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Old 08-11-2013, 19:19   #1
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Galley Containers - Tea, Coffee, Sugar etc.

I'm searching for containers for the galley to hold coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate powder etc.. I can't find anything ideal anywhere so thought I'd ask people here what they have found.

Here are the criteria that the containers must meet.

unbreakable
screw top that seats securely and won't come off if the jar goes flying
Capacity 500 to 1000ml (16 to 32 oz)
preferably transparent

I've been looking at medical specimen jars online but it's difficult to tell how good they are from a photo on a website.

Looking forward to some genius ideas.

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Lock n locks are pretty well regarded.
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Re: Galley containers - tea, coffee, sugar etc.

Chris,
Are you in the USA?
If so go to the closest Container Store. If you can't find what you need there it probably doesn't exist.

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Walmart...
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Re: Galley containers - tea, coffee, sugar etc.

Sporting goods stores often sell wide mouth aluminum bottles with screw tops & O-ring seals. I think that they would meet your description about perfectly, except for the transparent part. They can be a bit pricey though, I often see them in the $20-30 range each.

http://www.hardwarestore.com/aluminu...k=g&matchtype=

Actually, I just found a discount supplier $6 each - http://www.hardwarestore.com/aluminu...k=g&matchtype=

Good prices in large quantities with custom printing here - http://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/c...Fa5r7AodUD0A3g
Maybe you might want to start a trend (& your own interesting label) to sell?

Quality does vary.

If you don't like aluminum, there are lots of plastic bottles out there too - http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...entPage=family
These would be more see-through.

This looks like a good deal, stainless for $12 - http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...entPage=family

I usually just use plain old mason jars. They are glass, but they are pretty darn thick glass & don't break that easily. You can find them for about $1 each at grocery stores & discount stores.
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Re: Galley containers - tea, coffee, sugar etc.

I think Rubbermaid is about the best quality.
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Re: Galley containers - tea, coffee, sugar etc.

Go to your local TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, etc and go to the kitchen section to get a good deal. They usually have a whole aisle of those types of containers that are air tight and in all different sizes. As mentioned, lock-n-lock and that style are pretty standard. They are square so you can store more without lost space when you put the containers next to each other. They aren't screw top, the tops are snapped on and definitely stay put.

The Boat Galley site has tons of suggestions and reviews.

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Re: Galley containers - tea, coffee, sugar etc.

Another method I often use is putting a large zip lock bag around a less air-tight container. Now that zip locks come in 1.5 & 2 gallon sizes, you can get them around some fairly large containers.
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Lock & Lock - excellent
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Re: Galley containers - tea, coffee, sugar etc.

I use old wide mouth Miracle Whip/Mayo/peanut butter containers of different sizes. Also other plastic food jars for larger and smaller stuff. When I go grocery shopping I look for the plastic stuff.
Just wash'm out real good and the label glue comes off with a little paint thinner, which washes off with dish soap.
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Re: Galley containers - tea, coffee, sugar etc.

Lock n lock brand. We have a few large ones for sugar and coffee, but also vacuum seal extra dry goods for longer term storage....you know, the stuff shoved into an area that wont be used until its thrown away when selling the boat
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Go to a camping store and buy Nalgene wide mouth bottles. Come in a wide variety of transparent colors including clear. They come in 500ml and 1l. They are lexan and meet all your criteria. Buy them at an outlet or online and they won't be too dear. I've had ones used as water bottles for climbing, hiking and daily use and one is about 12yrs old. I usually loose them before they wear out. You can put boiling water in them or freeze them rock hard I've done both plenty of times.
Now I never thought of using them for holding sugar etc until you listed your criteria but I think I will go that route.

I hope that helps.
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Re: Galley containers - tea, coffee, sugar etc.

In general I've found that transferring foodstuffs to a small jar is an exercise in frustration. While those original jars and containers may look like they're not much chop in reality they do a pretty good job of protecting what's inside.

What we use is mostly Systema brand locking containers particularly the 7 litre ones. They stack pretty well and fit in most of the storage spaces in Boracay. We leave everything in it's original packing and put it inside the larger container.

I started by buying a few different sizes and trying them out.

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Re: Galley containers - tea, coffee, sugar etc.

we like pbiJim -- for tea we use ziplock bags -- they take up less space and easier to put in tight places
for coffee - once the container is open it usally does not last very long to worry about it
for hot chocolate -- we use to keep it in ther original container and it seeme to be ok -- but now - well we can't find it so not a problem

we tired the plastic containers and found they were nice and looked good but took up to much space

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Re: Galley containers - tea, coffee, sugar etc.

I donīt have any round jars or round plastic containers for storing dry ingredients as they take up too much space. What I have found and works very well for me are the large Nescafe Gold or Regular coffee jars are the best, they are tall and rectangular, fit well together side by side and come in two sizes , the tops are nice and easy to open. So far none of the ingredients I put in them have got sticky or dried up, even the milk powder retains itīs powder form . I use them for everything from seldom used breadcrumbs to polenta, rice, couscous , flour, cornflour, oats and all the different sugars white, brown, icing sugar and palm sugar. .So far I havenīt broken any and I donīt mind using glass either. Get your friends to start collecting , good luck and have fun in the galley !
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