Check out this Video of the Shelf Reliance Cansolidator Pantry — 7 Comments

  1. I have 2 of the pantry plus units and LOVE them for the goods we use most frequently. I do wish someone would come up with a FIFO solution for canning jars.

  2. Erin, I’ve been mulling over that one as well.

    Canned food that you and I make is produced seasonally, as opposed to commercially-canned food which is available to us year-round. This means that the rules can be a little different, ’cause we won’t be canning 2 jars of tomato sauce in March, 3 in May, 1 in June, 3 in August and 5 in October. It’s more of a “here’s a whole year’s worth” proposition. Changes the time context.

    That said, how many years do you keep your home-canned food? Is it clear by looking at your shelves/bins which is from 2008? 2009? 2010?

    Rather than a system which presents the 2008 grape jams, followed by the 2009 grape jam, followed by the 2010 grape jam (only to have to duplicate that for EVERYTHING else you’ve also home-canned)… how about one area for the 2008 foods, one for 2009, and one for 2010?

    On each shelf (or set of shelves) you segregate foods in the same area (jams/jelly, tomato sauce, meats, veggies, etc.) to simplify periodic inventory. As each year goes on, you’ll be able to quickly see how much of each product is left, and if you really need to pick up your use of it to avoid going over your time-retention requirement.

    On the flip side, you can also more-quickly assess if you didn’t can enough for your annual needs and plan to make more this/next year.

    As each shelf is emptied, that becomes the shelf for the next year’s home-canned food.

    If we insist,I think the best we’ll see for a FIFO for jars is a 2-3 tier “Lazy Susan” turntable.


  3. I just ordered 2 of these via phone call.
    It was a verrrrrrrry sloooooooow process. Used the PODCAV code & they gave me the $26.99 pricing, but, whoa doodle, did it ever take several (15?) of holding, total silence, check info, holding, silence, get more info, long holding, silence. I think the person who took my order missed the class on customer relations. Nevermind. I’m getting old.

  4. Loved the review. I’ve been looking at this system and it was nice to actually see it handled and the way you showed just how much it can hold was great to see. Will definitely be sharing this video with the Mrs. I think she’ll be excited to see a practical way to organize and store. Thanks Jack!