posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 02:55 PM
As others have stated, in MOST circumstances, a root cellar is your best bet. However, not everyone has that advantage. If you live in Southern
Florida, or Lousianna, a root cellar doesnt really make much sense. Also, in some areas, they bury these things called pipes and wiring in yards to
provide things like electricity. Might not want to dig into that.
I'm going to guess that since you are thinking shed, and in a earthquake zone, you dont have a basement, that would solve alot of problems real
There is a company out there that makes an above ground "root cellar", also, old timers actually were able to store food stuffs year round in above
ground brick buildings.
I think a shed could work, not ideal, but better than nothing. I would advise very good ventilation, keep it dark inside, light outside to keep the
sun from baking it, and keep your produce in sand.
As far as jars and earthquakes. This isnt rocket science. Keep your canning jars low to the ground, and in something padded. The whole, dont put
all of your eggs in one basket idea comes into play. Dont put all of your canned beens in the same area, break everything up and have it marked
clearly on the lid for easy, quick removal.
Also, if this area is prone to multiple types of natural disasters, look into drying/dehydrating foods. No glass to break if you have it dry and air
tight, easier to keep in a shed as well as you wont need the space requirements of jars.
For the sacks of flour/rice etc... Again, keep the light away from it, and remember to ROTATE these type of items. Bring a sack into the kitchen,
use it, and replenish your shed storage.