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I have heavy square glass canisters with tight-fitting lids that I store dried ingredients (elbow macaroni, rice, beans, etc.) in on the countertop. The glass lets me see the level of these products so I know when to add that item to the grocery list.
When I refill these containers, I always cut the cooking directions off the package and place under the lid so that I have them handy. Although I rarely glance at the directions any more, it is really handy when someone else has to be in the kitchen preparing food.
I recently found 3 glass canisters with matching lids, all similiar in size, at a local thrift store, all for $3.00 each. I'm going to do the same with them, as you've done with yours. I bought them for the very same reason. The old colored Tupperware canisters I have now, I have to open them to see what amount of product I have inside. I'd rather have the glass canisters. The old ones have served their purpose & now time to move on.
I have one thing to add about finding cannister for free; I go to Wild Oats/aka Sun Harvest grocery story and my grocery manager gave me used herb/seasoning glass canisters that are empty in the bulk section of his store. It's a good possibility that they don't need the cannisters because once they are finished selling the product they no longer have a use for the cannisters and would just throw them away. :) Hope it helps all you thrify shoppers out there.