You can successfully store flour and sugar in galvanized garbage cans without getting bugs in the flour. All you do is fill them up (each can holds 50 pounds) and then use them as your source of flour and sugar when you need it. Of course, you use one can to store flour and one can to store sugar. When I am getting low on flour or sugar, I start watching for good sales. As soon as I find one, I fill them up again.
There is security in having a store of flour, sugar, yeast, baking power, baking soda, salt, and other basic ingredients such as milk and eggs. If you are on a budget, baking bread, rolls, muffins, or cookies makes your family feel like they are living a high life, when – in fact – you are being economical. And if you are having a rough financial week, you can do more baking because you have plenty of these ingredients around.
And, of course, you can make pop-overs, pancakes, waffles, German pancakes… and on… and on….
(If you can’t find galvanized garbage cans locally, you can buy the cans at Amazon for $30 each. The glass cookie jars are usually available at Walmart or Target.)