Space- efficient food storage

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Harbin, Aug 15, 2012.


  1. Harbin

    Harbin Monkey+

    With the house finally done and the move-in complete, I've shifted gears to implementing our prepping plans. I have a dedicated area of the basement (shared with mechanical equipment) that also goes under the stairs for storage of preps. I know buckets are the storage system of choice for most, but while packing empty buckets in to see how many I can store I can't help but see all the wasted space between them. Has anyone come up with a solution or found a square or rectangle storage system that seals as well as buckets? It's not a real big deal, but I'd really prefer to store everything as tightly as possible. I've looked at rubbermaid tubs at the store but haven't found anything even close to what I want- namely a sealing lid.
     
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  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Seems like you could easily use the tubs if you seal the stuff going inside in bags rather than bulk. Bags would also allow more efficient sizing of the product so you could open only a fraction of the tub at a time.
     
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  3. wrc223

    wrc223 Monkey+

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  4. DKR

    DKR Interesting ideas, interesting stories

    If you are planning to store canned goods, a good rack can help quite a bit with both storage and rotation - FIFO being the best type.

    Several commercial types are available, one brand even fits between the studs of your wall.

    Or you can roll your own
    I grabbed this from another board where I hang out.
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    Here's the cardboard one.
    http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/02/ ... ting-rack/
    Different styles of rotators, not cardboard.
    http://www.drzero.org/temp/pantry1.pdf
    http://www.kirkhams.org/Canned%20Food%2 ... 6-1-06.pdf
    http://www.kirkhams.org/closet unit.jpg
    http://vikingpreparedness.blogspot.com/ ... cific.html
    http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Rotating ... Food-Shelf

    Commercial versions can be found here


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    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001JYMAA4/?tag=survivalmonke-20
    (several vendors sell this or a similar unit)

    http://www.shelfreliance.com/food-rotation-systems

    http://www.pharaohsstorehouse.com/in_wall.asp has in wall storage units, very cool.
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  5. Silversnake

    Silversnake Silverback

    I have gotten 4 gallon square buckets from a local farm store for 2.50 a piece. The square buckets have less space between them, and are more modular for moving, storing in small spaces or transporting.
     
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  6. Kathy in WV

    Kathy in WV Just runnin' the ridges...

    Obviously I didn't invent it, but I do love the can rotator shelf we just built!
     
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  7. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    I am in a re-shelving mode and things have snowballed. I have decided to get rid of all buckets because they take up so much space. I am looking for storage bins like the have for Daily Bread food. I took measurements and think I can actually store more in stackable bins.
     
  8. cdnboy66

    cdnboy66 Monkey++

    Cansolidator.com

    Bought a bunch, love them, available in different sizes and reasonably priced, but a bugger to fold together
     
  9. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    I second silversnake's square buckets. I use 'em.
     
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  10. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Mostly heavy duty square, stacking bins with wheels and retracting handles (lockable too) work best for me. Inside, I can store small amounts or large amounts in mylar and/or buckets. If I ever do have to move, I do NOT want to pick that stuff up. No way!

    Aside from pasta, beans, rice, wheat berries, sugar and salt, I have mostly freeze dried foods stored now. Been phasing out canned goods as much as possible, though I still have quite a bit. Mmmm Red Feather butter! [touchdown]
     
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