How much space do you need to store food?

  • Redcap

    January 21, 2024 at 5:15 pm

    I love how specific she gets so you can really picture what you can do and what space you’d need. It seems the biggest mistake people make is not having a plan for the space they have. They’ll can up a storm and find they don’t have a place for all those pint and quart jars. This article could really help people think about creating a storage space for what they want to have put by for winter or for long-term. Thanks for sharing it.

    We’re just two older people who eat very simply. We managed an entire year’s worth of food on two large metal shelf units, including home dehydrated potatoes, greens, other veg, fruit, meat, eggs, dried cheese, dry milk (store-bought) and then we have fats and oils, salt, spices and herbs, and cornmeal, and oats (although we don’t eat a lot of grain as we eat more potatoes), honey and molasses. There’s also 2 years of black tea and all our dried herbs for infusions (mostly nettle, eleuthero, and comfrey).

  • JerseyGiantChick

    January 21, 2024 at 5:16 pm

    Takes a lot of space, helps to use the space you have wisely. And spread it a bit if possible, prepare the way you can and work for you.

  • RiceAndEggsToday

    January 22, 2024 at 4:49 am

    It’s a real concern. I have a small place. I got rid of a couch, got a recliner, and used the gained space to stack buckets. My little living room looks pretty weird.

  • BlackCatGarden

    January 22, 2024 at 11:36 am

    I put our guestroom bed on risers and have buckets stores under it and in that closet. It’s a years worth for both myself and my husband. You make it work!

  • Blighted

    January 22, 2024 at 1:33 pm

    It’s definitely tricky sometimes. Our house is about 2300sqft but we have a year’s supply for 6 people. The only thing I have downstairs is two 5-shelf industrial shelves in my kitchen (so ugly) to hold all of my canning. Upstairs where visitors can’t see, we have buckets of wheat lining the hallway and each bedroom has other types of food storage. Someday, I would like to have nice decor, etc., but knowing we can survive is much more important!

  • JerseyGiantChick

    January 22, 2024 at 5:37 pm

    You are all doing a good job by preparing for your family, prepare and work your way. Do not forget to put as many Bible’s as possible in your preps!

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