Storing Your Food Storage
One of the biggest challenges of food storage is trying to find somewhere to store it all. If you live in a small apartment or a house, you are probably thinking you don’t have much spare space, even for some well-organized food storage.
These are a few basic rules for finding a good place to stash your food storage.
- Foods should be stored in area that is cool and dark if possible. A dry basements an ideal location, but you many not have one. There are other options.
- Easy to access. You want to make it easy to rotate your old foods out and new foods in.
- Adequate shelving is key. You can buy can organizers that make it really easy to rotate your stock. You can find can organizers that range in size from very small to pretty darned big. The large sized organizers can hold hundreds of cans.
Creative Storage Locations
If you are truly determined to store some food, you need to start looking around your home.
If you are one of those lucky few families, that happens to have a spare closet, that isn’t being used, you are ready to roll. Clean it out and load it up with your food stores. Do not stash food in random, hard-to-access locations, like under a pile of jun, deep in the back of some closet or up in the attic!
The following are just a few options you could try.
- Upgrade your bed frames with storage bed frames to gain lots of under bed storage!
- Use under-bed storage containers, designed specifically to slide under a bed to store stuff. If you don’t want to spend money on the bins, just slide canned goods up under the bed. To ensure proper rotation use one side of the bed for loading and the other side for removing the food.
- Adding a shelf unit behind the couch, against the wall, is another clever way to store food. A sofa table and food storage unit in one convenient package!
- Build a coffee table or end table with food-grade 5 gallon buckets, filled with your food storage essentials. Disguise your buckets with a tablecloth or fabric. Now you have a functional piece of furniture.
- Garages, workshops and outbuildings and can be used, but a lot of foods do not store well in areas that get too hot or too cold. If they don’t freeze, you can use those spaces for water, which frees up your climate controlled spaces for food.
You may have to utilize several different spaces. This a great way to separate your food in similar groups. Canned veggies could be under your child’s bed, baking goods are stored under the master bed and fruits can go in the closet. It is always a good idea to create an inventory list of foods and locations as a map. This will help you remember what foods you have and where you stashed them and will help your family track down different foods when they need them.
Walk around your home and identify potential storage spaces. Then get busy.
Food Storage Basics Series:
- Part 1: Making a Food Storage Plan
- Part 2: Think Ingredients
- Part 3: Math, Recipes and Shopping Lists
- Part 4: Storing Your Food Storage
- Part 5: Storing Water
- Part 6: Storing Dairy Products
- Part 7: Building Up your Food Storage
- Part 8: Protecting Food From Pests