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Sep 1, 2013 05:56 PM

Storing Stainless Steel

I am going to be storing my stainless steel flatware and cookware for several years (at least 2), and I cannot seem to find any information on how to go about it. My things will be going into a basement, so I am planning on storing everything in those plastic storage totes, Do you think that I would be okay to just use packing paper next to the stainless steel surfaces and bubble wrap between items for the cookware?

I also have one cast iron. It's barely seasoned, but I cannot imagine storing it in this condition. Any suggestions?

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  1. When I did a research sabbatical I had to put all of my kitchen into storage for over 2 years because I was overseas. My cookware was basic Farberware stainless and I packed in with lots of paper and it went into cardboard boxes. It was just fine after the two years. I did have my mixer checked and oiled though after sitting around for that long. Those plastic bins are even better to prevent any moisture etc. You can even get silica gel (from craft store to dry flowers etc.) to place in there if you are concerned about moisture. My boxes were stored in a wooden frame my dad built to keep things off the floor of the basement so that air would circulate underneath.

    The cast iron, even if seasoned well will attract any moisture like a magnet. You can wrap in a towel and then in a plastic bag - those that you can press the air out. If you find rust after you get back, you can clean it off and re-season the pans.

    1. You should be fine unless you live in a very humid tropical environment near salt water.

      1. I would not use paper unless you know it to be acid free.
        Maybe straight plastic or bubble wrap?

        1. Most likely you should be fine. However, if you are concern, then you can always buy some cheap humidity beads and store the cookware along with the beads.