Survival Skills # 21
How to Do Food Storage in a Small Space
By LilacGirl at eHow
Most people have heard about the wisdom of having some food put by for a month, (or for much longer periods of time), in case of hard times, emergencies, disasters, or in case of a recession￼. We don't all have a pantry or even a large kitchen however, so where is all that food you're storing supposed to go?
After you've decided how much food to store, what kinds of food to store, and then after you've bought that food, the next step is proper storage. You can't store food in places that are too hot or too cold, or that are damp, so basements, attics, garages and outside sheds are not usually suitable.
The best place for food storage is a pantry devoted to just food, but not many houses have a pantry any more so you're going to have to get creative and find other places for all those cans and buckets of food.
If you have room in your kitchen, or maybe in a guest room or an office, you can turn a corner into a food storage pantry. Place two bookshelves in the corner, with one being right up against both walls, and the other against one wall on one side, and then up against the other bookshelf. Fill the shelves with food and place buckets of food storage in front of the two shelves. You can even hang a curtain from a rod that goes across this corner if you want. The curtain would completely cover your food pantry, making it look like a corner closet.
Another idea I've seen people use is to purchase a large metal garbage can, place bags of rice or beans or whatever in it, and then cover the top with a round wooden table top. You can place this can on the side of your couch or somewhere, and then you cover it with a tablecloth for a round table and that's exactly what it looks like, a covered table. No one would know it was full of food storage.
If you have a lot of pails or buckets of food you can stack them against the wall behind your couch, two high and one deep if that works, then place a board the same size on top of the buckets, and push your couch right back up against them. It will just look like you have a sofa table behind your couch.
Utilize your home wall space as efficiently as possible. If you have a hallway near your kitchen, line it with bookshelves and fill the shelves with your food storage.
If you have a closet in a guest room or office that isn't being used much, turn it into a food pantry by adding shelves.
Utilize all under bed space for food storage if you can. Bed skirts cover anything under the bed anyway, so no one need know