A couple years ago I was going through my inventory to determine how long my family could survive with the food we have stored. I decided that I really need to do some research and some math to get a real fell for how long we could last. When one looks at a 50-pound bag of dried beans or a 50-pound bag of dried rice your first impression might be my God we have enough beans and rice to last a life time. So let’s look at the facts.
Two cups of dried beans equals one pound of dried beans. So in a 50-pound bag of dried beans, there are 100 cups of dried beans. One cup of dried beans makes three cups of cooked beans. If you cook the whole 50-pound bag of dried beans, you will have 300 cups of cooked beans.
So if you have a family of 4 and are living off 1 ½ cups of cooked beans per day per person, you will have enough beans to feed the family for 50 days. Each day each person will be eating 309 calories, 2.91 grams of fat, 54.9 grams of carbs and 17.49 grams of protein if they are eating nothing more than 1 ½ cups of cooked pinto beans.
Now let’s take a look at rice.
Dried White Rice
1 cup of dried rice weighs 7 ounces. 1 cup of dried rice equals 3 cups of cooked rice. So in a 50-pound bag of dried rice, there are 800 ounces of dried rice. By dividing 800 ounces by 7 ounces per cup you end up with 114 cups of dried rice which when cooked makes 342 cups of cooked rice. So if your average serving size is 1 ½ cups of cooked rice, then you will have 228 servings. For a family of 4, that is 57 days of rice.
So each day, each person will be consuming 363 calories, .54 grams of fat, 80.61 grams of carbs and 6.57 grams of protein if they are eating nothing more than 1 ½ cups of cooked white rice.
That’s not much to live on. Hopefully, we will have something more to eat than just rice and/or beans.
I have seen several people store dried rice, dried beans, flour or sugar in 5-gallon mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. I like to instead store these items in 1-gallon mylar bags so that I know the food won’t go bad before I can eat it all.