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queenmushroom
True Blue Farmgirl

985 Posts

Lorena
Centerville Me
USA
985 Posts

Posted - Sep 14 2014 :  5:29:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been trying to stock up on dry goods l I keep pasta, beans, rice etc. But my cupboards were full and I have a year round mouse problem. So I looked to my open beams for help. I have decorative tins that had nothing in them. I put macaroni in a zip lock bag and used one tin for that. I used another for dried beans and one for rice. I managed to make room in my cupboard for other stuff and best yet mice wouldn't get into it.

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Simply Satisfied
True Blue Farmgirl

427 Posts

Emily
Montana
USA
427 Posts

Posted - Sep 15 2014 :  5:33:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great idea! As an added bonus if you fear our society will collapse in a doomsday scenario no one will think to raid your stores of decorative tins. I think I might watch a little too much of that show.

Emily
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Peg Graham
True Blue Farmgirl

280 Posts

Peg
Chesapeake Virginia
USA
280 Posts

Posted - Sep 25 2014 :  10:29:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use Mason Jars to store dried foods. No mouse can get into those!

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cajungal
True Blue Farmgirl

2348 Posts

Catherine Farmgirl Sister #76
Houston Area Texas
2348 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2014 :  07:44:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great creativity with function, Lorena! I agree with Emily that no 'raider' would think to look in the tins...Funny

Like Peg, I use jars of all sizes to store dried goods. I love it when I can find the half gallon size jars at the store.

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Daizy
True Blue Farmgirl

930 Posts

Daizy
Talladega Alabama
USA
930 Posts

Posted - Sep 27 2014 :  07:51:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Try the school concession stands for gallon pickle jars. They are a great way to store items and they have a large mouth to get your whole hand in when its time to wash them. Hmmmmm, I think I need to put my order in at the school next week!

Hugs and prayers, Daizy #1093
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7005 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7005 Posts

Posted - Sep 28 2014 :  07:18:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love it! Such a great idea, Lorena! I will definitely remember that! I use my Mason jars, too, and save jars from store bought items. I like to vacuum seal them to keep out air and moisture. Hugs - Nini

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

6618 Posts

Denise Thompson
NJ
USA
6618 Posts

Posted - Oct 03 2014 :  6:03:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I also use jars to keep things free from pests. I use oxygen absorbers to keep everything dry.

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Denise
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Marilyn Hartman Sullivan
True Blue Farmgirl

1134 Posts

Marilyn
Oxford PA
USA
1134 Posts

Posted - Mar 24 2015 :  09:00:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love these ideas -- all good ones. We seem to have our mouse issue licked (fingers crossed!), but those tiny little wee itsy bitsy ants are such a nuisance. Ever since last spring, I have sealed and lidded and folded and taped and corralled every little bit of everything that went into the cupboards and it has really helped. His Dudeness failed to see the importance of such vigilance until I had to toss a box of his very favorite crackers -- Hmmmm! Now he gets it.

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Tammyb
True Blue Farmgirl

511 Posts

Tammy
Bluffton Ohio
USA
511 Posts

Posted - May 05 2015 :  06:43:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Some good ideas. I use a vaccum seal and buckets along with my mason jars. Although I don't have a mouse problem it is always something to be on the look out for! We also keep a good back stock of food supplies ( along with other supplies) on hand at all times. One just never knows.

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kitchensqueen
True Blue Farmgirl

521 Posts

Amanda
Woodstock IL
USA
521 Posts

Posted - Nov 28 2015 :  7:40:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Reviving this thread - this always a great topic for sharing new ideas. I use mason jars too - I like the half gallon ones for things like beans and rice in my kitchen pantry. For bulk storage in my big pantry, I've taken to using 20 gallon metal trash cans - I buy them brand-new of course. They're large enough to hold two 25 pound bags, plus smaller bags down the sides. I've got one for baking, with flour, white sugar, brown sugar and powdered sugar. And then I've got one that hold rice and a variety of beans. Anyone else try these?

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3245 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3245 Posts

Posted - Nov 29 2015 :  12:04:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We use the large 20 gallon trash cans to store our dog food. It keeps their food fresh and everything else out. It works really well both inside the house and in the garage.

Krista
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Dapple Grey Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

634 Posts

Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
634 Posts

Posted - Dec 10 2015 :  11:31:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been using a sealer for my jars and it is nice to be able to "see" what I have in the pantry.

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Farmgirl Sister # 5589
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Daizy
True Blue Farmgirl

930 Posts

Daizy
Talladega Alabama
USA
930 Posts

Posted - Dec 10 2015 :  3:41:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hay there,

Glad this thread has been revived. I use the 5 gallon buckets with lids for dog foods and mason jars for dry foods. I have a vaccumm pump for baggies but don't know much about the jar vaccumm. Does it work on all jar lids?

Hugs and prayers, Daizy #1093
Poor House Farmgirl Chapter {A virtual chapter open to everyone.}
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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2418 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2418 Posts

Posted - Dec 10 2015 :  7:38:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use mason jars as well. On the farm we used crocks. But an aside...I hid the kids Christmas presents in the rafters of the garage and they went nuts trying to find them. They never did. Great spot. Sounds like you need some good mousing cats.

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