Bulk products require special storage conditions. They are sensitive to moisture, easy to absorb odors, prone to damage by moths and beetle. That is why it is so important to choose the right material of the container in which grains, spices, legumes, tea and coffee are perfectly preserved, without losing their initial properties.
Glass containers are the best choice for storage of loose products. They are safe and hygienic, have no smell and does not absorb odors of foods stored, due to the fact that they are easy to clean, the difficulties to care for them usually do not occur. Cover glass containers shall be equipped with seals and tightly closed.
When dealing with banks, made of ordinary glass, be careful not to break them. This lack deprived of the capacity of impact-resistant glass.
Allows storage of almost all types of bulk products, except for needing ventilation. For example, dried fruit in sealed glass might soon be covered with mold.
Plastic container, unlike glass, are lighter and more compact. The variety of shapes and sizes of plastic containers allows you to choose the option that's perfect for your kitchen. Cover many of them come with dispensers that allows you to accurately pour the right amount of product.
Plastic jars and boxes for loose products are easy to care for, but over time can become cloudy, change colour and crack. Another disadvantage of plastic products is the smell. Budget capacity of low-quality plastic have a specific pungent aroma.
Melamine, used to manufacture plastic products, itself is not toxic, but in combination with other substances can accumulate in the body, causing health harm. New plastic ware should not have sharp and unpleasant chemical odor. Faint, subtle smell of high quality plastic will eventually be phased out.
The most preferred material for the plastic container is polypropylene.
Ceramic containers for grains, spices, sugar and salt come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. They are made of environmentally friendly materials, perfectly clean and does not have an odor. Usually beautifully decorated, coloring them different, from plain to painted.
Their only drawbacks are brittleness and opacity.
Metal containers for loose items have their place in the kitchen only if they are made of stainless steel. Otherwise, due to the high humidity in the kitchen, tin-ware quite quickly covered with a layer of rust inside, which is not very useful for the products, and outside, hopelessly spoiling the aesthetic appearance of the kitchen.
In addition, banks from ordinary steel stored in them give the products an unpleasant metallic taste.
A good choice would be containers of food aluminum.
Wooden boxes and jars in most cases not equipped with sealed lids, and therefore suitable for storage of dried herbs, berries and Bay leaf.
They absorb moisture and impregnated with the smell of their content, which is subsequently pretty hard to get rid of.
Preferable to use in the kitchen containers of wood, not for storage of loose products, and as decoration.
a Few tips for choosing
Choosing containers for bulk products, will choose the banks, the shape of the cross section which is not a circle but a rectangle or square. Since the area of the rectangle greater than the area of the circle, therefore the volume of a rectangular jars will be more than cylindrical tanks, so on the shelf will fit larger (about 20-25%) the amount of spices and cereals.
Bank for loose items should be high. Ideally its height should match the height of the shelves – in this case, the space above the shelf is used as efficiently as possible.
Cover the containers with granular products can be very different, but the best choice would be banks with hinged lids latches: they open and close quickly, easily transforming capacity from vented to sealed. With screw-top lids that won't work.
We wish you a successful choice!