Vocabulary about Food – Where Does it Go?

Hello everyone!

Remember the quiz you answered last Thursday? It was this one:

“I want to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But the ___ of peanut butter is empty.”
a. six-pack
b. jar
c. can
d. box

Do you remember the correct answer? Exactly! It was “b. jar”. Because there were a few incorrect answers, we decided to write a post about vocabulary related to food and drink.

These containers can also be used for other objects but we will only be looking at their uses in relation to food and drink.

Types of containers

Bag – a container made of thin material (such as paper, plastic, or cloth) that opens at the top and is used for holding or carrying things.
Example: “Today I bought a bag of oranges”

Barrel – a round usually wooden container with curved sides and flat ends.
Example: “That shop sells barrels of wine”

Basket – a container usually made by weaving together long thin pieces of material.
Example: “When I was sick she brought a basket of fruit”
Example: “His dad was a farmer so he always brought us a basket full of eggs”

Bottle – a glass or plastic container that has a narrow neck and usually has no handle. Bottles are usually used to store liquid or tablets.
Example: “Would you like me to bring a bottle of wine?”

Bowl – a round container that has tall, curving sides and that is used for preparing or serving foods and liquids.
Example: “My friend Paul served me a delicious bowl of soup for supper”
Example: “She filled her bowl with pasta”

Box – a container that is made of a hard material (such as wood, metal, or cardboard) and that usually has four straight sides.
Example: “The cereal box is on the kitchen table”

Can – a closed metal container that is usually shaped like a cylinder and that holds food or drink.
Example: “Today we’re having chilli con carne, I bought a big can of beans”
Example: “Can I have a can of soda, please?”

Carton – a light box or container usually made of cardboard or plastic.
Example: “The carton of orange juice is in the fridge”
Example: “Where have you put the milk carton?”

Dozen – a group of 12 things. Half a dozen means 6.
Example: “I’d like to buy a dozen eggs, please”
Example: “You will have to bring half a dozen cakes for her party”

Jar – a glass container that has a wide opening and usually a lid.
Example: “My Mother gave me a jar full of homemade pickles”
Example: “I keep my jam jars on that shelf”

Jug – a large, deep container with a narrow opening and a handle.
Example: “When I make coffee, I fill a jug full of milk”

Loaf – an amount of bread that has been baked in a long, round, or square shape. A loaf is also a dish made from foods (such as chopped meat, eggs, and seasoning) that are pressed together, shaped, and usually baked.
Example: “I’d love a loaf of brown bread”
Example: “My sister makes a delicious meat loaf with vegetables”

Pint – a container that holds a pint of something.
Example: “I want another pint of beer”

Six-pack – a group of six cans or bottles sold together.
Example: “We bought a six-pack of lemon soda”
Example: “They brought a six-pack of beer to watch the football”

Stick – a long piece of something that is usually wrapped in paper, plastic, etc.
Example: “Lucy gave me a stick of strawberry gum”
Example: “Could you bring me the stick of butter, please? I want some on my bread”

Tub – a wide container used to hold something.
Example: “The tub of ice-cream is in the freezer”

If you’d like to put this class into practice, visit this website and take their fun test!


  1. Good morning Aba!

    How are you?

    Thanks for this article, is more interesting.

    I think it is very important to recycle everything you can to separate everything and put it in its proper container in order to respect the environment.

    You recycle?

    Have a good weekend!


    • Hi Belinda!

      You’re right, recycling is very important. We should all recycle as much as possible to ensure a greener planet.

      You have a great weekend too!!

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