Over the past year, I have been making small steps to living a more eco-conscious lifestyle. I switched out the majority of our plastic tupperware (it’s actually the store brand disposable stuff..) for glass storage containers, so I thought it was finally time I swapped out our plastic dollar store bulk food storage containers for a green alternative.
I’ve been casually on the hunt for a glass bulk food storage solution for several months now. Xavier and I frequent the bulk bins at Whole Foods and Sprouts (rice, legumes, nuts and yes, sometimes even candy). I found some decently priced canisters that were available for sale individually on The Container Store’s site, but the reviews were consistently poor, stating that the containers held less than suggested. The containers are no longer available. Wonder why! I found a 5 piece set on Amazon that was also in my price range, but people complained about the container lids not being tight enough.
Finally I landed on the Anchor Hocking Glass Cylinder Canisters with Stainless Steel Lids (Set of 4) at Bed, Bath & Beyond ($19.99). The set includes 25-ounce (4 3/4” tall), 40-ounce (6.5” tall), 60-ounce (8.5” tall) and 70-ounce (10 3/4′ tall) jars with lids. All have a diameter of 4.25″.
- They look great on your counter. I severely lack counter space, so I doubt these will see the light of day, but one day, ONE DAY they will make a counter appearance.
- The largest canister is the perfect height for spaghetti. The 2nd largest canister is the perfect size for 1lb of most pasta- I’ve tried shells and rigatoni so far.
- Dishwasher safe.
- Stainless steel lids.
- Interchangeable lids (the diamond of each canister is the same)
- Only $20 – well, $19.99. Plus, if you find these in-store and you have one of those 20% off coupons, then you’re looking at roughly $16.
- Made in China. This isn’t a huge con for me, but just putting it out there.
- The largest one of kind of heavy, especially once filled, so.. yeah. Don’t drop it! Luckily the glass is pretty thick.
- You have to buy them as a set. If you want a ton of the large one, tough noogies.
- There is one negative review from 2011 on the Bed, Bath & Beyond site that says over time the grooved plastic on the inside of the lid has separated from the stainless steel on his set (I have no idea why I assumed it is a male?).
I’ve had mine for several weeks and enjoy them so much I already bought a second set (it just arrived today actually!). I find that the mouth of the canister is large enough for me to fit my hand in with no trouble, which makes it very easy to clean. I would pop them in the dishwasher, but I don’t have a dishwasher (#firstworldproblems). I will keep pasta in the second largest container since it seems to be just the right size for a pound of pasta (again, I’ve only tried rigatoni and shells). The tallest container is just short enough to fit in my 1960′s midget kitchen cabinets (score!), so I am a very happy camper. I just received a 20% off ONLINE coupon, so you know.. a third set might be in my future.
Bye, bye plastic containers! You were kind to my budget, but it’s time for both of us to move on. Don’t worry guys, I’m not chucking these just yet. I have a feeling I can repurpose these babies somehow… stay tuned!