November 16, 2012
When preparing for uncertain times ahead, storing food is the most important thing you can do. Food will be the one thing that will get you through tough financial times and when you are in a survival situation.
When you are storing food where should it be located?
You should store your food in a cool, dry place away from the sun. Utility rooms, pantries, kitchens, and under beds are good places to store your food. If you have a shed that is not get too hot in the summer, that would also be a good choice. The one nice thing about sealed #10 cans is that they are protected from moisture. They will rust if you leave them out in the rain or sitting in a puddle but moisture in the air is usually not an issue. Mylar bags in sealed buckets are also able to withstand moisture.
Building shelves in your utility or pantry will allow you to utilize more of the space and make things easier to access and find. We are planning lots of shelves in our utility room for food storage that we use most often. 5 gallon buckets on the bottom shelves, #10 cans on the next shelves up and canisters mid way up. The upper shelves will be for storing food that is boxes with #10 cans of freeze dried and dehydrated foods.
Another good place in is the kitchen cupboards in the back where things are hard to reach. Put your cans you don't need all the time down there and leave the fronts for more everyday items. For items like rolled oats, flour, beans, and similar items that you use most often, I recommend getting the 15.9-cup large plastic square canisters from Snapware for storing food in your kitchen and pantry. They are only about $8 and being square on the bottom allows them to fit nicely together. They are airtight and the flip top is easy to get into. Made from Bpa-free pet plastic. The one downside is the plastic is soft and can melt if you get it too close to hot objects. We have a few that are melted.