Kitchen canister sets are made in different shapes and sizes, as well as materials from ceramic to copper to glass. One important factor that they all have in common is that they must be airtight to store dry goods. The canisters must seal efficiently to keep out moisture and insects that can spoil stored foods. Most dry food staples can be stored in kitchen canisters, especially if they are kept out of direct sunlight.
Baking supplies, such as different types of flour, keep well in kitchen canisters. Airtight canisters with silicone or rubber seals that are seated on the cover and fit tightly to the lip of the canister work best to keep out humidity and moisture that can make the flour clump together. These seals also keep insects and their larvae out of the flour. The flour canister is usually the largest canister in a kitchen canister set.
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The next largest canister in a kitchen canister set may be the sugar canister. Sugar is also negatively affected by humidity and moisture. It creates lumps and becomes sticky when the canister seal does not form an airtight bond with the canister. Ensure that the seal works correctly by brushing it off so that no sugar crystals clog the grooves in the seal when closed.
Remove your spaghetti pasta from its store box and place it in a tall kitchen canister. These taller kitchen canisters are ideal for storing spaghetti without breaking up the dry pasta strands. Whole spaghetti strands that you can twirl on a fork Italian style make the eating experience more enjoyable for spaghetti lovers. Keep the spaghetti kitchen canister on the counter top within easy reach for quick meal preparation.
It is especially important that coffee beans and ground coffee be stored in an airtight kitchen canister so that they do not lose the oils essential to the coffee taste through evaporation. Silicone or rubber seals can make a kitchen canister airtight; however, they often attract ground coffee particles that stick and can prevent a good seal on a coffee canister. Brush off both the seal and the canister rim before closing so that they are free of coffee particles.