Don’t you hate it when you buy your foods in bulk along with some buckets and then end up with one bucket too few when you repackage it all?
Or how about when you get your food storage calculator <http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/babysteps/step-4-long-term-food-storage-planning/> all filled out and it says to buy 600 pounds of wheat and you have NO IDEA how many buckets or cans that equates to?
Well we just spent the day perusing the internet to come up with a handy chart for you that includes the most common items recommended for long term food storage and how many pounds you can store in both #10 cans and 5 gallon buckets. Please note these are estimates depending on how you are packaging (i.e. using mylar bags or not)
Food Item #10 Can 5 Gallon Bucket
Wheat 5 pounds 37 pounds
White Flour 4.5 pounds 33 pounds
Cornmeal 4.3 pounds 33 pounds
Popcorn 5 pounds 37 pounds
Rolled Oats 2.5 pounds 20 pounds
White Rice 5.3 pounds 36 pounds
Spaghetti N/A 30 pounds
Macaroni 3.1 pounds 21 pounds
Dried Beans 5.6 pounds 35 pounds
Lima Beans 5.4 pounds 35 pounds
Soy Beans 5 pounds 33 pounds
Split Peas 5 pounds 33 pounds
Lentils 5.5 pounds 35 pounds
White Sugar 5.7 pounds 35 pounds
Brown Sugar 4.42 pounds 33 pounds
Powdered Milk 3 pounds 29 pounds
Powdered Eggs 2.6 pounds 20 pounds
#10 can data comes from ShelfReliance.com <http://jodiandjulie.shelfreliance.com/home> and is what THEIR #10 cans contain. Numbers could be slightly more or less elsewhere.