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Preserving Foods #15: Pressure Canning - NEED STORAGE!

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 10-13-2012 01:17 PM 6777 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Pressure Canning - Bacon Part 15 of Preserving Foods series Part 16: Pressure Canning - Carrots »

Oct 13/12

Well, pressure canning seems to be a success and I’m looking for super deals at the grocery stores and markets.

But, as was mentioned in a previous post, this means that I need more storage.

The porch is too cold so that is out.
The basement is too damp so that is out.
The cupboards are full so they are out.

And that leaves the space under the stairs. In the past the area as been a “junk” collector as it is SO inconvenient and uncomfortable to climb underneath. Oh how I’ve dreamed of pull-out shelves. For 26 years I have envisioned the sliding units. But, alas, it wasn’t going to happen.

On Sunday, my aunt said, “what about under your stairs?” And I batted my eyes at Rick.

Today I have one rolling shelf under the stairs. Three more to come, in the near future.

The new home of my canned ham, pork loin, peameal bacon, and jars of barbeque sauce.

It holds 3 cases of pint jars on the bottom shelf and 8 quarts and 12 half-pints on the top shelf.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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Karson

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posted 10-13-2012 03:27 PM

Looks great Debbie. Tell Rick he did a great job.

-- Karson retired in DE e-mail karson_morrison@bigfoot.com

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posted 10-13-2012 04:30 PM

will do!
I’ve VERY pleased

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 10-14-2012 09:43 AM

Debbie, you and Rick have shown that “Difficult situations inspire ingenious solutions.”

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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posted 10-14-2012 09:46 AM

:)
Just had to push through the barrier to find the solution.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Bon

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posted 10-15-2012 07:09 AM

What a great idea.Looks good.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 10-15-2012 10:32 AM

I’m thrilled with it.
Rick’s buying the wheels, today, for cart number 2

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 10-15-2012 07:03 PM

Don’t you feel rich when you see all that prepared food?!! Good job, MsDeb.

And very good job, Rick!!

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 10-16-2012 02:29 AM

rich, lazy, efficient…. :)

Rick did a fantastic job and we have the wheels for #2 .. so maybe today I’ll have more pix

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 10-16-2012 03:06 PM

Oct. 16/12

Shelving #2

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Karson

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posted 10-16-2012 07:21 PM

Now she’s getting storage. You feed him and he does work.

What a couple.

-- Karson retired in DE e-mail karson_morrison@bigfoot.com

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posted 10-17-2012 02:36 AM

haha that’s what Rick said, “You mean you would have fed me like this long ago if I had just made you shelves?”

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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DeepCreek

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posted 12-09-2012 11:34 PM

That’s a great idea to build storage area under the stairs. Without any need for heavy machinery, you guys have easily transformed empty and unused space into a storage haven! Not to mention it is easily accessible as well (I see you have attached wheels) and it hides pretty niftily under the stairs out of guests’ line of sight. I hope constantly pulling the shelves out and pushing them back in over the years will not result in any wear and tear of the floors? How long did Rick take to build the shelves?

-- Christopher Creek - http://www.deepcreekconstructionschool.com

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posted 12-10-2012 01:34 AM

he had all the shelves done within a week. Once he had the one figured out the rest went very quickly other than having to go back to get more lumber

The wheels are heavy duty and I’m not worried about the floors—just the cold air vent grate, which is also a pain to pull the one shelf over. But that was all expected. I chose storage over the grate.

(haha that’s funny—the add at the bottom of the page right now is “Decortaive Wood Grilles” aka air vents. Now wooden ones would NOT survive the shelves being pulled over them!)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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michaelmaloney

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posted 03-03-2014 12:37 AM

Great work! I have to fully agree that the space underneath the stairs is really wasted as it is there but it is not easily accessible. I have always envisioned a triangular storage cabinet following exactly the shape of the space there, but I know I was just fantasizing and it is not ever going to come true. Therefore, I too, have left that particular space untouched for so long. However, sliding compartments like yours could just change that fact. I will definetely try it out for my space.

-- Michael Maloney @ http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/gold-coast/

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MsDebbieP

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posted 03-04-2014 03:54 AM

I love my storage!!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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EricColbert

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posted 10-27-2014 07:46 PM

Well done and nicely made! I have had plenty a backache trying to get into that crawl space under my stairs before so I can appreciate this little bit of home DIY. It’s such a great addition to your under stairs storage area and I bet it’s twice as helpful that you guys are using the entire area under the stairs rather than just the shortest portion. Not to mention that the preservatives look amazing!

-- Eric Colbert - http://supercheapstorage.co.nz

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posted 10-28-2014 06:21 AM

Thanks.
I do love it!!! ... and the preserves …. and the builder :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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