What To Put In Kitchen Canisters

There are essential functionalities, that without, your kitchen will be incomplete, and one of such is the “canisters.” The canister is a critical piece of equipment used to store staples in the kitchen.

A kitchen canister is made of different materials (copper, glass, and ceramic).  They must be airtight to store dry goods. The canisters must be sealed efficiently to be able to carry out their purpose, which is to keep food. Unless the canister is airtight, moisture or insect can enter to spoil the dry food.  Instead of exposing your dry staples to direct sunlight, which can affect their nutrients, you can dry them on a canister and place them in the kitchen.

What Can I Put into a Kitchen Canister?

Spaghetti Pasta

The kitchen canisters, especially the taller ones, are ideal places to store spaghetti, not the storehouse or the cabinet. The spaghetti paste will be kept easily in the tall kitchen canisters without the strands breaking up. As a pasta lover, it is always exciting to twirl the strands on a fork and smooth direct it into your mouth experience taste like heaven! However, it would be best to keep the spaghetti kitchen canister on the countertop to be easily reached while cooking.


It is highly recommended that you store both coffee beans and ground coffee in an airtight kitchen canister to preserve the oil essential to the coffee taste.  In other words, it helps avoid evaporation of the oil.

You go for a silicone or rubber seal for your canister to be airtight. Regularly, do ensure to brush off both the seal and the canister rim before closing to free them of coffee particles that glued so tightly the seal.

Baking supplies

Baking supplies, such as flour, flavor, milk, egg, and other essentials, can be kept well in kitchen canisters.  For baking supplies, make sure the canisters are fitly covered with either a silicone or rubber seal to prevent moisture or air inside this canister. This is to prevent the flour from clumping together and the milk from losing its taste; likewise the flavor.

Also, these seals help protect the baking supplies from being attacked by larvae and insects. Often, the baking supplies canisters, especially that of the flour, is the largest canister in a kitchen canister set.


Sugar is a very delicate substance that can be easily affected by air and moisture; as such, the next largest canister in a kitchen canister set may be the sugar canister. When the canister seal does not form an airtight bond with the canister, the sugar ends up forming lumps, and they may become sticky, which makes them unfit to use. Ensure that the seal fits perfectly and regularly brush off the seal so that no sugar crystals can clog the grooves in the seal when closed.

What are the Types of Kitchen Canisters Sets?

The common materials used for making kitchen canisters include glass, ceramics, and plastics. They can be moulded into various shapes, whether round, cylindrical or rectangular. The lids for these canisters come in different forms; they can be the snap-on type, the locking clamp gasket cap, OR the screw-on type.

The types of canister sets include:

1. Glass Canister Set

Glass canisters well-arranged in the kitchen (credit: TwoScarsUp)

The is the most delicate type of canister. It offers both durability and increased strength. It can be stunning to keep in the kitchen, but it has one major setback: expensive. You can store practically any type of dry staple here, including wet food. Due to its transparent nature, you can easily see the food inside.

2. Ceramic Canister Set

Ceramic Canister standing online on the kitchen surface (Credit: Commons Wikipedia)

This is also a very delicate canister. Like the glass canister, it can be easily broken. It is, however, not recommended for prolonged use. Unlike the glass canister, it cannot store wet food.

3. Plastic Canister Set

This is the most affordable canister set. It is a popular choice for everyone as it can easily be gotten. However, it is less durable and has lower impact strength than other materials.

How to Refurbish Old Canister Sets

There are different exciting ways to refurbish old canisters to make them look glamorous. You can add a personal touch with paint, decoupage, ​ stencils, or glitter. However, you don’t need to break a bank to refurbish your old canister set. To be cost-effective, you can start by looking around the home for any of the following supplies:

  • Fabric
  • Stencils
  • Glitter
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Craft glue
  • Paint (spray, craft, chalk board etc)

Let’s look at how to use some of these substances.


Painting is a cost-effective method of freshening up your canisters. It goes for all canisters, whether plastic, ceramic, or glass, regardless of their makes.

You can obtain dramatic results with paint alone if you are creative. You can:

  • Apply a bright, exciting color to create a staple item in your kitchen or to accentuate exciting deco in the kitchen.
  • Create paint designs such as shapes, chevron, or stripes. Do it in line with the existing deco in the kitchen.
  • Cover the canister with a chalkboard paint to create a neutral storage for all food staples. After which, you can use a chalk to write the description of the contents on the canister. If you want to change the content inside, simply use a damp cloth to clean off the old name and write another for the new content.

Note: Be careful of the paint you use on the canister, as this concerns food. Go for non-toxic paints because toxic paints can be poisonous to the food.


Stencils help you to create even and articulate artistic designs and patterns on your canister. It is recommended that you go for self-adhesive stencils that you can use with either a paint or etching cream, for they are easy to use.

Also, with stencils, you can create personalized canisters for family members. It can also serve as a deco component in the kitchen. Pattern and design stencils, such as shapes, flowers, and animals, are the most common options for decoration.


Applying colored paper or fabric is a cost-effective, easy, and fast way to freshen old canisters.

You can apply leftover pieces of fabric, tissue paper, scrapbook paper,  or any other decorative medium on the canister with craft glue. Creativity is vital here to achieve beauty and uniqueness. To seal your decoupage design, apply a light portion of craft glue on top of the paper or fabric.

After which, you leave it to dry. When the glue is completely dried, and you are pleased with the design, you can now place a label on the canister, such it could either be a store-bought sticker or a homemade label.


A fast and cheap way to transform old canisters is to apply glitter to the outside. To apply glitter, you must first paint the canister, or simply apply craft glue to the outside and apply the glitter of your choice. For the glitter to stick, apply a coat of acrylic sealant spray or add a second coat of craft glue.

If the canister is for storing food items, such as processed or raw food, be careful not to allow the glitter to get inside of the canister, it can be harmful to the food. In cases where the glitter receives inside of the canister, thoroughly clean the canister before using or line the inside of the canister with either a soft fabric or tissue paper.

Before choosing which processes to employ, think of what you want to store in your canisters and where you want to display them; you can now select the best strategy or method to employ when you have thought of it.


Are canister sets still in style?

Canister sets are 100% still in style! There are entertaining ways to decorate and display your canisters in your kitchen. You have to be creative about it.

What can you put in a glass canister?

You can conveniently store pantry foods like spices, pasta baking supplies, and cereal for a glass canister. Glass canisters are a good option as they have increased impact strength and durability. You can use it as a deco component in the kitchen.


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