We buy in bulk.
It's less packaging, less expensive, and more food for our growing family.
Yet, logistically, it's difficult to find a place for 25 pounds of buckwheat at a time! We use 5-gallon buckets with gamma seal lids for the majority of our bulk storage…
And we also use glass jars. Confession: I have an obsession with glass jars. 😉
Seeing all those beautiful God-made organic foods neatly lined up in a pantry, peeking through clear glass, always puts a smile on my face! It reminds me of my great-grandma's cupboards, stocked with food stored in recycled jelly and mayo jars.
Another benefit? My food is pest-free! Ants and weevils have a hard time finding their way into glass jars that are properly sealed. And did I mention you don't have to worry about BPA, PVC, or other toxins?
Are you interested in using glass for your pantry storage? Here's how to get started in 2 easy steps!
Step #1 — Gather & Prepare Jars
First, evaluate your family's size and needs. For a single or 2-person household, standard jelly and mayo jars work wonderfully. For a family with 2 or more children, recycled gallon glass pickle jars work better.
Then start collecting jars! Ask family and friends to save their old jars for you. If you prefer jars that are uniform in size, purchase pint, quart, or half-gallon mason jars — all at once or 12 at a time as your budget allows.
Want to use recycled jars but don't find the brand's logo appealing on the lid? No problem! Carefully spray the lids with some funky or classic colored spray paint to match your kitchen's decor. Be careful to not get any paint inside the lid as you don't want it coming into contact with your food.
Pesky labels won't come off? Try this trick.
Step #2 — Organize The Pantry
If you're blessed with a walk-in pantry, you may not need to put too much effort into this part!
But if you're like me and only have cabinets, don't worry — you can do this too! I prefer to store food in 1/2 gallon or gallon jars because of my family's size, but that's not always doable. My cupboards fit, at the largest, a quart jar. So I make do.
2 pounds of organic coffee beans fit nicely into 3 quart jars stacked in a row. I fill quart jars with raw honey from a 6-gallon bucket that we buy annually, too. Organic popcorn, quinoa, arrowroot, and other frequently used items also get stored in quart jars.
Grains and legumes go in gallon jars on a shelf. Not only is this pretty, but it's easy and convenient when I need to make a batch of rice or beans!
For more information on how to get started with bulk buying from food co-ops, click here.
Want more ideas? See how Wardee organizes her pantry staples here. Surprisingly, Wardee reports this hasn't changed much in 7 years, though she has added a rack of jars next to the kitchen (pictured below) and there are more bulk food storage places elsewhere in the house now, too!
Do you use glass jars for storage in your kitchen? What are the biggest benefits you've come across to using glass?
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