I have a full kitchen. By that I mean that all my cupboards, drawers, shelves, and storage compartments are occupied to capacity. Nevertheless, I have a designated space for everything, and everything is always in its space. On occasion, between my frequent cleaning sprees, I like to reorganize to find a better and more efficient way to store things. And when I reorganize, my goal is always to improve my current conditions so that getting specific items is easier with less hassle. This is especially the case for heavier items, or items that are clumsier to handle.
Heavy bags of flour (all-purpose, bread, pastry, whole wheat, etc.) and sugars (brown, confectioner’s, caster, granulated, etc.) are especially a hassle to store in such a way that makes getting them an easy task. I’ve tried putting them in on the floor of my cupboards with the taller bags at the back, but then reaching for them is such a hassle when they are clumsy, heavy, and the bags might tear! Leaving the bags on the kitchen counter tops is out of the question for me because it is just too unsightly, even though they would be so easily accessible if they were always right there on the table! I tried putting them strategically on a Lazy Susan rotating tray in the cupboard, but they were so heavy that the Lazy Susan squeaked under the weight and they kept falling over every time I turned the tray. All the huge flour canisters and sugar containers that were made of ceramic were distasteful to me because they were too heavy and the lids were often too fidgety.
On one of my days off from work, I decided to hunt for organization paraphernalia. More specifically, I was on a mission to find the perfect flour storage container. Then that was when I found it. It was one of those moments when you first see something and you have to pause to let it soak in because you feel it’s so perfect. At that time, I’ve never seen it before, but I knew that it would work and I just had to try it.
The brand name is Progressive. The first item is the Progressive International Flour Keeper.
It has a capacity for 3.6 liters, stores up to 5 lbs of flour, or sugar, or whatever baking ingredient you want to keep in it. But best of all, it comes with a built-in leveler for measuring ingredients accurately.
The airtight seal and clear material was a bonus. I bought more than one to store all my flours and granulated sugar. This container is 6.1 x 7.75 x 8.5 inches with a slim modern looking design. I purchased this flour container at a local kitchen store, and at that time, the price was around $30. It wasn’t cheap, but definitely well worth it.
I’ve recently found that it is actually cheaper on Amazon.com (even with shipping included), since it is only priced at $18 + shipping. Getting the Progressive International Flour Keeper on Amazon would have not only saved me some money, but also the time it takes to drive around and look for it in store!
On the subject of Amazon.com, if you purchase a lot of items on Amazon.com (like my hubby and I), make sure to enroll in the Amazon Prime program. Not only do you make back the membership fee’s in all the free shipping you get on many items, but there are many perks as well!
In addition to the Flour Keeper with the built-in leveler, they also make a matching Brown Sugar Keeper that comes with a terra cotta insert to keep your brown sugar soft.
Just be sure to soak the terra cotta for 15 minutes every time you empty your container and have to refill it. This one has a capacity of 1.4 liters and stores up to 2 lbs of brown sugar. The Progressive Brown Sugar Keeper is 6 x 5.5 x 5.6 inches and looks just like the Flour Keeper except without the built-in leveler. You don’t need a leveler for brown sugar anyway, since brown sugar is usually tightly packed when measured. I use the sides of the container to pack the sugar for measuring.
I purchased the Brown Sugar Keeper for around $20 in store, and have also found it to be cheaper on Amazon.com, as the Progressive Brown Sugar Keeper on Amazon.com sells for only $13 + shipping.
And for my confectioner’s sugar, they make a matching Powdered Sugar Keeper, also with a built-in leveler. In addition, it has a mesh top covered by a flip lid that is useful for dusting confectioner’s sugar. It has about a 1 liter capacity and stores about 1 pound of powdered sugar. I cannot comment directly on the Powdered Sugar Keeper because I usually buy my confectioner’s sugar in much larger quantities that won’t fit in this container. So I store my confectioner’s sugar in the Progressive International Flour Keeper. However, I also saw this product too, and I wanted to share it here.
So now I store all my baking ingredients that are normally sold in bags inside one of these Progressive keepers. I have them stacked on my kitchen shelf, and they slide on and off the shelf nicely when I need to get them. They are easy to grip, easy to open, and the ingredients are hassle-free to measure without having the powders fly all over the place as they would if I were measuring them out of a bag. I don’t have to worry about clumsy bags that tear easily if handled the wrong way. And I don’t need to struggle with bags that don’t stack well when I want to save room! The best thing is that they are all dishwasher safe for that cleaning I give them before I have to refill them again. I have had no problems with these flour canisters, and I really think they are magnificent products. The flour canisters are also very versatile, since I find that they also work very well as a sugar container.
Bravo, Progressive, for thinking of this brilliant idea for home chefs like me.