Our garages are home to not only our vehicles. It also holds old things you might still need like clothes you’ve outgrown (yet hope to fit in again), holiday decor, sports and gardening equipment. Out of space? “No problem, just throw it in the garage,” right?
Although it is cost-effective to shop in bulk, there are a few precautions to remember once you take all your extra stockpile home. Every household wants to have a ready supply of goods as a backup for emergencies, so why not use the garage for food storage too? Can it be done?
Fluctuating temperatures and no insulation are only some indications that a garage is not climate controlled. Take note that food spoils quicker when temperatures reach higher than 70 degrees. Too much sunlight can also damage food quicker, so keep them inside cabinets. Pets or critters are inclined to damage and gnaw through containers, therefore go for durable containers instead of regular cardboard boxes.
For a more manageable temperature, ensure that all openings like windows and garage doors are sealed properly. Your
garage doors are due to be replaced if more air, cold or warm, comes in and out more than usual.
Oxygen absorbers are good investments to prevent damages and spoiling due to humidity and moisture buildup.
Fruits, vegetables and fresh food, in general, are a no-no. There’s a fridge in the kitchen for those.
Although it’s acceptable, it’s not advisable to keep store-bought bottled water for too long. These were made for immediate consumption and for convenience and should last no more than a year in your storage.
You may also think that since wine is meant to be stored, you can keep it in the garage. As a matter of fact, wine needs to be stored in temperature controlled areas too. Not all garages will feel or work like cellars.
Don’t forget about your pets! The pet food meant for your doggies have a possibility of being long gone before they even get a taste of it. Keep the critters and pests from getting eating your beloved pets’ ration.
Canned food and non-perishables are the typically reserved rations. Dry goods like rice and wheat can last more than 10 years if the room temperature is maintained and stored in properly sealed containers.
Cans and glass jars with metal lids have a prolonged life, but will eventually rust. Be on the lookout for canned food with bulging lids, are badly dented, or have loose covers.
Won’t it bother you that it’s been sitting in the garage for months?
Arrange them by expiry date and keep track of them. Use the oldest products first and replace them as you go to keep your cycle going. As much as possible, eat them before the “consume by” date.
There are also for airtight or vacuum-sealed bags for more efficient preservation
On the other hand, there is the alternative of keeping a fridge in the
garage, especially if your garage has been converted into a man cave or an entertainment room. Although fridges are meant to keep your food cool, you’re bound to lose your cool once you see how much the utility bill burns through your wallet. Keeping an extra fridge requires superfluous financial resources.
As much as possible keep your food indoors, in cabinets and in dry places. Not that garages aren’t beneficial (because they are one of the most versatile rooms in the house). You can never be too ready.