I don't have any pics of our area but we use the electrical room(4'x7') for storing most of our canned goods. This year has been good so we are going to put some shelves under the basement stairs to store the rest. Both areas are very dark and stay cool. Also, we don't lose any living space to our food. The previous owners left a couple of old water bed frames so we used those to make heavy duty shelves that hold a lot. I store some dehydrated food in totes under the shelves and so far that set up works for us.
Lateral Filing Cabinets are great. You can pull out the shelves for rotation. They have a safety mechanism so only one drawer can be pulled out at once. And if all the drawer's shut, very good rodent control! This is my 'store bought' storage. Mostly Aldi's that I like to keep on hand.
This picture shows a drawer that is pulled out. When I am going to make a trip to Aldi's to stock up, I just count how many cans are missing and purchase that amount. When I bring them home, I move all the older cans forward and put the new stock in the back.
Here's a tip that I've not seen anyone use before. I take my empty canning jar boxes and put them in the floor joists of the basement. I use insulation batting wires to hold them in place. This really frees up the flat surface area in my pantry space.
Lateral File cabinet that is closed. Notice that the handles are on the lower part of the drawer. These open toward the ceiling and then push into the drawer. There is also a pull out shelf for putting things on.
These shelves are in my 'home canned' pantry. I have four file cabinets like this one. When fully stocked I dedicate entire shelves to one item (i.e. beans or potatoes) Each drawer can hold 32 quarts. Pints can be stacked and I always make sure there is cardboard between layers.
This cabinet is a lateral file, but the drawer fronts do not close up into the unit. I use this type for wheat, sugar, flours, coffee/tea, etc. I prefer to use this type because it is really tight and I feel it is an added protection against rodents. No safety feature with this file, so I must be sure to open carefully!
These cabinets were all purchased cheaper than we could have purchased new metal shelving. They are also great in a garage for paint can storage, chain saws, & power tools. Keep an eye out for them!
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