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How to Organize Your Pantry - 7 Tools & Pantry Organization Ideas

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1.Glass Jars

Ball Glass Jars

Fido Jars (Left) offer a rubber gasket and a hinged lid. Ball Jars (right) also come in many shapes and sizes and have a screw-top lid.

Tip #1 to organize your pantry is to store dry goods in glass. Air tight jars from Fido and Ball Jars can keep dry goods fresher longer, and you can see how much you have left. If you buy in bulk, glass jars are great solutions to conveniently store and display what you have in your pantry. Know exactly whats in them with reusable Chalkboard Labels from Now Designs. 


2.Bakers Storage Set

Bormioli Rocco and Progressive Air Tight Containers

Easily dispense sprinkles, keep brown sugar fresh, and get a level scoop of flour with the Bakers Storage Set from Progressive (pictured right).

Clean up messy bags of flour and brown sugar laying in your pantry with the Progressive ProKeeper 6 pc Bakers Storage Set. Not only is there an air-tight seal in each container, but there is a helpful tool included in each container. The containers are big enough to hold whole bags of flour and sugar. Progressive even has a pasta storage container with a built-in portion control for 1, 2, or 3 serving sizes.



3.FIFO Can Organization 

FIFO Can Organizer

FIFO - First In First Out -  A System used all around the world in commercial kitchens to keep fresh stock.

Canned goods can quickly clutter your cabinet and cans get pushed to the back and forgotten about. With a FIFO Can Tracker, you store more cans in your pantry with more vertical storage space and gives you the oldest stock first so nothing goes past the expiration date. As you pull each can from the bottom row, remaining cans automatically rotate from top row. The Fifo Can Tracker is designed to be expandable with additional units available for purchase. A larger 54 Can Organizer is also a great option if you have tons of cans! Hows that for ultimate pantry organization?

4.Colander as a Bowl

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Now Designs Colander - hold your fruit and drain your pasta (do not try at the same time).

Keep your pantry clean and looking sharp. A nice looking colander from Now Designs can double as a breathable decorative holder. Do not try to use colander as a cereal bowl, it does not work very well.

5.Tiered Spice Racks 

Tiered Spice Rack

Gone are the days of a pile of indistinguishable spice bottles sitting in the bottom of your cabinet. A Tiered Spice Rack lets you easily see all your spices all at once. Fill these reusable glass bottles with bulk spices and grab a pack RSVP Spice Labels for ultimate spice organization.  


6.Onions & Potatoes - Keep Them Separated

Produce Baskets

The next tip to organize your panrty (and good food storage tip in general) is for our favorite root veggies. Potatoes and onions like dark, cool and dry places so the pantry is a good spot for them. Keep potatoes and onions away from each other; onions release a gas that causes potatoes to sprout. Breathable containers like wire baskets are perfect for root veggies.



 7.Plastic or Burlap?

Reusable Bags vs Plastic Bags

If you go grocery shopping, you usually end up with a wad of plastic bags. Make a home for them with Fox Run's easy, good looking Stainless Steel Bag Saver which is the best solution for plastic bag organization. Or strive to be environmentally friendly and invest in a reusable burlap grocery tote bag. 


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About Chef Austin

About the Author: 

Chef Austin Merath is Everything Kitchen's Culinary Wizard, Kitchen-Gadget Reviewer, and New-Product Tester. He studied under chefs in College of the Ozarks' Culinary Program. It's his job to make sure you choose the kitchen tools that are right for you by testing the best we have to offer. When not cooking, Austin is tinkering with computers or exploring the Ozarks with his wife Amy. Click here for his full bio.