TUTORIAL:  How to Build a Rotating Can Rack

TUTORIAL: How to Build a Rotating Can Rack

How-To Series, Shelves
One of our most popular blog posts is the rotating can rack tutorial we created back in 2009. We updated the instructions after we've made a few more of them and included the new and improved version in our Food Storage Made Easy eBook program. However, we never got around to updating the blog post with the new info. So as a special treat for you we are giving you brand new instructions and even including the pages from our ebook so you can have a handy printable, yay! If you have made or end up making any of these shelves we'd love to see a picture of them. Feel free to share over on our Food Storage Made Easy Discussion Group on Facebook!   Instructions Step 1 Print out…
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What Type of Food Storage Shelves to Buy

Our BabyStep 1 is to get your shelves, and food storage area ready. The reason we have shelves as step number 1 (after your basic emergency prep) is because when you have a room set up, building and adding to your food storage feels fun. It no longer becomes a task of figuring out where to put stuff. So whether its cheap and temporary shelves, or if you're more experienced and run into extra money, some of the food rotation shelves can be really nice solutions. When deciding on which shelves to put in your home, there are a lot of things to consider. We go into this is greater depth on our BabyStep 1 page. You may have space or budget issues to deal with, but there are options…
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We Heart Pinterest Day 1: Food Storage Shelves and Pantries

Organization, Pinterest, Shelves
Since we LOVE Food Storage, and LOVE Pinterest (see post here), each day until February 14th, we'll be showing you some of our favorite Pinterest boards and neat things we have found and have pinned there! It's so great to see and share what others have done. Today we are highlighting our Food Storage Shelves and Pantries board. Oh how we love to look at other people's pantries and Food Storage ideas. When Julie goes to the parade of homes, she spends most of her time in the pantry, and food storage rooms at model homes. To see the whole board, click here. PIN 1: This BEAUTIFUL food storage room. What we love most about it, is that they used the empty space through the middle of the room. So…
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#10 Cans and 5 Gallon Buckets: How Much Can They Hold?

General, Organization, Shelves
Don't you hate it when you buy your foods in bulk along with some buckets and then end up with one bucket too few when you repackage it all? Or how about when you get your food storage calculator all filled out and it says to buy 600 pounds of wheat and you have NO IDEA how many buckets or cans that equates to? We HAVE come up with a handy chart for you that includes the most common items recommended for long term food storage and how many pounds you can store in both #10 cans and 5 gallon buckets. Please note these are estimates depending on how you are packaging (i.e. using mylar bags or not) Food Item#10 Can5 Gallon Bucket   Wheat5 pounds37 pounds White Flour4.5 pounds33…
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Food Storage WAKE UP Call

General, Julie's Progress, Organization, Shelves
With the recent earthquakes, I have been thinking about my food storage and preparedness plan and I'd be lying if I didn't admit I am guilty of a little procrastination over here! It seems like anytime Jodi and I do progress updates, they turn into confessionals, but bit by bit we make improvements and feel much more prepared then when we started our blog! Anyways, as my little picture story will show, I hadn't put my food away since I bought it... ahem ahem over a month ago. I finally got around to it this weekend and I also got around to building (or having my husband build) these awesome cardboard rotating racks from Can Organizer. Check Them Out!(I like the shorter ones for my size shelves, but they have…
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Day 2: Food Storage Christmas (shelves)

Christmas Gifts, Shelves
Once you are ready to make the Food Storage Plunge, it really feels great to know you have a well organized PLACE to put all that food. We recommend starting with 1 to 2 shelves and then moving on from there. You don't need an entire room custom built to get going! Check out these ideas: Options that are Free or Under $1 Small Spaces Solutions Handout Do you know someone who complains about starting a Food Storage due to lack of space. Well help them out by giving them this AMAZING handout. Compiled from reader suggestions, is a list of amazing ideas on where to store food in small spaces. Print out the handout and put it in sheet protects or roll it up and tie a ribbon around…
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How To Build Your Own Can Rotating Rack

Jodi's Progress, Shelves
This tutorial is created courtesy of my husband who made me this can rotating rack for a Valentine's Day gift and agreed to document the process to share with all of you! The great thing about making your own racks is that you can customize the depths to fit your cupboard, and build however many you want for whichever cans you choose to store. Plus they are FREE! Make sure to scroll to the bottom to see a video of my new rack in action. How To Build Your Own Can Rotating Rack Step 1 Print out the shelf diagram (this great diagram comes from the "Pantry Panel" blog). Decide which size you want to make. I opted for the soup can size to start out. Step 2 Take a…
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Small Spaces Storage Solutions – RESULTS

Organization, Shelves
At Food Storage Made Easy, we asked our readers to come together and share their ideas for storing food in small spaces. The results were incredible! Continue reading for all the ideas we received. As promised, we created a way cute PDF for you to share with all your friends. To get the handout, click here! We broke the house up into several different areas and will be covering each one individually. Some of these ideas will be perfect for your situation whether or not you have space. Thanks again to ALL our contributors, you're AWESOME! Store cans on their sides under a twin bed. Line them up in rows of their category (fruit, veggies, tuna etc...). When you purchase cans place under the left side of the bed. When…
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Small Spaces Storage Solutions– We need your HELP!

Organization, Shelves
Since the next step after getting your emergency preparedness plan accomplished is shelving we wanted to talk about organizing food storage for awhile. We have been doing our research and we know that there are many ways to save space and stay organized with your food storage. Over the next little while, we will be covering shelving ideas, rotation ideas, and more. We wanted to start however, with small spaces storage solutions. For now- we have a confession to make. Up until a couple years ago we both lived in rather small spaces. The small spaces, along with confusing resources stopped us from ever getting started on building our food storage. So when we are asked the question, "How do I store food in my tiny condo or apartment?", we…
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