Know the Right Storage Conditions for Your Food Storage

#10 cans - long-term food storage

  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight.
  • Keep a constant temperature between 40-70 degrees F.
  • Find the coolest place in your house (basements are great).
  • Keep food storage away from heat sources (furnace, freezer, water heater, refrigerator).
  • Keep food storage away from clothes dryer (too much humidity )
  • Keep food storage dry at all time.
  • Room should have good ventilation.
  • Store foods off the floors.

The Utah State University Cooperative Extension has a great site with fact sheets about food storage. If you want to read more on Storage Conditions, click here 

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2 thoughts on “Know the Right Storage Conditions for Your Food Storage”

  1. Do you have a list somewhere on this site regarding what types of food are good to dry pack can? I am wanting to dry pack more of the typical food we eat like cereal, pretzels, even hard candy or lollipops and I am not sure if these do will stored in a can and for how long. At least it would protect them from pests, but I just don’t know how they would hold up – even chocolate!
    Thanks for any help.

    1. I’m sure there is an “official” list out there somewhere, but I don’t have one. There are of course some general guidelines:

      • * don’t dry pack anything with a high moisture content, anything above 10% is considered high (they will mold)
      • * don’t dry pack anything with a high moisture content with an oxygen absorber; this will not remove the moisture, only the oxygen – this in turn creates an environment for Botulism to flourish.
      • * don’t dry pack anything high in oils or fats (they will turn rancid after a short period of time)

      These guidelines mean items such as chocolate, instant potatoes (if they already have the butter/oil/fat included), and brown sugar are out of the question. I haven’t been able to find an “official” list or guidelines from a reputable source, but if I find one I will post it.

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