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.

Food Container Or Plastic Food Storage Containers.

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?

Hygrometer on a table shows comfort temperature and humidity

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/.

WSI Connect Expands Partnership with Local Storage Company

There are a large number of options for storage in Concord, California. Abba Self & RV Storage is a locally owned and operated self-storage business with easy access to Highways 680, 4 and 242. Abba’s facilities offer numerous storage units in varying sizes to meet the needs of any potential self-storage customer. Abba’s pricing is competitive, but their facilities and customer service are unparalleled.

Given the heavy competition in the area from both locally owned businesses as well as larger conglomerates, the owners at Abba wondered what they could do to set their business apart from the rest. They entered into a partnership with local Internet marketing agency, WSI Connect. WSI was initially brought in for SEO work. They conducted keyword research and competitive analysis to determine the best search terms to incorporate into their website. WSI also created local listings for Abba as well as a Google+ page.

Soon Abba was happy to extend the partnership to include development of a quality pay-per-click (PPC) program to supplement the SEO efforts. WSI developed ads and campaigns tailored to the most relevant keywords and search terms.

Again pleased with continued performance, Abba engaged WSI Connect to deliver a responsive website. You may or may not know that Google is set to make a significant change to its algorithm on April 21st. A mobile-friendly site will be highly favored in the new algorithm and WSI did not want Abba to be left behind.

The site showcases various uses for self-storage units such as:

  • Self Storage Concord

 http://www.abbastorage.com/abba-self-storage-concord-ca/

  • Contractor Storage Units

http://www.abbastorage.com/contractor-storage-units-available-abbas-concord/

The site also focuses on geo-specific pages for storage:

  • Concord Storage Units

http://www.abbastorage.com/concord-storage-units-abba-locally-owned-operated/

  • Pleasant Hill Storage Units

http://www.abbastorage.com/pleasant-hill-storage-needs-abba-variety-options/

Abba’s new site also includes fresh content by way of a new blog. WSI utilizes Google Analytics to monitor Abba’s website traffic as well as the on-site behavior of its customers. This helps them see what on the site is working and what is not so WSI can make changes accordingly and encourage the continued success of the site. WSI uses Google AdWords to monitor the PPC campaigns, ensuring the most value for Abba’s paid search dollars.

There are a lot of storage options in Concord, California, but WSI Connect is helping Abba to advertise their unique value to the local community.

This was originally posted on the WS Connect blog at: http://info.wsi-connect.com/blog/wsi-connect-expands-partnership-with-local-storage-company

Local SEO Report

Who do you go to for local search engine optimization? WSI Connect.

The team has taken on local storage client, ABBA Self & RV Storage and is diligently working on increasing site visits. Utilizing choice keywords that garner over 5,600 monthly searches, on-page optimization is nearly complete.

Similar to many local businesses, ABBA’s challenge was to show up in online search results for the many communities they serve.  To solve this problem, the team utilized geographic keywords so that the local service area of the business was highlighted.  Below are the keywords utilized with links to the optimized pages.

Once everything is complete, monthly Google Analytic reports and third-party programs will track entry sources to confirm the positive impact a SEO program imparts.