If you are still struggling to calculate just how many pounds of everything it will take to prepare your family’s food storage supply, the calculator from Simply Living Smart may be a great resource for you. Simply Living Smart offers a spreadsheet that can be used interactively on your own computer with Excel. Per their website, it was developed with the tables and charts from the book Making the Best of Basics by James Talmage Stevens (by permission) which their site will also have available for purchase.
I like this spreadsheet because it is simple, and can be customized to your family’s preferences. Some calculators are very extensive. This one just gives you a total number of pounds needed for your family in the basic categories of essential and supplementary items. You decide for your family how many cans of meats, fruit, soups or vegetables that equates to. You can click here to download the spreadsheet: Food Storage Master Plan
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