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Storage Help - Containers???

jenhen2 Feb 11, 2009 11:48 AM

I need new containers to store my flour, sugar, cornmeal and cocoa powder in and I'm wondering what works for you. I could have sworn I recently read a recommendation in Cooks Illustrated, but I can't find it on their web site. Anyway, I'm looking for something with wide openings (easy to scoop out of) that will hold 5 lbs of flour or sugar at once (perhaps smaller for the cornmeal and cocoa).

How do you store your flour and sugar? Links to products would be helpful, and I would prefer something that isn't too fancy but doesn't look too "industrial / food service-y" either. Thanks very much!

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    masha RE: jenhen2 Feb 11, 2009 12:15 PM

    Click Clack containers fit this description. Here is a link to the website:
    They also are sold at the Container Store (or used to be, I've not looked in years).

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      austinfood RE: jenhen2 Feb 11, 2009 12:15 PM

      Your local restaurant supply store should have a large selection of containers that would work well for this and be fairly low cost. I use Ace Mart in Austin, Texas. They have a web site but I haven't looked at it for years; I just drop in.

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        jenhen2 RE: jenhen2 Feb 11, 2009 08:55 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions. I was hoping to avoid the restaurant supply store route and go for something slightly more stylish. I'll have to check out the Container Store. The one by me in New York doesn't have a very big kitchen section, but we'll see what turns up.

        Any chance anyone's bought containers at Bed, Bath & Beyond that they're happy with?

        1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: jenhen2 Feb 11, 2009 10:31 PM

          My sugar goes in big glass apothecary style jars with rubber seals. Downside is that they're heavy, but my brown sugar doesn't turn into a brick anymore. For smaller storage, I use the IKEA 365+ line. It looks nice, is highly modular, and come in sizes from 10 ounces to 7 quarts.

          Incidentally, 5 pounds of flour should take up 1 gallon, and 5 pounds of sugar (white or brown) will be just under 3 quarts.

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            jenhen2 RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Feb 12, 2009 05:22 AM

            That's very helpful! Ikea's a great idea - I'll have to trek out there soon. Thanks!!

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