Thanksgiving Food Storage Tips for a Safe Holiday

When most people think about storage, large spacious units to keep mementos and other important belongings come to mind. Let’s consider a different type of storage for this time of year: food. Thanksgiving and the holiday season bring numerous gatherings, parties, and other festive outings. A major part of spending time with family, friends, and co-workers is preparing and serving food. Correctly storing food is crucial for a safe, healthy eating environment.

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Food Storage Tips for a Healthy Holiday

  1. Clean Work Area

Proper food storage starts at the time of preparation. Consider implementing extra cleaning measures prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Prior to purchasing your holiday food, spend time cleaning your refrigerator and wiping down counters, cutting boards, and other spaces for preparing food. During the food preparation and cooking process, keep these general rules in mind.

  • Keep your preparation and cooking area clean.
  • Practice proper hand washing especially after handling fish and poultry.
  • Use an antibacterial spray to wipe down counters and other cooking areas.
  • When handling the turkey, use separate (or wash between uses) cutting boards, plates, and other cooking utensils.
  • Cook all food items as directed.
  • Do not thaw the turkey or other poultry on the counter. Use the refrigerator to thaw the meat.
  • Using warm water, attempt to keep your dishes washed as you progress through the cooking process. Unclean dishes, utensils, or cooking ware may harbor bacteria.

Implementing basic precautionary measures in the kitchen will help you maintain a healthy holiday.

  1. Watch the Temperatures

Another crucial component of proper food storage is temperature. When serving food, keep in mind, hot foods need to stay hot. Cold foods need to stay cold.

  • Using warming plates or slow cookers to keep food around 140°F.
  • Place ice in larger bowls than set your colder dish down into the bowl. The ice will help maintain the proper temperature.
  • Use a food thermometer. Checking temperatures help in keeping the food safe from forming bacteria.
  • Do not leave food set out for long periods of time.
  1. Storing Food Properly

After eating the Thanksgiving feast, storing food properly is vital for healthy, edible leftovers. Plastic containers, bowls with lids, freezer bags, tin foil, and plastic wrap are all valuable items for storing food.

  • Use shallow bowls or containers for warmer food storage. Once placed in the refrigerator, the food will cool down at a faster rate.
  • If applicable, remove the stuffing from inside the turkey prior to storage.
  • Cut turkey into smaller pieces or remove from the bone for easier storage.
  • Remove food from cooking dishes. Place food into smaller, easier to store containers.
  • Limit food storage in the refrigerator to up to four days.
  • Placing turkey in high-quality freezer containers or bags provide a longer storage time. Consume frozen turkey within four months to maintain flavor.

Proper food handling, preparation, and storage is a vital part of the Thanksgiving meal. Failure to implement basic guidelines may result in illness from bacteria.  At Abba Self & RV Storage, we have a variety of storage unit sizes available to meet your needs, including storing any leftover holiday decorations.  Stop by today to tour our storage units in Concord, CA and find the one that will work best for you.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at http://www.abbastorage.com/thanksgiving-food-storage-tips-safe-holiday/.

Business Storage Needs

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There are many reasons business storage can come up this time of the year. This time of year many businesses are busy getting ready to file their end of year reports.  On top of that if your business is seasonal you may also be surrounded by inventory right now and wondering how you can keep it all organized and out on time.

November and December are great months to start carving out time to prepare and get organized for the following year. Business storage can help many businesses get through the year end and start a new year organized.

Business Storage Needs

If you are running out of space in your office there are things you may be able to store away to help you stay organized and uncluttered, these may include the following:

  • Boxes of Files
  • Filing Cabinets
  • Office Furniture
  • Inventory
  • Large Equipment
  • Work Vehicles
  • Seasonal Items
  • Seasonal Giving

The good news is you don’t have to spend a whole lot of cash obtaining the extra space you need.

Affordable Business Storage Solutions

If you are looking for business storage that is easily accessible yet also affordable, self-storage is one of the best solutions. From monthly rent prices to size, you can customize a storage solution to fit your needs and easily change that solution as your business grows.

Self storage gives you the flexibility that you won’t get when you are paying for commercial or office space. As the season’s change and your storage needs decrease or increase so can your storage options. If something goes wrong and you need the extra money you are putting into storage, you are not locked into a long-term contract. This can be important especially when you are running a small business.

Size and price are not the only options you have when it comes to self storage. If you need to protect documents, wood furnishing or other precious items you may want to look into a climate controlled unit. This gives you the ability to control the climate inside your storage unit, keeping items protected from warm and cold spells as well as humidity.

As you can see self storage is a great option for your business storage needs.

Would You Like to Know More about Business Storage?

The team at Abba Storage can help you with any questions you have relating to your storage needs. Let us help you work out a storage solution that fits your businesses unique needs.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at http://www.abbastorage.com/business-storage-needs/.

Is a Climate Controlled Storage Unit Right for You?

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Putting items in storage does not mean you want to part with them, and it certainly doesn’t mean they don’t have value for you. The fact is often the items you put into storage are valuable in both money and memories. Many products are sensitive to the environment and all the changes that can occur with weather systems. These items need to be stored in a climate controlled storage facility. Depending on what you are planning to store, you may need to check if the facility you’re using can guarantee climate controlled units.

Is a Climate Controlled Storage Unit Right For You?

Climate controlled storage facilities are on the rise as more and more people are putting luxury items away. You need to know there is a difference between ‘temperature control’ and ‘climate control’, even though they are often mistakenly assumed to be the same. To know if a climate controlled storage unit is what you need, you need to understand what these units will provide.

Temperature and Humidity Controlled

The difference between temperature and climate control is humidity. In a facility that only offers temperature control, that is what they monitor – just changes in temperature. Climate controlled units monitor both the changing levels of temperatures and humidity. Humidity can ruin a lot of valuable items by causing mold to grow, warping, discoloration, and many other damages. These are some items particularly susceptible to humidity:

  • Leather
  • Wood
  • Appliances
  • Collectibles such as coins, stamps, wine and comics
  • Musical instruments
  • Artwork
  • Clothing
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Electronics

When the humidity in the air increases, the air is able to retain heat, and the reverse occurs when humidity decreases – the air temperature will be lower.

Climate Control

climate controlled facility will use a quality HVAC system. They may also use dehumidifiers, thermostats that are customizable, and heavy-duty insulation. Dehumidifiers are ideal for managing humidity levels, and air conditioners are better for dropping temperatures quickly to get below the dew point.

Benefits of Climate Controlled Units

If you have items that are valuable, sensitive, or things you don’t want to be affected by climate change in your area, you should consider a facility which offers climate controlled units. These units will protect your property from damages humidity can cause and also protect it from dust, pests, and other factors.

Solution for Your Storage Needs

Abba Self & RV Storage offers customers state-of-the-art technology combined with excellent customer service. There are no long-term contracts, and we have numerous units in various sizes that are sure to meet your needs. Contact us today if you have property you need to be protected while it is stored. We have climate controlled spaces to ensure your property receives the extra care it deserves.

This post originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/climate-controlled-storage-unit-right/,

Storage Solutions for Contractors

Storage Solutions for Contractors

Small contractors face challenges that large companies avoid, but even a large company will sometimes need temporary storage. You may not always have a dedicated building where tools and equipment can be stored, materials can be gathered, or that can be accessed by employees or subcontractors around the clock. These are a few of the many benefits a storage unit at Abba Self & RV Storage has to offer, in addition to a wide variety of indoor and outdoor storage options.

Out of Town Solutions

Contractors working on a project from out of town need a safe place to keep their tools and materials. A storage unit includes gated access, individual alarms and sprinkler systems, and the convenience of 24 hour access. Month-to-month storage rental allows you to pay only for the storage space and time you need, and makes it easy to pack up and move on when the project comes to an end.

Benefits for General Contractors

General contractors may need to store tools and equipment for a variety of work, from building a foundation to putting on the roof. The staff at a storage unit company can help you select the right size storage unit for your needs, and provide you with some insight on getting everything organized for easy access to everything when you need it. Outdoor, RV storage areas are available for temporary storage of heavy equipment, and units can accommodate a wide variety of tools and even a vehicle or two.

Storing Equipment and Supplies

On-the-go contractors who visit multiple job sites will appreciate the ability to stop by and swap out the tools or supplies they need between stops. For example, a cleaning service may need a floor buffer at the morning’s first job, and ladders with window cleaning supplies for the second. Having easy highway access to your storage unit means you don’t have to clutter your vehicle and carry everything around the entire day, and that can improve your company image while working on site.

Access for Subcontractors

Not all contractors work daytime hours. For companies that burn the midnight oil, a storage unit means your subcontractors and employees can get to tools and supplies around the clock without rousing the boss or making a long trip back to headquarters. Coded gate entry is an easy way to track who comes and goes will give you extra protection for your property as well as creating a documented record of who comes and goes.

Abba Self & RV Storage is conveniently located near highways 4, 242, and 680 in the East Bay area. To talk to a representative about the benefits of self storage for a contractor, please contact Abba Self & RV Storage today.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/storage-solutions-contractors/.

Finding the Right Storage Solution for your Needs

Storage Options to fit Your Individual Needs

Your belongings mean a lot to you. If they didn’t, you wouldn’t be searching for storage solutions to avoid having to get rid of your possessions. So if you aren’t just willing to get rid of your things, why would you want to store them just anywhere?

But if your possessions are valuable enough to you that you’re willing to go out of your way to keep them, what does that mean for your choice of storage? The answer is that each situation is unique, and yours will dictate what kind of storage solution will work best for you. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision.

How much do you need to store?

The first thing to know is how much space you need. Your space needs might be different if, say, you’re putting your entire household or apartment into storage while you wait for a new place to be ready, rather than just trying to make a little extra room in your garage or decluttering your home while it’s for sale.

For instance, if you’re just looking for overflow storage to make more room in your basement or garage, or perhaps to clear out a guest room for an extended stay, a small storage unit will probably do. A 10×8 or 10×10 would be perfect for removing some extra furniture and clutter from your home while you sell it. Moving in with someone to save money or to wait for your new home to be ready? A 10×15 or larger unit will allow you to put your entire household into storage.

Do you need climate controlled storage?

The benefit of indoor storage is the ability to keep the temperature and humidity the same as inside your home. The temperature swings and changing humidity of outdoor storage can be hard on furniture, books, clothing, and other items that are typically kept inside. Indoor storage does come with an increase in price, however.

How long will you need your storage unit?

Sometimes it can be difficult to say how long you’ll need a storage unit. A few months can quickly turn into a few years. But if you’re looking for overflow storage, you can probably safely assume it’ll be long-term. If you’re selling your home or moving into a new house, on the other hand, your storage needs will likely remain short term, even with the inevitable delays.

This is important because it’ll determine how you pack your items. Short-term storage can be tightly packed to make the most of the space, as you’re less likely to need access. Long-term storage, on the other hand, will need to be packed intuitively, so you can get to your belongings when needed.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at https://selfstorageloomis.com/finding-right-storage-solution-needs/.

Get Your Boat Ready for Summer

Preparing your boat for use this summer

Preparing your boat for use this summer

There are signs of spring popping up all over. These signs mean it’s time to start thinking about your boat. Some of your best memories are created while enjoying the sun and warm breezes out on the water with family and friends. Make sure you have a safe season by going through a checklist to make sure your boat is ready to be launched.

Prepare Your Boat for Successful Summer Fun

There are many types of boats, with varying sizes and designs that will make a difference on maintenance requirements and preparations needed to launch them. This is a generalized checklist for you to follow to make sure your boat is ready for summer fun.

General Areas

With a mild detergent, you should perform a general cleaning of your deck, topsides, and hull. Check your scuppers and drain to make sure they are clear of any debris and adding a good coat of wax is an ideal precaution to protect against weather and water.

If your boat has windows, you need to make sure there is a clear view out of each and that the windshield has a wiper that works correctly. It is always a safety measure to bring spare parts along in case of any malfunctions, so each spring make sure you have all the necessary parts for your boat type on board.

Fuel System

Check all your exposed fuel components to see if they have suffered any rotting or deterioration. Most outboards have a primer bulb that should be used to verify there are no leaks in any of the connections. If your hose is in good shape, it will be pliable yet firm. A hose that is too soft or brittle needs replacing.

Electrical System

A dead battery is going to ruin any outing. Each spring you need to give your battery a deep charging with a slow charge of about three amps. Letting it sit overnight is ideal to provide a full charge. Check the battery over for any signs of corrosion and clean it away from wires and terminals if discovered on the surface.

Fluids, Hoses, Cables, and Belts

Check that all your fluids are topped off. This includes your engine oil, power steering fluid, gear case oil and if you’ve stored your boat with antifreeze that it is drained and disposed of properly. Make sure that all belts, cables, and hoses are not showing signs of rot and they are all tight and secure.

Prop

Many people remove their prop before storing. If you did not perform this task, make sure you do so now and grease the shaft while checking there is no fishing line wound around it.

Tri-City Self Storage has a solution for almost all storage needs. It is our mission to find the best storage solution for any situation. From the large to the small, we will find the perfect space for your boat during the off season. Contact us today to learn about our variety of storage solutions.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/get-boat-ready-summer/.

Organize and Optimize Your Storage Unit

Keeping your Storage Unit organized

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A storage unit is a great way to conserve space at home, but storage units only work well for you when they are both organized and optimized for your specific needs. The most important thing to keep in mind is that some things need to be accessible while others do not, and knowing which is which will save you time and aggravation.

Draw a Diagram

At first, your storage unit may have plenty of room, but over time it could become quite crowded. To save yourself time and reduce frustration, draw a scale diagram of the storage unit and divide it into areas where particular types of items, important documents or photos, for example, will be stored.

Label Everything

A Sharpie or labeling tool can be a tremendous benefit. Nondescript boxes or plastic containers tend to look like other boxes and containers, and a clearly visible label will eliminate confusion, especially when you need to find a specific item. Labels can be anything you want, but make them as precise as possible.

Front to Back

A key facet of a storage unit is organization. Items that you rarely need would be appropriately stored in the back of the unit, while things you may require often should be readily accessible at a moment’s notice. In addition to storing your things so you can get to commonly needed items first, it will also save you time to group large, heavy items separately from light or easily broken things.

Store by Category

With your diagram and a pencil in hand, arrange your storage unit so that you can spot different categories of possessions, such as kitchen wares or bedroom belongings. This is especially helpful for moving, as it allows you to stock specific rooms of the home together for easy grouping when the time comes to bring your stuff back home.

Using Containers Effectively

There are a variety of containers available, but they are not equally useful. Plastic containers work better for heavier objects, while boxes are great for temporary storage of light-weight items. Resist the urge to mix categories in the containers, and label each one with the category or items it contains.

Access Matters

A common mistake is to fill the storage unit from back to front. When this happens, you will find yourself needing an item that is buried and out of reach. Always be sure to leave yourself some room to move around and pathways to as many of your stored categories as possible.

Self storage is an excellent, affordable option when you need more space. In addition to our indoor and outdoor storage facilities, we offer a range of moving and storage solutions. To find out more about our selection and services, please contact us today here at Tri-City Self Storage.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/organize-optimize-storage-unit/.

Relocating, Renovating, or Downsizing – Options for Every Life Stage

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Life changes and so do our needs. This can be on a decade to decade basis or for some of us, it is a year to year thing. As life changes, so do our home and possession needs. We move, we change, or we look to get rid of things that seem to be holding us back. No matter what stage we are in, there is one thing that is true – we all have things that need to be protected and secured.

Storage Options for Every Life Stage

As life changes, so do our home and storage needs. We have kids, we change jobs, kids go to college, we need more space in our homes, we need to change the space in our homes – we are always changing. The good news is that there are storage options that can help you through these changes.

  • Travel – If you are young and free or you are now in retirement, you may want to pack up everything and travel. The good news is you don’t have to sell everything and start new when you get back from your adventures. Store the things you really want to keep while you are away on your journey.
  • Moving – Many people move every 7-10 years, and some of us move a lot more often than that. If you are relocating and moving, you may need a staging area in between moves. Self-storage is a great place to help store your belongings as you move from place to place.
  • Having Kids – When kids come along in our lives, it is magical; however, they also come with a lot of stuff! Cribs, toys, blankets, stuffed animals, sports equipment – it all quickly piles into the home. If you are looking to free up some space in your current home, off-site storage can be a great solution.
  • Renovating – Are you ready to transform your 90’s kitchen into a modern marvel? If you are making changes to your home, you can expect to have to clear out belongings. You may also want to protect furnishings from the dust and dirt that comes with remodeling. Use a self-storage unit to temporarily store your items. We also offer convenient U-Haul truck rental for your moving needs.
  • Downsizing – If your kids are all grown and off to college or they are getting up in age, and you just don’t need as much space anymore, you may be looking to downsize. Just because you are downsizing doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything straight away. Use a temporary storage solution to help you keep the things you want to keep without cluttering up the new home.

No matter what is happening in your life at this moment, self-storage can be a great way to keep the things you want safe and secure. Self Storage of Windsor offers a range of storage options to help you through the changes in your life. Contact us today to learn more.

This article originally appeared on Self Storage of Windsor’s blog at http://selfstorageofwindsor.com/relocating-renovating-downsizing-storage-options-every-life-stage/.

Great Winter Escapes

great-winter-escapes-copperknoll-mini-storage-auburn-caSometimes the long weekends of winter can cause even winter lovers to go stir crazy. Luckily we live in a great town that leads to several great spots throughout the state for winter trips. From a week long vacation to a quick two-day getaway, these great spots will help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of winter.

Great Winter Escapes

30 Minute Drive from Auburn, CA

  • Sacramento – Great winter getaways don’t always have to be about snow. Just 30 minutes from Auburn, CA,Sacramento is perfect for a weekend getaway. Museums, wineries, 32 miles of bike trails, and hundreds of restaurants make Sacramento perfect for a family getaway or a quick romantic weekend away.
  • Folsom Lake State Park – If you enjoy a little tranquility without having to travel for hours, Folsom Lake State Park is a great place to visit. Swimming, windsurfing, fishing, and historical markers allow for plenty of time out in the sun and fresh air. Family campsites and RV camping provide for easy accommodation.

1 Hour Drive from Auburn, CA

  • Georgetown, CA – This historical town, Georgetown, CA, is located on the edge of Eldorado National Forest. Small restaurants and quaint lodging are just a short drive away to the gate of the National Forest and hiking and exploring. Perfect for both a winter or summer getaway, Georgetown is a slow-paced getaway, perfect for a relaxing and refreshing weekend.

2+ Hours from Auburn CA

  • Nakoma Resort – Surrounded by lakes, rivers, and the Sierra Nevada, the Nakoma Resort is a great getaway and just a little over two hours from Nakoma. Activities including hiking, biking, golf, and fishing keep guests entertained. Don’t forget winter fun at Nakoma – tubing, snowshoeing, and family fun in the snow can help break up those long winter months.
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park – A range of lodging including Drakesbad Guest Ranch, camping cabins, and a campground make staying at Lassen Volcanic National Park easy. Plenty of outside fun including backpacking, hiking, boating, stargazing, and snowshoeing in the winter make this a great destination no matter what time of year it is.
  • North Lake Tahoe – Winter sports are huge in North Lake Tahoe. From winter skiing to great shopping when you are not on the slopes. Accommodations are taken care of with options including bed & breakfasts, large resorts, and everything in between.

If you are in the Auburn, CA area and looking for storage for your winter skis and equipment, we can help. The team at Copper Knoll Mini-Storage offers a range of storage options to help you stay organized all year long.

This article originally appeared on Copper Knoll Mini-Storage’s blog at http://www.copperknollministorage.com/blog/great-winter-escapes/.

Give Yourself Extra Space with Self Storage

If you feel claustrophobic in your home because there is stuff everywhere no matter where you go, it may be time to look for more space.

Upgrading your home’s square footage may not be possible. Buying a new home can be pricey as can adding an extension to your home.   Most people buy a bigger house only to fill it again and once again run out of space.

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Give Yourself Extra Space with Self Storage

A great solution to gaining some extra space without having to spend too much money is self-storage. A self-storage unit allows you the extra space you need with some great advantages.

  • Self-storage is flexible, you can upgrade and downgrade space as you or your budget needs.
  • Self-storage allows you to keep the things you don’t need till you need them while freeing up space.
  • Self-storage gives you the ability to keep books, equipment, and even cars without making you feel like your home is closing in on you.
  • Self-storage is not just for storage, you can also create an office space, library, gym or other free space that you can use whenever you need.
  • You can keep what you need close to home by choosing a self self-storage unit that is close to your home. When you need something you have quick and easy access.

Self-storage units are a great way to help you free up space in your home without having to throw away those things you really want to keep.

The team at Tri-City Self Storage can help give you extra space at an affordable price. We offer a range of options when it comes to budget and space, allowing you to keep your valuable items safe and secure.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/give-extra-space-self-storage/.