7 Best Storage Containers for Cereals

Cereal is a food which is eaten all over the world as breakfast by millions of people.

The cereal can be mixed with milk, yogurt or some fruit. Cereals have several health benefits and some cereals are loaded with vitamins and other necessary minerals which are needed by the human body.

If you start your day with a bowl of cereal, you are giving your body the right kind of nutrition.

Best Storage Containers for Cereal

ProductDimensionsWeightManufacturer
Sistema Klip It Collection Cereal Food Storage Container8.5 x 4.6 x 11.3 inches12.6 ouncesSistema
Rubbermaid 1.5 gallon Cereal/Snack Storage Container10.2 x 15.7 x 6 inches3 poundsRubbermaid 
Glass Food Storage Container Set8.6 x 7.8 x 5.5 inches4.4 poundsUtopia Kitchen
Imperial MW1196 Plastic 3 Piece 13 x 4 x 10 inches1.2 poundsImperial Home
2pcs Rice Cereal Containers Storage 6.3 x 3.5 x 7.3 inches10.7 ouncesAnsee

Cereals are made up of a variety of grains. Corn, wheat, rice and oats can be used to make cereals. Today, more than 90 percent of the world’s population eats cereals as the breakfast meal. The following grains are used to make cereals:

  • Rice (Oryza sativa)
  • Wheat, bread wheat (Triticum aestivum)
  • Durum wheat, macaroni wheat (Triticum durum)
  • Corn or maize (Zea mays)
  • Job’s Tears

The cereal is a meal which takes less time to prepare and is easy to eat. It is mostly liked by children and some adults are also great admirers of cereals. In addition to grain cereals also contain agents which give them flavor, a coloring agent, sweeteners, preservatives and vitamins and minerals which are synthetic. All these things combined, make the cereal an appetizing food product.

Grain is used to make cereals but sometimes flour is also used for making cereals. The cereals go through a very organized manufacturing process before they are packed in boxes and sold. Some cereals are simply cooked and some cereals are toasted.

Cereals are given certain shapes to attract the children and make the cereal look appealing. The shapes are given to the cereals by putting the dough of the cereal in a special mold of a particular shape. The cereal takes the shape of the mold and it is then cooked or roasted or baked. Some cereals are coated with sugar or vitamins once they are ready.

Cereal crops

The crops of cereal are the members of the grass family. This grass family includes all the edible seeds. The cereal crops are wheat, barley, oats, rye, and corn. Millets can also be included in the list of cereal crops.

The cereal crops are the crops which are planted and sown in one season. These crops need only one season to complete their life cycle. There are other types of cereal crops too which require two seasons to complete their life cycle.

How is cereal prepared?

Processing the cereal

The processing of cereals is a process which treats the cereal in such a way that its starch content is ready to be used as human food or animal food.

The processed cereal can also use used for industrial purpose. The cereals come from the grass family which is rich in starches. After the cereal is processed it is ready to be used as animal food or human food.

 

Human food

Cereals have used a food all over the globe. The cereals are not only used as food but they are also used as raw material in industry. The flour is mostly used for the production of bread but it can also be converted into other food products such as cereals.

Animal food

The cereals can also be used as animal food. The cereal which is mostly used as animal food is wheat. The by-products of wheat such as the outer coverings which are separated from the wheat during the preparation of flour are also used as animal food. Wheat corn, barley, sorghum, rye, and oats are also used for making animal food. These cereals are used as a replacement of fodder.

Factors which affect the growth of cereal crops

Cereal farming is a term which is used to describe the process of growing crops in order to provide food to animals and humans. Cereal farming also provides starch for industrial use and biofuel.

The growing of cereal crops varies from place to place. It depends on the economic condition of the country and its needs for cereals. The other factors which affect the growing of cereal crops are the nature of the soil on which the cereal is grown, the rainfall in the particular area and the method which is used to grow cereal crops.

Amazon offers you some of the best quality cereal containers. Here are some of them

1. Sistema Klip It Collection Cereal Food Storage Container

The capacity of the particular product is 17.75 cups which equals 142 ounces. It is used in over 100 countries because of its high quality and reliability.

The company started with a single man and his dream, but now the team spans all over the world.

Sistema Klip manufactures containers for almost everything such as water bottles, lunch boxes, storage boxes etc.

All Sistema products are dishwasher safe so that it is easier for the users to clean it all over. Even if you use it for sticky or oily products, there is no need to worry about cleaning it.

Also, the Sistema products are colorful and very good looking, which is why they are attracted to people all over the world. Sistema cereal containers are easy to carry anywhere anytime you want.

The Sistema Klip containers are not just dishwasher safe but also freezer and microwave safe. Most of the cereal storage containers are not microwave safe, this is one of the reasons these containers are preferred over others.

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2. Rubbermaid cereal storage container

Rubbermaid cereal storage container has the capacity of 1.5 gallons and it is a pack of three pieces. Its amazing red color makes it very attractive and perfectly designed.

Any kind of cereals and snacks can be stored in the containers, but one thing to be kept in mind is that different containers can store food up to different time periods. After the time limit has exceeded the food you have stored will rot, it is better to not store for a very long time.

It is soft and flexible, the lid it has is easy to remove and place.

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3. Glass Food Storage Container Set

It is a three piece set with a capacity of 840 ml. It can be used for multi purposes in homes as well as in restaurants.

Pack incorporates 3 pieces of clear, reusable and to a great degree though compartments with an ability to hold 840 ml which are made of exceptionally strong borosilicate glass and polypropylene lid.

The leak-proof containers help you keep your food fresh and presentable. It is easy to carry anywhere anytime keeping your food fresh. You need to take care that you do not store anything for too long that it rots.

The containers are freezer and oven safe, can bear heat up to 400 degree Celsius. People prefer buying these because you cannot just store food in it but also place it in the oven and cook.

The product is made in a way to be very easy to use by the consumers. Also, it is dishwasher safe which means it does not require any hard work to be cleaned. You can keep sticky and oily stuff inside and clean conveniently.

Moreover, you can also hand wash the product using warm water and soap, it might live longer than expected.

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4. Imperial MW1196 Plastic Cereal dispenser

The product includes three piece plastic cereal storage containers with a dispenser. The material it is made of is BPA free.

One of the most important to have Imperial cereal storage containers is that it keeps your food fresh for a longer time period as compared to the other normal cereal storage containers.

The three piece set includes containers of the capacities 5.5 liters, 3.1 liters and 1.5 liters. The easy grip it has lets you have a complete control over it. Also, just like other cereal storage containers, this one can also be carried anywhere you want to take it anytime.

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5. 2pcs Rice Cereal Containers Storage Bpa Free

The rice cereal container contains 2 containers of different sizes. One container is larger in size while the other is a little smaller. The rice cereal container has different colors. You can buy a container of your own choice.

The lid of the container seals it perfectly and does not let any moisture enter the container. Hence it saves your cereal from becoming stale. The lid fits perfectly on the container and the food in the container remains fresh for a longer period of time.

The rice cereal container has very large space and it can be used to store other food products too, such as rice, wheat, salad etc. the storage capacity of the small container is 1. 9 L and the storage capacity of the large container is 2.5 L.

The cereal storage container comes with a measuring cup which makes it easy for you to take out as much cereal as you want. It also saves you from buying an extra spoon or spatula for the cereal.

The material of the cereal container is safe to use and has no health risks. The material is pollution free and is environment-friendly.

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6. Zevro KCH-06134 Compact Dry Food Dispenser, Dual Control, White

The Zero KCH containers are the ideal cereal storage containers. This cereal storage container has a very stylish design and has an advanced construction. The cereal storage container comes in the form of a dispenser.

The dispenser has the capacity to hold 17.5 ounces of cereal or any other dry food. The dispenser can be easily fitted on a counter or a shelf. The cereal storage container is not only used to store cereals but it is also used to store many other food products such as candy, dry fruit or dried food, beans, rice, nuts etc.

The air-tight seal of the container seals it perfectly and does not let any moisture enter the container. Hence it saves your cereal from becoming stale. The seal fits perfectly on the container and the food in the container remains fresh for a longer period of time.

The container can keep your food fresh for more than 45 days. It is specially designed to retain the freshness of the food. It is really easy to use. You do not have to worry if you have kids in your house as this container is really handy and can be used easily by children too.

The cereal container is durable and has a long life. It is not easily breakable. The surface of the container is resistant to scratches and does not break easily.

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7. Rosseto EZ-SERV200 2-1/5-Gallon Cereal-and-Snack Dispenser, White and Chrome

The Rosseto cereal container is white in color. It is made up of high quality plastic which is a safe to use and has no health risks. The container is made up of environment friendly material.

The container can be easily placed on a shelf. It has the capacity of storing 1 to 2 gallons of dried food or cereal

The cereal container is durable and has a long life. It is not easily breakable. The surface of the container is resistant to scratches and does not break easily.

The air-tight seal of the container seals it perfectly and does not let any moisture enter the container. Hence it saves your cereal from becoming stale. The seal fits perfectly on the container and the food in the container remains fresh for a longer period of time.

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8. Zevro KCH-06151 Commercial Plus Dry Food Dispenser, Triple Canister, Stainless Steel, Silver/Chrome

The Zevro KCH cereal storage container has a very stylish design and has an advanced construction. The cereal storage container comes in the form of a unique dispenser. Each dispenser can hold up to 17.5 ounces of cereal or dry food.

The containers are air-tight. The seal fits perfectly on the container and the food in the container remains fresh for a longer period of time.

The food in the container remains fresh for a long period of time. The container can keep your food fresh for more than 45 days. The air-tight seal of the container keeps your food free of germs.

The cereal container has an ody of powder coated steel. This steel design makes it durable and reliable. The surface of the container is resistant to stain and scratches. It gives your kitchen a very unique and elegant look.

The powder-coated steel dispenser is very easy to clean. It is ideal for people who are conscious of their diet and hygiene. It can be used for multiple purposes. You can store cereals, grain, rice, nuts or you can also use the container on a buffet table.

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9. Zevro KCH-06139 Indispensable SmartSpace Wall Mount Triple Dry-Food Dispenser

This Zevro KCH model comes with a warranty of 90 days. The KCH 06139 model is a very stylish cereal storage container. It can be easily fixed on a wall or on a shelf.

The container keeps your food free from germs and your food remains hygienic for several days. The container also has 3 measuring cups which help you to use your stored food in calculated amounts.

The containers are air-tight. The seal fits perfectly on the container and the food in the container remains fresh for a longer period of time.

The food in the container remains fresh for a long period of time. The container can keep your food fresh for more than 45 days. The air-tight seal of the container keeps your food free of germs. The container has the capacity to store 3 to 13 ounces of cereal or dry food.

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10. Rubbermaid Cereal Keeper 1.5gal (3 Pk., Assorted Colors)

The Rubbermaid cereal container has three containers which store the cereal or dried food. It is made up of high-quality material and is durable. The cap of the container can be lifted up and held back to pour out the cereal using just one hand. The lids are air-tight and this keeps your food fresh and free from bacteria.

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11. Biokips Cereal Container Airtight Watertight Cereal 11. Keeper 16.9 Cup 135.2oz (2)

If you store your cereal in Biokips cereal container the crisp and freshness of the cereal will be retained for several days. The container does not allow the food to go rancid or stale. The food in the container remains fresh for a long period of time. The container can keep your food fresh for several days. The air-tight seal of the container keeps your food free of germs.

The cereal container is leak proof and air-tight. It is easy to wash and clean. It can be washed in a dishwasher. The container can also be placed in a freezer. It is safe to use the container in a microwave. The container has an ideal shape and design. There are lids in the container which are non-slip. The cereal container is durable.

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12. Rubbermaid Take Alongs On-the-Go 2 Cup Twist & Seal Food Storage Container with Tray Insert, Blue, 2 Pack

The container keeps your food dry and fresh. The air-tight seal does not let moisture enter the container. It can keep your food or cereal dry for several days.

The container is not only used to store cereals but it can also be used to store liquids and snacks and other food products. The handles of the container make it easy for you to use it and allow you to handle the food with safety.

The lid of the container seals it perfectly and does not let any moisture enter the container. Hence it saves your cereal from becoming stale. The lid fits perfectly on the container and the food in the container remains fresh for a longer period of time.

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13. Zevro KCH-06123/GAT201C Indispensable Dry Food Dispenser, Dual Control, White/Chrome

The Zevro KCH 06123 is an ideal design for storing cereal and other food products. The cereal storage container has a very stylish design and has an advanced construction. The cereal storage container comes in the form of a unique dispenser. Each dispenser can hold up to 17.5 ounces of cereal or dry food.

The containers are air-tight. The seal fits perfectly on the container and the food in the container remains fresh for a longer period of time.

The food in the container remains fresh for a long period of time. The container can keep your food fresh for more than 45 days. The air-tight seal of the container keeps your food free of germs and bacteria.

The container has the capacity to hold 17.5 ounces of cereal. Its surface is resistant to scratches. The container is made up of high quality material and is not breakable.

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14. BINO 10-Piece Airtight Stackable Kitchen Storage Container Pantry Set, Black

The air-tight seal of the container seals it perfectly and does not let any moisture enter the container and it saves your cereal from becoming stale. The seal fits perfectly on the container and the food in the container remains fresh for a longer period of time.

The container is made up of high-quality material. It is easy to clean. The container can be cleaned in a dishwasher. It is safe to use the container in a freezer or an oven. The container can be used to store other food products too, such as nuts, wheat, rice, beans, dried food, coca etc.

The set includes 5 containers with air-tight lids. Each container has the following capacities;

1 x 2.6 liter container and 4 x 1 liter containers.

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15. OXO Good Grips 10-Piece Airtight POP Container Value Set

The OXO good grips containers are air-tight. The air-tight seal of the container seals the container perfectly and does not let any moisture enter the container. The seal saves your cereal from becoming stale. The seal fits perfectly on the container and the food in the container remains fresh for a longer period of time. The cereal remains fresh and full of crisp.

The OXO good grips containers come in 11 different sizes. Each container can hold up to 5 lb of flour, sugar, cereal, nuts, rice etc. the containers have curved corners which make it easy for you to pour food from the container.

These containers can easily fit anywhere. You can place them on your shelf or a countertop. The cereal containers can hold many boxes of cereal. The container is easy to use. It is safe to wash the container in a dishwasher. Use warm water and soap to clean the cereal container.

The OXO good grips containers have a unique locking system. There is a button which can be pressed to easily open the lid of the container.

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All these containers are reliable and have a long life. Buy any one of these containers today and store your dry food products and cereal in this container which will keep your food free from germs and bacteria. These cereal containers will surely meet your requirements. The containers keep food fresh and this allows you to store dry food and cereal for several days.

How is cereal made?

Raw materials for making cereal

The major and important raw material which is used for the making of cereal is grain. The grains which are mostly used are; corn, wheat, oats, rice, and barley. There are some cereals which are termed as hot cereals such as oatmeal. There are some cold cereals too. The cold cereals include plain wheat which is shredded. These hot and cold cereals do not include any other ingredients. Other cereals which are eaten as breakfast include; salt, yeast, sweeteners, flavoring agents, coloring agents, vitamins, minerals, and preservatives.

The sweeteners are used as an additive in cereals. The sweeteners are malt which is obtained from barley. White sugar, brown sugar, and corn syrup are also used as sweeteners for cereals. There are other ingredients which are added in the cereal to improve its quality and taste. These ingredients include; nuts, dry fruit, and marshmallows.

Once the cereals are made vitamins and minerals are added to them to make up for all those minerals which are lost during the making of the cereals. The BHA and BHT are two anti-oxidants which are added to the cereals to prevent them from becoming stale and this also preserves the cereal for a longer period of time.

Preparation of the grain

The grain is carried to the factory for inspection. It is cleaned first. After cleaning the grain it is rolled between large metal rollers. This process removes the outer covering of the bran. After the outer covering is removed, the grain is crushed into a fine powder which is called flour.

The grain is then mixed with different flavoring agents, vitamins, salt, water, and sweeteners. This mixture is then transferred to a pan where they are roasted and cooked.

The grain is now cooked and is transferred to a conveyor belt which passes the grain through a drying oven. This is where the grain is dried. The drying oven does not dry it up fully. There is enough water in the grain that it can be easily turned into any desired shape.

You can also use flour instead of grain. If the flour is used, it is cooked in a cooking extruder. The cooking extruder consists of long screws with a heating system. The screws mix the flour with other ingredients which are; salt, sweetener, vitamins, minerals and coloring agents. As the flour is passed through the extruder, it is cooked.

Nutritional value of cereals

Cereals are rich in vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, oils, and proteins. When the cereal is refined and the outer layer is removed, the part which is left behind is rich in carbohydrate. A single bowl of cereal can give you many nutrients. One bowl of cereal contains; fiber, protein, zinc, iron, and B-vitamins. All these minerals and vitamins are necessary for the healthy body and mind. The best cereal is that which is least processed and has high contents of protein and fiber.

Cereals contain the following nutrients;

Dietary fiber

Dietary fiber is needed by the body to fight against constipation. It also helps the body to develop immunity against heart disease and diabetes. It is suggested that you eat at least 20 grams of it each day. A study revealed that cereal contains 0.7 grams of dietary fiber.

Protein

Normally the body of an adult requires 46 to 56 grams of protein and a child’s body requires about 13 to 52 grams of protein each day. The protein helps to enhance and maintain the immunity of the body. If your body is getting enough protein, you will be able to develop resistance to diabetes type 2 and your heart will be stronger and healthier. A study revealed that a bowl of cereal contains about 4 grams of protein.

Zinc

Zinc is as essential as proteins. It is needed by the body to maintain the metabolism and maintain mechanisms going on inside the cells of your body. The body of a kid needs about 3 to 8 grams of protein and an adult’s body needs about 8 to 11 mg of protein daily. Most cereals contain more than 40 percent of your daily zinc intake. A cereal which is coated with sugar contains about 2.2 mg of zinc. The cereal also has low levels of cholesterol which is beneficial for your body.

B Vitamins

Folic acid, niacin, and riboflavin are different kinds of B vitamins which are needed in the body to perform different functions. Cereal is a meal which is full of these vitamins. Some cereals have some or all of these vitamins. If you want to eat a healthier breakfast you should look for the cereal which contains about 40 percent of B vitamins. Another name used for folic acid is B9 and it helps in the growth of the body cells. Folic acid or B9 also helps to reproduce normally.

Niacin is also known as B3. It is needed by the body to carry out the functions of the nervous system normally. It also helps in normal gastrointestinal function and growth. Vitamin B1 also known as thiamin helps in the maintenance of appetite and growth. Riboflavin also is known as vitamin B1 is responsible for the normal growth of the cells of your body.

A sugary cereal contains about 25 percent of B vitamins. Some cereals have the even higher amount of B vitamins which ranges from 25 to 68 percent of B vitamins. The special K cereal contains about 35 to 101 percent of B vitamins.

Iron

Iron is the most important mineral for the human body. The deficiency of iron can lead to some very serious diseases. For a healthy body, it is necessary to take the required amount of iron each day.

Iron helps to transport oxygen to and from the cells of the body. If you do not take enough iron your body will have a poor immunity. People with the deficiency of iron will also face fatigue. 7 mg to 15 mg of iron is required each day by the body of a child. An adult needs about 8mg to 18 mg of iron each day. The Kellogg’s cereal is the cereal which gives your body a huge amount of iron which is sufficient for your body.

Containers for cereals

If you like to eat cereal in your morning meal every day, you definitely need a cereal storage container or box to store your cereals. The containers you chose should be of good quality. The following are the features of a good cereal container;

Air-tight container for cereals

The container you buy for storing the cereals should be air-tight. The container must have a lid which can be opened and closed easily. The air-tight containers prevent the moisture from entering in the container and hence the cereal does not become stale.

The container should be microwave safe

The container you use to store the cereal should be microwave safe so that you can easily re-heat your cereal in the microwave oven. If you are using a plastic cereal container, do not use it to re-heat the cereal in the oven. If you are using a glass container or a ceramic bowl to store your cereals, it is safe to re-heat the cereal in a microwave oven.  There is no risk of chemicals leaching into your food if you re-heat it in a glass or ceramic bowl.

Lids for cereal container

The cereal container should have a lid which seals it perfectly. The lid with a silicon gasket is the best kind of lid. It should be kept in mind that the lid that you use to cover the cereal container is not made to be used in the microwave oven. Do not re-heat your cereal with the lid on it. Remove the lid from the container and then reheat it.

Easy to use

The container should be easy to use. The lid of the container should be easy to open and close it. The lid should be made in such a way that it is easy for the little ones to open and close it. Since cereals are mostly eaten by the kids so the containers and the lids should be very easy to use.

Easy to clean

The cereal container should be easy to clean and wash. Most of the cereal containers can be washed in a dishwasher. Do not use boiling water to wash them. Use warm water and soap to clean the containers. The best cereal containers do not have many layers, pieces or services which make it easy to clean it. The cereal containers which are transparent should be preferred.

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