Best Jars to Organize Your Pantry
Those who are participating in The Kitchen Cure know that Week Three’s Assignment has you stocking the kitchen. This is a nice opportunity to stream-line your cabinets by replacing some of that ugly, clunky packaging with jars.
I love storing our food this way because I get a good seal and I can see what’s inside. In particular, I like to keep my pasta, grains, dried herbs and spices, dried mushrooms, raisins and other dried fruit, baking ingredients like sugars and flours and tea bags in glass jars. That’s a lot, I guess you could call it an obsession.
If you keep a well-stocked pantry you will probably want many jars and would appreciate jars stack safely and neatly. Look for jars with square, or easily-nesting lids, or add a few non-skid pads to the bottom of your jars. For my more wiggly jars, I use these Clear Self-Adhesive Rubber Pads (Container Store, 18 for $2.99) and here are some nice Cork Pads (Aubuchon Hardware, 24 for $2.99).
Here are some of my favorite jars for organizing the pantry:
• Sur La Table’s Bormioli Rocco Fido Canning Jars have rubber gaskets and will stack, although not securely. (1/2 liter – 2 liter, $3 – $6)
• Ball Canning Jars come in a variety of sizes, I use the 1/2 gallon size is for rice, oats, and tea bags. (Set of 6, $17.95, far left in above image)
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• Crate & Barrel’s Old Fashioned Lidded Jars are reminiscent of 1950s candy shop jars. These are large enough to hold big batches of cereal or pasta. (1/2 gallon – 2 gallons, $9.95- $18.95, far right in above image)
• Oxo’s POP Containers are square, stackable and air-tight. (.3 quarts – 5.5 quarts, $7.99 – $18.99, also available in reduced-price sets)
• Weck 1L Tulip Jars at Lehman’s Non-Electric Catalog (These stack nicely. I keep snacks like dried fruit and fig cookies in mine. Set of 4, $32.95)
• Target’s Libbey 3-pc. Set of Big Mouth Glass Jars have glass lids. (50oz, 70oz, 92oz, $24.99)
• Container Store’s Glass & Brushed Aluminum Canisters are square, so they fit together nicely. (28oz – 2 quarts, $6.99 – $8.99)