Which Kitchen Canisters are the best to buy?

August 24th, 2010 by Baker Leave a reply »

History of Vintage Kitchen Canisters

Kitchen canisters became popular in the early 20th century when Hoosier style cabinets had storage jar sets that fitted these kitchen cabinets to store ingredients. Normally these canisters from the depression era were made from glass and a kitchen canister set would consist of a coffee and tea canister, a salt box, and between four and eight spice jars.  Some of these kitchen canister sets included a hanging sugar jar and the now traditional cracker/cookie jar.  Primarily made by Sneath for  Hoosier cabinets they produced five main styles

  • Colonial
  • Napanee
  • Mission
  • Triple Skip
  • Zipper (originally called Quaker)

These kitchen storage canisters along with, salt and pepper pots, beaters, measuring cups and jars, would have been used in an early twentieth century kitchen and can still be found in some form in you modern day kitchen today.

Selecting the right Kitchen Canister

When selecting your kitchen canisters it is essential you select the right canister for what you require. It’s not just about the canister style, but size and material are factors that will ensure you will find a kitchen canister set you will not only be proud to own, but will be functional  as well.

Common Kitchen canister materials, sizes and shapes

In today’s modern kitchen you can find kitchen canisters in a variety of materials. For example:

  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Ceramic
  • Wood

Varying sizes and available as sets the kitchen canisters of today are available from as small as a spice jar to large cookie jars and bread bins. With many different shapes of canisters from round jars to square tins, one of the essential design features is to ensure an air tight fit with a rubber seal with either a clip lid or screw top depending on the ingredients or produce you wish to store. Common types of kitchen canisters are

  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Spice jars
  • Salt
  • Biscuits
  • Cookies
  • Bread bins
  • Water Jug
  • Pasta
  • Cake tins

Popular manufactures of storage jars

There are many manufactures of these kitchen storage canisters with household names such as Brabantia, The Emporium Kitchen, Kitchen Craft and Pfaltzgraff.

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