I don't know a lot about food storage other than what I find on the bottom of the can. but I've been trying to get some emergency food together. Here's what I've got so far. This is only the stuff in my "supply closet" not my pantry. 6 MRE’s 4 Lb rice 4 Lb mixed beans 5 boxes of pasta/Mac & cheese 22 canned goods 5 meat/5 soup/12 vegetable 2 Ld Quick oats 4 Lb salt 4 Lb sugar 5 Lb All purpose Flour 3 Pt Vegetable oil I'm trying to add a few things every time I go shopping. Next up is honey, peanut butter and probably some canned fruit i have no idea how long this food would actually last me.