The kitchen remodel continues slowly, and I’ve returned to the pantry. I haven’t given up on new shelving, but in the meantime, I can make the existing shelves more functional.
When I buy dry goods, they need better storage than the floppy plastic bags they come home in. I have used a variety of glass jars in my pantry over the past 30 years. My all-time favorite is clear glass, with plastic screw-on lids, that come in three sizes and stack nicely. Unfortunately, they’ve been discontinued, and since some of the original dozen didn’t survive a cross-country move, I’ve been hunting for suitable substitutes ever since.
During my quest, I’ve learned that square jars make better use of space than round ones, jars that claim to be stackable sometimes aren’t, and some metal lids turn rusty if you don’t dry them immediately after washing.
I’ve finally found a square stacking jar that I can commit to. It comes in different sizes, and you can buy them individually or as a set. As I wrote in April, small purchases can improve both comfort and function, so I’ve decided to replace the mashup of jars that don’t work together and commit to one style that does. Not a life-changing decision, but it serves the space better and creates a sense of calm that I appreciate when I open the pantry doors.
I like the heavy glass, the airtight lid, the fact that they stack reliably, come in different sizes, and you can see what’s inside. The only drawback, for me, is the lid with rubber gasket. Unlike a jar with a screw-on lid, you cannot grab these by the top or you’ll pull the lid off, so you need to be aware how you handle them. Also, coffee grounds and small food bits tend to get stuck in the gasket and you can’t shake them back into the jar. Other than that small irritation, they work well for me.
Do you use containers in your pantry? What qualities are important to you for food storage? Leave a comment, below.
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