Friday, January 24, 2014

How To Calculate Bread For A Year


In an effort to get some food storage in order I decided to figure out how much I would need to store of the ingredients necessary to make my homemade bread for an entire year.  (You can find my homemade bread recipe HERE).

I did this based around how many loaves of bread I want to make in a week.  Right now I make about two loaves of bread a week.  I am sure that would be more if we were living completely on what we store, but you have to start somewhere.

Below you can see the spreadsheet I created.

Change the Number of Loaves Per Week to Calculate the Amount to store for a Year
1 LoafLoaves Per Week
2
Wheat Flour6.50cups676.00cups2,704.00ounces169.00pounds
Gluten0.25cups26.00cups130.00ounces8.13pounds
Yeast0.09cups9.75cups52.00ounces3.25pounds
Honey0.41cups42.64cups511.25ounces31.95pounds
Oil0.25cups26.00cups208.00ounces13.00gallons
Salt0.04cups4.33cups41.60ounces2.60pounds
Water3.00cups312.00cups2,496.00ounces156.00gallons

The first column shows the ingredients based upon one loaf of bread.  In the second column you can put in the number of loaves per week and it will calculate the amounts needed in cups, ounces and pounds/gallons.

I found this to be helpful because some of the food storage calculators I have used had estimates that were too low for the honey, oil and yeast and none of them have recommendations for gluten.

If you think that it would be helpful to play with the spreadsheet to make your own calculations you can access it HERE.  You could even modify it to fit your own recipe by changing the amounts in the first column.

I would love to know what you think, even if you think I'm a bit nutty for putting this together.

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