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Best Kitchen Storage Canisters for Preserving

August 27th, 2010

So you have grown your own vegetables and the weather has been kind. This years bumper crop of for example onions, is filling your kitchen and you don’t know what to do with it all. Well apart from giving them away to all your friends or selling them on the street you want to store them in a way to preserve them so you can have for example pickled onions  or chutney all year round.

Clearly the best jar material

Now most preserving jars are that you end up storing in the kitchen cupboard are made of glass the main reason being so you can see what is being stored. Not only this aesthetically they look beautiful full of that produce you have lovely placed inside them. So most of us will select a kitchen storage canister made from glass but that is only the first step in selecting the best jar.

Top lids

The next and possibly the most important choice is the type of lid. The old fashion metal lever-arm sealing mechanism with rubber sealing ring may cost a little more than the more modern screw lid, I personally think it is worth it for some of your treasured pickles. The ease you can open and reseal is a definite advantage over the precarious opening of a screw top lid. How many of us can remember the fear of trying to open that over tightened jam jar lid with a knife which health and safety officers would have nightmares about.

Size matters

Finally choosing the right size kitchen canisters for the job in hand. Now most are round but you must ensure they have a bigger enough opening or neck of the jar to be able to get your produce in. The volume of the jar is also essential as once opened depending on the produce there is a life expectancy and you must ensure the total jars contents is likely to be consumed before the contents becomes inedible.

So now you have the perfect storage canister for preserving placed in your kitchen cupboard just waiting to be opened. Select your favourite plate from your plate rack put a spoonful of chutney with a a slice of cheese on top of  that slice of freshly home made bread. What a perfect late night snack.

Which Kitchen Canisters are the best to buy?

August 24th, 2010

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.