Explore 18 smart ideas to efficiently organize cans in your pantry. From wire racks to plastic bins, get your canned food organized with these practical ideas.
We’ve been talking a lot about kitchen pantries lately because there are so many different things to cover in these small spaces. You can probably tell that I’m pretty passionate about making sure your pantries are as organized as they can be.
I’ve been rounding up tons of different types of pantry ideas to give you a diverse group of ideas so you can find what works best for you (because everyone’s pantry is so different).
Today we’re talking about something that everyone needs to store in their pantry – cans.
Even if you don’t buy a lot of canned food, everyone has at least a few cans that they need to store. You’ve gotta keep that emergency can of Chicken Noodle soup for sick days, right? I, for one, always have cans of beans for making chili, diced tomatoes that I use in tons of different recipes, and usually a couple of veggie cans for a quick side dish.
It is best to keep the cans organized in different categories, so it is easy to find just what you need when you are cooking. The best way to do this is to organize the cans by food type (vegetables, soups, fruits, beans, etc).
The other thing that you definitely need to consider when organizing the cans in your pantry is to make sure you are rotating cans so the oldest ones are used first. Some of these ideas incorporate this concept, but just keep that in mind.
Short of just stacking the cans on your pantry shelf, you need to get creative when it comes to organizing cans in your pantry. I’ve put together some of the best ideas out there on the web! Hope you get inspired to get the cans in your pantry more organized!
Laura also incorporates an oversized stepped riser with a stadium seating method for her canned food in her pantry. She also uses a second stepped riser for larger sauce jars and peanut butter, which is a great idea for your kitchen pantry.
The high shelves in a pantry can be pretty worthless without being able to see what is stored in the back. So instead of having deep shelves up top, Julia built u-shaped (or horseshoe-shaped) shelves for the top two rows. There is now easy access to canned goods and nothing gets lost passed its expiration date.
Jessica mentions that this wire canned food rack makes things so much simpler for her pantry storage. She is easily able to see exactly what she has so she can quickly make a note of any cans that she needs to add to her grocery list! The rack also works for jars, like peanut butter and mayo - not just canned food.
This is the best way to organize your cans if you're on a budget! She simply grabs wire baskets from the dollar store that can fit both small and large cans. Then she just puts the wire baskets on her wooden shelves in neat rows and groups the cans with like items.
These DIY canned food storage racks are easy to build yourself! I love that they rotate the cans, allowing you to use the older dates first. I think the technical term here is "first in, first out" meaning that you're always using the oldest food first.
The larger size holds up to 12 cans, so they are a great solution if you buy food in bulk and have a large collection of cans that you need to store in your pantry.
Even if you don't use a lot of canned food in your recipe, everyone needs some sort of storage solution for cans. These bins are great because you're able to stack up the cans so they don't take up a lot of room on the shelf.
How cool is this stackable can rack that holds up to 36 cans?! I also love that you can adjust the height of the shelves on this rack for different sizes of cans or jars or soda cans. The wood on the edges is a nice touch, too.
If you have a blank wall in your walk-in pantry, this is a great idea! There are three size options with different numbers of columns that hold 8 standard-sized cans. That means that you can actually hold anywhere between 24 and 48 cans on your pantry wall without taking up any space on the valuable pantry shelves.
This rotating can storage rack is so smart. It makes sure that your oldest cans are automatically given to you first. When you restock, you simply put the new can in the top and they roll into place by gravity. This is one of the coolest food storage ideas.
This is a great way to store your cans if you only have a small space on your pantry shelves. It holds up to 27-36 cans (depending on size) stacked on 3 shelves, which are adjustable. The shelves are tilted forward a little bit so that gravity helps roll the can forward.
This clear plastic organizer shelf has two different levels so you can easily see the items in the back. The tiered shelves create more space in a cluttered kitchen cabinet or pantry and allow easy access.
hese metal basics are great. They are the perfect size for cans laid on their side (both soda cans and canned food). The best part is that they can be stacked up three tall or used individually - so you can arrange them however it works best for your pantry space!