A guide to sizes of Tupperware Modular Mate containers for the pantry

If you have seen pics of  my pantry you will know that I am hooked on Tupperware. I met a mum at swimming lessons many years ago who was a Tupperware demonstrator who showed me the latest Tupperware catalogue.  I took it home and nearly tagged every page in the book.  I believed I needed it, I wanted a pantry of modular mates and I loved the idea of their sandwich keeper plus for the kids.  I got to the back page and read about becoming a demonstrator. After thinking about it for a little while, I thought this could be my answer to stocking my shelves with Tupperware and occupy my time while the kids were at school and youngest was in kindy.  I was a demonstrator for 1 year and in that time I managed to help pay bills and gradually build my pantry with modular mates containers.  I loved it, was so much fun being a demonstrator, however with hubby’s busy work commitments I had to stop (sadly 1 week after I became a Tupperware Manager).

Modular mates are best purchased in the sets and then you can purchase them individually to best fit your pantry.  I have heard that if you purchase a Tupperware Home Start Set in the next month you will receive a large MM spice set FREE!

I share this post with you today as it has been a very popular request, as many readers are wanting to purchase Tupperware for their pantry and are unsure what sizes are required.  This is not a sponsored post.

Before I start sharing the sizes, I think it’s very important for you to decide which colour seals you would like to purchase.  I chose black as it’s a popular colour and it’s less likely to be discontinued, which Tupperware does tend to do.  Black was a safe option, plus it also matched my black bench top.

The Baking & Pasta Shelf

Stack 1  

  • White Sugar – Oval 3
  • Scone Mix – Oval 2

Stack 2  

  • Castor Sugar – Oval 3
  • Coconut – Oval 3

Stack 3  

  • Baking Powder – Oval 1/2
  • Bicarb soda – Oval 1/2
  • Brown Sugar – Oval 3
  • Cocoa – Oval 2

Stack 4  

  • Self Raising Flour – Rectangle 2
  • Plain Flour – Rectangle 2
  • Lasagne Sheets – Rectangle 1

Stack 5  

  • Pasta Spirals – Super Oval 3
  • Mini Spirals – Super Oval 2
  • Cous Cous – Super Oval 1

Stack 6

  • Brown Rice – Super Oval 3
  • Basmati Rice – Super Oval 3

Stack 7

  • White Rice – Super Oval 2
  • Macaroni – Super Oval 1
  • Tube Pasta – Super Oval 3

Stack 8

  • Spaghetti – Round 5
  • Arborio Rice – Super Oval 2
  • Rice I reuse when cooking pastry – Super Oval 1
  • Bow Pasta – Super Oval 1

Changes I would make:  Use Super Oval 2 for brown and basmati rice. I’d also add  to stack 4 a Rectangle 1 for Wholemeal SR Flour and an Oval 1 would fit perfectly above the White Sugar in stack 1.

Note:  All these seals are normal (not pour-all), as I usually need to get my hand in to scoop out the required amount with a measuring cup.

The Snack Shelf

Stack 1  

  • Cranberries – Oval 1
  • Citrus Peel – Oval 1
  • Chocolates – Oval 2

Stack 2  

  • Apricot Balls – Oval 1
  • Nuts – Oval 1
  • Dried Apricots – Oval 1
  • Dried Mango – Oval 1

Stack 3  

  • Rice Crackers – Mini Rectangle 1
  • Dried Banana Chips – Mini Rectangle 1
  • Crispbread – Mini Rectangle 2
  • Jelly Beans – Mini Rectangle 1

Stack 4  

  • Plain crackers eg Jatz (currently empty) – Mini Rectangle 2
  • Rice cakes – Mini Rectangle 2
  • Salada – Mini Rectangle 2

Stack 5  

  • Large packet of chips – Square 2
  • Pretzels – Square 2
  • Wholemeal SR Flour – Square 1
  • Biscuits – Square 1

Stack 6

  • Snack container – Muesli Bars, Fruit sticks etc – Veg Out Small
  • Mini packets of chips – Veg Out Small

Stack 7

  • White Rice – Super Oval 2
  • Macoroni – Super Oval 1
  • Tube Pasta – Super Oval 3

Stack 8

  • Spaghetti – Round 5
  • Arborio Rice – Super Oval 2
  • Rice I reuse when cooking pastry – Super Oval 1
  • Bow Pasta – Super Oval 1

Changes I would make:  I’m happy with the sizes I have, I really do like the mini rectangle containers, they would have to be my favourite sizes.  I also have room to purchase more if needed.

Extra Shelf

Stack 1  

  • Oatbran – Oval 3
  • Panko Breadcrumbs – Oval 2

Stack 2  

  • Icing Sugar – Oval 4
  • Muesli – Oval 2

Stack 3  

  • Sultanas – Oval 4 with Pour-all seal
  • Marshmallows – Oval 2

Stack 4  

  • Cornflour – Oval 2
  • Dried Breadcrumbs – Oval 4

Stack 5 

  • Shredded Coconut – Oval 5

Stack 6 

  • Rolled Oats – Oval 5
Note:  There is room for 3 extra Oval 1’s if and/or when required.
 

The Cereal Shelf

Stack 1  

  • Cereal – Soup Oval 5 with Pour-all seal

Stack 2  

  • Cereal – Super Oval 3 with Pour-all seal
  • Cereal – Super Oval 3 with Pour-all seal, sitting on top of:
  • Weetbix – Rectangle 3

Vegetables

Stack 1  

  • Potatoes – Veg Out Large
  • Onions – Veg Out Small

Note:  Potatoes and onions last for 3-4 weeks in these containers

 

 

 

Modular Mate sizes

Here is a guide from the Tupperware catalogue to help you determine the sizes you need.  Remember to measure your shelves to make sure they fit properly before you order.

 

I hope this guide helps you to determine which containers you need for your pantry.

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59 comments

ngaire jarron August 23, 2012 - 9:18 AM

Just letting people know – Access Mates seals will no longer be available after 29th August so if you would like one – order them now!

Also, you are right there are specials in September for Modular mates sets, the bonus items range from Spice Sets to Veg Out Larges so very worthwhile to party in September!

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Katrina August 23, 2012 - 8:06 PM

I was looking for them in the new catalogue because I couldn’t remember what they were called. Thank you for letting us know πŸ˜‰

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Kylie August 23, 2012 - 10:44 AM

Hey – just found out yesterday the mini rectangles that you can only get in the Home start kit are available next month in a small kit of their own πŸ™‚

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Katrina August 23, 2012 - 8:06 PM

That’s a great deal, I saw that too yesterday!!

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Kate August 23, 2012 - 11:22 AM

This is awesome, I’m just about to do this to my pantry. I noticed Flour and SR Flour in large flat rectangle containers rather than up right. Do you find this works better? Thank you!

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Katrina August 23, 2012 - 8:05 PM

Hi Kate, yes I do, it fits a full 2kg bag and it’s easier for me to get my hand in with a 1 cup and scoop out what is required. It also fits well on my pantry shelf.

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Kerry Taylor August 23, 2012 - 12:03 PM

Wow about the mini rectangles being available on their own. I love them. I have a full modular mate pantry that I purchased all in bulk when the modular mates were on special – had my own catalogue party..with just me as the customer. I had enough ‘sales’ to get all the host and free gifts πŸ™‚ I have a master list that I got years ago that tells you how much of each ingredient (in grams and kgs) fit in each container. I used that as my guide for getting the right container size. Kerry T Brisbane.

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Katrina August 25, 2012 - 1:37 PM

I have been trying to google that list Kerry πŸ™‚ I knew it existed, I could only find an American version which didn’t really relate. Great idea having your own party πŸ™‚

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Kerry Taylor August 26, 2012 - 4:59 AM

I still have it πŸ™‚ Am quite happy to scan and email to you if you like. It would be 10-15 yrs old, but the modular mate sizes haven’t changed, so am sure it would still be okay. I got it from a Tupperware Manager back when I was ‘collecting’ my sets πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Alannah Croom October 22, 2012 - 9:51 PM

Would it be possible to upload the list onto your website? It would be great to have! πŸ™‚

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Catherine September 5, 2015 - 10:38 PM

Hello, I would love a copy of the list for Tupperware so I can work put what I need to order with the sizes & what will fit in. Many thanks, Catherine

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Belinda June 10, 2016 - 9:31 AM

I’d love a copy of this if it’s still available.

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Jade Farmer January 10, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Years later but I’d love that list too

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Tammy August 24, 2012 - 7:52 AM

Customers can also receive a FREE consultation on their pantry (or even fridge and freezer!) from your Demonstrator to work out what containers you need for the products you purchase (either immediately or over time). This is a very worthwhile exercise as it ensures you do find the right container for the product and size of your shelf. I LOVE doing CKP’s for my customers!

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kris August 24, 2012 - 10:31 PM

Quick question – where do you keep replacement stock so that it doesn’t look messy? e.g. if I buy more plain flour because I know I won’t have quite enough left for a recipe, i don’t want to top up the existing flour because then it will be a mix of old and new. Once my container runs out I like to rinse and refill with all new flour. But, where do I store the new pack until I need it? Do you have a separate part of the pantry for things in original packaging rather than tupperware? thanks πŸ™‚

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Katrina August 25, 2012 - 1:35 PM

Hi Kris, I keep the extra items in baskets on the bottom shelf, have a look at this video it will show you πŸ™‚
https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/organising/storage-solutions-for-organising-the-pantry/

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Kerry Taylor August 26, 2012 - 5:03 AM

My shelves are deeper than the rectangle modular mates. I sit the tupperware to the front of the shelf and store my new packets behind them. Not sure this is ideal though for the higher shelves as I can’t reach and often forget what I have stashed behind there.

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karen ryan August 24, 2012 - 11:30 PM

sorry your tupperware is not even in your cupboards,and it doesnt look as good as it should
mine are all even and it looks amazing

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Katrina August 25, 2012 - 1:34 PM

No it’s not Karen, but as you read above I have mentioned I have room to purchase more if and when I need. This is a guide to help people, not to criticise

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Anisa August 26, 2012 - 8:12 PM

Ki Katrina, could you tell me what size packet of weetbix do you fit in the rectangle 2, please?

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Maisy moo August 27, 2012 - 10:56 PM

Hi there. I am a demonstrator also looking for a modular mate guide that I can have handy in my phone when at a ckp. Could you please email me Wuthering the version you have? It would be much appreciated. Email is [email protected]
Thanks!

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Nicky elliott September 4, 2012 - 11:27 PM

Custom kitchen planning booklet or sheet is available in nett items for those of u still demonstrating. I actually include one in e ery party pack that i give out because i love the end result in my own kitchen!

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Jeni September 7, 2012 - 6:59 PM

I’d love you to come and organise my pantry LOL… I just don’t know where to start… mine isn’t messy and is somewhat organised because we only moved recently but to sort it out with the racks and tupperware containers, I just feel overwelmed at the thought of doing it myself!

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Peta September 7, 2012 - 7:33 PM

Thanks so much for this guide. I need to do something different and better with my pantry and this is great inspiration.

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Angela October 14, 2012 - 3:19 PM

Your pantry looks amazing Katrina! Could you please tell me what size you would use to store salt? Thank you. I can’t see how to access the guide to determine the sizes. Is the link still on this page?

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Caroline November 27, 2012 - 7:29 AM

Hi Katrina,
Can you please email me the master list with grams and kgs? I’m trying to organise my pantry and it would be very handy to get the containers right. Thanks.

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Kerrily Barton December 13, 2012 - 7:16 AM

i love..love..love it! i m going to do my pantry today and make a notice board for the inside to. handy place for he school tuckshop list. could you please email me the what list of size guides…im actually excited!!

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stacey December 13, 2012 - 8:54 AM

Yay. Im a demonstrator in christchurch and CKPs are my favourite to do for my customers.well done Katrina, your pantry looks great

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Susan December 13, 2012 - 7:09 PM

A Tupperware dealer has a catalogue of what size foodstuff purchase will fit into which container. Anyone that needs more help can find a local demonstrator via the Tupperware web page and organise to have a custom kitchen planning demonstration.

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Rachael Maree April 8, 2013 - 9:57 AM

Tupperware have a great special on Modular Mates for the month of April 2013. Contact your local Tupperware lady to hear more. If you host a party in April you could even receive a set of Modular Mates free. Also your Tupperware lady can do a Custom Kitchen Plan for you this will help you choose the right Modular Mates for the products you buy in the quantities that you buy them. This can also be done for your Fridge and Freezer with Tupperware’s Fridge Smart and Vent Smart systems and the Antarctica range. I now love my pantry, fridge and freezer so easy to find things and I really do save money keeping my food fresher for longer.

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Megan May 22, 2013 - 7:40 PM

Can you tell me what the difference is between the ovals and the super ovals??

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Katrina May 27, 2013 - 4:14 PM

ovals aren’t as long Megan, they are good for packets of coconut and sugar, I use the super ovals for bigger packet items like pasta and rice.

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Irene September 21, 2015 - 11:45 AM

I’ve recently tried to buy some super ovals as that’s what I bought years ago to do out my pantry. I like them the best as they use the whole depth of the shelf.
Apparently they are no longer made!!! I can’t believe it as I think they are the best Tupperware product I’ve ever bought. And I’ve got quite a bit!

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Ashleigh Louise Payne February 26, 2014 - 6:40 AM

While it all looks very neat stacked like this I don’t see it as very user friendly. I own tupperware modular mates and it drives me nuts to lift out 2 or 3 other containers to get the one i need from the bottom. Most of what’s on the bottom isn’t used at all. I have already retired several Tupperware containers in favour of just leaving things in original packaging.

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kez February 26, 2014 - 11:42 AM

Hi Asheligh,
I have just bought some inexpensive shelves from Ikea for my pantry. I am loving that I don’t have to take out several items to get to the one on the bottom of the pile. They are metal, cream coated and are stackable!!

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Jude September 21, 2015 - 1:35 PM

I have noticed wasted space if you have a lot of Tupperware containers that are all quarter to half full but I find Tupperware easy and neat for basic items I use regularly and can keep track of what I need to buy more of. For items I use less frequently I group them together in a larger box eg cake decorating supplies in one box (a shoebox currently), lollies and other treats in a plastic basket from Woolworths. Only about a quarter of my pantry contents are stored in Tupperware. It works fairly well for me. It is fairly simple but it is just another little way to keep cost down so I can be there for the kids a bit more. Great quality product though.

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Jess November 16, 2014 - 6:32 AM

What a great post, thanks so much πŸ™‚ just letting you know though that super ovals, rectangles and mini rectangles aren’t available to purchase singularly now πŸ™ you can still get them in sets though. Your pantry looks amazing too, congrats

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 17, 2014 - 9:32 AM

Ooh thank you Jess! And thank you for letting me know about the sets.:)

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Nancy March 17, 2015 - 10:13 AM

Hi, I love what you have done with your pantry – it looks fabulous!! You have inspired me to sort mine out. Can I ask how many kilos of plain or self raising flour you can fit in your Rectangle 2 container? Also, with the veg out containers you have used for your snacks, where did you get the lid with no vent holes? In the current catalogue the veg out containers all have vent holes on the lid.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 17, 2015 - 2:29 PM

Hi Nancy

They can easily store 2kg of flour, with a little extra room. I got the lids from Tupperware about 5 years ago, you could ask a demonstrator as they may still be available in the replacements catalogue.

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Nancy March 18, 2015 - 7:52 PM

Thanks for that. I think I will have to invest in some of those too, I am sick of loose packets of chips and muesli bars. Drives me nuts!!!
Can I ask what dimensions the Rectangular 2 was that you had the flour in? My rep tells me they are no longer available πŸ™

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Thu arkles April 9, 2015 - 10:12 AM

i Love love love a well organized pantry. Everything in its place so you can quickly see what you have and don’t have. Beautiful. Thank you! I will definitely be sending my customers over to check out your blog!

If you need tupperware rep Iid be glad to help!

[email protected]
Thuarkles.my.tupperware.com

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Sara May 13, 2015 - 2:54 PM

I love this pantry and used this guide when stocking up my own pantry with modular mate storage. I would love to see if your pantry set up/contents has changed since your sleeve surgery?

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Jenna June 21, 2015 - 4:46 PM

i love modular mates.. You have made me think about the snack area in my pantry.. Don’t have long until my pantry is done!!!
But I’m a bit worried about how you keep your potatoes in a clear modular.. To me that’s a big no no..

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Donna Evans August 6, 2015 - 6:06 PM

I’d love to buy the “veg out small” on the 6th shelf of the snack packs -however I’ve never seen it in Australia (where I live). We have a veg out small with holes in the flip top lid but I don’ want the holes as I want the module for wet bix – anyone want to sell one. XxxDonna

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Kirra September 21, 2015 - 6:54 AM

Oh this looks fantastic! I have my pantry part done in the modular mates πŸ™‚ i got 2x kits of it as a reward when i had my last tup party. As i have a super large walk in pantry this is perfect for stacking. I have prob 50/50 tup and decor atm but am going to try to swap tge decor over when money permits.

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Kirra September 21, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Oh this looks fantastic! I am a tuppaddict too lol! I have my pantry part done in the modular mates πŸ™‚ i got 2x kits of it as a reward when i had my last tup party. Plus have bits and pieces from my mum and grandma. As i have a super large walk in pantry this is perfect for stacking. I have prob 50/50 tup and decor atm but am going to try to swap the decor over when money permits. I need to find a new demonstrator as i wasnt to fond of my last one sadly. I wish we could share our shelves with you! The list mentioned would be fantastic. I have often thought of being a demonstrator but with hubbies work roster and only one day a week daycare, its not gonna happen. I think i will when she starts kindy πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing! Ps cant wait for the 5th of oct! ?

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Bev September 25, 2015 - 9:52 AM

Hi Katrina,

I have been receiving your newsletter? for some time now and really enjoy reading them.
Can you please tell me how to find your Tupperware Modular Mates size guide which I presume will have been measurements of– I can’t seem to find the link !! (Aug 23 2012)

Many thanks
Keep up the good work

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Annik February 1, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Hi Katrina-
I am impressed by your pantry !
Maybe I missed it but how do you label your tupperware ?
I like it when it all looks the same.

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Judy May 2, 2016 - 1:58 PM

As wonderful as Tupperware is, they are rather expensive. Kmart sell copycat modular mates with black lids. They come in a set of 4 or 6 and work out around $2 per container. They are BPA free and stack beautifully.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 2, 2016 - 5:42 PM

they are a bargain aren’t they Judy! I haven’t purchased Tupperware for years.

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Rhonda April 5, 2018 - 10:03 AM

I’ve just started buying used modular mates…I’ve bought 10 for $42 in the past week. All in great condition. Loving them.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 5, 2018 - 1:14 PM

bargain, that’s a super great price!!

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Casey July 25, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Hi katrina, love this post just about to organise my pantry. wondering what size box of weetbix your tupperware container holds?

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Nancy November 23, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Kat, I would love to see an updated post on how you have set up your pantry in your current house using your Tupperware MM. Photos would be great too please!!!

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Philip Turner July 14, 2021 - 12:19 PM

Can someone please direct me to a link that will provide actual sizes if the modular mates, in particular the end-to-end and side-to-side dimensions of the lid sealing grooves. I found nothing of any use here. Thanks, PT

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 20, 2021 - 3:35 PM

Perhaps Tupperware themselves might be able to provide you with this if you contact them directly?

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