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I would really like something better than the bags to store my flour and sugar (etc.) in (it just ends up messy and cumbersome - I buy big bags).<br><br>
The only thing I've been able to come up with is a large lidded tub, but that is plastic and I'd like to avoid plastic (although plastic in the lid could be okay if that's what's available).<br><br>
So what do you use?<br><br>
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Glass jars with screw top lids. I reuse honey/spaghetti sauce/nut butter/etc jars. I like to let them soak to remove the labels & wash the lids really well if they carry odor (a drop of tea tree and lemon juice & a bowl of hot water & let them sit for a half hour). The jars work great & the contents are easy to see.<br><br>
edit - babyfood/smaller product jars work well for spices.<br><br>
Yeeaaaahhh... if by "large" amounts you buy 25-50 lbs of something like tbone, I would NOT suggest using the jars I recommended! Can you imagine 50 lbs of flour stored in nutbutter jars?! My post may or may not be helpful to you!
 

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I use gallon size glass jars with lid (the kind that pickles or sweet peppers come in at sandwich shops).<br><br>
I trash pick them out of the corner store's recycling!<br><br>
We buy grains and beans and such in 25lb-50lb bags and then we store the overflow in their original bags in a rubbermaid tote.
 

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I've been transitioning to glass jars as I find and can afford them. I've gptten several <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FParfait-French-Glass-Canning-Gasket%2Fdp%2FB001A5QI9Q%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dhome-garden%26qid%3D1275499868%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">Le Parfait</a> and Arc jars at the thrift store ranging in size from .5 liter to 4 liter. I store things like coffee, brown sugar, cornmeal, grits and ground flax seed in them. I think I've gotten most of them for $2-$3. I've replaced the rubber rings w/ new ones from amazon.<br><br>
I just found large (7.5 quart) jars at Garden Ridge for $10 each for the flour and sugar I keep on my counter. I do buy flour and sugar in bulk and store it in 4 gallon plastic icing tubs gotten for free from the grocery store bakery. I'm still looking for something non plastic both big enough and affordable enough.
 

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I once had a variety of large glass jars. Some were Mason style with rubber rings, others just had simple screw-top lids. I find the rubber rings get yucky after a while. The only disadvantage compared to plastic is that glass is heavier - a problem only if you have flimsy shelving.<br><br>
I ditched most of them during one long-distance move, when I had to get rid of all foodstuffs anyway, and we were trying to minimize weight/volume for shipping. I've been looking for replacements. We have limited cupboard space, so for right now, I'm tolerating the original paper packaging because I can pile them into a smaller area. It's a pain though, because I can never find anything. Some day I will have a lovely pantry with lots of organized shelving, and rows of glass jars.
 

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I use glass jars with screw top lids or those similar to the Le Parfait jars mentioned up thread.
 

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7.5L might be big enough to satisfy me, but no Garden ridge stores nearby. I was mostly thinking huge - I buy a 20KG bag of flour and want to keep it in something. But maybe I just need to let that go and only keep a few liters on the counter and refill from the bag. That would make a lot more sense, wouldn't it? I'm just lazy and the idea of dumping once is nicer for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I will check the local thrift shops for something - I did a while ago but came up empty handed - but maybe I'm just dreaming too big! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I looked around and could not find anything that wasn't plastic. So, I just use the big bag inside a big Rubbermaid bin. At least the flour isn't touching the plastic I figure.
 

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That's true. Hmmm... Now to figure out how to organize it all...<br><br>
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Hermetically sealed jars like the Le Parfait above. Meijer has the Italian version when I can't find them at yard sales.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I use gallon size glass jars with lid (the kind that pickles or sweet peppers come in at sandwich shops).<br><br>
We buy grains and beans and such in 25lb-50lb bags and then we store the overflow in their original bags in a rubbermaid tote.</div>
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Gallon glass jars in the kitchen for flours, etc (and goldfish crackers<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) and then I leave the rest in the original bag in a closed closet dedicated to food storage in the basement.<br><br>
I use old jelly, sauce, pb etc jars for things like yeast, small amounts of cornmeal, nut flours, etc that I keep in the fridge.<br><br>
Very cheap if you buy those items anyway and if you aren't too proud to scoop the big ones out of recycling bins!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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IKEA has some nice big glass jars (with glass lids) perfect for storing staples in bulk; and cheap too!<br><br><a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40065867" target="_blank">IKEA glass jars</a>
 

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I store everyday quantities in mason jars - quart & half gallons depending on what it is (ie beans/rice/salt/sugar/etc are in quarts, various flours are in half gallons).<br><br>
For my beans/grains/etc that I buy in 25-50# bags, I have <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBall-70013-Gallon-Creative-Container%2Fdp%2FB0002MID1O" target="_blank">4 gallon ball jars</a>. Honestly though, if I was starting over, I'd just buy 5 gallon food-grade buckets and gamma seal lids... I've had a couple of the glass lids break on me, and apparently its not possible to buy replacements. Which is a real bummer, lemme tell you what!!
 

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I use gallon sized glass pickle jars that my MIL has been bringing me from the retirement home she works at. A 30lb bag of flour fits into 4 1/2 jars. I like them because I keep one in the pantry and store the rest in the cool basement. I know that bugs cannot get in because of the glass.<br><br>
I also use 2 cup size glass nut butter and mason jars for leftovers and freezing.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">IKEA has some nice big glass jars (with glass lids) perfect for storing staples in bulk; and cheap too!<br><br><a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40065867" target="_blank">IKEA glass jars</a></div>
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I forgot about the IKEA ones. I actually have some of those too.<br><br>
If those huge ball jars had different lids I'd be all over them, but I bought a 2 gallon one to fill with goodies for MIL one Christmas and the lid was a huge PITA. I could easily see it getting broken if you used it often.
 

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No fair linking to 4 gallon jars that are unavailable! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I do have some small IKEA ones, and they are good. Hmm...<br><br>
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I've actually had a lot of luck at Value village for glass kitchen jars. And I also use the huge pickle jars. I have been known to use those big popcorn tins after a family friend gave us nasty flavored popcorn for xmas lol.
 
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