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Best Glass Pantry Jars for Kitchen Organization

Glass pantry jars for food storage and pantry organization

Ever since my husband and I started adopting zero waste grocery shopping habits, we also started to store our dry pantry goods in glass jars. Our pantry goods are stored on open shelves in our kitchen (we have extremely limited cabinet space), so we wanted to choose jars that were practical and durable, but also attractive since they would be on display.

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Le Parfait Canning Jars

Le Parfait canning jar - glass pantry jars

We have a small collection of French Le Parfait canning jars in our pantry. We use them to store items like various types of sugar and flour, oats, coffee beans, rice, and more. With that said they are also safe to use for pickling and fermenting or storing condiments in the fridge.

What I love about these gasket-style jars is that once the rubber seal reaches the end of its life, you can simply replace that seal. You don’t need to replace the entire jar.

Bormioli Rocco Fido Canning Jars

Bormiolo Rocco Fido canning jar - glass pantry jars

Bormioli Rocco Fido jars are more or less the Italian version of the French Le Parfait jars. They are designed with a slightly different shape but serve the exact same purpose. The differences are more of a matter of aesthetic preference than quality in my opinion.

One word on quality: be careful before investing in cheaper look-alike versions of these gasket-style jars. Cheap alternatives tend to be made from thinner glass that will break more easily. Plus sometimes these cheaper styles use a non-food safe grade silicone gasket. Remember, you get what you pay for!

Weck Canning Jars

Weck canning jar - glass pantry jars

For a sleeker version of a gasket canning jar try these by German company, Weck. They feature a clamping mechanism with a lower profile lid. I personally love the design of these for practical reasons related to dishwashing.

The Le Parfait and Bormiollo Rocco Fido jar lids do not detach from the base. This makes washing them a bit awkward and cumbersome. I also don’t recommend cleaning those jars in the dishwasher. I notice the metal wears down more quickly that way, making the lids more difficult to close properly.

These Weck jars have metal clamps that you remove completely to lift the glass lid. So you can wash the glass jars and glass lids in your dishwasher without any fear of degrading the quality of the metal clamps.

Libbey Vibe Storage Jars

Libbey Vibe canning jar - glass pantry jars

If the gasket-style isn’t for you, consider these sleek glass jars by Libbey. They are American made and use tight-sealing glass lids to keep contents fresh. They are sold in a variety of sizes from large 27-ounce jars to smaller versions perfect for spices and small batches of condiments.

Mason Jars

Ball Mason canning jar - glass pantry jars

Last but not least, let’s talk about Mason jars. These are classic canning jars that come in a variety of sizes and can be used for so many purposes in the kitchen.

We use Mason jars in our home for dry food storage, pickling, and fermenting. My husband and I also use large Mason jars as water cups to help track our water intake (so effective!). I use a Mason jar to store wooden spoons on my countertop. I have also used them as makeshift vases throughout my home, and so much more.

The one drawback of these jars is the metal lids. They will rust over time and require replacing. Also, because they are two pieces, it’s a bit trickier for tiny toddler hands to open and close the lids on smaller snack-sized jars.

Best Glass Spice Jars

The glass pantry jars I selected above are great for larger bulk dry goods storage. If you’re interested in spice storage, I recommend reading my post with glass spice jars and spice storage recommendations as well.

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Monday 28th of June 2021

Hi! Does one solution keep food fresher than the other? Do the Le Parfait have a better seal than the Ball?

Thank you!


Sunday 4th of July 2021

Hi Emily! The quality of the seal depends on the quality of the metal lid / rubber seal and whether or not you actually pressure can the contents of the jar :) with that said, the glass lids do last longer than metal (metal will eventually rust and degrade). But both are fantastic!

LJ Grant

Saturday 27th of June 2020

Buying just enough is a very viable solution. Yep! :-)

Thanks for the reply.

LJ Grant

Friday 26th of June 2020

I've been told that storing food where sunlight (or light in general) isn't good for its nutritional quality, which has kept us from doing exactly what you describe -- in spite of really wanting to do exactly that! Any thoughts on the subject?


Friday 26th of June 2020

I haven't done the research myself but I'm sure there's at least some truth to that depending on the food (e.g. nuts will go off because of high fat content). We try our best to only stock up on what we know we will use within the next week or two - saves us space and money on extra jars that way too!


Friday 12th of June 2020

So beautiful! Though I love the aesthetics, I tend to reuse jars from sauces or specific products. They're not safe for storing canned things in the pantry, but good for dry storage, leftovers, fridge pickling, even freezing. To avoid that classic tupperware, too-many-sizes-where's-the-right-lid conundrum, I only save a few specific sizes/shapes of bottles -- so they do look like a set! Glass spice jars are my favorite -- perfect for propagating plants or storing bulk goods for stocking stuffers :)


Friday 12th of June 2020

Such great tips! Thank you so much for sharing Marian :)