Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: In the middle of nowhere, at the centre of everything.
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I bought two cases of half-gallon canning jars about 10 years ago and paired them with re-useable plastic one-piece lids. They work brilliantly for items like nuts, specialty flours, grains, legumes, dried fruits and the like. For smaller-quantity items I use a similar set up with 12-oz. jars. And for spices, I use a collection of baby food jars with avery-label circles covering the tops of the lids (the kind I have are the Earth's Best, which have gold-coloured lids and look pretty nice once the labels are on the top).
My pantry looks absolutely delicious. The jars, all lined up, look more like décor than clutter. There must be something on that second X chromosome related to the "gathering" part of our hunter/gatherer past that makes visual evidence of a well-stocked pantry strike pride in my heart.
Mountain mama to one great kid and three great grown-ups