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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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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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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November 29, 2016 Flag

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.

I tried to find some plastic peanut butter or mayo lids but they were the same size as the cans. Then I remembered some cans I have been saving and found two that were a bit bigger than I wanted them to be, but still worked.

I want to make them with the shrimp cans as they are a bit smaller, but for our post here, I used albacore tuna. They work good and when I get another can of shrimp from my friend, I will make another set.

Simply use E-6000 glue and insert one can into the base of the other, making sure you have a set like the nice nesting ones you can get. Mine are in a cupboard that is pretty tight but yours might be taller. I am pretty short so it's an issue.

When the glue dries you can use these to keep your cans from falling over.


Source: Saw these in a novelty catalog.

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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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