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Glass Jars and Canisters

Updated on February 14, 2014

Practical Kitchen Storage

I am in the market for glass storage jars for my kitchen. I would consider a nice canister set, but I am not adverse to using an assortment of unmatched jars with lids.

I like the look of clear glass. I enjoy seeing the color and texture of the contents. It also makes it easy for me to find things in the kitchen, since my memory is not what it used to be.

I will use my jars on the counter top and in the pantry. I have seen attractive displays of glass storage on open shelves as well. This is a versatile choice!

I will not be limiting my use of glass jars to the kitchen either! I think it is handy in the bathroom to coral small items, as well as in the sewing room. Where could you use a new set of glass canisters?

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Cookie Jar from the Old General Store

My mother bought one of these about 30 years ago. She keeps it on her counter, filled with cookies for the grandchildren. It is always very welcoming to help yourself to a snack when visiting. Everyone knows she will have it filled with a yummy choice for her family. Maybe I will pass along this tradition for my own future grandkids!

Cracker Jars

I have a couple of these in different sizes. I keep my sugar in one of them and my tea bags in another.

Anchor Hocking 3-Piece Glass Cracker Jar Canister Set
Anchor Hocking 3-Piece Glass Cracker Jar Canister Set

This set contains three different sizes, and they can also be purchased individually. I am very fond of the jars I have like this.

 

More Canisters

Here are some other options that are in the running. Which ones would you choose?

Libbey 71366 Vibe 42-Ounce Glass Storage Jars, Set of 4
Libbey 71366 Vibe 42-Ounce Glass Storage Jars, Set of 4

I like the interesting shape of these jars. They come in a variety of sizes. They would be nice to display on the kitchen counter.

 
Oggi 8 Piece Round Airtight Glass Canister and Spice Jar Set with Stainless Steel Lids
Oggi 8 Piece Round Airtight Glass Canister and Spice Jar Set with Stainless Steel Lids

These canisters remind me of the 1970's. They look nice in a contemporary kitchen, or would good well with your retro collections.

 

Small Spice Jars

For now I am keeping my spices in their original containers inside a box in my pantry. Maybe eventually I will organize them in uniform jars. If so, these will be up for consideration.

RSVP Big Mouth Airtight Glass Spice Jar, Set of 6
RSVP Big Mouth Airtight Glass Spice Jar, Set of 6

A big mouth in a small jar. These are cute!

 

Barrel-Shaped Jar with Handle

This jar reminded me of the old pickle barrels. It's pretty cute!

Anchor Hocking 2.5-Gallon Glass Barrel Jar with Brushed Aluminum Lid
Anchor Hocking 2.5-Gallon Glass Barrel Jar with Brushed Aluminum Lid

This item also comes in a variety of sizes. I'm not sure if it would really meet my needs, but it might be fun to have one or two of these on hand.

 

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Jelly Jars

This is a handy size for small quantities of contents. I have found a lot of uses for this size jar. I am using a set of Ball jars right now, but maybe an upgrade is in order.

Weck 762 Tulip Jelly Jar, SET of 6
Weck 762 Tulip Jelly Jar, SET of 6

These hold just over 7 ounces. I like the shape.

 
Weck 742 500mL (1/2L) Canning Jar; SET OF 6
Weck 742 500mL (1/2L) Canning Jar; SET OF 6

These Weck jars look great and are very popular. They come in a variety of sizes. These are definitely going near the top of my wish list! They look like a very practical choice that will meet my needs.

 

Organizing with Jars

I love watching organizing videos, because I always seem to get ideas I can use in my own home. Here are some of my favorites about using jars for storage.

Ball Jars - A Traditional Choice

Who can go wrong with plain old Ball jars? This is a very economical and practical choice. These jars are simple, well-made and come in a variety of sizes.

Ball Wide Mouth Quart Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12
Ball Wide Mouth Quart Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12

From small to large, choose from five different sizes! Perfect for canning, and anything you need to store!

 
Ball 4-Ounce Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12
Ball 4-Ounce Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12

If you want something a tad fancier, these might be just right. Choose from four-, eight- or twelve-ounce sizes.

 

What do you store in glass jars?

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