Are you looking for the best way to store your containers when not in use? There are a few different options available, depending on the size and type of containers you have. Plastic buckets are an economical option for storing large quantities of dry food products, such as cereals, beans, flour, and powdered milk. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so you can select the right size jar for the amount of product you need to store. When buying food to be preserved for an extended period of time, it's important to pack it in suitable containers and use proven methods to prevent insect infestation.
Oxygen absorbers physically remove oxygen from the container's atmosphere and will kill adult insects and prevent larvae from surviving. To maximize storage space and keep your containers organized, there are a few simple steps you can take. Start by stacking the containers in the center section or use two-thirds of the drawer to store them and one third for the lids. Sort the lids by size or type of container and place them on a three-tier shelf as you see fit.
Then stack the corresponding food storage containers and lids and store them together in ready-made compartments. If you want to keep things out of sight, tidy up your cabinets with a few transparent or frosted containers. A mesh divider is also a great option for easy visibility. Never use a plastic bucket that has stored non-food items, or that is not made of food-grade plastic, to store food.
Jan, from The Crafty Mermaid's Grotto, shared these before and after photos of how she stores all these plastic food storage containers. The key idea behind most of the organized systems shown is to separate food storage containers from lids. Plastic buckets are not a true barrier to oxygen and allow a slow transmission of oxygen through the polyethylene walls of the container over time. Organizing your containers is an important step in keeping your kitchen neat and tidy.
It also helps you save time when looking for specific items in your pantry or cupboard. With a few simple steps, you can easily store your containers in an efficient way that will help keep them organized and safe from pests or other contaminants. When storing your containers, make sure to check for any signs of damage or wear before putting them away. If any of your containers have been exposed to non-food items or are not made from food-grade plastic, discard them immediately.
Additionally, if you're storing food for an extended period of time, make sure to use oxygen absorbers to prevent insect infestation.