Storage Cans and
The above are examples of food that can be stored in Storage Cans and Tubs. The idea is to put food in
Storage Cans and Tubs that would otherwise be vulnerable to critters. So, any paper, cardboard, cellophane or soft
packaging would be better protected if stored in Storage Cans and Tubs.
There are many kinds of cans and tubs that can be very helpful in storing food. The goal of this kind of storage
is secondary in nature. That means that the food placed in these containers has already been packaged in some
Consider the following types of Cans and Tubs for use in storing food:
- Storage Can - This is a nice way to say New Garbage Can.
These can be galvanized steel or rubber. They can be 20 or 30 gallon sizes. If there is a need to move them in
order to access them, you might consider putting casters on the bottom. This can be done by either bolting
them to the base of the can or by placing the can on a platform that already has casters on it. It is important
that the lid fit on snuggly after the can has been filled.
Sometimes critters can hitchhike into your storage cans. To make sure that they don't live there, you want
to remove the oxygen from the can. The easiest way to do this is to put 1/2 pound of dry ice in the bottom of
the can. As the dry ice "melts" it will turn into carbon dioxide, which is heavier than oxygen and thus it will
force all of the oxygen out of the can. Repeat once a year.
- Tub - This is made of rubber or plastic and it comes in
various sizes and shapes. One popular size is such that it can be slid under a bed and easily stored, out of
the way, but easily accessible. There should be a lid that fits snuggly to thwart off any illegal access
attempts by many kinds of critters. However, this lid is not sealed as with other storage methods.
There is even a tub that has a set of wheels attached that can be used to slide the loaded tub more