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Oct 13, 2006 04:30 PM

Thoughts on flour/ sugar storage?

I'm probably over analyzing this, as usual, but I've been thinking a lot lately about how I can make my flour and granulated sugar more accessible. My mom has always had her brown sugar in a Tupperware container that is more shallow than tall... it's probably 9"x9"x3"H, and I've always liked this storage because it's much easier to scoop out of than a tall container, especially as I'm short and countertops are not! This is obviously not the traditional storage for granulated sugar and flour, but I'm wondering why something like this wouldn't work? Is there some reason flour/ granulated sugar storage is always tall? If I did decide to go this route, does the container need to be made out of something inparticular? Like, does flour or sugar not do well in plastic/ tupperware... too much moisture? What do you put yours in at the moment? I do really like my containers aesthetically... they're antique metal containers with silver on the bottom part and copper on the top, but I usually leave the flour and sugar in the sacks for fear of rust. Any thoughts?

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  1. Cambro round snap-top food-safe plastic containers, which I bought at Smart and Final. The biggest size holds a whole 25-lb bag of flour at once (or, as it turns out, the largest-size sack of Science Diet cat food), and they make a medium size (4 quart? 6 quart? I forget) which holds the full 10-lb bag of sugar I buy at Costco. They snap securely shut and are moisture-, air-, and -- most importantly, I think -- ant-proof.

    I think things tend to be taller rather than wider so that they don't consume as large of a footprint on the pantry shelf. The Cambro containers stack perfectly, by the way.

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    1. re: ladelfa

      I swear by Cambros as well. The largest I have holds 40 lbs. of sugar (crucial for all the preserving I do), and I have several other sizes, including 4 of the 4-qt. size: perfect for storing big batches of soup or stew.

      1. re: ladelfa

        Did you buy the camwear, poly or translucent?

        1. re: ladelfa

          Ok so I am 8 months late in replying. I also luv,luv,luv the translucent Cambro containers. I use the large 8 quart ones for 25 lb bags of flour, long grain rice, short grain rice & pinto beans, I use the 6 quart size for the white sugar, brown sugar & dried chilis, powder chili. If I use the item less then ones a month I may seal it in a food saver bag. IMO the cambro containers, stack well, easy access for measuring and the seal keeps the items fresh.

        2. in pro kitchens the flour & sugar are in big airtight tubs on a rolly cart that slides under the steel worktable. They are accessable but out of the way & it makes sense to empty a 50 lb bag of flour into a container that's lower than waist height. I always wanted to have a (smaller) rolly cart in my home kitchen when I redo it, but at the moment, side-by-side bin style tupperware things in a bottom drawer do fine for me. (I don't know how much baking you do) They also take up the whole drawer, so nothing can get lost down there!

          1. I was thinking of getting a couple of these--
            I wonder if anyone has them, and if so, how they are?

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            1. re: Greyhoundgrrl

              I don't know... a lot of baking recipes prefer the dip and sweep method, so I wonder if that would mess up your measurements?

              I was kind of leaning towards these: the 8-1/2" sq. one, but I don't know!

              1. re: Katie Nell

                Hmm-- I weigh everything with a scale when I bake because I am so incompetent, so I guess that's why I found these containers appealing.

                1. re: Greyhoundgrrl

                  I can definitely see how they would work really well for you then... I don't really have the patience to weigh, even if I had a scale!

            2. typically round makes a better seal, but square takes up less space. these look like a good compromise. "friction lids" I wonder if that means no real seal.


              I like my nesting shallow click-clacks with the metal bails. I got 'em at Grocery Outlet when Click Clack changed design. Made in New Zealand.

              1. A couple of weeks ago I was at Zabar's and posed the same question to them. They recommended containers called Snapware, come in all shapes & sizes. Bought two canister sizes because containers we bought at The Container Store (with the measuring cup on top) frankly did not keep the little buggies out. So far so good, but for an added layer of protection, I put the canisters in 2 gallon zip lock bags. Ha! Let's see them penetrate that!