We do a lot of talking about what types of food to stockpile for an emergency, but we sometimes overlook the best long-term food storage options. Organization is essential when working with food. Regardless of what you are storing, you will be dealing with expiration dates that require you to rotate food at some point (out with the old, in with the new). Depending on the square footage of your home, you may also be dealing with limited space. Here are a few of the best food storage options for preppers.
If you have the space available, heavy-duty shelving will allow you to expand your food stores tremendously. This option is inexpensive and readily available online and through your local big box stores (Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes). Shelving units are great for organizing boxes, jars, odd-shaped containers and large cans. However, you need to pay attention to weight limits when shelving items like glass jars and aluminum cans. These supplies can get heavy quickly.
Can Rotators are a prime way of optimizing space and organizing at the same time. Rather than stacking canned goods, simply place them in the rotator with those soonest expiration dates first. As you use a can, the next in line will rotate forward. This ensures older items are cycled through first and not buried at the bottom of the stack. This is also a great way to maximize space. These rotators easily fit in a pantry, cabinet or on shelving units.
Tubs or buckets are often necessary for some food items. This is the best way to keep rodents and bugs out of food products like flour, cereal, grains and more. If the item originally came packaged in a bag or cardboard box, it may be best to keep the original bags or boxes in tubs or move the contents into plastic containers for long-term storage. There are a few things to look for when choosing the proper tubs. You want these to be food-grade plastic so they will not contaminate food over time. By choosing square tubs over round you will also be able to save storage space. And don’t forget, tubs are stackable!
Your biggest considerations when choosing the best food storage options are going to be space and type of food being stored. If you are short on space already, heavy-duty shelving may not be feasible at this time. Small pantry rotators may be the best opportunity to make the most of your limited space.
How are you organizing and optimizing your food storage space?