My New Canning Closet


Modern RootsOne of my favorite parts of homesteading is canning. I love to see my garden in jars during the winter months. Preserving the bounty of summer is great fun, but conveniently storing the jars is another chore.

Our staircase downstairs turns halfway back on itself creating a nice cool space under the steps. It was used mainly as storage for Christmas stuff before I started to set all my canned goods in there. I was getting loads of jars from the garden during the hot summer months. This presented an issue, since floor space was being taken up by all the jars I had. I would tip-toe around stuff and occasionally break a lightbulb that hung down from the low ceiling with my head. However, I did not complain, but Mr. Hunky certainly saw this as an eyesore.

The storage area under the steps has a door so I would just keep it shut, didn't bother me any. A couple weekends ago, Mr. Hunky said he was going to make it into a pine-board canning closet. Pine, keeping it dry and still cool; I thought that would be fantastic. I never thought it would turn out the way it did though.


Usually when Mr. Hunky is going to 'improve' my life in some way, I generally let him go with it. The new closet with shelves and new lighting is economical and space saving. Canning is going to be even more worth it with a convenient, cool, dry place to store my goods for winter. Hopefully, with the added space I can produce enough vegetables for two years worth of canned goods instead of one.

We used pine: tongue and groove, 2-by-2-inch square boards for shelving brackets/wall stabilizers (instead of metal brackets), 10-foot boards in 8 inches and 12 inches for shelves, and pine molding.

Patricia Havens
1/18/2019 11:54:53 AM

Wow! I would love to have a room like that , unfortunately I live in Texas and my house has nowhere I can do this . I have taken a large closet in the front bedroom and put metal shelves in there and keep a lot of my canned goods there , But I love your closet and am just a little envious of it but mostly proud for you!

1/28/2015 8:05:25 AM

Meg, wow, that's a great food storage pantry. Mine is just an insulated unfinished drywall room separated from the main furnace room area. It keeps the temperature 10 degrees cooler in the room than outside the room. The normal room temperature in the winter is always in the 50s or cooler. It's great for storing food. Right now I don't have a lot of canned goods but quite a bit of store sale items. I really should keep more of my garden produce but I give most of it away. Storing for two years is a good plan because there can always be a bad year for gardening. Last year was one of those years here. No one had a good garden experience. ***** Have a great filling the food storage area day.

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