Free Kitchen Storage Containers

I live in the "backwoods" of Montana. In June of 2011, we had very heavy rainfall that resulted in my kitchen ceiling leaking. I was trying to figure out how to keep my pantry dry and thought about the old fashioned 1 gallon glass jars. I took a trip in to my local grocery store to see if I could get some at the deli.

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I ended up with 1 Gallon plastic salad dressing containers. They work awesome for storing sugar, flour, cornmeal, baking mix, macaroni, cereal, rolled oats, dried milk, crackers, trail mix; you name it. They have a base of about 8 inches square, they have a pretty blue screw on lid and a very convenient handle on the side. I tore off the label and made my own for the outside. If there is a recipe that is on the outside of the bag (cornbread or biscuits, etc.), I simply cut it off of the bag, stick it in a baggie, and tuck it in with the baking mix or cornmeal.

Another added benefit of these containers is that I can see at a glance what I am almost out of when I make out my grocery list. I then bring home my groceries, open the packages, and dump them into the proper container.

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The only mistake I made was telling everyone in the Deli what I use them for and now the ladies are taking them home themselves. These awesome containers are being thrown away on a daily basis by any restaurant or deli that uses salad dressing. I didn't spend a dime :)

By Linny from Roundup, MT

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March 26, 20121 found this helpful

I did this too when I worked 4 a deli years ago. Also had big spice jars that they put in trash weekly - great idea!

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March 26, 20121 found this helpful

*That is a great tip. Even the frosted kind like you can get pickles and mayo/mustard out of are good. You can simply write on what is inside with a felt marker.

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Another idea is to keep the ones that other foods come in, which I like better because they are squared.

Coffee containers, esp' the kind with an actual handle, are perfect. I also use pickle, mayo, relish and other jars for food, vitamins, and even the cake topper for yarn.

My philosophy is "reuse it or refuse it".

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March 31, 20120 found this helpful

We get white buckets at our local deli that have mayo, salad dressing, etc. in and use them as planters outside. They usually have a stack of them in the shop and you can help yourself.

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They would make good storage containers also since they come with lids, just have to wash them good and air out to get rid of the food odor.

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