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Organizing Canned Goods

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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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December 17, 200515 found this helpful

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!
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By Melanie from IL

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 17, 20050 found this helpful

I like your idea. I feel my cupboard is usless. The shelves are deep and it takes me forever to find something. I straighten them out and it does not last.Are your shelves deep. They look like it.

Ruth

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December 18, 20050 found this helpful

Simple and effective. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 18, 20050 found this helpful

Great Idea Melanie. Thankfully, my husband can

do just about anything. He has so many projects

that his list will take him well into the next 100 years.

However, he's going to have to fit your idea into my

can cupboard sometime soon. It looks very nice and will work for us too. Thank you so much.

Merry Christmas,

Julia in Orlando, FL

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December 19, 20050 found this helpful

What a great idea. I have been trying to figure out what to do as I live in a travel trailer. Thanks for the input.

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December 19, 20050 found this helpful

I love your idea...I need to show my dh your this pic and see what he thinks of it.

Ziggee

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 19, 20050 found this helpful

Great idea..I need some help with my cupboard and this looks like it will solve my problem with about 3 shelves. Thanks

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 7, 20060 found this helpful

What a great idea! Thanks for the picture--it really makes it clear what you are talking about and makes it easy for us to duplicate your great idea. I think even I can do this. Thanks!

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January 26, 20060 found this helpful

Thats one of the neatest ideas I've seen in ages.......thanks for shareing!!!!! deb

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February 9, 20060 found this helpful

This looks like a great idea. We have been storing canned goods on shelves in the basement....nothing wrong with that probably for most folks but I just don't like to go in the basement. Hubby spends a lot of time down there as he has a basement workshop; however he is not good at keeping inventory of the canned goods! So I plan on not buying as many in the future and also am gonna start storing more upstairs in my laundry room. I have two pantry closets in there and have been spending time getting them organized. The deeper one I am using for small appliances and cleaning products and the one with narrower depth shelves is gonna be for food items. One whole wide shelf devoted to canned goods should be enough and since they will not be stacked probably more than 3 or 4 deep, I should be able to see what I have! We definitely have wasted canned food because altho it does not spoil if the can is not damaged, it sure doesn't taste good when it's past its prime!

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September 27, 20070 found this helpful

Love the idea of organizing the canned goods. I'm not sure if you have elevated the back but I would want that done if and when my husband could do it so the cans would roll forward. I have very deep shelves too and it's easy for them to get lost. Great job.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 4, 20080 found this helpful

Awesome. I am gonna build one just like that.

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February 10, 20120 found this helpful

This is the best and most inexpensive way to organise the pantry shelves I've seen yet. So many of the organisation sites seem to want you to spend lots of money on organising systems-how is that thrifty?!

But this one uses what most of us already have on hand-it's easy to raise a pre-existing shelf so that it slopes forward (use wedges at the back under the support) and the stop at the front can be made with stuff lying around the shed or garage.

Thank-you Thrifty Tips for bringing this great tip back!

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February 10, 20120 found this helpful

I have a pull out shelves in my kitchen where I store the canned goods. When I come home from the store I take a sharpie marker and write what the item is on the top of the can. It sure saves time when I'm looking for something and also my grandchildren like to read the tops of the cans and like to pick out their favorite fruit to go along with our dinner.

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February 13, 20120 found this helpful

Melanie,

How did you determine the angle of the slant for the shelving? I probably over-think these things but could you tell me how much higher the back of the shelf is than the front. Thank-you.

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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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August 4, 20140 found this helpful

What a great idea. Thank you for the picture as it makes it much clearer for me.

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April 21, 2010

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 22, 20100 found this helpful

I do too. Great tip. I also clean the tops before I open them. I read this tip awhile ago because of unwanted critters on the loose in warehouses.

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April 22, 20100 found this helpful

Great idea on the beans. Will go turn them ALL upside down now. :-)

I ALWAYS wipe the tops of cans before opening them and I also rinse or wipe down soft drink cans before drinking from them.

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April 22, 20100 found this helpful

I love this idea...so simple! Yet, absolutely fab.

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Anonymous
April 22, 20100 found this helpful

Interesting idea but why don't you just shake them before opening? Even baked beans will distribute the goodies evenly doing that. I am still going to give you a thumbs up for being creative ;-)

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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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May 11, 20130 found this helpful

I am going right now and flip all the cans of beans in my pantry! This is another "Now why didn't I think of this?" hint. It makes perfect sense...

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October 6, 2014

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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October 12, 20141 found this helpful

I'm glad I read your solution. We are trying to stock the pantry before my husband retires in a few months. We plan to triple the usable space in our tiny 18" wide closet by adding more shelves between the existing ones.

The current height between shelves is not enough to stack 2 cans on top of each other. But with another shelf, we can double the space by laying the cans sideways. Your idea will make it easy to find what I need.

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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 things...it 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.

PBP

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January 4, 20150 found this helpful

That's a good one, Sandi. I usually remove things like dry pasta or rice from their cheap packaging right away and put in an airtight container and write the date. The packaging gets it to you, but a lot of that thin plastic has air holes or will bust if you mess with it too much.

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June 23, 2011

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!

I used to store my canned goods right side up. But just about every time I would get one out to use, I'd have to wipe the dust off the top before opening it. Well I finally figured out a simple and so obvious way to fix this problem, I was upset with myself for taking so long to think of it! LOL

I simply store my canned goods upside down! I wipe them off (since many times they are dusty from the grocery store), then just turn them upside down when I put them in the cabinet. Now all I have to do is pull a can out and open it right away. No more dusting before opening! Since I open from the top of the can, I don't worry about the bottom of it being dusty.

Especially in summer, every second saved in a hot kitchen means a lot to me!

By Cricket from Parkton, NC

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June 24, 20110 found this helpful

I always wash the tops of cans before opening. When I use my can opener some of the juice from the food gets on the top of the cans. Who knows what little beasties have walked on it in the store.

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June 25, 20110 found this helpful

Same here, I run a soapy sponge over the top of the can before I open it. Not just because of the "beasties", but even more so because of all the hands that touched it before mine & probably most of them not washed! Glad to know I'm not the only one worried about germs,sometimes I feel paranoid!

But turning them upside down does keep the dust down, mine seem to be dusty every time I get them out of the pantry too. I've als heard, & discovered that turning them upside down really helps with things like beans & food that sticks to the bottom, turn them upside down & they stick to the lid instead.

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June 27, 20110 found this helpful

My can opener is relatively new, but it cuts a tiny bit of the paper label causing it to leave tiny pieces of the label which can fall into the food. For that reason, I've started removing the label and just washing the whole can.

I was rather surprised to find that some labels have glue that has darkened next to the can. This might be just a particular type of glue, but it didn't look very clean. We've always wiped the tops of cans before opening them, but now, I feel better just washing the whole can. It only takes a minute and it

gives me a little peace of mind.

The way things are these days, we don't know where half of what we're using is coming from, or how or what it was made of to begin with. I take every precaution I know, and am always looking for other tips about doing more.

Thanks for mentioning this. We all have to be more careful now about ways to protect our families including our pets.

Suziq9

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March 7, 2006

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. All of the canned beans go first followed usually by the corn and then the greens etc.

When it's time to repurchase cans I only have to look at the section that is low to know what I need to replace. When I reach for a can of beans, I never have to sort through the pantry I just go to the first section on the shelf and there they are. Same with my spices, they too are in ABC order. It works great!

By Connie A. from Tennessee

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March 7, 20060 found this helpful

Hi Connie! We have been married 40 years also. Yes, we shopped at the commissary and lived off base, too! I always remember that we bought groceries, filled the car with gas and made sure to have ten cents for a telephone call so my husband was never UA, IF the car broke down. We smile fondly when we look at a dime and remember we were "rich"enough to have ten cents left over until the next payday!

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March 7, 20060 found this helpful

Hi, I have my spices in abc order too. Makes it much easier to find. Good tip!

Donita

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May 14, 2013

I have a sailboat where the canned food storage is basically a bin with a lid. The cans are stored in the bottom side by side so the labels are hidden. I took a permanent marker and labeled the top of each can.

I also have a drawer used for cans only in my kitchen cabinet. I label cans before storing them in the drawer just as I do on the boat. Now when I roll the drawer open, I can see what's stored in a glance.

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May 20, 20130 found this helpful

Thank-you! You have just solved my 'Ack, I have no pantry!' dilemma! Spare chest of drawers, now that's something I have:)

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May 17, 20022 found this helpful

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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November 29, 2016

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.

Two empty tuna cans.

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