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Organizing Canned Goods

A well organized kitchen makes meal preparation and grocery shopping easier. Keeping your canned goods organized will help to know when you need to replace that product and may even be helpful in last minute meal creation, or off the shelf cooking. This is a guide about organizing canned goods.


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April 21, 2010 Flag

I was putting my cans in the pantry from a recent trip to the supermarket and decided to share this. For all who use canned beans of any sort, I'm sure you've had to deal with the beans on the bottom and juice/soup at the top. When you turn the can up to empty it, all the goodies are in the bottom.


I store mine upside down so that all the beans settle in the top of the can and the soup is in the bottom. When I open it, everything just jumps out into the sauce pan or wave dish. I don't have to scrape or put water in it to get everything out.

By MartyD

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April 26, 20100 found this helpful

Great idea, but you have me stumped. What is a wave dish?

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December 17, 2005 Flag

Here is how I solved the endless "what can will I grab" from the food pantry. I cut strips of wood then placed in rows to hold my canned goods on the bottom shelf of my cabinet. I used a square of wood to hold them in place at the front of each row.This will work for any space I'm sure. I took this photo after Thanksgiving, obviously we'd hit the corn!

By Melanie from IL

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January 13, 20140 found this helpful

I hae open storage shelf's (my letter will not type the letter I need.) I write the name, best by date on the bottom. I can look under the shelf it is on and see what I need if things get out of place which they seem to do. Writing the best by date is ery helpful. I turn the cans upside down to make sure they get used first.

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October 6, 2014 Flag

Right now, the cabinet fronts of the kitchen are coming off, I mean literally falling off! So I moved my food to the dresser where I keep my dishes for now. Not wanting to take them all out to find just one, I marked them on the top. This helped me and I hope it will help you.

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January 4, 20150 found this helpful

Glad I could help Diane99. Here's another idea if you want to spend a little now and save space later.

Take all your same style boxed or pouch dishes (mac/cheese, rice, etc) and note how much is in each box. For instance, if each box of m/c has 1 cup of macaroni, mix 5 or so boxes in an airtight container, even putting the mix pouch in with it if there is room. If not, put them in their own container. Write the directions on the lid, or cut out one box and keep it in with the pouches. This will do two will save you space, and it will protect the boxes from moisture and critters.

When you are ready to make a rice dish, scoop out the amount of rice needed for the servings and add your pouch as you would if you opened the box just then.

I hope that helps, too.


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November 29, 2016 Flag

Two empty tuna cans.

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I recently found a cool little product in a catalog that helped your "unstackable" can fit inside a "topsy turvy" can stacker. They weren't much but when you are watching every penny even $6.00 plus S+H is something to avoid especially when you can make them yourself.

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June 23, 2011 Flag

Living in the South, it seems like dust will accumulate out of nowhere in no time at all, including inside my cabinets. No matter how diligent I am about dusting, before I can turn around, it's back!

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May 14, 2013 Flag

I have a drawer used for cans only in my kitchen cabinet. I took a permanent marker and labeled the top of each can. Now when I roll the drawer open, I can see what's stored in a glance.

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March 7, 2006 Flag

I enjoy organizing and my most helpful tip I use in the kitchen. When I buy canned goods, I store them in the pantry in alphabetical order.

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May 17, 2002 Flag

I like to can fruits and vegetables, but my basement is heated and a cool dry place is needed to store home canned products. So I bought a used refrigerator and put in my basement just for canned goods. It keeps them cool and dry.

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