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Prepper Food Storage: Unusual Solutions You Didn’t Think About 

 November 10, 2020

By  Mike Millerson

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If you are currently living in a little flat but dream of an overflowing storeroom or a plentiful pantry for your prepper stuff, then you must not let your living space destroy your enthusiasm for preparedness! We have all seen in the movies the scene when people rush to a grocery store when a disaster strikes. I suggest not to risk dying in this crowd of people, but instead, be prepared and buy some goods in advance and store them.

What Amount of Food Preppers Stock Up

In a really tiny room or apartment, you would only want to get as much food as you REALLY need… just the proper amount because everything should be strategically planned. So, in order to find out how much food you have to prepare and stock in advance, you will have to figure out how many calories you and your beloved ones need to consume each day. So I present you with a “family 1st meal plan checklist” – a guide to help to prepare all the necessary prepper food for the whole family and your beloved people.

Once you have counted and summed your family’s total calorie intake, you will have to plan your stockpilings for the specific amount of days, months, or years. So, once you have those 2 numbers, you can safely buy the needed quantity of food (for a specific timeframe) for your family.

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So, now let’s get down to the matter of the debate. I suggest that you try out these novel food storage ideas, ways to store your food:

Floor as a Food Storage Idea

Floor as a Food Storage Idea

Storing your things under the bed is a good option, isn’t it? Well, why not store things somewhere else?

Glance all over your home and find every item of furniture that takes a lot of space. And if such an item of furniture has 4 legs and some space underneath that would give you a few inches to store something – then this available gap is a perfect spot for dry food (like rice) or can bottles, your perfect storage space. Perhaps, your working desk has some space for a couple of food buckets under it. Or your couch can cover a few low-profile containers that consist of dehydrated foods. Children’s furniture is not prohibited for such use as well. If you have newborn kiddo in your little flat, then there’s enough space for your princess and the peas. You will have to just slide the boxes of preserved food under the bed or a baby cot.

Children's furniture

Storage Bins: Low Profile & Stackable Food

Rubbermaid Configurations Custom Low-profile spaces are the places you can find under furniture. To use such free space, you will have to obtain the appropriate size boxes: very low-height containers are perfect. Think about this tiny food storage box: you just need to slide it under the furniture. Looks good and works well!

 

Prepper Food Storage Ideas: Ceiling and Walls

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Once you’ve stored every inch of your floor space, then you may start going vertically. Make the maximum from the wall-space by placing shelves that go all the way up to the ceiling. One may even utilize the area over the windows and doors by placing something like single-shelf sections above their frames.

Some of the free space over the kitchen cupboard is accessible in case you have high ceilings in the kitchen: instead of using this area for decoration and design, try to put some useful things from your stock right there.

Sometimes the boxes and cans that you place in an open space look rumpled, and it starts to annoy you. If you have ever experienced such feelings, then put something into a few braided baskets at first, then put the baskets above the shelves or cupboards to get a less messy look. By the way, such rearranging of non-food things might provide you with much more place for crisis food storage.

For instance, one may attach the pots and pans to the ceiling so that they would be hanging from it, or, for example, hang a spice rack on the door. Or, maybe, one might give the food pantry more space for long-term food by moving the spice drawer: it’s possible to utilize that free drawer smartly with great food-planning techniques!

Try Hanging Your Food

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It is common to fill the floor area of the closets with food buckets and stacks of cans, but did you think about such a method: hanging your food items next to your old motorcycle coat. Simply fill an oversized zippered storage bag with vacuumed packages of pasta or dehydrated foods (something lightweight). Then, put the handle of the bag on the ‘hook’ of any regular plastic hanger and hang it on the rod of the wardrobe. As another way, you may utilize a hanger with pants clips, pinning them to the edges of one or even more bags, and hang them up.

Also, you can try placing a tension rod behind the clothes bar in your room for even more spare space.

The pocket shoe organizer just over your door is as well a great way to stock and organize long-shelf-life products. By quickly glancing over the empty pockets of that organizer, you would see how much food you have already stored and how big is your emergency food supply.

Try making use of the hanging shower caddy not only in the shower but, additionally, in some other rooms. Perhaps, try placing it in a wardrobe or a hallway, on the backside of the closet door, or some side of a kitchen island: that would make as an ideal place for extra spices and seasonings or any other type of long-term food.

Plain Sight Food Storage Ideas

Have you ever seen those restaurants in Italian movies that garnish cans with tomatoes, rich olive oils, or dried garlic strings and peppers dangling from the ceiling? So, why not add a little bit of… spice to that (pun intended)! So give such a method a try and store foods just like in Italian fancy restaurants. An additional benefit is that you might start a convo with your friends about preparedness when, for example, your friend is visiting you and sees your stock of goods.

Surely, you should be really careful while planning what exactly you are going to put in the open space. For example, oils and jams start tasting funny much faster when they are affected by the direct sun rays and light; thus, keep only the items you will use in the nearest future and keep all of the other of your mass storage in a darker spot – a root cellar, for instance.

Rearrange Your Pantry Room

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The general idea is that once you swap your furniture for high-capacity items, you’ll get MUCH more space to store the products.

Try to change the simple furniture for easy-to-store items. Perhaps, think about replacing that little TV stand with a full-size dressing table. These large dressers can stock dry packaged food and everyday necessities, and you will still have free space for your entertainment essentials.

Replace the coffee table with a huge dresser and put your goods here. Or, you can replace a regular small couch with one that opens and has some additional storage in it. Another idea: get some storage-friendly benches in the dining area instead of regular chairs.

How to Hide the Survival Food Storage

A place that is often forgotten about is the wall behind the permanently open interior door. Place a few food bins if you have enough space for it, or place some thin shelves as deep as a mason jar to hide the canned food behind an open door.

Did you consider your machinery stuff as a potential space to store foods? For example, a refrigerator or a washing machine with a dryer? In case you have a small space between those machines and the wall, then you can fold some extra cans at arm’s length deep.

One may even create a whole preparedness pantry by splitting the bedroom or living room into several parts. Just put the dividing curtain about 2 feet from the existing wall. One may quickly place some food supply into this spare area without spending much of the already restricted space. For example, place stackable buckets or other large boxes for storing the preparedness stuff. It’s a great place for those.

If there is no spare room (pun intended) in your home and you cant make the curtained cabinet in your home, then maybe think about utilizing the window treatments. You can simply put the buckets on the floor near the window, and they won’t be visible behind the curtains! When you are really into such creative garnishing and decorating process, you may find some more unique food storage ideas and places.

A Crisis Food Solution

In case that your place of living is a little flat or a house, then there are probably several storage facilities that are available nearby your location. The thing is that if you have such a small rented room created especially for food-storing purposes (and if it is affordable for you), then you could store a lot of buckets of food, cans, and dried food in here. You could cooperate with your neighbors or any other people to have mass stockpilings in here altogether.

However, there are some disadvantages: you will probably have to regularly leave your home to purchase more of these stash boxes if SHTF happens. This is not a perfect plan for storing food, but still better than starving.

Regularly Check on Your Emergency Food Storage

Keep in mind that you will have to inventory your Emergency Food Storage once you decide to be creative with your prepper food storage plans.

The key problem is that you could easily forget about the things that you have placed behind the curtains. Make sure to check on these items until it’s too late, as you don’t want to waste your space, money, and time.

An easy method not to forget those supplies of food is to make a list of the products you’ve bought and stored, as well as their dates and the storage space where you’ve hidden your foods. Moreover, make a copy of that list (on paper), and put it in a place where it’s always in sight.

In case you know any other unique food storage ideas or some questions about the food storage ideas that I’ve already mentioned – feel free to write about anything in the comment section below!

FAQ

How Much Food Do You Really Need?

This all depends solely on the calorie intake. A regular calorie intake for a grown-up healthy, active man is around 2500 calories: you can have full meals and snacks in between, and you will easily reach the needed calorie amount norm. Make sure to eat grains, e.g., rice – those are carbohydrates. Then, have some fats, for example, a little bit of coconut oil on top of your oatmeals for breakfast. Furthermore, eat protein: some beans or any kind of food or fish will do good. You can also have a spoonful of honey per day to have a little load of vitamins. Then again, don’t forget to drink water, stay hydrated.

So, your supply of food should be rich in calories!

Where is the best place to store emergency food?

You will have two options to store food for emergencies:

  • First of all, for long-term food storage, you will have to find a cold and dry place, like a root cellar. Some storage ideas: under your couch, on the backside of the door. Another great way is to store such food items as canned foods and long-shelf-life products. The food storage must be located in a cold and dry area. At the same time, it should be easily reachable so that you could just grab any needed things and go;
  • Then, we have the short-term food storage plan. For a short-term storage place, I would recommend shelves and cabinetry, cupboards, or any other food storage pantry.

What is the best survival food with a long shelf life?

The TOP things with a long shelf life that you should stock up on include:

  • wheat flour, white flour;
  • vegetable oil, olive oil, coconut milk (canned);
  • powdered milk, baking powder, baking soda;
  • rice, you could buy some white or brown rice, or a combination of both;
  • canned fruits and vegetables: green beans, corn;
  • freeze-dried meat;
  • ramen noodles;
  • honey, peanut butter, etc.

You can use a vacuum sealer to preserve your goods; vacuum sealing helps to prevent food from rotting and getting moisturized.

What foods should you store for Survival?

Shelf-stable foods or, in other words, long-term storage foods are the most important thing. Then, stock up on some high-calorie and nutritious food. Keep in mind that the foods should be placed in a dry spot to avoid excessive moisture.

Get some bottles of drinking water.

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A former USA Army sergeant and a highly educated survivalist and prepper with a degree and interest in Engineering and Electronics, Mike Millerson applies his extensive expertise in survivalism, homesteading, backpacking, hiking and hunting, spreading his deep knowledge about handling emergencies and prepping for them reasonably and effectively.

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