Using Tupperware-type containers to store dry pantry foods
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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:28:40 PM
If you use something like this, how do you keep up with contents and expiration dates, etc? I'm thinking of switching some of my containers like flour and sugar, etc but I don't bake very often so these items take a long time for me to use up. Also thinking of storing cereal in a large one to keep the volume of boxes down. I'm not too worried about expiration dates for cereal though, we eat it every day!

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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:00:25 PM
I don't know if it works on Tupperware, but Dry Erase pens will write on Rubbermaid plastic containers, and wipe right off.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:28:06 PM
I keep flour, sugar, rice etc in plastic containers. We go through them quick though so I dont worry about them expiring. It works great! I only buy one brand of wheat flour and one brand of white flour so I don't have to label.

My girls had so much trouble with the bags so these are easy for them to use also.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:31:18 PM
I use Tupperware canister sets for flour, rice, sugar,
cereal, etc. Have never put expiration dates on them
and probably go through 1 or 2 bags of flour a year.
Never thought about it expiring.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 7:33:04 PM
I store flour, sugar, Bisquick all those kinds of things in Rubbermaid canisters. I've never paid any attention to expiration dates on any of it and have had some for a long time. It doesn't go bad. I print labels.







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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:17:05 PM
Thank you!!

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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:24:18 PM
I store my flour (and powdered sugar) in the BAG in the tupperware. The flour bag has the expiration date on it...

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Posted: 2/7/2013 10:19:48 PM
What about a post-it note on the container with the expiration date?

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Posted: 2/7/2013 10:23:11 PM
Martha Stewart has fantastic labels at Staples. There are dry erase labels, chalkboard labels etc. they are pretty cheap and work well I I have to wash out a container.
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Posted: 2/8/2013 5:54:34 AM
The problem with dry erase markers is that they can be wiped off TOO easily and aren't reliable for the pantry. Try dry erase crayons or China markers instead. They will wipe off easily with a cloth but stay put if you accidentally brush your hand against them.

I used them at school when I wrote something on the board that I didn't want to be accidentally erased.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 7:47:39 AM
Flour has an expiration date on it????? Holy cow, the things I learn here! Can anyone tell me about how long it lasts? I would say I go through a bag in 6 months, I have it in a tupperware canister and never looked at the bag closely enough!

How about sugar, brown sugar and confectioners sugar?

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Posted: 2/8/2013 8:07:47 AM
I have not noticed expiration dates on the sugars, but on flour, yes. I just realized it last year.

I print a label off on the Dymo label maker with the exp date and stick it on the canister. They peel right off with no mess when you need to change it.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 8:27:39 AM
Good idea about the labels...not sure why I didn't think about that!! Isn't it flour that can get weevils in it?
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Posted: 2/8/2013 8:59:54 AM
Flour and corn meal can get bugs and sugar can get ants. That is why I've always used Tupperware or something like it to store things in. I cook enough that nothing stays around a year so I've never worried about expiration dates.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 9:02:56 AM
Flour can definitely go bad!

I visited my dad a couple of years back and made some cookies and lemon bars to take to a family reunion with ingredients he had in his kitchen. We tasted them and they were awful. He had had his flour for a couple of years and it was not good!

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Posted: 2/8/2013 10:23:19 AM
RedShoes, do I what I do, very easy!

I simply find the part of the bag that has the expiration date on it, tear it out, and stick it in the tupperware so it faces out, usually on the side of the container. I don't mind it floating around in there, usually the paper just winds up at the bottom anyway. I fish it out whenever I want to check it for sure.

I keep more than one kind of flour (like bread machine flour), and so to keep track, I simply cut out the entire front part of the packaging that says "bread flour" and slide that in so it faces outward.

Easy peasy.



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Posted: 2/8/2013 11:35:41 AM
I store most of my pantry items in the Tupperware Modular Mates containers. My flour and sugar (white, powedered and brown) are all stored in square glass jar-type containers with the rubber ring/snap lock top. Daddy gave me those years ago when I moved into my first apartment and I'm 52 now! lol I've never had any problems with bugs or other critters in my pantry stuff.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 11:41:14 AM
Isn't it flour that can get weevils in it?
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Flour gets weevils but fresh flour can be infested as easily as older stuff. The expiration date has nothing to do with weevils. Flour will pick up flavors from surrounding air so it can taste off if it gets old.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 12:11:43 PM

Flour will pick up flavors from surrounding air so it can taste off if it gets old.


If not stored in air tight containers like Tupperware and Rubbermaid, etc. I've never had any go bad.







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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:37:32 PM
I store flour, sugar, and brown sugar in large pretzel containers stored on their sides with the lids labeled. I go through it quickly enough that expiration isn't an issue.

We've had them so long that the Keystone Pretzel Rod jar holding flour is retro kitsch

For other items I slide the whole bag into the container so the contents and labeling remains intact.



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Posted: 2/9/2013 8:24:52 PM
I put a strip of Scotch tape on the container and write the name of the contents & date in fine tip Sharpie.

The tape comes off very easily.




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Posted: 2/9/2013 8:56:19 PM
I use these Label Once. I really like them. I just write the contents and expiration date on the label when I fill up the container.

I also use these for freezer storage and leftovers in the fridge. I just use a regular Sharpie and the eraser works fine with it.
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