Click through the jump for suggestions on how to store food without needing an entire outbuilding to do so.
If you happen to have a closet to space, metal racking or shelving is a perfect and custom fit for most people. If you don't require an entire pantry full of food, this space can also double as dishware and small appliance storage.
Even small apartments or studios would have the possibility of this storage method. Under furniture is an excellent spot assuming you have a graceful way to cover it. In this case, the homeowners bedspread would cover it nicely and no one would ever know.
This plastic tub method would work out well to keep many items away from humidity and light. It would give a nice overall appearance in a garage, without the neighbors thinking you were preparing for World War 3 when you had your garage doors open.
This DIY food storage system is a fantastic way to utilize a small space to hold as many items as possible. The slant of the shelving allows cans to roll out with ease for rotation or restocking.
A more expensive alternative is to use an industrial racking that is made specifically for the dispensing of cans. They allow you to stock your product with ease and are able to be moved if needs be. (Say into the back of a truck if a hurricane is on it's way.)
If you don't want the hassle of tracking down canned goods on sale at your local grocers, you can purchase your bulk canned items in all sorts (meats, grains, basics, veggies, fruits, exc) from online sources. Do you have a home food storage? Have you ever had a time where one might come in handy? Did you wish you had something on hand that you didn't? Share your story to help others learn from your emergency. Photos by Linda and Clark via Flickr.