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With crowded kitchens and cluttered cabinets, knowing what you have in stock in your kitchen can be impossible. I often used to buy more walnuts (for pancakes), crackers (for snacks) and raisins (for cereal) without realizing that I already had them tucked way in the back.

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Updated December 08, 2020 11:33 AM
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Maxwell Ryan is the founder of Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, a web magazine about home cooking and kitchen design. Visit PEOPLE.com Wednesdays for his spins on celebrity recipes and more.

With crowded kitchens and cluttered cabinets, knowing what you have stocked away in your kitchen can be impossible. I was notorious for buying walnuts (for pancakes), crackers (for snacks) and raisins (for cereal) without realizing that I already had them tucked behind a bag of flour.

Many people try to solve this problem by putting their dry goods in Mason jars because they’re made of glass and you can instantly see what’s inside. The problem: Mason jars don’t stack well at all, wasting a ton of precious cupboard space.

Enter Weck jars. Designed in Germany by a company that’s been around forever, Weck jars have wide, rimmed lids designed for secure stacking.

Using Weck jars, I’ve been able to line the back of two cabinets with all of my dry goods, leaving everything I have on hand in plain sight. My favorite size is the 742, which holds a ½ liter, but the jars come in many sizes and shapes. There’s nothing you can’t store elegantly—and you’ll never again waste your grocery money on something you already have!

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