Do Storage Facilities Let You Store Food In The Units?

Whether you're a prepper, extreme couponer, or just like to keep your pantry and fridge overflowing with food, finding space to store your goodies is probably an issue. Luckily, many storage facilities allow renters to store food in their units, but there are typically restrictions on what can be kept there. Here's more information about this option and tips on ensuring your food supply stays safe and edible.

Acceptable Foodstuffs

This may vary from facility to facility, but in general only non-perishable foods can be put in a storage facility. This means only canned goods, dried foods such as beans and rice, and dehydrated foods such as MREs (meals ready to eat). You may be able to store bottled water as well as long as you can secure the bottles against leakage. Perishables such as cereal, vegetables, and meats are not allowed because they can spoil and attract rodents.

Although there may be an electrical socket nearby, most storage facilities do not allow renters to plug in freezers or refrigerators. Generally, this is because they don't want to take the hit on their energy bills but, as mentioned before, they don't want people storing perishable items in the unit.

Tips for Storing Food

To remain safe to eat and maintain quality, food must be stored in a cool, dry place. The optimum temperature for canned and dry goods is anywhere between 50 degrees and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, you should opt to get a climate-controlled unit, which is heated or air conditioned to keep it at a stable temperature. You'll need to ask the facility what the minimum/maximum temperature of their units is to ensure you get one that meets your needs.

Additionally, you should opt for an interior unit rather than an exterior one. This will reduce the risk of rodents finding your stash and getting into it. Your food will also be better protected from environmental elements. No matter how tightly you close the door to an exterior unit, dirt and rainwater may still find its way inside.

Canned goods can generally be stored as is, but dry and dehydrated goods should be stored in airtight plastic containers. This is particularly true if the dried goods are packed in plastic bags as bulk rice and beans often are. The plastic containers will also protect these items from mice and animals that may find their way into your storage unit.

Although canned, dry, and dehydrated foods will keep for a long time, rotating your supply on a regular basis will ensure you always have the freshest foods available on your shelves.

For help in picking out the best storage units for your needs, contact a storage facility near you.