Replace Your Food Storage Containers

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by Nancy on July 10, 2010

Recently I got fed up with my Tupperware (food storage containers, Gladware, whatever you want to call it.) I was trying to match a lid to a container, threw my hands up in exasperation and decided it was time to do what all good mothers of college students do – give it away to my kids and get nice new containers for myself. Then, in typical fashion, I spent way too much time researching, angsting over which set to buy and searching for the least expensive place to buy it. But, lucky you, I’ll tell you what I learned so you don’t have to waste your time.

What I Learned

I started out by taking everything out of my Tupperware drawer. I realized:

  • I mainly use 1/2 – 2C. small containers.
  • I mainly store leftovers.
  • I don’t like round containers, they are harder to organize in my drawer and stack in my refrigerator.
  • I hate searching for the right lid.
  • I want to store all of my containers in one place.
  • I do not need 30 containers.

From watching Alton Brown on The Food Network I knew I wanted flat, rectangular pieces. Why? Because they distribute food over a larger surface area. Food cools down quickly and it microwaves faster. I thought about glass but decided it was too heavy, doesn’t stack well and wouldn’t fit into my storage drawer.  I wanted bisphenol-A (BPA)-free containers that were sturdy and dishwasher hardy. Finally I wanted a lid that didn’t rip my fingernails prying it off, that I didn’t have to burp or that only fit one-way and I wanted it to be obvious which lid fits which container.

And the winner is…

Snapware. I’ve had my set for a month. I made a salad and put the leftovers in one of the containers. Five days later I remembered it and was shocked that the lettuce was still crisp. I love the lids which you flap down on each side, no more broken nails. Because the lids have flaps you can’t store them vertically but since I now have a small, compact set I can put my hands on them easily. One thing you need to know is you can only wash the lids in the top part of your dishwasher. If you are a glass lover, Snapware also carries a glass line. They make a wide variety of other containers for crafts and household storage.

I bought my set on Amazon but last week I saw several different sets at Costco. If you get Bed Bath & Beyond coupons use one of those for a discount.

One last word

I can not tell you how many times Joan and I have had our heads buried deep in the back of clients kitchen cupboards yanking out old, mismatched pieces of Tupperware. Lids without containers, containers without lids. Why, people, why, are you hanging on to these? When we sweetly smile and suggest they might consider tossing out the old and going with new we get aghast looks. As though we suggested they yank Mother’s Day from the calendar or stomp on the American flag. It’s okay, take a deep breath and get yourself new food storage containers. They’re just the right thing!

Look at my new Snapware drawer. Even Slink is impressed.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah C. July 12, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Great post, Nancy! We have snapware in my apartment too and I’ve found it to be a really great system – we’re not constantly accruing mismatched tupperware and losing or misplacing parts – ours is color-coded and that makes it even easier to keep track of. I highly recommend!

Terry B. July 28, 2010 at 8:10 am

Nancy – your article was just the right incentive for both my mom and myself! We went to Costco and purchased Snapwear and then purged our old Tupperwear. The old Tupperwear will be a perfect gift for Nick and Lindsey as they set themselves up in apartments this school year. Thanks for the great tip!

Nancy Nancy July 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Let me know how you like it! I bought a small set and told myself that if I really had all the containers in the frig I had way too many leftovers. So far, it’s working.

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