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Need storage ideas for bulk granola and other dry goods

Hi everyone,
Well, one of the threads on here got me making my own granola. I made sixteen pans of it tonight so I won't have to make more for a while! However, I need a way to store it (and other dry goods like flour and sugar).

If it's plastic, I really want something BPA-free and would appreciate those recommendations. However, I am not sure I want plastic.

A few years ago, in a different house, we had a pantry pests issue. So I also want something that will keep those horrible critters out. I guess that only something that really seals will do the trick---horrible thought ,but I guess that they can crawl up through the rings of jars that screw shut (SHUDDER).

So, taking all of this into account...what are your best dry goods storage options?

thanks!

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  1. I really like the OXO Good Grips pop containers. They are BPA free plastic. http://www.oxo.com/p-877-10-piece-pop...

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    1. re: CanadaGirl

      ooooh--I saw those. Hmmmm. Good to have a positive recommendation on them! I'd probably buy two sets. apart from the granola, I usually have several kinds of flour and I buy my sugar in bulk, along with lots of nuts, beans, and pastas, so I'd need more than just one really big canister. I am going to look to see if you can purchase them "ala carte."

      1. re: IndyGirl

        And, of course they are! Thank you for the rec. I'll sleep on it and see if anyone else has anything to say, but these look great!

    2. It can go rancid if you have so much that you don't go through it fast. If you think it's going to be around a while, I'd store it in the freezer, whatever it's in.

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      1. re: mcf

        Definitely--I have a deep freezer where my flour lives. I keep the granola in the fridge. After the pantry pest situation (which, I discovered with horror, started with a bag of dried corn to feed squirrels that I'd thoughtlessly tossed in the entry closet... I was so stupid), I hardly let any dry goods actually live in my cabinets.

        1. re: IndyGirl

          Grain moths? Those Pantry Pest traps with sticky pheromone work great. I got them years ago from a badly managed health food store... none in this house, but I keep stuff like that cold anyway, and all nuts in the freezer.
          All bird seed, etc, is stored in a metal can in the garage.

          1. re: mcf

            Oh my god, I learned my lesson. Bird and wildlife food no longer lives indoors.

            The problem disappeared when I discovered that crawling bag of corn, SCREAMED, and threw it into the front yard with the force of ten thousand cannons. For several days before that there were this disgusting tiny little moths all over the place. Luckily they did not infest any of our food (that coat closet was far away from the kitchen), but they were all over the dining room and entryway. HORRIBLE! The stuff of nightmares!!!!! I'd stayed up all night killing them one by one (I know, not humane...but I was a crazy person) and the sleep deprivation did not help my sanity.

      2. I think I started storing everything in glass containers when I moved "to the country". I've been very fortunate finding cheap containers at dollar stores or Big Lots. Even if something like dry pasta, beans or rice is in a sealed package I transfer it to glass. Right now, on another post here, I'm searching for cheap replacement gaskets for all my containers. I'll take glass over plastic any day.
        I have a baker's rack in my kitchen and I love being able to see exactly how much I have of everything at a glance. I like buying bulk and I have certain size containers for various bulk items. Pasta, rice & beans are larger containers, and nuts, seeds or dried fruits are smaller. Everything is away from direct sunlight and away from the stove. This seems to work for me.

        1. For stuff I used frequently (like flour and sugar) I use big glass crocks... picked up for almost nothing at yard sales. One fore sugar has a rubber gasket that sorta seals it. Keep dry cat food in one, too. Have two for onions and potatoes... separate and never with lids on.

          I'm a BIG fan of Foodsaver vac sealer... another yard sale find. You can seal/reseal large mouth canning jars over and over again... good for rice, couscous, small pastas. Didn't even know this until I found the gizmo attachment to seal jars... no rings required. Have found probably 15-20 different cannister while yard saling and thrift shopping. Like them for crackers/cookies, bread crumbs/croutons... stuff that doesn't necessarily go "bad" but can get a stale taste. Still amazed me that people would spend GOOD $$ on these gizmos and then not use them?? Original owner of Foodsaver said she bought it cuz she thought she'd save lots of money on "family" packs of meat/chicken to freeze. Then she realized that feeding a husband an 2 almost teenaged sons... nothing sat in freezer long enough for freezer burn to become the teeniest problem!?!

          When I found EVIDENCE of unwelcomed critters in kitchen... kinda FREAKED!! SInce then EVERYTHING dry is in either a large mason jar or relatively air-tight container... always on the look-out for T-ware cannister sets... "vintage"... aka old-fashioned. If pieces are CLEAN, unwarped (from dishwasher) and have a good seal... usually very cheap. Largest cannister is perfect for 5lb bag of sugar/flour. I use those cake holders to store things like chocolate chips and brown sugar in my garage "pantry".

          1. Gallon-sized Cambros. They're cheap, they're super-durable, and they work.

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            1. re: 1POINT21GW

              Could you be more specific about the containers? I went to the Cambro website and there's a lot of stuff there. Sounds like these might be just what I need for flour and cat food (to be stored separately, of course!)

              1. re: nofunlatte

                Sorry for my lack of clarity.

                Here is the container:
                http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cambro-Clear-...

                And here is the lid:
                http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cambro-SFC245...

                The price on the Cambro is a little high. You should check with a restaurant supply house in your area to see what they're selling them for. You should be able to get it cheaper there.

                These things, properly cared for, will last you the rest of your life.

                1. re: 1POINT21GW

                  I have a bunch of those but I don't put in bulk foods out of their packaging in them; I just put boxes and bags of things into them to prevent filth and also to make it easier to remove large containers rather than individual packages out of the cabinets for washing them down when the spirit moves me. Keeps dust and crumbs out of my cabinets, too.

                  1. re: 1POINT21GW

                    Thanks! I will check them out at Zesco.