So, your pantry runneth over, and you've decided the store some of your bulk food bounty down in the basement or on a shelf in another room of the house. This is no problem at all, as long as you do a quick survey before selecting your storage space.
Before piling your bulk food onto a shelf, make sure it's not close to a heat source. Heat sources like radiators and even large appliances are no good for bulk foods. Hot water lines can also damage bulk items. Even canned goods can spoil if they're exposed to too much heat.
The other thing to consider is whether you're storing your bulk food close to water lines, especially sewer lines. Chances are, everything will be fine, but you don't want to risk a burst pipe or a leak ruining your stash of bulk food. Even if your food is in sealed plastic or glass containers, if a pipe leaks onto your bulk food, you don't want to chance exposing yourself to that bacteria. It's best to toss it.
Apartment-dwellers and folks who don't have a full-on pantry might feel like they don't have the storage space for bulk food, but this isn't necessarily true! With a little storage know-how, you can find ways to stash your bulk food safely even in a smaller space, on the next page.