Food For Thought – Types Of Food You Can Put In Self Storage

Food For Thought – Types Of Food You Can Put In Self Storage

If you like to stock up on food when a good deal comes along or prefer to have a large supply of emergency supplies on hand, you might be wondering if food can be stored in your self storage unit. Food storage is appropriate or not depending on what you need to store, how long you intend to keep the items, and the type of unit you rent.

When storing food, use a climate-controlled storage unit whenever possible. Even if it isn’t strictly necessary, maintaining a constant temperature extends the life of most foods. You should also check your storage facility’s rules, as some facilities do not allow the storage of certain foods.


Long-Term Storage of Canned Foods Is Generally Acceptable

Canned goods are a pantry staple in many households because they last a long time. Temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit should be avoided when storing canned goods, as this can cause premature spoilage. Rather, rent a storage unit with a temperature range of 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make sure none of your canned goods are dented around the lid, bulging, or have loose lids before storing them. Cans with these issues may allow harmful bacteria to grow.

According to the University of Minnesota, canned vegetables, meat, and soups can be stored for up to three years after the expiration date. Pickles, fruits, and tomatoes, which are more acidic, will keep for two years after the expiration date on the can.

Check the dates on your cans and consider how long you plan to store your belongings when deciding whether or not to store canned food. You don’t want to go to the trouble of storing a bunch of heavy cans if they’re going to expire before you get them out.


Grains Are Acceptable Under Certain Conditions

When it comes to long-term storage, grains can be tricky. The only acceptable storage medium for grains is airtight storage containers. Even then, when stored in a cool, dry environment, grains only last about six months. Grain should not be stored in a storage unit that does not have climate control, as the grains will spoil and may attract pests due to the fluctuating temperatures.

The flour-making process destroys the grain’s protective bran layer, making grains-based flours even more finicky. Grain flours can be kept in a climate-controlled unit for a short period of time (no more than three months). Grain flours, on the other hand, should not be stored in a storage unit for long periods of time.


Spices Can be Stored for a Long Time

Spices tend to overflow in the kitchens of people who cook or prepare a variety of dishes on a regular basis. When your kitchen cupboards are full, consider storing your spices in your climate-controlled storage unit.

Spices should be stored at a temperature below 60 degrees Fahrenheit; at that temperature, they will last a year or more. However, if the temperature in your climate-controlled storage unit is kept higher, you can keep your spices there. Keep in mind that spices stored at room temperature or in a temperature-changing environment will have a shorter shelf life.

The self-storage industry has a role to play in whatever situation society finds itself in, and it can provide reassurance to anyone worried about having what they need in the future. A supply of food can often be kept in a storage locker, and with careful planning, it can be suitable for all who will consume it. 

Most importantly, if you want to store food in a storage unit, read and follow the facility’s rules, and contact them if you have any further questions about self storage.