Kitchen canisters are a long-standing tradition, designed to help keep foods fresh and protected from vermin, as commemorated by the nursery rhyme about the miller-boy who "lived by himself, and all the bread and cheese he had, he kept upon the shelf." You'll have no need to "go to London to buy you a wife," (a little misquote there) with beautiful, decorative kitchen canister sets. Most of the sets listed below come with rubber gaskets or seals for extra security for your food supplies.
Memories of Grandma’s Kitchen
Canisters do more than just protect food. They set the tone for your kitchen. Whether you are a long teenager, a twenty-something just starting out, or a grandmother with a cluster of visiting grandkids, brightly colored canisters make a charming statement for your kitchen – one that will create a lasting impression that will stay with friends and family. “Where did Mama keep the chocolate chip cookies?” “Oh, right there in the big, blue house, next to the tea and sugar.” While perhaps not as strong and olfactory memories, visual associations linger long after the canisters are gone.
No one loves meal-worms in the cornmeal or oat bugs in the cereal – unless it is the worms or the bugs. A stout canister with a rubber seal can help keep staples safe or prolong the life of baked goods, such as cookies. Canisters can come in a variety of materials or styles. They can be ceramic, stoneware, or metal – reminiscent of a certain mouse, “bitterly complaining … the bread box is tin, I cannot get in.” Such sturdy materials and a stout seal are just the thing for your kitchen comestibles.
Although not recommended for use in a microwave, and not considered dishwasher safe, most canisters are easy to hand wash and dry. Usually, they will not require frequent cleaning – in fact, a damp cloth over the exterior is often sufficient with perhaps a yearly complete clean. Decorative kitchen canister sets, such as the ones listed below, can complement a kitchen theme or they can be the focal point from which you develop your kitchen décor. Their bright finish invokes memories of milk and cookies at the kitchen table or measuring out sugar, flour or salt for favorite recipes. Both practical and beautiful, they can set the tone for your kitchen – the heart of your home. Listed below is a selection for your consideration.