Saturday, October 1, 2011

Where Do I Put My Food Storage? E's Organized Food Storage

I'm not organized, but I appreciate other peoples organization.  When I saw E's Food storage my jaw literally dropped.  Organized is not a strong enough word. Everything has a place and  a label, I love it.  

The first awesomely organized thing that E has done is create a Food Storage Inventory to keep track of what she needs.

She created a food storage plan using the awesome Shelf Reliance Food Storage Calculator.   If you haven't used the Shelf Reliance Calculator go do it. The more I use it the more I LOVE it.  You can choose the foods you like and it automatically tells you if you have enough items from that category.  For example in most food storage plans kidney beans are recommended, lot and lot of kidney beans.  I HATE kidney beans.  So using the calculator I can remove all the kidney beans and add Freeze Dried Chicken and maybe a little Freeze Dried Sausage and the calculator will automatically tell me when I have enough protein form my family.  I love it.  But I digress.

Back to E, using the information from the calculator she then created an food storage inventory form which she printed out and then taped to her storage room door.  Every month when she receives her Q order she marks off what she received.  So at a glance she can tell exactly what she has and what she needs.   When I asked E to share her food storage inventory form with us and she graciously did.  If a word document would work better for you, send me an e-mail and I'll send it to you.

E has her food storage broken into two areas.  She stores a lot of it in her pantry.  I don't have a pantry, but I swoon when I look at E's.

 E told me that when she purchased the cansolodators it freed up a ton of space in her food storage.   She was able to move most of her canned goods (like soup and corn) upstairs to her pantry. 

E's second storage area is in the basement.  She has three Harvest 72 rotating shelves which hold and rotate number 10 (gallon) size cans.

 She also has four large metal shelves to hold dry goods, and home canned items.

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