Food transfer: what storage containers do i need and what fits where?

Transferring food: Which storage cans do I need and what fits where??

Anyone who spends time on Pinterest or Instagram will be familiar with them: the perfectly organized pantries filled with shelves of matching containers. With beautifully organized food and consistent labeling – without a box or plastic bag far and wide. We all love these pictures. But the visual aspect is only one.

Why should you decant food?

Why not just put the boxes of cereal, pasta and baking powder directly on the shelf?? Transferring food is the first way to get rid of obvious messes. If you look in your cupboard, you will find that there is hardly any package or can that has the same format. Neat stacking is hardly possible this way. And there is packaging (z.B. Cornflakes), which have another bag in the cardboard packaging. It is a waste of space!

  • The overview

Let’s stay with the example of cornflakes packaging: Who hasn’t had the experience of coming back from shopping and finding only a mini remnant of cornflakes in the packaging the next morning?? If you refill it into a transparent package, you always know how much is left.

Food transfer: what storage containers do i need and what fits where?

  • Longer shelf life and fewer bugs

Putting food in airtight containers extends its shelf life. And you ward off unwelcome visitors, like mealworms or moths, which can easily bite through paper bags. Already when decanting, you can see if the package comes out of the store with vermin infestation (which does not happen so rarely) and you can exchange it directly.

  • Easier to use

However, decanting into containers not only helps you keep track of how much you have, it also makes it easier to use the food. Spooning the flour out of a container is much easier than out of a torn bag, which additionally cannot be closed again properly.

The best container

There are three criteria that storage cans should meet: They must be transparent, close tightly and make the best use of cabinet space.

Number 1: Why transparent?

In a transparent box, you can immediately see the contents and also the fill level of the foodstuffs. Just cut the best before date (MHD) out of the package and tape it to the container. If it has to be quick and you don’t want to label extra stickers, that helps too: Cut out packaging lid or bag labeling of the food and simply put it on top. The transparent lid makes it easy to read everything. If you label your cans on the side because the boxes are on a shelf, for example, just slide the note down the side of the container wall on the inside. The food then automatically keeps it there in place.

Number 2: Close tightly

Keyword food moths: Clearly, the tighter the lid, the higher the protection against pests. This also prevents moisture from penetrating and keeps everything optimally dry and fresh.

Number 3: Making the most of the cupboard.

Large glasses often look very nice, but due to the round shape they do not use the space optimally. Swapping out jars to square boxes yields a space gain of ca. 20%. In addition, square cans are easier to stack and combine with each other.

The big question: Which storage containers do I need and what fits where??

In fact, this topic is really exciting. Because when we buy food, it is usually given in grams and the sizes of storage cans in liters. How does it fit together? Do I have to convert my kilo of flour into liters now?? It is the same as with water – 1 kilo is equal to one liter? Unfortunately, it is not quite that simple. One kilo of flour unfortunately does not correspond to one liter of volume. And 1 kg of coffee beans has a completely different space consumption again. Put the packages of one liter of milk, one package of flour (1kg) and one kilo of coffee beans next to each other. This is the best way to see the differences. What is needed to calculate the space required by a food product is bulk density.

So that you don’t have to use a calculator every time or choose the wrong vessel, here is a table.

The storage box size chart

Better buy a little bigger

The following consideration is important: what do I want to decant and how much of it? If you bake only once a year and store a packet of flour, you need a smaller container than someone who bakes cakes twice a week. Then the can should be twice as big to be able to store more.

And one more tip: I’ll stick with the coffee example here. 500g of ground coffee has a volume of 0.9 liters. A package would thus fit perfectly into a liter container. But how does it look in real life? The coffee is ideally bought when the can is not yet completely empty. So there is still a rest in it and the new pack is refilled. In most cases, the new coffee then fits exactly into the can. Not. No, let’s be honest: It never works out and so there is always some leftover in the coffee bag, which then flies around in the cupboard for days.

So for food that barely fits into a storage can, it’s better to choose the next size up. In this case it would be the 1.5 liter can.

I am unsure about the size

Flour is a good example of a product that is sold by almost all manufacturers in a size of 1 kg in a paper bag. But it already stops at semolina: From kilo packs to 300g cans, you can find everything. If the food is sold in kilos, pounds and half pounds (1000g, 500g, 250g), then the food can be quickly calculated down in the table and the appropriate container can be found. But there are products that do not fit into any scheme. Neither from a comparable size, nor the package unit.

Food transfer: what storage containers do i need and what fits where?
Food transfer: what storage containers do i need and what fits where?

In that case, the only thing that helps is trial and error: Simply place the package in the chosen container. If the lid can be closed comfortably, then it is loosely enough.

Food transfer: what storage containers do i need and what fits where?
Food transfer: what storage containers do i need and what fits where?

Comparing similar foods also helps: cocoa powder has a similar density to flour, ginger and nutmeg are also similar, and lentils and rice each fit a kilo in a 1.5-liter container.

Plan smart

If you want to transfer your food, you need to take a close look not only at what things you like to keep in a can and how much of it you have, but also at what your space requirements are. The first question is: where are the vessels? In a drawer? In a closet? On a shelf? How high can stack the cans?

Food transfer: what storage containers do i need and what fits where?

Whether it’s a drawer or a cabinet, the first thing to do is look at the footprint and measure it accurately. Once you have calculated this (length x width), you can calculate how many cans can be placed there next to each other. This is relatively easy because all LOFT cans have the base area of 10 cm as their base (10×10 cm, 10×20 cm, 10×15 cm). On a square paper you can draw in the cans quite wonderfully and calculate your need. But be careful: Don’t plan too tightly! This is because the cans have a very slightly protruding rim at the top and you still have to be able to grab it to lift it out.

And then can be planned in height. Depending on the depth of the drawer or height of the shelf/cupboard and the need for different sizes, you can now look to see what doses you need. Since the LOFT cans can be stacked by the size quite wonderfully, can be worked here also prima with different sizes. In the case of drawers, the cans should then be labeled from the top to finish, and from the side for cabinets and shelves.

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