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Old 10/18/10, 11:28 AM
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Storing liquids and canned goods during winter

I've recently moved to a much smaller house with little storage space and have most of my "pantry" in the uninsulated garage. But we are in a climate that does have real winters and it will freeze. Which canned and bottled goods should not be stored in a cold area that will freeze? Which products will be fine? I learned one year that carbonated soda will explode!
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Old 10/18/10, 01:03 PM
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I would store well packaged dry goods, like flour or corn. I would think that anything liquid would expand and explode.

That advise is coming from a girl that thinks 6 inches of snow is a life time event LOL
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Old 10/19/10, 10:10 AM
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Anything with liquid in it is not stored well in an uninsulated area where it is subject to freezing temperatures. Dry goods...grains,flours,rice...those store just fine in freezing areas. Though if it's extremely hot during warmer weather that is not optimal storage condition either.
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Old 10/19/10, 10:41 AM
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Can you store canned goods in flat boxes under your bed?
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Old 10/19/10, 11:40 AM
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Good idea Upnorthlady. That would be perfect for flats of jars or cans. Unfortunately under the bed is already taken by other things. We have seriously downsized to 800' sq. for the two of us. And the floors have radiant heating and there things might get TOO warm!

My daughter suggested storing them up against an insulated wall that backs up to our house and wrap them well with heavy blankets. But I'll try to get all the liquids into the house somewhere.

Thanks all for your help.
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Old 11/01/10, 02:20 PM
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We too recently downsized and are having similar issues. Although, we have more land

I've gotten use to the idea that I will just have to live with my stores. They are in boxes lining my living room and bedroom. There are boxes under beds. I've pulled all the books off my shelves and stuffed canned goods in the back and put the books back. Not an easy solution for rotating, but it works. Try placing boxes of goods on the floor of a closet.

I'm hoping to save up for some of these:

They have in-wall and on-the-wall type racks.

Try storing your extra blankets in between the box spring and your mattress thus freeing other space for more food storage.
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Old 11/01/10, 03:02 PM
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Charly, I like your bookshelf idea! I think we'll just have to be creative and squeeze some things in here and there for this winter. Next year...I'm thinking of an insulated closet in the garage.

We are new empty nesters and just moved to our rural property this spring. Last summer ('09) we built a monitor utility barn and framed in an 800' sq. 1-BR home on one long side. We'll also frame in an office/guest room in the barn. This summer we lived in our trailer while finishing our home. It's about the same amount of space that we really used in our larger home without the kids there. March through October we are outdoors more than in--we'll see how much "cabin fever" sets in this winter. We think we'll manage, especially with the barn/"garage" for projects, puttering and storage of most things--except for liquids over winter LOL!
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Old 11/01/10, 03:23 PM
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I just reread my post and thought I'd better clarify. I said, "Although we have more land." I meant, we are lucky to have more land than we did, but it came out sounding like "nananana, I have more land than you." Hope you didn't read that wrong
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Old 11/01/10, 03:49 PM
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Oh no Charly I knew just what you meant! Like you, we downsized house-wise but have more land. We moved from a large house on a small suburban lot to a small house on a lot of acres. Always loved wide open spaces, just don't have many wide open spaces inside my house!
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