Bread box inserts that fit right into your kitchen cabinet drawers: Mice, begone!

bread box insert Back in they day, they made metal bread boxes to insert right into kitchen cabinet drawers. The idea for these predates fitted kitchen cabinets — these inserts seem to have first been used on kitchen stepback cupboards including the famous Hoosier cabinets. Of course, I had one of these Hoosier bread boxes in my stash — picked up at an estate sale years ago. This weekend, we pulled it out and installed it after, ick, it was clear that mice, or a mouse, had squeezed into a drawer next to our sink and began eating into a bag of gorp stored there. We’ll see if this nifty vintage bread box insert keeps the critters out!

bread box drawer insert

Above: A brochure in my 1949 marketing for Berger steel kitchen cabinets calls this a “bread and cake box”. I am not sure whether these vintage bread box drawers were meant to keep mice out — or whether the metal enclosure is thought to keep bread fresher longer. Any experts out there who know for sure?

bread box insert for kitchen cabinet drawersI am not sure if *my* breadbox insert was ever used. I had it stored in the attic. I think the humidity up there aged it, over time. Still, it is in great shape.

bread box that goes into a kitchen cabinet drawerThe piece is overall, quite lightweight. The easily-removed top slides to open and close and has a bit of venting in it.

vintage bread box sliding top It fit the drawer perfectly!

hoosier cabinet bread boxOf course, we also took steps to plug up holes where we thought our little mouse friend might be getting in. 

Where to find vintage bread box drawer inserts like this: 

  • These are common on ebay. Try search terms like Hoosier bread box… vintage bread box drawer… vintage bread box insert… bread box drawer 

  1. beth says:

    My understanding growing up with these or counter bread boxes is that they kept the bread from getting stale as fast however I’m sure the critter repellent aspect was a consideration too.

  2. Diana Staley says:

    Is it possible to buy one of these new? I currently have a metal/tin bread box insert in my base cabinet and it’s looking very rusty and corroded. Would like to replace it with a new one.

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