Preppers are often thinking of circumstances and scenarios that could occur in our personal lives. The military prepares through a practice known as “war gaming”. Family Preparedness begins with asking yourself questions – lots of questions, such as:
- What Am I Preparing For?
- How Many People Am I Preparing For?
- How Many Months Am I Preparing For?
- What Ingredients Do I Need?
These questions and myriads of others are essential for family preparedness, but it is often the questions that we don’t ask which can be most detrimental to our well being one particular question.
How much food it would is required to sustain life for an extended period of time?
Let’s take wheat bread for example, by asking the question “how much bread baking ingredients it would take to make one loaf of bread per day per family?”
Calculating the ingredients from my favorite recipe, which makes two loaves of bread. I remember a few important details. Homemade whole-wheat bread is different from store-bought bread and it is common for families to eat an entire loaf of whole-wheat bread at one meal. Bread is often combined with soups or casseroles, which increases consumption.
I have a philosophy that “you can live on soup and bread”. American pioneers were notorious for constantly simmering a pot of soup on the stove and a loaf of bread in the oven. Great recipes are tremendously valuable when times are personally challenging and our preparations are minimal. Here are a few estimations that will help you prepare.
3-Month Supply-Bread Only
- 30 cups of powdered milk
- 11½ cups honey or sweetener
- 3 cups salt
- 15 cups vegetable oil
- 6 cups dried egg
- 6 cups of dried yeast
- 20 gallons whole-wheat flour or (combination of white and whole wheat) about 17 gallons of whole-wheat kernels that need to be freshly ground as you need it. Freshly ground flour measures more volume per cup than whole kernel grain.
1-Year Supply- Bread Only
- 8½ gallons of powdered milk
- 3 gallons of honey or sweetener
- 13 cups salt
- 4 gallons of vegetable oil
- 1¾ gallons of dried egg powder
- 1¾ gallons dried yeast
- 82 gallons of whole-wheat flour or a combination of (white and whole wheat flour) this equals approximately 16½ (5-gallon buckets) or 70 gallons of whole-wheat kernels (14 5-gallon buckets) that can be freshly ground into flour, as you need it. Freshly ground flour measures more volume per cup than whole kernel grain.
These calculations are just an estimate to give you a good idea of how much of each ingredient is needed to make bread. Your family is unique, and you must tailor your plan to fit your daily diet. Focus on what your family eats and how much they eat. Use your own favorite recipes that can be made either with dehydrated, freeze-dried or canned foods.
Remember to check your expiration dates, and note them on your container, and use to gain experience and to avoid spoilage. Replenish what you have used, and store what you eat; a crisis is no time to change your diet.