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Replacing my hodgepodge of plasticware - What are your favorite food storage containers and why?

OK, it is January and it is time for The Great Purge. We are cleaning out everything in the house, from the attic to the closets to the drawers and the kitchen is getting a MAJOR overhaul.

My personal little corner of kitchen hell is the tupperware/plastic storage container area. We have a mishmash collection of all manner of plastic, some with lids, some without, some lids without bottoms - you all know what I'm talking about.

So as part of The Purge, I'm getting rid of almost all of it - most of it is seriously old and crapped out anyway. So what do you like to use for storage containers?

My criteria:
1. Every bottom must have a lid that fits tightly.
2. They must stack into each other well to take up a minimum of space. I don't have a lot of room to store it.

It does not have to be microwave safe, since I don't own a microwave. If I need to reheat something, it goes in a pot on the stove or in something into the oven.

Thanks, and wish us luck!

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  1. You may want to consider glass ... should last longer, can go into the oven, no leaching weird chemicals, etc.

    1. i just did the same thing in my kitchen. not more plastic lids pouring out everytime i open the cabinet!

      i really like the pyrex glass containers with the plastic fitted lids. they travel well, they can be used in the oven, and they're not plastic which makes me feel better about microwaving them. however, they don't stack as cleanly as plastic tupperware and i can't fit as many of them in a cabinet as i could with the plastic. most of my plastic tupperware was not being used and just taking up space so i'm ok with the fact that i can only fit 8 glass containers that i will actually use on a shelf rather than 16 plastic ones, of which i only would use 5 or 6 at a time.

      1. Recently QVC ran an hour(!) on the Lock&Lock food storage system:
        http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/ap...
        I considered it for a minute... Good luck w/your purge!

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        1. re: Sarah

          Don't buy those locking food storage systems unless you just enjoy spending more than five times the price for what you can buy on a supermarket shelf ... like Glad, Ziplock or Rubbermaid.

          I did a big test of various storage containers. They weren't bad, but just too pricy without better results.
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          They don't meet the OP critera of being easily stackable either.

          I'm probably going to move soon and was looking at my plastic collection and just decided to get rid of it all. In my next spot I'll buy a few boxes of glass mason jars which are THE BEST for storing food the longest and supplement that with ziplock or whatever cheap container is on sale and stacks well.

          This way if it gets lost, warped or otherwise ruined ... no big deal. I'm kind of interested in those collapsing storange bowls but I haven't tried them yet.

          My Rubbermaid stuff I've been happy with. It lasted over 15 years, the lids for various sizes were interchangeable and it stacked well.

          As an aside, in the above link from August, I put some sliced strawberries in a glass jar. They molded out in plastic after a few weeks. The strawberries in the glass jar, which I finally threw out yesterday, never grew any mold. They released the juice and still smelled good ... however I wasn't brave enough to try them.

          1. re: rworange

            Haha...I can't believe you still had them!!.. I can't believe there still wasn't any mold...

            1. re: rworange

              I do like the locking containers and I trust them to keep out those little flour bugs and tobacco beetles, or whatever they're called. That said, I do tend to keep my pantry items (flour, beans, pasta) in glass mason jars. I have also reused a sizable collection of very large (probably 1' tall), plastic kimchi jars for larger quantities of flour, oatmeal, and various types of rice. These, too, are bug-proof, and they're also lightweight for their size. They aren't stackable, but then at that height, there's no need to stack.

          2. I like the glassware, too, and though I'm embarrassed to admit it, I really like the Martha Stewart Everyday stuff at K-Mart. I picked some up one Christmas, because there's a K-Mart crazy close to my house, and I've gotten pretty attached. I also like their plastic, heavier duty tupperware. I use a mismash of that, with lots and lots of disposable tupperware for freezing soup in single portions.

            1. There are these great glass containers that have these locakable plastic lids that you can find at most Asian markets. It is about $20-$25 dollars and the tops are plastic and the bottoms are glass. In addition Ikea has a nice tupperware set for about $5-$7. They have a bunch of small ones a few medium and large. The small ones are good for dressings, ingredients and the larger ones are tall and are good for storing liquids like soup. They have blue lids.

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              1. re: gooseterp

                I don't know if you're using the same Ikea ones I have (mine have brown lids) but I found that after once or twice in the microwave the lids on these wouldn't fit anymore.