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Kitchen Canisters with a Story 

By Mary Emma Allen

Many of the items in your kitchen either tell a story, because they are hand-me-downs used in earlier days or are something you've collected as you've traveled.  Canisters, either as matching sets, or odd ones you've accumulated or saved because you like them, may contribute to your story or bring memories of travels. 

I was glancing through a cooking magazine and saw a variety of canisters pictured.  Some were canisters families had used for several years.  Others the owners had painted or adorned with colors and designs to match their kitchen decor. Some were collected from travels and brought back memories of those places and adventures. 

Canister sets for storing flour, sugar, tea and coffee, or possibly brown sugar and some other item have been around for years.  I like to browse in antiques stores and see which ones catch my attention and possibly remind me of my childhood or early-married years when Jim and I lived in different parts of the country. 

Various Types of Canisters 

Some canisters are humorous, others represent an occupation, another set may be in colors that coordinate with your kitchen decor and some may have figurines for handles.  You may have canisters in the shapes of  schoolhouses, village buildings, farms, birdhouses, storybook characters, geometric shapes, and more. 

Canisters may be of pottery, ceramic, thick glass, metal, plastic or wood.  If the outside material isn't practical for holding powdery substances, they might be lined with plastic.


Foods Made With Canister Ingredients 

NOBBY APPLE CAKE - This is my favorite apple cake because it's moist and filled with apples.


Cream 1/2 cup sugar with 1/4 cup shortening; add 1 beaten egg. Stir in 3 cups peeled, diced apples and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts.


Add sifted dry ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 cup flour.


Bake in 8 x 8-inch pan at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes, until tests done.  Serve warm or cold, with whipped cream or ice cream.


(c) Mary Emma Allen


(Mary Emma Allen enjoys collecting old kitchen gadgets and implements that tell family stories or reminds her of places she's lived or visited. E-mail: me.allen@juno.com )










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