Kitchen Canisters

Kitchen canisters are an excellent way of organizing your kitchen and giving it a uniform look. Most canisters have wide mouths so it is easy to store items in them. Canisters of different types and sizes can be used for different purposes as certain foods may react with some materials. Cute and funky canisters also look good in a kitchen and matching sets of canisters give your kitchen a style quotient.

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Glass Canisters

Glass canisters look good and are easy to care for as they wash well. As most glass is see through you will know at a glance how much is left in them and when you need to refill supplies. Glass does not react with acidic foods and so you can store a variety of things in them. Glass can also be sterilized if required, gives a feeling of warmth in the kitchen and is a food lover’s delight. If you think glass canisters are boring, they do come with metal or colored lids that look distinctive.

However, glass has some negatives, too. It is easily breakable and, as glass is heavy, you cannot usually stack glass canisters one on top of the other. So if space is a problem you may have to think twice about using glass. For the same reason it is not a good idea to use even small glass canisters in the refrigerator, especially as condensation will form as you take glass containers out and they can become slippery.

Metal Canisters

Metal is very versatile for kitchen canisters. It can be lightweight or heavy and looks good. You can get metal canisters made of different metals including:

  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Bronze
  • Pewter
  • Brass

Often available in sets, metal canisters are versatile to keep large items. However, if you have many metal canisters, and you do not label them, you, or anyone else using the kitchen, may get confused and need to open a lot of them to find things. Depending on the kind of lids they have, some canisters may be stackable as well. While metal canisters can be used to store dry goods, you cannot keep acidic foods in them.


Plastic Kitchen Canisters

Plastic canisters are very versatile as they are lightweight, do not break and last a long time. You can get opaque or transparent plastic, depending on your requirements. Plastic canisters, with colored lids, look good and are easily stackable, taking up less space in the kitchen. They can be used in the refrigerator and freezer as well and are usually dishwasher and microwave safe, adding to their usefulness.

One negative that plastic canisters have is that if you store strong smelling foods in them, they retain the odors. It can be difficult to get rid of the smell, except after multiple washing and air drying, leaving them for a long period.

Kitchen canisters are not always simply round or square, they are often available in quirky shapes and designs. They may be embossed, carved, painted or printed and the kind of canisters you buy can reflect your personality. Canisters may come in the shape of fruits or vegetables or as cartoon characters. The kind of canisters you buy will also depend on your family setting, for example with small children, you may want to avoid breakables.

You can also buy expensive canisters made of pottery, enamel, silver, terracotta and ceramic with designs on them. Antique and vintage canisters are also available in antique shops, flea markets and garage sales, if you want to buy a few conversation pieces. Depending on your kitchen décor and your own personal tastes, you can buy kitchen canisters to suit your needs and desires.

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