Long-term Flour Storage
Long-term Flour Storage is all about one thing… an excuse to have a flour fight! Who would you really like to have a flour fight with…. your brother, your sister, your best friend, your Mother-in-Law?
You should have already completed “Step #2- Long-term Wheat Storage.” If not, then please just click finish step #2 first.
Step #3 Overview
The next food in the “Grains” category is “flour.” So we will begin our food storage journey today by finding out how much flour your family needs and where you can buy the highest quality flour, that will store the longest, at the lowest price.
#1. Open up the Food Storage Calculator using Microsoft Excel or Openoffice Calc
#2. Next enter the number of Adult and children.
SURVIVAL BLOG TIP: We counted our children as adults in our family food storage calculation, because the kids will be grown before you know it. Then we have enough food for our entire family as adults. For example: if you have 2 adults and 2 children, just enter 4 adults instead.
#3. Then enter the number of months of food storage you want to calculate
#4 Press enter to calculate
We will use the example of 1 Adult. 1 Adult needs 25 pounds of flour for a 12 month or 1 year supply. Each #10 can holds about 4.8 pounds of flour (depending on where you buy it), so we need 6 cans (25/4.8=5.20) or 1 box of flour for your 1-year food storage plan.
You have 2 options for Long-Term Flour Storage:
1. Buy the flour already canned.
2. Can the flour yourself or DIY (cheapest)
OPTION 1: Buy the flour already canned.
Buying your flour already canned in #10 cans saves you time, and perhaps a messy kitchen vs canning your own flour. However be aware that it is more expensive to buy the flour already canned.
Pricing Guide for Already Canned Flour Food Storage:
OPTION 2: Can the flour yourself or DIY (cheapest)
The cheapest way to get your years worth of flour storage is the LDS Cannery. You CAN NOT buy the flour already canned, you must can the flour yourself. You have 2 choices:
- Do your canning at home. Buy all of your supplies at the LDS Cannery and then rent or check out the canning machine (for free). Remember you will need #10 metal cans, #10 metal lids, oxygen absorbers, oxygen absorber clip to seal off the bag of absorbers, nutrition/product labels, plastic lids to reseal cans (2 plastic lids per 1 box or for every 6 cans) and boxes.
- Do your canning at the LDS Cannery. Buy all of your supplies at the LDS Cannery and can all of your flour at the canning station. The canning station has a more heavy duty canning machine than the one you can check out for home use. You also have ample space to get your canning done and you have all of the supplies you need right at your fingertips.
***DIY TOTAL COST: 6 cans x $3.40 = $20.40 (No. 10 can packaged by customer price includes product, can, lid, oxygen absorber, and label. A box and two plastic lids are included with every six can. Pretty sweet hook up!)
Flour Storage Frequently Asked Questions:
How long will flour last in #10 cans?
Up to 10 years if properly stored at a temperature below 75 degrees in a dry location.
How much flour should I store in my 1 year food storage?
1 adult needs 25 pounds of flour in food storage. Don’t forget to use our free food storage calculator to figure out your food storage needs!
What kind of flour is the best to store?
There are many different types of flour, we recommend storing bleached flour.
What is the best kind of flour to throw at my Mother-in-Law?
Any type of flour!