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The best glass food storage containers that changed my (kitchen) life
When we switched from plastic to glass storage containers, I thought the world would light up with banners and lights, declaring, “Welcome to kitchen bliss!” Nope.
My round pyrex containers were nice enough, and I felt better about reheating food in them, but that was where our love affair ended.
They weren’t good stackers when empty – the stack was really high because they hardly nestled into each other, so they took up a LOT of space.
When full, they were an inefficient use of space in my fridge because of the round shape. I couldn’t put them close to each other without wasting precious cubic inches.
And the lids worked well at first, but then began to warp and fit a little more loosely, and I was worried they’d leak when I packed something like soup for my husband to take for lunch in his lunch box. (He has no interest in a thermos. I asked)
So after a lot of research (asking friends, mostly, on Facebook and Twitter), I found the best glass food storage containers!
They’re Pyrex Snapware. And I made a point to only buy the square and rectangular ones.
1. They’re still oven, microwave, and freezer safe (for heating, remove the lids).
2. The tops fit much more tightly, forever. I’ve had them for ages and have experienced NO warping.
3. They’re all rectangles and squares, so they work together in my fridge to use all available space. (The ONLY complaint I have about them at all is that the 2 cup container doesn’t fit well on top of the 4 cup container’s lid.)
4. They nestle into each other MUCH more compactly for storage when they’re empty. Of course, not as compactly as thin plastic, but WAY better than the other glass containers we had previously.
How did the best glass food storage containers change my (kitchen) life?
I NEVER did the amount of food prep I do now, before I had these. I think part of why I do so much more preparation each week is because I love the containers. They fit together so nicely and line up in my fridge in such a beautiful way that it’s really inspiring to fill them with washed and cut fruits and veggies at the beginning of every week.
As a result of having so much prepared ahead of time, It’s easier for me to cook, make raw “tasting plates”, assemble salads, and pack lunches throughout the week. It’s so much easier to eat healthfully when you prepare your produce ahead of time.
Because they stack within each other so nicely when empty, I was able to buy more of them to store in the same amount of space. This means I have enough that I almost never run out of them, even after a heavy food-prep day.
And because they fit so nicely beside each other in the fridge, things don’t get shoved to the back and wasted. With the round glass food storage containers I had before, I often forgot about things that were “hiding” behind other things, until the contents were slimy and sad. Horrible! So much less food waste with the new containers.
I know it sounds like a tall order for some glass food storage containers – changing my (kitchen) life! But it’s true. They really did. I LOVE my Pyrex Snapware and recommend them to people every chance I get.