Mon, Jun 20, 2011
At home, once you cross a threshold of filling your normal nooks and cupboards with a bit of extra food storage, you will begin to store your excess foods in all sorts of places – from bins, to bags, boxes, stacks, here-and-there… anywhere you can.
Unless you are very organized, quickly you will lose track of exactly what you have, where it is, and which items are older than others. There are a number of solutions to this problem, and no one solution is exactly the ‘right one’. However, the recommendation is to find a solution which will allow you to see what you have, store foods efficiently, and rotate foods from oldest-to-newest.
ShelfReliance.com has been a valued sponsor of ModernSurvivalBlog.com, and we have been happy to have them here – offering survival-preparedness products to the community. I have just finished a product assembly and review of their ‘Harvest 72′ food rotation system, a unique heavy duty shelving system that automatically rotates canned foods.
I created the following video review of the Harvest-72, which I recommend that you watch if at all interested in an excellent method of storing canned foods.
The number-one takeaway from experiencing this product is this… ‘You get what you pay for’.
Your common sense tells you this, which you know to be true in most instances. When you pay a little for something, there is often a reason why it is so cheap. When you pay more for something, it is usually ‘better’. Sure, there are some exceptions, but usually this is true.
This shelving system is not cheap. However, it will last you a lifetime. No doubt.
The convenience of storing 350 – 400 cans of food in one place, and the efficiency of a first-in first-out system, will bring you to the next level when it comes to implementing the philosophy of ‘storing what you eat, and eating what you store’, a message I first heard a few years ago from Jack Spirko during one of his podcasts. If you abide by this simple rule, you will not waste your food storage supplies, while they simply sit and wait for a sufficient disaster…
What I like about the Shelf Reliance, Harvest-72
Heavy Duty framework and cross-member supports – will last a lifetime
Can-tracks which feed from top to bottom
Availability of various size can-tracks from #10 to smaller sizes
Adjustable width of can-tracks for various height cans
Having so many food cans in one place to see what you have
It encourages you to consume and rotate your food storage
They recommend ‘no wheels’ on units taller than 42 inches, for safety (although they have not said so, it may be entirely due to the litigious nature of our society today). This unfortunately eliminates the ability to shift or move the unit once it becomes filled with cans, unless you improvise your own solution. Plan ahead for its final location. Be sure to plan and configure the can-track spacings first, while away from the wall and before you move it to its final location – this will allow you to attach the rear can-track straps before moving it against a wall.
I give this system an overall score of 4.5 of 5 stars, only because there is not an included method of moving the unit once it becomes filled with canned goods. I entirely endorse and recommend the product if it is something that suits your needs.
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