The Best Food Storage Containers of - Reviewed

While food storage containers are a relatively small item, if you buy the wrong one you can wind up with a big problem with keeping your food supply fresh.

Or use it to store leftover salmon and your whole fridge smells fishy. Ideally, good containers will extend shelf life by keeping food fresh without leaks, odors, or stains, without breaking.

And, if you invest in a big matching set, you may spend as much as you would on an electric appliance, making it not such a minor purchase. After months of testing, we found that glass food storage container Pyrex Ultimate available at Williams Sonoma , will keep your food fresh and even look good in the process.

If you prefer the lightweight and break the resistance of plastic, Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids available on Amazon is our top choice. To help you spend wisely, we chose 12 highly-rated lines of containers in a variety of sizes and used each one to freeze, defrost, and microwave oven, and store potato chips and fish oil. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Pyrex Ultimate pc Storage Set. More Articles You Might Enjoy. While the silicone on the lid will stain, it will come clean after a run in the dishwasher. The benefit of Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids is right in the name. You have the option of either snapping all the lids together in one pile or snapping one onto the bottom of a container.

And one lid fits several size containers, further reducing the problem. Easy Find was among the very best at keeping potato chips as fresh as from the package, even after four days in sauna-like conditions. Glad Food Containers earns our best value not just because of its low price, but for its high ratings in our tests.

And in spite of their low price, these containers came out at the top of our ratings. It was one of the very few that kept potato chips tasting as fresh as if it came from a just-opened bag, even when kept in a super-steamy room. When Glad was submerged in water, some moisture seeped in but not a puddle as in all of the others we tested.

They do pit and stain when used to microwave spaghetti sauce. To help keep chaos at bay in your cabinets, the lids snap together. Glad comes in multiple sizes from mini to potluck. Before that, I worked in New York City restaurants for seven years. My earliest food storage memory is of using a plate to cover a bowl of leftovers in the Frigidaire. We tested 12 food storage containers.

We checked to see if tomato sauce leaked out and if fish oil odors seeped through. After washing containers in Storage Containers Delivered To House which we stored fish oil, first by hand and then in the dishwasher, we sniffed to see if they retained a fishy smell. By sealing a piece of paper in them and submerging them in water, we determined if they had a tight seal.

After filling them with potato chips, we stored them in a warm steamy room then tasted them to find out if they kept the chips crisp and fresh tasting. To check for staining and pitting, we microwaved tomato sauce in them, then washed each one by hand. Then we cleaned them in the dishwasher for a week to see if stains came out and if the dishwasher affected the ability of the lid to be closed tightly. We dropped water-filled containers from countertop height to see if they leaked, opened, or broke.

As we worked, we considered how easy it was to put the lids on and take the lids off, how easy it is to clean and store the containers, and the overall quality and experience of using them. You can choose plastic or glass and both have their charms.

Glass is more effective at keeping food fresh, as long as it has a tight-fitting lid, as absolutely nothing can pass through it. While there will always be a concern for it breaking, in our tests none broke from a simple drop from countertop height onto a vinyl floor. However, most glass containers come with plastic Storage House Define 90 lids that will discolor and if you want to keep them looking spiffy your best bet is to avoid using them for microwave heating.

Nothing beats the portability of plastic food storage containers. We know many of you are concerned about using plastic for storing food, and even more so about heating food in plastic, because of concerns that chemicals can migrate from the plastic into your food. The jury is still out on plastic safety. You need to decide on your own comfort level when it comes to using plastic. Most plastics will stain and degrade in some way when used to cook items like tomato sauce and are not always microwave safe.

One note of caution, while almost every container that we tested was leakproof when left on its side when filled with tomato sauce, none kept water out when submerged. These containers can go right from the freezer to the oven so are perfect for anyone who freezes a lot of soups and stews for weeknight reheating. However, you will see some discoloration on the lid, so consider using something else as a cover for microwaving. With Pyrex Smart Seal you get glass containers with a simple flat colorful lid.

In our tests, this was the only brand with both a container and a lid that stayed stain free. Plus, they kept chips super crisp. However, a container leaked badly when left on its side, leaving us with a big puddle of tomato sauce to clean up; be careful about putting one on the car seat without overwrapping it.

Four latches on the sides and a gasket in the lid give Snapware Total Solution Plastic an airtight seal. In our tests, air stayed out so chips remained crisp and fish oil odors stayed in.

However, when dropped, one latch opened, splashing water all over the floor. And microwaving spaghetti sauce left the container and lid stained and badly pitted. When we first evaluated food storage containers several years ago, this set was our favorite. The lids will stain if used to zap red sauce in the microwave. Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are another brand designed primarily for carrying potato salad to a picnic or brownies to book club and then tossing.

A TakeAlong was the only container we tested that actually cracked when we dropped it from a counter. Another inexpensive set to easily stock up on in the supermarket is Ziploc Containers.

The lids are nice and flat so they stack neatly in your fridge. Made of clear hard plastic with a latching lid, Rubbermaid Brilliance was one of the very best at keeping chips crispy. However, Brilliance is far from perfect. The lids fit so tightly that it can take a little pull to remove them, which is problematic if you use them in the microwave, as hot liquids can splatter when you tug them off.

And although a spin in the dishwasher took out most of the staining, the container itself retained an orange sheen and some coloring around the gasket in the lid. And while it kept air out to keep chips fresh, it did let water in when submerged for several days. Brilliance also comes in canister sizes , perfect for storing baking supplies, pasta, rice, and other dry Richards Homewares Household Storage Containers foods. Stash all your staples like flour, sugar, dried fruit, and nuts in the attractive clear Oxo Good Grips Pop containers and give your pantry shelves an instant upgrade.

The only part that can safely go in the dishwasher is the gasket and it takes a little finagling to figure out how to put it back in place after cleaning. Sharon has been testing kitchen equipment for the past 30 years. Before becoming a cooking tools maven, she worked as a professional chef in New York City restaurants for seven years. We use standardized and scientific testing methods to scrutinize every product and provide you with objectively accurate results.

After all, peer reviews are a critical part of any scientific process. We help you find the best stuff and make the most of the stuff you already own.

Popular Search Terms washer review dishwasher refrigerator air fryer tv all-clad sony lg tcl. Here's how to preorder. Money All Money Credit Cards. Written by Sharon Franke. Our Favorite Food Storage Containers of Pros Resilient glass construction Looks and feels fancy Oven safe.

Cons Silicone lids can stain No handles. Buy now at Williams Sonoma. Pros Readily available and affordable Come in multiple 2 Storage House Plans Kit sizes. Cons Easy to stain or pit. Best Overall. Best Plastic Containers. Pros Lids are interchangeable Lids offer great seal Easy to store. Best Value. Pros Durable glass Looks and feels classy Wide temperature range.

Cons Lids can stain. Pyrex Simply Store 6-pc Rectangular Set. Pros Doesn't stain Nice seal. Cons Lids can leak Can't go from freezer to oven No rim or handles. Buy now at Amazon. Pros Airtight seal. Cons Lids pop open when dropped Can badly stain and pit. Pros Shatterproof Oven safe Looks and feels professional. Cons Can't go from freezer to oven Tricky to clean.

Pros Shatterproof Oven safe Good sealing function. Cons Lids can stain easily. Rubbermaid TakeAlongs Piece Set.

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