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Thoughts on flour/ sugar storage?

Katie Nell Oct 13, 2006 04:30 PM

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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    ladelfa RE: Katie Nell Oct 13, 2006 06:20 PM

    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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      GG Mora RE: ladelfa Oct 17, 2006 10:33 PM

      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.

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        hkmosb RE: ladelfa Feb 7, 2007 07:49 AM

        Did you buy the camwear, poly or translucent?

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          Cinnabon RE: ladelfa Jun 3, 2007 11:22 AM

          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.

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          soupkitten RE: Katie Nell Oct 13, 2006 07:56 PM

          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. Greyhoundgrrl RE: Katie Nell Oct 17, 2006 09:52 PM

            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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              Katie Nell RE: Greyhoundgrrl Oct 17, 2006 10:07 PM

              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: http://www.containerstore.com/browse/... the 8-1/2" sq. one, but I don't know!

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                Greyhoundgrrl RE: Katie Nell Oct 18, 2006 12:40 AM

                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.

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                  Katie Nell RE: Greyhoundgrrl Oct 18, 2006 12:58 PM

                  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. toodie jane RE: Katie Nell Oct 17, 2006 10:28 PM

              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.

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                Dim Sum Diva RE: Katie Nell Oct 18, 2006 01:15 PM

                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!

                1. ted RE: Katie Nell Oct 18, 2006 01:20 PM

                  We have several of the Rubbermaid square storage containers:


                  Got into a period several years ago when weevils were getting into everything, so anything that was even slightly susceptible went into a container. I usually don't have enough flour or anything else to just dump it, so they'll each have bags of several different flours or rice or whatever.

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                    RichardM RE: Katie Nell Oct 18, 2006 02:36 PM

                    I just 'discovered' the Click Clacks (at Sur La Table) and I was quite impressed. The Accents Series has polycarbonate containers instead of styrene. They had the 8"hx7"dia one on sale for $8.99. It will hold 5# of sugar but probably not 5# of flour. Most sizes are regularly priced around $12-$14.

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                      MakingSense RE: Katie Nell Oct 18, 2006 02:59 PM

                      King Arthur Flour Baker's Catalogue has good ones. They hold 5 pounds of sugar or flour and they have larger ones for up to 25 pounds of flour. 800-827-6836 or www.bakerscatalogue.com.
                      You can find the same thing at a restaurant supply house if there is one near you; most will sell to the public and they are great sources of kitchen equipment.
                      I've had some of these containers for years and they are commercial quality but no more expensive than you'll find at the frou-frou housewares retailers.

                      1. yayadave RE: Katie Nell Oct 18, 2006 03:44 PM

                        I use 2 of the 12 qt size for 25# of flour stored in the basement. It says no picture, but note the little instruction in red that says to click on the product item to see it. That works. Also, don't forget to order lids.


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                          MakingSense RE: yayadave Oct 18, 2006 06:36 PM

                          Great find, yayadave!!!
                          Those are just like the ones that I buy at the restaurant supply house for food storage - but I think this price is better. Also terrific for storing stocks, soups, everything.
                          A 6-quart should hold 5 pounds of flour plus a scoop.

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                            yayadave RE: MakingSense Oct 18, 2006 08:28 PM

                            Right. That's where I got mine. That's what Superior Products is, but they're large on mail order. The clear ones are nice to let your dough raise in because they have straight sides and capacity markings on the side. I think these things are Lexan, so they're practically indestructible. I posted Superior because they do mail order, but any commercial restaurant supply house should have these.

                            Oh,yeah. Thanks for the kind words.

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                          huruta RE: Katie Nell Feb 10, 2007 05:43 AM

                          I'm a big fan of Click Clack hard clear plastic containers (available at the Container Store & elswhere). They have a suction so are airtight. I like clear containers since you can identify what's in them so quickly. They are sturdy and reasonably priced. I've had mine for about 5 years now.

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                            masha RE: Katie Nell Feb 25, 2007 12:49 PM

                            I've had Click Clacks for about 15 years and they work great -- big enough to take the entire bag of flour or sugar, wide enough to measure directly from, and an absolutely airtight seal. The only challenge is in washing the lids, as water sometimes gets into the interior area, and you have to shake to get it all out. (But as washing is fairly infrequent, just between refilling them, it is not that big a deal.)

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                              tiggs2000 RE: masha May 31, 2007 10:19 AM

                              The Cick-Clack lids can be taken apart for washing, if necessary (I've done it). I'm also a big fan, have had my containers for more than 10 years, and am now planning to buy more.

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