Shelf Can Racks Are Gorgeous & Functional: Help With Can Rotation
Anna shared these after pictures of her pantry.
As you can see she has utilized canned good racks to organize these items. I think they look both functional and gorgeous.
There are a lot of types of can racks available that you can place on shelves (such as shown), or even some that are so large they are freestanding (not shown).
Here are some of the most popular ones available below. The really nice ones help with can rotation, following the first in first out rule, so you don't forget to use the older can before you use the newer one. That way everything is less likely to expire before you use it.
Here's another photo from a reader, Nora, who also has a can organizer system in her pantry. She stated, "This is one of the few things I DO have and keep organized!"
She says of the before picture: "Here is a picture of the can racks with everything shoved on them willy-nilly."
She says of the after picture: "Here are the can racks all straightened up. I tossed out old items or things that the food pantry wouldn't take."
I have not been able to find a great place to buy these wall mounted ones, at least online. Plus, not everyone has this much wall space in their pantry.
However, a similar idea that is shows on the right is to use an over the door shelving unit, which has shallow wire basket like shelves as well. You can slip one right on your pantry door and increase your storage space dramatically.
If you decide to put your canned goods in a cabinet, especially a deep one, really think about how hard it will be to retrieve some of the ones especially in the back.
If it is a low cabinet this is even more of a concern.
One way to use this space is to install a pull out basket shelf in the cabinet. Then, when you need something instead of having to reach far back into the space you pull out the whole basket, grab what you need, and then push the whole thing back inside.
It can be a real back saver, and make storing things like this more convenient in a space it might not otherwise have worked for you.
She said: "My canning shelves in the basement were already pretty well organized after this summer. So, I didn't do a whole lot there, just a little straightening and putting away empty mason jars."
I like how she used metal utility shelves in the basement for this purpose. I have found these are very sturdy and a good value.
They don't look "beautiful" for main rooms of your home, but are great for garages, basements, and other utility type rooms!
Helpful hint though - before adding lots of heavy things to a shelf, especially breakable stuff such as Mason Jars, make sure the shelving unit you've purchased is sturdy enough to hold that much weight, so you don't break the shelves and ruin the contents. Ask me how I know! :)
If you don't have many cans, but you find it hard to find what you need one possibility is to place them on lazy susans in either your cabinets or pantry.
This allows you to turn the rotator and find what you need without having to shift all the cans around.
Of course, not many cans will fit on each one so this is only a good system if you don't eat a lot of this type of food in your home.
I suggest using one or more of these that are as large as possible but will still fit on your shelves. Therefore, this idea works best if you've got relatively deep shelves, so you can get a big enough turntable.
Sometimes people struggle with what to put in this kind of strangely shaped storage area, and this can be the perfect idea.
It is hidden most of the time, but it is easy to access the cans when you need them just by rotating the cabinet open.
This will only work though if you don't have too many cans. It can easily get too crowded if you're not careful.
***Update: I also got this word of caution about this method from a reader, which you should definitely keep in mind! Cans do weight a lot, of course. She says:
"My lazy susan cupboard is made with a plastic shelf. It is not made to handle the weight from can goods. Please don't put so much weight on the shelf that eventually it will break where it attaches to the pole in the center of your shelf. (Ask me how I know this). :0(" ***End Update
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