an extended period of time.

You'd be surprised at the gems you'll come up with if you keep experimenting.
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Re: How much food

Postby TaffyJ » Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:42 am

I calculated based on calories per day per person per unit of time. Then, looked into nutrition to balance the ratios of how much of what foods to get those calories. Still need more shopping and more storage!
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Re: How much food

Postby MoeRN » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:29 am

I try and calculate amount of calories and the types of meals I would plan on having. It's different for everyone.
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Re: How much food

Postby TheLight » Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:45 pm

I used the excel sheet from here to get these numbers. I summed the weights needed for a certain period of time and then calculated the percentage of each item. You could probably use any excel list of items with weights to come up with these numbers. Gotta love Excel! :D I don't think this is the most useful information in the world, but here it is.

Wheat 29.0%
Flour 4.8%
Corn Meal 4.8%
Oats 4.8%
Rice 9.7%
Pasta 4.8%
Total Grains 58.0%

Fats and Oils
Shortening 0.8%
Vegetable Oil 0.4%
Mayonnaise 0.4%
Salad Dressing 0.2%
Peanut Butter 0.8%

Beans, dry 5.8%
Lima Beans 1.0%
Soy Beans 1.9%
Split Peas 1.0%
Lentils 1.0%
Dry Soup Mix 1.0%
Total Legumes 11.6%

Honey 0.6%
Sugar 7.7%
Brown Sugar 0.6%
Molasses 0.2%
Corn Syrup 0.6%
Jams 0.6%
Fruit drink powdered 1.2%
Flavored Gelatin 0.2%
Total Sugars 11.6%

Dry Milk 11.6%
Evaporated Milk 2.3%
Other - Powdered Eggs 0.8%

Cooking Essentials
Baking Powder 0.2%
Baking Soda 0.2%
Yeast 0.1%
Salt 1.0%
Vinegar 0.1%
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Re: How much food

Postby GAP » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:31 pm

Simple...if you think you have enough-get more!
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Re: How much food

Postby galnextdoor » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:34 am

For an adult you need about 100 lbs of food a month, or 1200 lbs a year. That calculation helps me with my dry stock of beans and rice. I agree how much of each item depends on the family and how you are planning on preparing the food. I can look at my regular food pantry, freezers and canned goods and estimate how long that would last us and then add on additional time for my dry stock. In a true situation we would likely be eating some from both or I could ration it to last longer.
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Re: How much food

Postby kr105 » Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:44 pm

TheLight wrote:I used the excel sheet .......from here

Grains: Wheat, Flour, Corn Meal, Oats, Rice, Pasta
Fats: Shortening, vegetable Oil, Mayonnaise, Salad Dressing, Peanut Butter
Legumes: Beans, dry Lima Beans, Soy Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Dry Soup Mix
Sugars: Honey, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Jams, Fruit drink powdered, Flavored Gelatin
Milk: Dry Milk Evaporated Milk , Other - Powdered Eggs
Cooking Essentials: Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Yeast, Salt, Vinegar 0.1%

After looking at that link, it appears that J&J have made it hard so they can sell their ebook. Given the list of items above, it's a fairly limited menu.

Breakfast is oatmeal, powdered eggs, corn muffins
Lunch is soup or peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Dinner is lots of rice and beans, pasta (but no sauce)
Dessert is jello or something baked

You might want to add some freeze dried veggies and meats. Canned tuna and spam will add some variety. Tomato powder, spices and freeze dried moz. cheeze will give you decent pasta dishes. Maple syrup (in glass bottles) will last a very long time and go a long way to making a breakfast dish taste good. Just mho.
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Re: How much food

Postby michal123 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:52 am

I think, it depends on our body weight and height. Always eat in a proper way because over diet is not good for our body. Avoid junk food and take a proper balanced diet.
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