another +1for Lock & Lock.
For any container, it helps to measure your lockers and find a way to fill up the space with the least wasted space and having to move the fewest items out of the way. Also you do not want to store a lot of "air"
Long shallow containers
- make the best of deep spaces without having to move the items out of the way from in the front.
- (the really large rectangular bottles) I use them for dry goods such as rice, dogfood, oatmeal that are "in use". You can easily pour out of them which reduces the chances of contaminating your food
as with scooping.
Large containers for storing like items
- I have a very large/deep locker in my galley
. To best use the space without losing items in the back, I fit it with a few large airtight containers to store like items together in ziplock bags (one container for pasta, another for breads, dried fruits, dried meats, nuts, crackers) I can store many ziplock bags of pastas in the one container and it takes up much
less space than storing each type in a different container. Same with ziplock bags of tortillas, taco shells, pita bread and bagels all in one box.. With items catogorized I can find anything fast and without any digging and nothing gets lost
, and they are all double sealed.
- (since you have them already) They can actually work well if you lay them on their side and use them in one those akward curved spaces against the hull
. You know where the bottom of the locker is only 3" wide and becomes 12" deep as it goes up. (canned goods work well stored this way too)
-watch your lids on any container you buy. Ones with latches
on the side can waste space because they can be stored next to each other. Watch for ones that are tapered out at the top. They also waste space. Metal latches
just won't last.
Square olive oil bottles
- I have several that fit perfectly into a very secure locker next to my stove. Only one has olive oil
, the rest have other oils and condiments that I want easy access to while cooking
. By using all the same bottles I can fit many more condiments into the space. Some won't use any glass containers but I wrap a pony tail holder around the bottle to keep them quite and store them in a secure locker-up to you.
Good luck and take your time finding the perfect containers. Work until you get it just right for you and your boat! (PS places like TJMAXX, and Ross often have high quality containers at discounted prices)
Do you have any pictures of your galley
lockers-might help to give specific suggestions?