Cold Weather Stockpile Storage
✅What is Safe to Store in the Cold?
Many people store their stockpile in places where the temperatures can get below freezing in the winter. I personally store most of my food stockpile in an insulated garage. And winters here in Pennsylvania can definitely get well below zero. So that means I have to move around some of my stockpile items to protect them from freezing and being ruined by the cold.
This is not one of my favorite fall activities, but it is something I do each year before winter sets in. I try to look at this chore of moving my stockpile around a bit as a time to access my stockpile too though.
As I move things around I get things reorganized, I make a list of things we are running low on or things I want to stockpile for holiday baking or for some of our favorite winter recipes. And then I use that list each week to narrow down deals for things we need.
Stockpile items that ARE safe to store in the cold:
- Aluminum foil
- Bar soap
- Chocolate chips
- Dry mixes such as Hamburger helper, rice mixes, etc.
- Fabric softener sheets
- Facial tissues
- Flavorings and extracts
- Light bulbs
- Mouthwash (the high alcohol content prevents freezing)
- Nail polish
- Non liquid cleaning supplies such as powdered laundry detergent
- Non-liquid makeup such as powder, blush, eye shadow.
- Paper napkins
- Paper towels
- Parchment paper
- Plastic baggies
- Plastic wrap
- Powdered dishwasher detergent
- Powdered milk
- Solid deodorants
- Toilet paper
As you can see from the above list, there are plenty of stockpile items that are perfectly safe to store in your garage or other unheated space in the winter. The cold won’t affect these items at all and in the case of some of your baking items (flour, nuts, spices) the cold actually helps keep them fresh. For example, I usually store nuts in my freezer in the warm months, but I move them to shelves in the garage come winter which frees up some space in my freezer for all the holiday baking, soups and chili’s and other freezer meals I like to make in the winter months!
Stockpile items that are NOT safe to store in the cold:
- Air fresheners
- Body sprays
- Body wash
- Canned goods such as vegetables, chili, soup, evaporated milk, etc
- Condiments such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressings, BBQ sauce, etc.
- Gel or spray deodorants
- Hair dye
- Hair spray
- Jarred foods
- Liquid cleaning supplies such as window cleaner, bleach, etc.
- Liquid dishwasher detergent
- Liquid Fabric softener
- Liquid laundry detergent
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Shaving cream
- Spray cheese
By not allowing the above item to freeze in the winter you prevent huge messes (you don’t want to know how hard it is to clean up a can of non-stick cooking spray that has exploded all over the place!) as well as loss of food or texture in food once the food has frozen and re-thawed. This saves you money by not allowing your grocery stockpile go to waste simply because it was too cold.
Do you have any tips for storing your grocery stockpile in the cold winter months? Leave us a comment below and let us know!