While some people use their storage sheds for garden tools, bicycles, or pet supplies, others use their sheds to store food. Some foods can be stored for months or even years at a time. Certainly, having a supply of stored food can help to decrease a family's weekly grocery bill. Plus, if you have kids, you can teach them the importance of getting the most out of the food you buy. I suggest you start by furnishing your food storage shed with some tall metal racks. Consider these additional tips regarding what types of foods to store and how to organize them in your shed.
15 Tips for Organizing and Maintaining a Food Storage Shed
- A collection of canned goods is a familiar sight in most food storage sheds. I suggest that you store one type of canned good on each shelf: When you want a can of peas, you won't have to dig through dozens of cans of beans or tuna to get to it. Also, be sure to put the cans that expire the soonest near the front of the shelf so they will be used first.
- Whole onions can be stored for a fairly long period of time in a food storage shed. I recommend that you hang up a wire mesh basket in a dark corner of your shed. This basket will keep the onions dry and allows air to circulate around them. When onions are put inside a closed container, the lack of air circulation contributes to moisture issues. A moist environment causes onions to go bad.
- Potatoes can be stored in a shed by putting them in a potato sack. These vegetables need to be kept in a dark, cool environment. If the floor is damp, the bags should be put onto a pallet to keep them away from moisture.
- Plastic containers of peanut butter can be stored on a high shelf of a metal rack. Be sure to separate the different varieties, including creamy, crunchy, gluten-free, etc.
- Granulated sugar should be taken out of its bag and poured into an airtight, plastic container. Sugar can last indefinitely in this type of container. You can use this same storage method with flour. Be sure to label each container.
- Cans of instant coffee can be stored on your rack for two years as long as they remain unopened.
- Place boxes of breakfast cereal in plastic bins with lids. This prevents any rodents or insects from chewing through the cardboard and ruining your supply. Boxes of dry pasta and noodles should also be stored in a plastic bin with a lid. It's a good idea to write the expiration date on the boxes with a black marker.
- Get a small metal soda rack with three tiers for your canned beverages. This rack is small enough to be put on a single wooden shelf in your storage shed. When you remove one can from this rack, another one rolls right into its place!
- A plastic 2-liter bottle rack is perfect for storing your bottled water and soda. If it has wheels, it can be rolled into one corner of your storage shed.
- It is important to keep honey in a dark area of your shed. Sunlight can affect its taste. You may want to place the jar into a cardboard box with a lid just to make sure.
- If you or members of your family are partial to Kool-Aid, try putting the little packets into a recipe box so you can put each flavor in its own section.
- Peanuts in the shell, almonds, and pistachios can be stored in airtight containers in your food storage shed. Be sure that these items are put in a dry, cool area of the shed.
- You can store a supply of white rice in your cool, dry food shed. Pour the dry rice into a large jar or a gallon plastic container and make sure the lid is on tight.
- Unopened jars of pickles can be stored in your shed for approximately two years. Be sure to place these glass jars on the floor of the shed so there is less chance that one will be broken.
- Granola bars can be stored for many months when they are put into an airtight container. Of course, if they are in a vacuum-packed container, they will last even longer.
Good luck with your food storage project. Thanks for reading! - Alan