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By Melanie from IL
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.