August 27, 2011
Food Storage Tip: Containers for Dry Ingredients
If you store some of your long-term dry food storage in #10 cans from the LDS Home Storage Centers, I’ve found that they are easy to open with a manual can opener if you turn them upside down. I don’t know why, unless the bottom seal was created with a stronger commercial sealer. I open all of my cans upside down, wipe them out and recycle them. Or you could store the items in the can using the plastic lids provided, but I like to move them to another container with a tighter seal for everyday use in my pantry. I use two types of containers found at Walmart:
Mainstays Sugar Dispenser, about $4.47
It has a handle and pouring spout. I have three of these for my flour, sugar and powdered sugar. Holds a 5 lb. bag of sugar or flour.
Mainstays 4-pc. Set, about $6.72 or $1.68 each.
This set comes with 4 canisters and lids: 3.6-cup, 6.4-cup, 12-cup, and a 1.3-gallon. This product looks exactly like the old Rubbermaid storage containers holding the pasta in the photo above.
Use the largest container for #10 can ingredients like rice, powdered milk, oats, potato flakes, dry beans, macaroni, etc. And the smaller containers for baking soda, baking cocoa, bow tie pasta, etc. Or store butter, corn meal, yeast, chocolate chips, etc. in the refrigerator or freezer. Plenty of uses.
Some of you may like to store your dry ingredients in glass or ceramic jars on the counter. I decided to stay with plastic and keep my containers in my pantry cupboards to prevent broken glass in the event of an earthquake. Just a thought.