Our first prep challenge in August is to buy food storage containers like canning jars, plastic containers, buckets, or plastic storage bags. Storage containers help keep your food free from air and bugs which improves its shelf life. Just transfer everyday pantry foods like flour, spices, breakfast cereal pasta into food storage containers. Or gather canning jars to can fruits and vegetables. If you have space, you may want to store grains, sugars, and dry beans in buckets. Let’s look at some various ideas on food storage containers.
SHORT-TERM FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS
Food storage containers may be purchased or gathered over time. If finances are tight, you could reuse glass food containers by washing them thoroughly. Keep your eyes open for store sales or yard sales.
- Decide which containers will work best for various locations in your home. Do you need some in your pantry, kitchen cupboards, basement, refrigerator, or freezer?
- You can store yeast, vital wheat gluten, wheat flour, oat flour, almond flour, nuts, etc. in jars or other storage containers in your refrigerator or freezer. Many of these items lose nutritional value or go rancid if not refrigerated. There is an EXCELLENT article on storing everyday foods in jars at kitchn.com. Check it out here!
- Plastic food storage containers, plastic zipper bags, or reusable storage bags work well for food storage too.
- If you enjoy canning your own food, make sure you store your canned items in the boxes they came with to prevent bottle breakage.
- Glass Mason jars are also a great choice for your fridge or freezer as there is usually a shelf support to hold them securely in place.
- These 12 oz. jelly jars are the perfect size for some of my smaller baking supplies.
- I use small jelly jars on a lazy Susan for my oatmeal breakfast station. The oats, dry milk and apples are all from the Latter-day Saint Home Storage Center. Visit this article to see the recipe that I use for my oatmeal station.
- Labels help organize your food. I love my Brother P-touch, PTD210 label maker!
LONG-TERM FOOD STORAGE
- My long-term foods come in cans from the Latter-day Saint Home Storage Center, because I’m all about convenience. Another great option is to to store in buckets or Mylar bags. If you need help canning your own long-term foods, go to Utah State University Extension for their food storage booklet. It’s a great food storage resource!
- I love to store my sugar in 5-gallon buckets with Gamma twister lids in the bottom of my pantry. When I buy 2 lb. bags of brown or powdered sugar, I stack them in a bucket. I restack them every time I buy new bags using FIFO (First In, First Out) which is putting the newest item on the bottom and the oldest on the top so I use the oldest bags first. I transfer them to a smaller container in my kitchen cupboard for everyday use. A 25 lb. bag of white sugar fits in a bucket and costs $12.99 at Costco.
It’s nice to keep your food organized in safe food storage containers. You’ve got this!
The Food Storage Organizer
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