The 5 Best Dry Food Storage Containers
Too often dry foods come in paper or plastic bags that, once you open them up, spill all over your kitchen cupboards or rice and grains on the pantry shelves. This is where food storage containers can come in clutch. They help organize the cupboards, save space, keep food fresh, and prevent food from spilling everywhere. But what should you look for in the best dry food storage containers?
One of the biggest factors is material. Whether you choose plastic, acrylic, glass, or another style, be sure that it's strong and durable. The containers will get lots of wear in your cabinet, so having something that's well-built will help them last a long time.
Another thing to evaluate is the closure system. There are a lot of different ways lids can close, from a sealing lid to a latching canister to a push-button closure. Consider which one you prefer when making your purchase.
Lastly, keep top of mind the size of your pantry, and how much food you want to store. If you plan on measuring out portion sizes, is the jar big enough to fit a measuring cup inside? Are the edges rounded so you can pour food from it?
To help you out, I've put together a list of the best dry food storage containers in every material, size, and style..
1. The Overall Best Food Containers
Built with a stack-friendly design, these BPA-free food storage containers are constructed from transparent Zylar material that's sturdy and durable. The tough plastic is virtually indestructible and fully stain- and odor-resistant so if you leave dry food in there for months on end it won't start getting that gross, mildewy smell. The four-piece set includes a small 5-cup bin, two medium-sized tubs, and one large, 21-cup container, all of which fit together for easy storage. "I love these!" said one enthusiastic Amazon customer. "They are perfect for my baking needs. I was really looking for containers that my measuring cup would fit into. These are it!"
2. The Best Clamp Canisters
Made from strong acrylic, these clear food containers feature airtight lids with soft gaskets inside that keep your food locked and fresh with strong, stainless steel clamps. The lightweight material is smooth with a sleek aesthetic that looks like glass but isn't heavy or breakable. The popular four-piece set, which has over 1,400 reviews on Amazon, comes with 28-ounce, 38-ounce, 59-ounce, and 72-ounce round canisters that are fully stackable. They latch with an easy click and, best of all, for only $16, they're super affordable too. "These are a great alternative to the flip-top or press-to-seal containers we were using in our cabinets," said one pleased reviewer. "Those often don't get closed all the way and when holding things like cereal or rice, they invite the darn flower moth larvae that freak us all out. ... These work perfectly."
3. The Best Pop-Tops
In lieu of a canister lid, these airtight food containers function via easy push buttons that create bomb-proof seals with a simple click of your finger. The sealing system is among the best you can find and the containers are easy to stack, too. They're lightweight, with rounded corners specifically designed to make things like flour, oats, rice, and beans easy to pour. As a bonus, the pop-up buttons also tilt to act as built-in handles. The five-piece set includes a 2.1-quart, 1.5-quart, 0.3-quart, and two 0.9-quart containers, or you can purchase them individually here. The set is pricier than some of the others on this list, but they're a solid investment that'll keep your food fresh for a long time.
4. The Best Glass Jars
These glass food jars may be a bit heavier than the above options, but they feature chic bamboo lids that have strong suction cups which create super tight seals to keep food fresh. The lids have small indents on top to make them easy to stack and the square bases so they are sturdy and stable on any flat surface. You don't have to twist or screw them on — just push the lid in and pull it off when you're ready to use. "These are very attractive jars that seal very solidly," said one Amazon user. "They are so pretty I will be leaving them out on my counter instead of hiding them in my pantry!"
5. The Most Bang For Your Buck (Plus They Come With Labels)
These modular containers boast handy stick-on labels that feature a smooth, matte texture. The vinyl writing surface is compatible with regular chalk or the quick-drying liquid pen that's included in the purchase. The lids have clear windows to help identify your food and are not only airtight but spill-proof too. Unlike some dry food containers, these ones can store liquid too and go in the fridge — they won't leak fluid or crack from the cold. The eight-piece set includes two tall containers, two medium bins, two small tubs, and two mini units. "Great containers," said one happy customer. "They stack well, are easy to open and close, they look great, and I love the labels and chalk pen that come with them."
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