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Salt stored in a plastic bag with rice.

Keep Salt FlowingWe downsized and moved into a camper (which we love). One of my biggest complaints was because of the humidity, the salt would get clumpy up both in the shaker and also the salt container.

 

Brown sugar stored inside an airtight container.

Airtight Container to Keep Brown Sugar SoftI have seen questions on ThriftyFun asking how to soften hardened brown sugar. I believe the secret to keeping brown sugar fresh and soft is storing it in an air tight container.

 

Marshmallows being placed in a glass jar.

Marshmallows to Prevent Clumps in SugarIf you have marshmallows, put 3-5 inside the jar where you store sugar. The marshmallows will absorb the air inside the jar that causes the sugar to clump.

 

A few vintage tins being reused to store food in the kitchen.

Vintage Tins for Storing FoodstuffsKeep flour, sugar, and any other imaginable dry goods in these attractive collectible tins. They can be found at yard sales, Goodwill, and eBay.

 

A counter filled with pickle jars with beans, rice or other dry goods stored in them.

Pickle Jars as CanistersI wanted clear glass canisters and found them rather pricey as I try to avoid plastics. As I was emptying a pickle jar, it dawned on me that would be the perfect canister. I have now put three to work, and will use more as we eat more pickles. Since they are clear, I can see how much we have left.

 

hanging onions

Keep Onions Fresh for MonthsIf you keep your onions completely dry, separated and hanging, they will last you for months. Take a washed or new pair of pantyhose and stack your onions vertically, then store in a cool dark place. If you tie a knot in the hose between each whole onion, they will touch each other even less, lasting longer.

 

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Buy Dry Staples in BulkWe make things from scratch and like to try new things, but we have limited space. I buy pasta, grains and dried beans in bulk, but I only buy one kind at a time, enough to fill up a half-gallon mason jar.

 

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Keeping Weevils Out of Dried GoodsMany people I know store their flour, corn meal, cake mixes, etc. in their freezer or refrigerator. While this does keep pests from showing up in the dried goods, it takes up a lot of room in the appliance.

 

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Use Drink Pitchers To Store Dry FoodsDrink pitchers with tight sealing lids make great containers for dry goods like sugar and cereal. The top is wide for easy filling, and pouring out for measuring is less messy than scooping.

 

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Storing SugarPour sugar into a clean used plastic orange juice jug. It makes it easier to pour into a measuring cup and by shaking the jug it removes the lumps.

 

A binder clip used as a chip clip

Clipping Those ChipsI buy the large binder clips to close the tops of chip bags, and also bags of veggies in the freezer. They are strong, and have a strong holding ability. I could never keep the plastic clips in place.

 

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Storing Baking PowderDon't keep baking powder for more than one year, as it loses its potency. To check whether your baking powder is still usable, add 1 teaspoon of it to 1/3 cup of hot tap water. The mixture should bubble vigorously. By Joesgirl

 

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