For CANDY or anyone else interested in comparing notes about Emergency Essentials and other long term storage suppliers like them. -- OK…. I know you had a post somewhere where you said you were going to be using your tax refund toward buying long term storage items…. I couldn’t find it but I’m working really hard on a pantry for myself so checked out their website and I’m just gonna give you some basic rundowns from notes I kept for myself. -- Calories required according to Emergency Essentials per day Male 1-3 1000 Male 4-7 1400 Male 8-13 1800 Male 16 2400 Male 20-30 2600 Male 49 2400 Male 50+ 2200 Female 1-3 1000 Female 4-7 1400 Female 8-13 1600 Female 16 2000 Female 20-30 2000 Female 49 2000 Female 50+ 1800 -- I played with Emergency Essentials’ Food Storage Analyzer, - Emergency Essentials. I feel it’s more of a highly effective marketing tool than a legitimate storage analyzer. Their calculator is really ingenious but it’s based on servings that they’ll conveniently deliver to our doors and all we have to do is find a place to stack it all up. Seems kinda silly to me with the way we can get our hands on free small-large food safe storage buckets using oxygen absorbers or perhaps better yet....an air extraction pump with a leak detection tab. -- I had to take a close look at what they were recommending and that meant using a calculator since they seem to derive substantial benefits from advertising serving sizes rather than standardized weights that are easily recognizable by ordinary folk. I’m just using their own nutritional information provided for their can of whole wheat flour since I've bought wheat flour myself recently, Nutritional Information. 3 T = 28 grams. Now we need to multiply that by the number of servings in a container of their whole wheat flour and we come up with 1792. Now all we need to do is convert those grams to something that Americans rely on when price shopping. That can of whole wheat flour is actually about 63.2 ounces or…. drum roll please… about 3.85 lbs. That’s $6.95 for their little container which means we’d be paying around $1.80 per pound. Aye yi yi…. doesn't look like any of their containers are re-usable and…. that’s a boat load of money for only 5,760 calories and that’s without adding what their shipping and handling is but who knows…. at that price they probably ship for free. Their calculator “thinks” for us then they conveniently sell us a solution in which they think for us again by offering their products to us. CANDY…. This is just something to consider since you’ll be getting that refund check back soon- Powdered Dried Whole Eggs - Freeze Dried Fruit - Blanched Almond Flour - Steel C - Search I’ve been buying 50# bags of whole wheat flour from them for $42.99 plus shipping anywhere of $4.49 or…. about 95¢ per pound. I think you can cut that 6k bill you were quoted in half if you shop around and do the math. -- Next I took a look at Emergency Essentials’ freeze dried meats and was sort of aghast when I did the math especially when we can buy meat on sale ourselves and grind it and process it for longer term storage but take a look at the nutritional label yourself, Nutritional Information. Now catch the disclaimer down at the bottom since you've got one kid with auto-immune deficiencies- I think maybe it’s better for people like you and me really trying to cut back so we can scrimp and save to build food pantries to rely on the basic food storage calculator provided by the Latter Day Saints then go out and buy bulk- Food Storage Calculator -- I tell you the more I learn about Mormons…. the more I realize they’re happenin’ folk!!! At 1<sup>st</sup> glance it didn’t look like the LDS calculator was as sophisticated as Emergency Essentials’ food storage analyzer because of the ease of use and simplicity but…. I played with the LDS calculator and I think they took into consideration a need for higher calories during a natural disaster when we’re going to need more food to accommodate an increased level of physical activity as well as more food to keep our bodies warm. Using the food calculator offered by the Mormons means working backwards but…. I think it’ll result in thousands of dollars of savings in the long run for little people like you and me. Oh oh oh…. I think quinoa can be counted toward the grain or the cereal category.