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Oct 27, 2006 04:29 AM

Food storage containers

What containers do chowhounds like for storing leftovers and tomorrow's lunch? Should be spillproof, breakproof, lightweight, and does not retain odors. Is Rubbermaid still the manufacturer of choice? I will not be microwaving in these containers, but would like to wash them in the dishwasher. TIA!

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  1. Love, love, love the Martha Stewart glass food storage containers at K-Mart. (You can order online at the K-Mart website). They are obviously not breakproof since they are glass, but the glass is lightweight and I think they are of much higher quality than Rubbermaid.

    1. I usually vacuum pack leftovers. Easy to reheat in a bag ;)

      1. Since I do not like storing foods, especially hot foods, in plastic, I use stainless steel containers (called "bains marie"), the type used for soups in soup bars in steam tables, purchased at restaurant supply stores. They're available in various sizes, fit nicely in the fridge, and you know that no unsavoury flavours or chemicals will be leaching into your foods. I especially love them for storing soups and stews.

        1. Check out Click Clack containers made in New Zealand.

          The Accent series is made from polycarbonate and can go from freezer to microwave to dishwasher.

          They have another series which looks the same but the containers are not polycarbonate so be careful.

          These are hard to find. Amazon carries them but seems to be out of most sizes currently.
          The 7"dia by 8" high one is about $14. Su la Table had them on sale a couple of weeks ago.

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          1. re: RichardM

            I believe that I saw these at Bed Bath and Beyond recently.

            1. re: RichardM

              The ones at (and are the click clack's from NZ but the ones that are in stock are the non-dishwasher safe acrylic rather than the polycarbonate that RichardM recommends.

              I don't worry much about plastic for storage... but I do try to move things to a glass or ceramic microwavable dish before reheating.

            2. I agree with FlavoursGal about storing hot foods in plastic it does become a breeding ground for ickies. What I usually do is transfer the soup out of the hot pot I used to cook it in and into a thin, cool, metal bowl, and dunk the bowl into an ice or cold water bath in the sink. Stiring also helps to get the temperature out of the danger zone fast and helps cool the mixture so that you can put it away into plastic.

              Lately I've been using Ziploc's Twist ’n Loc Containers . They're relatively inexpensive so you can replace them if you lose them, if the plastic looks like its degrading. Reheats great for lunches and freezes well. I also feel confidant enough in their ability not to leak that I often will take a small container of soup and put it in my purse.

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              1. re: live4food

                Actually, you might want to be wary of storing ANYTHING, hot or cold, in plastic. I'm not so sure that plastics are safe storage vessels; how do acids, such as vinegar and citrus juices, for instance, react with the plasticizers in platic containers?

                Plastics have become possible culprits in a lot of today's ailments. Not to mention the increasingly early ages at which some girls are entering puberty.

                Along with non-stick pans, plastic containers have become a no-no in my kitchen.

                1. re: FlavoursGal

                  I'm not sure you'll see this message because this post was a year ago that you taliked about using Bain Marries containers for storing left overs in your Fridge.
                  I do not like putting chilli or tomotoe sauce or soups in plastic containers in the freezer. So I bought Pyrex to freeze my soups but the lids end up popping off, even if I leave an inch of room. Have you used the Bain Marries for freezing soups and sauces in the freezer? Are the lids loose or do they fit snuggly enough to prevent freezer burn? In the picture they look like they just sit on top? I'm afraid of air getting in and my food getting freezer burn. I freeze things for up to a year sometimes.

                2. re: live4food

                  I have also been using the Ziploc Twist'n Loc Containers and I like them a lot. They don't spill at all, I replaced my Rubbermaids with these. As for the plastic not being safe, I am sure it is not as reliable as glass containers, but can we really say anthing when most of us use microwave daily to heat up our food or anything else???