View Full Version : Question about canister sets and their volumes

08-16-2004, 11:54 AM
I am searching for a new canister set and descriptions on how much the canisters hold are very vague.

I want a set where the two largest canisters in the set will each hold an entire 5 # bag of flour and a 5 # bag of sugar. This ability to hold an entire 5 # bag of flour or sugar is seemingly rare in a canister set.

I've seen sets described in how many quarts they hold or how tall they are.

does anyone have any idea how many quarts a canister has to hold in order to accommodate a 5 # bag of flour and sugar? Or how tall it needs to be?

Here are some that I've liked so far:





Any help would be greatly appreciated!


08-16-2004, 12:04 PM
When I was shopping for canisters years ago I discovered the same thing -- sets of 4 of graduated sizes, with only one big enough to hold a 5# bag of sugar or flour, IF that. It just seems really really odd to me that manufacturers don't understand most people need 2 containers of equal size that's big enough for said items.

I did finally find a set at Speigel, but that was years ago and they no longer carry them. When I get home I'll measure mine and let you know how big they are.

08-16-2004, 12:18 PM
I just poured a new 5 lb. bag of flour into my canister, which is actually a dough-rising bucket from King Arthur that is marked with measurements on the side. 5 lbs. comes up to the 4 quart mark on the side of the bucket. :)

Do you want something decorative for the countertop, or just a set for the cupboard? Click-clacks from King Arthur come in a wide range of sizes; they are not unattractive but they are see-through. They're sold individually so you could just buy whatever sizes you wanted.

08-16-2004, 12:25 PM
I definitely want something decorative for the countertop. I'm lookiing for cobalt blue and white in some sort of variation or pattern. I have lots of cupboard storage still but I always liked the looks of canisters on the countertop.


08-16-2004, 12:30 PM
I think you will have a hard time finding a set that includes canisters large enough for both flour and sugar in 5 lb. amounts. I think 5 lbs. of sugar has somewhat less volume than the same amount of flour, but you'll still need a 3-4 quart container for it.

I had a really lovely cobalt 4-canister set that I finally got rid of because it just drove me nuts that I could only pour in half a bag of flour/sugar/etc. and then I would still have to store the remainder in the cupboard! If you find something that works let me know- I like the way canisters look too.

08-16-2004, 12:52 PM
Disclaimer...I do not sell Tupperware....:D

On that note, the 2 largest canisters in the TW set respectively hold 5 lb of flour and 5 lb of sugar.


Their site isn't working correctly right now, but if you go to Category, Storage, the second page of pictures near the bottom and you can sort of see them. They're called One Touch Reminder Canister Set.

They have cobalt blue seals available and there's a window to show how much is left in the container.

Hope this helps.....

08-16-2004, 07:36 PM
Don't even get me started on this!! This is one of my MAJOR kitchen pet peeves. The only ones I know of that hold a bag of their respective items are the clear acrylic clack-clack types, which I had for years. But, as has been mentioned, they're not the most attractive things and are prone to scratching. When we redid our kitchen last year, I got stainless steel containers to match my new appliances. But, for some period of time, I have to keep a partially-opened bag of flour or sugar in my pantry until I use enough up. It just isn't logical. Hello, kitchenware manufacturers?!?! are you listening?? :mad:

08-16-2004, 07:48 PM
I recently bought the Tupperware one touch-reminder canister set (off ebay for about $20, retails for $36)

The large holds a 5lb bag of flour and the 2nd largest holds a 5lb bag of sugar, AND one holds a 2 lb bag of brown sugar.

THESE ARE THE BOMB, BTW. They are stackable, clean easy, the tops keep the contents fresh and the window allows you to see whats in them (if you forget!)

08-16-2004, 08:07 PM
I know these aren't exactly what you want (they're glass), but the description says both the volume and the amount they hold. A 1-gallon canister holds 5 lbs. of flour; a 3-quart canister holds 5 lbs. of sugar.


Hope that at least helps you evaluate other sets you are considering! :)

08-16-2004, 08:17 PM
I have the Tupperware and love them! They are my mom's old orange ones. Hmm, good Christmas gift idea.

08-19-2004, 10:01 AM
Do you have a Storables in your area? They have a guide to the volume held in different size containers - you might check to see if they have a website. I didn't like the set idea, because I wanted a variety of sizes.

I settled on Klick 'N Clacks containers and I love them. They are very hard grade clear (not opaque) plastic with airtight lids. They are also lightweight, relatively inexpensive, can go in the wash and are stackable. They come in a wide variety of sizes. They can be a bit hard to find, but I'm a devotee so I just jump when I get the chance. Storables has them. So does Mrs. Cooks (in Seattle).

08-19-2004, 10:04 AM
Reading the other posts, Klick 'N Clacks (sp?) are utilitarian and are not something you want to show off on your counter but they are not ugly - just neutral and very functional. However I think they are generally more attractive that the tupperware I've seen. Since I keep mine in the cupboard it hadn't occurred to me.

08-19-2004, 11:19 AM
Originally posted by gertdog
I know these aren't exactly what you want (they're glass), but the description says both the volume and the amount they hold. A 1-gallon canister holds 5 lbs. of flour; a 3-quart canister holds 5 lbs. of sugar.


Hope that at least helps you evaluate other sets you are considering! :)

Stephanie - that link didn't work. But your information is really helpful - 1 gallon (4 qts) would then hold a 5 pound bag. That does help a lot.

I saw some really cute ones on eBay and I may get them. I asked the seller if they held the full 5 pounds and she said not quite but almost. Given the lack of other (pretty stoneware-style) canisters out there, I may give them a try.

Alicia - I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks small canisters are a problem!!


Little Bit
08-19-2004, 04:45 PM
I struggled along with whatever I could find until the internet came along, and I found an entire set of Westbend aluminum canisters just exactly like the ones my dad has, plus a gigantic cookie jar size, coffee, tea, salt, pepper and grease (with strainer), all in one auction on ebay. I'm still amazed that noone else bid on it.

I guess my main point is that I needed two sets of canisters to hold all the stuff I use on a regular basis.

I still don't understand why manufacturers can't/won't make canisters that are both airtight and easy to open the way these are. The sets I have were made back in the sixties or even the fifties, but have held up well, though the paint on the lids and the decal type designs washed off long ago.

08-19-2004, 06:48 PM
These probably don't go with the decor you're trying to match, but I thought they looked nice and seem to meet your requirements:


The largest canister is 24-cups, which is 6 quarts. Not sure about the other sizes, but what's nice is that you can buy the large one separately, so you could have two in your set and then the smaller ones as well.

Just a thought.

08-20-2004, 06:46 AM
Those are pretty Eva and the size is great but I'm trying to find something in the cobalt/white color scheme.

I also finally took out my Lenox Village spice rack that I paid a gazillion dollars for in 1990. So now I'm playing with the idea of gettting the matching canisters on eBay. The issue is that they don't match the decor, but they will match the spice rack, which will be hanging on a wall. So I'm torn between a cobalt/white set and the Lenox.

They are miniature Victorian houses in porcelain china.

These are the flour/sugar Lenox village canisters:


This is the spice rack and spice jars I have:


Here's a close up of some of the jars (they really are adorable). DD loved them:


Choices, choices... :)


08-23-2004, 12:48 AM
Not at all what you've asked for, but the description will give you an idea of volumn what you're looking for will hold. That said, I switched to these, keep them in a cupboard, far happier than with canisters...but I don't like a lot of stuff on my countertops.storage containers from bakers catalogue (http://shop.bakerscatalogue.com/detail.jsp?id=6077&pv=1093242376323)