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As the saying goes, you can never have enough storage and this is never more true that in the kitchen. As well as keeping things neat and tidy, it is often more hygienic to keep food packed away and neatly stored. Fortunately, kitchen equipment suppliers are very much alive to these needs and there is a grand arrange of canisters available for use in the kitchen.
One initial point of note when you consider purchasing a canister for your kitchen – remember that a canister is not the same thing as a food storage container. Canisters are not necessarily airtight and are not designed to be used in the fridge – plastic food storage containers can hold foodstuffs which have a liquid consistency whereas this is not particularly the case with canisters. You also ought to be aware that kitchen canisters are often designed with an aesthetic function in mind – they are meant to be put on display and fit in well with the rest of your kitchen fittings, décor and style.
Although there are no formal `categories` of canister, on the whole it has been observed that they fall into two types.
First, there are canisters which are designed specifically to be kept on the counter. These storage items tend to prioritise their appearance and you can find `counter-top canisters` in all manner of styles. There are lookalike `old-fashioned` designed canisters for the country kitchen, retro designs for the funky kitchen, plain designs for the simple décor and sleek designs, such as stainless steel containers, for the more modern kitchen. It really is up to the consumer to choose the canister which suits their taste and design of kitchen.
Sometimes these counter-top canisters also have labels on them to explain the contents – `cookies`, `flour`, `tea`, `sugar` and so on. However, if you are looking for versatility of use, perhaps you might prefer a non-designated canister.
The second type of canister is the less obvious one – the sort of canister that is aimed for the store cupboard. It has been suggested that these canisters are less decorative and are likely to be kept (largely) out of view in a pantry or cupboard. These canisters usually hold staple food items. If you are interested in this type of food canister, you might also want to consider the `stackability` of the design – that`s to say, can you stack the design to be economical with the space inside your cupboard. Some designs slot next to each other or on top of each other.
Given the breadth of the kitchen canister market, many a catering equipment supplier will have a catalogue of kitchen canisters for you to choose from, possibly at a discount if bought in bulk.