Best Food Storage Containers

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Best Food Storage Containers

Food storage containers can be used for various purposes. Whether storing leftovers from the night before, to taking lunch to work or school, they are extremely useful in the kitchen. However, some product leak, or food spoils quickly in others, and for this reason you have to buy the best storage containers to keep food safe and mold free for days. These are a few of the top 10 best food storage containers in 2017 to consider, when you are buying food storage containers for use in your home.

Best Food Storage Containers

If you use old plastic yogurt containers or takeout containers for basic food storage, you have a few reasons to upgrade. First, you can’t see through yogurt containers, so once the lid is on, you can easily forget about what you have in there (and let it rot). Second, they aren’t leakproof, which means that transporting them to work for lunch can be a messy affair. Third, such plastic containers are not FDA-approved for repeat food storage or microwaving. Upgrading to more durable glass or plastic food storage containers means they’ll last longer and keep your food fresher.

Best Food Storage Containers

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Having the right food storage container ensures that your food stays fresh for longer. Depending on your needs, you might consider containers with specific features, including airtight lids and ones that are safe for the microwave and dishwasher. There is a wide range of food storage containers sets and individual containers, including those made with BPA-free and glass material. If this list doesn’t quite have what you need, browse more food storage containers.

Best Food Storage Containers

We’ve tested dozens of food storage containers over the past three years, subjecting them to freezing, microwaving, and 3-foot drops onto hard floors. The Glasslock containers beat the competition every time. The flaps on the lids were the easiest to close among all of the containers we tried. The Glasslock containers stayed leak-free and survived our counter-height drop tests onto wood without breaking. They were able to keep stains and smells from lingering and looked great filled with leftovers and stacked in the fridge. The containers even nest with their lids on, so they take up less space in a cupboard than much of the competition.

Best Food Storage Containers

November 24, 2015: In light of a huge European Food Safety Authority assessment of BPA that came out this year, we believe that plastic is safe for food container use and have updated our guide to reflect that. We plan to revisit testing plastic food-storage containers next year. Glasslock containers, which have a durable seal and stack neatly in the fridge, are our new top pick. If the Glasslock pieces are unavailable, we recommend a set of Snapware Total Solution glass containers, which are also nestable and affordable but paired with flimsy lids that are prone to damage. If you prefer plastic, we recommend the Snapware 18-Piece Airtight Box Set, which acquires smells more easily than glass but can be more convenient to use.

Best Food Storage Containers

For our 2016 update, our tests included filling the containers with water and shaking them, both before and after they had run through the dishwasher. To test how the containers would react to smells and stains, we filled them with tomato sauce, placed them in the freezer for three days, and reheated the sauce in the microwave for two minutes. We also froze quarter-pound portions of ground beef for two weeks to look at freezer-burn patterns. And, most fun of all, we conducted a drop test from waist height for all the picks (including our glass containers) to see if they would break or if the lids would pop off. We did our drop test on a piece of wood placed over cement in an attempt to simulate a non-bouncy kitchen floor. In our initial tests, we also tracked how long food stayed fresh in the containers by refrigerating fresh, cut strawberries for about two weeks.

Best Food Storage Containers

This 50-piece storage set comes with lids that snap on easily to the bases and lids. In fact, the lids and containers can be snapped together, making them ready to use at any time. The containers are also dishwasher-safe for easier cleaning. You can store the containers in the freezer or use them in the microwave. If you need to save space in the fridge, simply stack the containers as desired. A 42-piece set is also available.

The Reditainer Deli Food Storage Containers are typically used in professional restaurant kitchens because they’re cheap to buy in bulk, uniform, and store very neatly. While these containers didn’t leak and kept freezer burn at bay, but they stained easily and hung onto food odors. These containers also shattered in our drop test.

A few decades ago, Tupperware set the food storage standard with seals that close by pressing all around the rim. Today’s trendsetter is Snapware: You put the lid in place and snap down flaps that project like wings from the lid. Five of the eight plastic containers we tested use this newer snap seal; manufacturers hoping to woo converts to this style pledge simpler, tighter, leakproof technology. To test their claims, we filled each container with chicken soup and shook them. Five of the eight containers (including one traditional and two snap seals) kept us dry, but three dribbled. Next, we filled containers with pie weights and sugar and sank them under water; two kept the sugar bone-dry, only one of which also passed our soup test. Not that you’ll be scuba diving with your leftover lasagna, but tighter seals—and so far snap seals were performing at least as well as traditional seals—keep food fresher.

Third, a storage container is serviceable only if it fits in the prescribed storage space. After weeks of cramming containers into freezers and refrigerators, we preferred low, flat rectangles that slide onto any shelf, leaving room for other items, and simple, stackable flat—not bulbous—lids. But there’s also a food-quality reason to opt for flat: more efficient chilling and heating. After 24 hours in the freezer, water in tall containers was still liquid at the center but frozen solid in lower, flatter models. In the microwave, the chili in deep containers overheated at the edges before heating through in the middle.

The Snapware glass containers don’t have the ability to nest with their lids on, but they stack well and the lids fit together nicely. Their locking flaps open and close easily and feel secure when shut. Some of the lids in this set are even interchangeable with the plastic Snapware set we also recommend in this guide. (The orange lids for the round containers and the aqua lids for the rectangle containers work for both sets.) The containers tested well across the board, and because they’re Pyrex, the bottoms are oven-safe. We were amazed that the glass container didn’t break after we dropped it at different angles four times. Snapware came in second after Glasslock in our drop tests this year: The lid cracked slightly on the corner only after the fourth drop from waist height.

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While we like the Glasslock containers best, if their price goes up, or if you have a Costco membership, a set of Snapware Total Solution Pyrex Glass containers is the way to go. Unlike the Glasslock lids, these lids don’t have a removable gasket. Instead, the grooves around the lip of the containers are lined with a sort of firm silicone sealant where moisture can collect and grow mold. If you get grease in the groove, it can be a little difficult to clean if you’re washing by hand. However, this set has the best price of the glass options: When purchased from Costco, these are about 25 percent cheaper than the Glasslock pieces.

With varying options (12 pack, 24 pack, etc), you can choose from different sized storage containers with this set. The flex seals are easy to place and remove from the glass pyrex, and the bottoms of the containers lock onto the top of the rubber seal, so you can easily store several containers, without taking up too much space. It is dishwasher and freezer safe, microwave safe, stain and odor resistant, and BPA free for your safety.

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