Calories Per Pound Of Rice, Beans, Wheat

The most common ‘staple’ dry foods for preparedness and long-term food storage are rice, beans, and wheat berries.

You yourself may have some of these in your deep pantry inventory. In order to fully grasp how much you actually have with regards to calories and ‘survival day’ equivalent, the following information should quickly help you to figure that out.

I used my digital scale to accurately measure the weight (per pound) from my own storage of white rice, beans (I used Pinto), and Wheat berries. Surprisingly (sort of) they all weigh quite similar to each other!

2.5 cups per pound (raw – uncooked)

Note: Given the various varieties, results may differ slightly, but not much – so the factor of 2.5 cups per pound is close enough for our purposes.

Note: When looking up calories per pound from various sources the results will also vary slightly, however the figures given below are close enough for general conversation.


Rice Calories Per Pound

1648 calories per pound (uncooked)


Beans Calories Per Pound

1568 calories per pound (uncooked)


Wheat Berries Calories Per Pound

1520 calories per pound (uncooked)
The next step is putting it all into perspective. You might have ‘x’ number of pounds, or 5-gallon buckets of wheat berries or rice, etc.., however what does that really mean with respect to survival?

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Ken Jorgustin’s survival blog focuses on a wide variety of preparedness topics varying from short to long term actions and solutions for wide-ranging scenarios of preparation… for daily life, disaster, or even SHTF collapse. Subjects include situational and risk awareness, the dangers, systemic risks, and avoidance of dependence upon the major ‘modern’ systems that we take for granted, topics of self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and practical solutions to live a way of life while surviving these uncertain times. Modern Survival is Preparedness For Life Preparedness is a process and will become a way of life – one in which you have more control over your own destiny. Being better prepared will help liberate you from “the system” which in many ways is designed to hold you down and keep you “dependent”. Modern Survival Blog has been committed since JAN-2010 to produce a wide variety of information to hopefully provide you with ideas for your own preparedness.