Sunday, April 4, 2010

Food Storage Inventory

Many people have asked me for an inventory list of the food that I have in my food storage. I made a PDF document but wasn't sure how to post it here. I think I figured it out and you should be able to access it through this link: Food Storage Inventory or if that doesn't work try this Google Docs one: Food Storage Inventory.

It's just a simplified list of the food items that I store. My actual inventory sheet has a lot more information on it. This is the sheet I use to track my food storage. In addition to what you see on the link above, my original document also has a column that tells me where in the house each item is stored, when it expires, and the cheapest place to by it. At the bottom of the food list, I also have a list of non-food items that I store, or need to store, such as toiletries, cooking supplies, etc.

Just a side note. I store freeze dried meats but there are lots of ways to store meat. All of them have their advantages:

Freeze dried is light weight, lasts for years, and is easy to store. However, it is very expensive, and once you open the can, you need to use the whole thing that day or the next.

Canned meat is ready to eat, tastes good, and stores easily but it is heavy, expires more quickly, and is still relatively expensive.

Canning your own meat tastes best and is probably the cheapest and healthiest option but the glass jars are hard to store, canning meat is time consuming, and it expires after about a year.

If you want to have meat stored, just choose the way that works best for your family.

Anyway, I know that there are lots of terrific programs and websites out there that help you track your food storage. Whatever works for you - use it. The big thing to remember though, is to keep a hard copy. The last thing you want is to not have access to your inventory in the event of a power failure or computer failure; particularly a long term failure.


  1. Wow, wow, wow. No wonder you feel comfortable living on your food storage! You have got great quantities (of course, you have more mouths to feed than I do) and a great variety. I'm impressed!

  2. Well I'm not sure I'm "comfortable" heehee but confident we could live off of it. Still can't make a nice pizza............ :)

  3. Great List! I want to copy/print this list but I can't do either on my computer. Any ideas?

  4. They want you to log in to scribd in order to print, so you can just set up a temporary account (it's free) and then you can use the print icon to print the doc.

    Or, if you have Windows 7, you can use your snipping tool to copy the list one page at a time.

    Let me know if you still have trouble. :)

  5. I am enjoying your adventure!!!! I am gleaning a lot of good information and ideas from you. We agree with you on the milk and butter!!!!Let us know what your doing, recipes, ideas...
    Thank you so much for sharing your adventure with us!!!!Connie G

  6. Your blog is incredible and so very helpful. I want to see your Food Storage Inventory, but even tho I'm logged in to Scribd, I have to pay $9 to join for a month to see or download.

    Do you possibly have it somewhere else? I really would love to see, and get a copy of it.

  7. Just posted a new link to a Google Doc for you above. That should work for you now.