I used to be lazy after I opened up fresh bags of pantry ingredients and just folded the bag down in a miserable effort to close it. If I felt ambitious, in a vain effort to keep it shut before tossing it back into the pantry, I would try to hunt down a rubber band or a paper clip. Usually, my ignorance backfired on me: objects would easily leak out or go wrong because they were exposed to air or bugs.
I’ve found since then that my mates are airtight containers, and here are the pantry ingredients you should make sure to carry in them!
In general, it is better to transfer anything you do not need into an airtight container until a packet is opened, whether it is a resalable plastic bag or a more durable container. This will keep things fresh and discourage unintended spills in your pantry from making a mess.
It’s fine with oxygen, right? The factor is so essential to life that without it, we literally wouldn’t survive for long. However, occasionally, a positive thing will wreak havoc as well. When left to its own devices, stop right there and think about the cute, untrained puppy and the harm and devastation that it might cause.
It’s so for the air around us. Oxygen, with the ability to bind to other molecules in good and bad ways, is a highly reactive chemical. For example, the process of oxidation happens as air comes into sustained contact with certain foodstuffs and the end effect is spoilage, nutritional loss, and discoloration and/or taste impairment.
That is why stocking perishable goods in airtight containers is so important. Freshness and shelf-life are retained for much longer by shutting out additional oxygen than they would be were left exposed to sunlight. In air-tight receptacles, a whole host of items benefit from being processed. It is completely imperative for many to keep them in airtight containers.
Food products are of course, not the only things that need to be packed in airtight containers. Non-food products that need to be placed in airtight containers are drugs. For storing drugs, there are patented containers available, but you can also use thin, freezer storage containers.
Below, we list seven things that you need to store in airtight receptacles, in no special order:
1) The Beans of Coffee
Many people presume that coffee beans should be stored in the fridge/freezer, but in opaque, airtight containers, coffee beans should be stored at room temperature. This holds moisture and air out and retains the beans’ freshness for maximum taste. This is the reason, after all, why we drink coffee. Containers of vacuum-sealed, stainless steel perform very well.
2) Rice Uncooked
Rice requires moisture and odor protection. It is optimal to have transparent, acrylic containers with pouring spouts. You may also buy containers for electronic rice storage. They also weigh pieces of rice for you. For ease, how’s that?
In order to keep out odors, air and rain, flours of all sorts must be kept in airtight containers. The bag of flour can be put inside a zip-loc bag in the absence of a dedicated storage bin. Before closing entirely, just make sure to force out all the extra air.
Have dedicated flour bins to make sure that they are big enough to accommodate much of a box. Slipping the initial bag of flour inside a plastic zip-top bag is another choice.
4) Dry Beans, Wheat and Lentils
The airtight canisters of stainless steel are very well for storing dried beans, lentils and grains. Rubber gasket canisters perform brilliantly to preserve freshness and to seal out oxygen and moisture.
Sugar is a hydroscopic material, ensuring it is capable of attracting moisture. As such, to avoid it from forming hard clumps, sugar should be placed in an airtight bag.
6) Dried fruits Dry fruits
Dried fruits do not equal hard fruits, but they should be kept in containers that are airtight in order to preserve flavor and prevent the fruits from being hard and inedible.
7) Dried spices and herbs
In your favorite dishes, the whole point of using herbs and spices is to add taste and fragrance. They would easily lose their piquancy and scent if the herbs and spices are not kept in properly sealed containers. They are often prohibited by airtight containers from taking in the odours of nearby spices on the spice shelf.
Useful bins for AIRTIGHT
Plastic tubs and barrels made of food grade plastic, enclosed metal containers and glass repositories have airtight containers. The Oxo Good Grips collection of containers for storage is very common.
You can use containers that have a hermetic/airtight seal for an effective shelf life. They include:
Bottles of PETE: useful for storing dry goods such as rice, maize and wheat
Buckets for food preservation with seal-able lids
Plastic food grade bins/drums and lined metal containers with seal-able lids
Ultimately, airtight containers seal out air, moisture and flies, preserving nutrients for longer and keeping foods fresher. It makes sense to store perishables in airtight bins after we’ve wasted our hard-earned money on groceries.