Now, there are some containers worth paying for. The vacuum seal containers Glenda showed us in last weeks post for instance. These greatly extend shelf life and are a worthy investment.
Today I am talking about the run of the mill containers we need for the things we have on high rotation and shorter term storage. It is easily possible to spend thousands on pantry containers and I have been to product parties (years ago) where hundreds and hundreds of dollars filled a shelf or two of containers. In what we are trying to do I think it's more important to spend out money on the food!
In earlier posts I have shown my beloved jars I have collected for years. Most have been 20c or 50c and later years there are a few I paid one or two dollars for. Many have been free. I love them and glass keeps things very fresh and does not contaminate food.
I do not live in an earthquake prone area, this is the only thing... so possibly this is not for those who do. However in normal use I have never even broken one!
I still collect jars. The best are the really old thick and irregular glass. LOVE.
Old tins are another favourite! They keep things fresh and I love them! Tins can be painted... I add transfers.
More recently as I have been adding a lot to my pantry I have been given large coffee jars. These are big, have a great seal and have been free from a lady who drinks this coffee. I now have 14 of these...
I am still collecting them and sent the lady jars of jam I made as thanks. I am encouraging her to keep saving them for me!
There are other brands that have coffee in giant jars. Mum is collecting some with red lids. These ones are Moccona Coffee jars.
So you can ask around for jars as well as watch op shops etc.
If you know someone who works in or owns a bakery, cafe, hotel, caterers... you can ask them to save you large containers. They get many buckets with lids suitable for bulk flour etc. I had friends with a bakery. They had amazing containers and were glad to give them away. Truly, ask around.
Just now I have baby formula tins. I looked at these and thought !!! storage!
They are a good size, they seal and they are free. Now I'm aiming for sets but I started with these.
I just covered them with wrapping paper and fancied them up.
If I can get more I am going to try painting them and adding rose transfers. I am thinking of really pale pink or blue and roses. :)
But anyway, they are good storage, free and you could have rows of these labelled in your pantry.
There is just no need to buy expensive containers when there are so many free ones or really cheap options. You could try asking around, asking on face book, placing a free ad somewhere... soon you will have so many!
There are also inexpensive options at cheap shops. I have large plastic tubs in the cellar. I use them to group together and protect supplies ie candles and matches, batteries, spare blankets and a;; kinds of things.
At the workshop on the weekend Cath and Wendy stressed the importance of the pantry as a buffer in all kinds of circumstances. As your food security. In the real world we can not always just run to the store for this or that. And every time you do it increases your costs in time and fuel etc. If you drive to the store for one thing that is a very expensive thing! Without a pantry you would mostly be paying full price for things. With a pantry you never pay full price for anything!
Effective storage containers are a big help. You can do it so simply and spend your savings on food and supplies instead.
Keep at it, use every opportunity and it will add up faster than you think! xxx