Friday, January 11, 2013


Cracker jars on pantry shelf
Last Friday, I posted HERE about some cool jars we found at Ikea.  Well this Friday I thought I'd share some more of our storage plans.  I've been collecting these cracker jars (also called biscuit jars) from various stores or online as I find them (on sale) for about a year.  The link I posted is to Amazon, where they always have them and frequently at great prices.  They aren't vintage of course, but they do have that vintage look that we like so well.  I also find them at other local stores and big box retailers in town.

These are the shelves in the mudroom/pantry.  I took one shelf and set it at this level to maximize usage below and then figured out how many I could fit in the space.  Turns out the magic number is twelve...three rows of four jars!  

Set of Cracker jars on pantry shelf
They come in three sizes, 1 quart, 2 quart and 1 gallon, so that was a perfect way of setting up the shelves to give us a uniform look while giving us different sizes for the things used more of and less of.
Cracker (or biscuit) jars, image courtesy of
There is another shelf next to it the same size, so I set it at the same level and I'm going to do one more and replicate this on that one.  If I do that, it would give us at least two dozen jars for storage.  With 2nd Man's love of cooking, that would be about right.  Rices, grains, sugars, flours, beans, and everything else in between.  Obviously we'll end up having more jars elsewhere in the pantry and kitchen as we use the space and figure out what works best for us, but for now, this should work out perfectly.


Mary Ann said...

That was a clever use of space. I love the shape of the jars.

Kirk Dale said...

It's exciting to begin collecting such things isn't it. It makes one feel that one is on the way to being 'set up'.

Have you seen the pantry that we are shown on 'Nigella's kitchen'? When I saw it I fell in love and told AGA that that is the sort of pantry I would like!

LindaG said...

You did a great job. I'm still trying to figure out how we are going to organize our pantry.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Farmers Wife said...

I love these cracker jars - I have 3 of them and they are working out great! I just found 3 new canisters that have the built in chalkboard labels on them! Have you seen the Martha Stewart chalkboard labels? They work great!

1st Man said...

Thanks! We hoped it would be the right size and it really worked out great. We love those jars, very vintage looking. And usually (on sale) less than $5 each.

1st Man said...

You know me too well, ha. Yes, I love that feeling. It speaks of so much potential and a sense of accomplishment (when it's done of course, ha). I'm not sure I've seen Nigella's pantry, I'll have to google it. I hope you get your pantry sometime soon! :-)

1st Man said...

Ha, our pantry in town is not the best organized, this is great because we get to start with a blank slate (pretty much like the whole farm, ha). Now check back in a few years and lets see if it STILL looks like this, LOL!

1st Man said...

They are great jars and should pretty much last forever. Glass is our favorite way to store stuff, it doesn't absorb odors, it keeps things fresh, it's easy to clean etc. I haven't see the MS labels, I will look for those. Thanks for the heads up! And thanks for stopping by!!