Prepper Food Storage Organization – Maximizing and Stabilizing my Storage Space (Before and After)

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Published on June 30, 2016

Before and After videos included 🙂 Today I tackled one shelving unit in my prepper pantry full of medium and long term food storage, Go Foods survival foods and some regular food. I do this periodically throughout the year to keep on top of what my current supplies are and to make sure that everything is fresh and nothing has been breached by bugs or any vacuusealed foods have opened. I went vertical using storage cubes to increasew the amount of stroage room plus increase the shelf’s stability up high.I currently prep for 5 people and this is only a portion of my food storage shown here. Space is a commodity in this prepper’s life so I try to use every bit of it as wisely as possible.
I got these cubes at Target for $10 each. So far so good 🙂 I would love to hear your thoughts on any ideas you may have to improve this process or please share tips that have worked for you 🙂

Info on Storing Canned Fat: http://goingferal.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/how-to-store-fat-for-longer/

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  1. never have tried go foods will try to find some but they look good

  2. how about butter powder, honey powder, tomato powder, dehydrated diced onions?I bought cans of them from Walmart.com. also, concentrated Gatorade, koolaide would be good- how long should these last?which would be the best dehydrator? ive been thinking about buying one.

  3. Samanda

    You don't live near a fault line or hurricane alley, do you?

  4. Samanda

    Wow, Rick Grimes and his group would love your house!

  5. This is epic. Only thing I might think about is if the juices at the top leak, how much of the dry goods underneath are sufficiently sealed to protect them from damage.

  6. I am assuming those preparing for the Apocalypse are not Christians.  However, not to open that can of worms, my question is…if the world should "end" why would you want to be the only one left behind anyway?  The food, water, etc. can only last so long anyway to isn't it inevitable one way or the other? 

  7. Yes, I second the person who suggested you move drinks lower. This EXACT thing happened to me. The bottled water had a slow leak hole somewhere in it and dripped all over my cans and bags of beans and rice further down in the pantry. Basically everything got ruined and I didn't even know it was happening. The cans rusted! The beans and rice all expanded and grew mold. All because of a little, harmless drip out of a 2 gallon water jug on the top shelf. Hundreds of dollars, down the drain…

  8. I would store the drinks on the lowest shelf – in case any of them leak; and the canned goods on the lower selves – so that if any of them fall, as I am accessing the supplies, the impact of a falling can(s) will not be so dangerous (hitting me on my head, or face).  iiiii] : )

  9. kel lee

    i am new to your channel, and been watching all of you videos. very inspiring, now i have to start. i live in a  2 bedroom house and do not have as much room as you, but i am definitely going to try this. be blessed.  

  10. I've been thinkin bout "couponing" for awhile now but do you ever find Glutten Free coupons?? My mama has Celiac Disease and can't eat, touch or inhale Glutten products. She is in her mid 60s and I came home to help her get healthy again. Any tips?

  11. I noticed you only had canned beans, but dried would last a lot longer. Just a tip! They soak easily too, and you can season them as you like.

  12. wow love what you did with the crates I thought you had to remove the powered  stuffs out into mylars or in a food grade buckets..Got my first bach of buckets  free at the bakery section at the store. got 4 .so I only perchased 1 at Lowels.. yeahhh. Thanks for the tour my dear. keep it coming . Us new b preppers can use all the help we can get// thank ypu .. Las vegas 

  13. The Best prepper pantry is the one you use everyday, instead of eating 2 year old food when something happens. Love the video…..

  14. I actually had several boxes of instant oatmeal and I opened one to use and there were bugs in it. May want to check items pieriodically…

  15. +HealthyPrepper I'm impressed by the massive quantities and the amount of work it must have required, I really am! I'm also jealous of your cubes. Those are perfect (and yes, I'm thinking you should go ahead n get those other two you were thinkin of getting).
    I am concerned about some things, and I think I should share them.
    First, a Question: Are you anywhere near Earth-Quake country?
    Think about that a bit.  Another possibility (however remote) is that in the event of war, if any weapons land nearby, the ground-level shock-wave would also send everything tumbling, just like a quake.

    So, I'm looking at all the sodas on that top shelf and thinking about what'd happen in a quake. All the beverages (and the glass bottle of syrup – YIKES!) would be on the floor. Soda cans would break and spray soda all over, (and the glass bottle of syrup – again, YIKES!), so that (1)All your liquid assets (forgive me) would be wasted, and (2)You'd have a huge, sticky nasty mess to clean up.

    Here's a few of my recommendations for all that storage.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    1. Add 2 cubes on top OR replace the cubes with rubbermaid bins and save the cubes to stack elsewhere. Put all your LOOSE dry-storage items (like sugar, flour, pasta, dried beans, etc) into those big rubbermaid bins and stack them on the top shelf. You can label each bin with a laminated list of each bin's contents. And they stack, neatly, Up, out of the way.
    – If dry stuff falls off the top shelf, the rubbermaid bin takes the first damage, if there's any. Flour or sugar bags may break, but they'll break inside the bin, and any that spills thru a cracked bin can be swept up. Same with beans – they might spill, but you can re-bag & vacuum-seal them, no loss. Similar with pasta, or you rinse it, cook pasta dishes, then dehydrate them for camping. HA! You see?

    2. Put your liquids on the 2nd & 3rd shelves (driks on one shelf, detergents, etc on the other), where, if they fall, they won't fall far, so they won't break open or shatter. No waste-age means your preps last that much longer.
    Put large, heavy items down low, where they won't fall on you or the kids. The heavy items also stabilize the whole shelving unit.

    3. Invest in some can rotation racks.
    – Have you seen the "Cansolidator" racks? I have a small set that I got from Costco. I will be getting more asap. I checked the dimentions, just to pass it on.
    If you assemble them as one level, they're 10.5" high. Two levels, height is 21".
    Total Depth is 17in. which is perfect for standard 18" steel shelves.
    Base Depth is less that 12" so if you have 12" deep steel shelves, you can pull them away from the wall and they'll fit on the shelves, with the back curve hanging out behind the back of the shelves.
    (If you have 24" shelving (which is what it looks like, to me), you have 6" space behind them to put away some of your bulk dry-storage stuff.)

    OR if you have the money, invest in a set of Shelf Reliance free-standing units. They're awesome! (Costco dot-com has the big one for a decent price, but if ( like me) you want it in white, you'll have to go visit the web site. But that's not a bad thing, cuz they have muchos neatos accessories!)
    http://www.thrivelife.com/food-rotation-systems/
    (which is also http://www.ShelfReliance.com )

    I hope this is all helpful and I really really hope I don't seem too spammy around the last bit. Sorry, I just got a little enthusiastic there! LOL

    Matthew in L.A.

  16. Your making me hungry.
    Nice job thank you for sharing.

  17. I hear you grandma, I need to bolt those things into the wall. I know I am tempting fate unnecessarily there. Now where is my Prepper "To Do" list?

  18. hope you have those crates bolted to the wall studs.
    would hate to hear they fell over and hurt you or someone you love.
    great job well done.

  19. Thanks a bunch! I'll check it out later this week 🙂 . Oh! And, congratulations on the tree.

  20. I found some information on canned fat – I posted the link in the description box above. I have not canned pure fat myself yet. I did plant an avocado tree to have some omega 3 fatty acid oils available. Its growing like gangbusters!

  21. Well..um, would you mind telling me, heh-heh (about the storage life expectancy of canned lard/tallow)?

    I think it'd be pretty cool, too 😉 (pun intended) . Thank you very much for showing interest in my idea, BTW.

    Butter from canned cream, you say? Neat! I'd like to see the video, if and when you do it, as well. To tell you the truth, I wonder what sorts of things could also be made, with a lil' effort and ingenuity, from artificial creamer.

  22. Absolutely I would! 🙂 That would be so cool! ( no pun intended 😉 I heard that you can make butter from canned cream. I am going to try this. If it is true then I will stock up on more canned cream to make butter in the future if the SHTF 🙂 I should make a video on this 🙂

  23. By any chance, would you know how long a fat/oil would keep if properly canned?

    Hmmm. Not that I'm set up for it (to conduct a proper test), or anything, but I wonder if freeze-drying might be the answer. Do something like what they do to make "space ice-cream" (which has some fat in it, I imagine), y'know? I'd love to see what would happen to lard/tallow when exposed to such cold temperatures, and stored in a vac-sealed retort pouch with gaseous nitrogen in it, wouldn't you?

  24. I agree, keeping the fats going is a hard task – many of us are struggling with it 🙂

  25. Thank you very much for these suggestions 🙂 . I've been looking over YT for awhile now trying to find info on this very topic, but I haven't had very much in the way of luck.

  26. Fats and oils will always be a challenge due to rancidity but if we can reduce the culprits that speed rancidity then we have a fighting chance 🙂
    Reduce the light, heat, moisture and oxygen around any oil or fat. This will help the cause 🙂 There may be a way of canning it for longer term storage or freezing it to slow down rancidity ( although a fat won't itself freeze, its degradation will be slowed)
    . 🙂

  27. Do you have suggestions for keeping olive oil (I noticed you had some 🙂 ) and fats fresh?

  28. Hey, I like the idea of tying the milk crates together! Its fantastic you have carpentry skills! 🙂 How handy 🙂 Very clever use of a suitcase idea! 🙂

  29. Milk crates, tie together with plastic wire ties, or large gauge wires like 20 gauge, milk crates are high strength too. But I got all mine for free, so I'd not buy things I could spend the money on food. But I am also handy with wood and have made a lot of stackable storables in the years, though I have a habit of collecting containers for things. Then again I have packed food in suitcases a few times, who needs the extra suit. lol

  30. I hear your pain 🙂 We just installed more shelving for dry goods in the ole' garage this past weekend. You hubby sounds really handy! 🙂 That is so helpful for prepping 🙂

  31. Where did the ALL laundry detergent go?.. lol.jk
    We jave several large closets in our garage for the dry goods and I have to the ceiling pantrys in the house. Hubby made bed out of wood that sits 4 feet tall..underneath is all storage..and my shed is our new project for storing even more. If I ever get to it. This has been my week of inventoring everything and organizing:(… not fun.

  32. Nice storage. I had to get one of those stainless shelves to expand in the basement. my walk in pantry had no more room and all my cupboards were full. I will have to buy a couple more just to to keep everything organized.

  33. Nice job! You are very smart to prepare. Don't listen to the nay sayers, they will be the ones looking for a handout when the shtf. One thing i would do is put the liquids on the bottom. That way, if you have a leak, it wont ruin the rest of your things.

  34. Thanks @eastsidemuu! Much appreciated and will keep my prepper peepers open for more organic prepper supplies! 🙂

  35. @healthyprepper nice job, don't listen to all these fools calling u crazy, when the economy collapses!! they gonna be the ones crying for a piece of bread wile you are set…. but one thing i will say as a prepper my self u should get food that is organic and that keeps comming back, because once that stuff does expire it will be hard to restock it once the grocery store closes.. GARden, bee-keping, chickin raising ex.. 🙂 good luck

  36. Most preppers try to eat what they store. So the food reserves are part of a cycle. When the stores stop selling they still have food for up to a year, depending on how organized they are.

  37. Good questions JN 🙂 I have a solar oven, rocket stove and coleman propane stoves and a BBQ for back up if needed. If they choose the break in I will enact the Castle doctrine in full force.

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