CAMBRO containers, with drain for salad greens or alternative container???
- erica Apr 29, 2011 10:12 AM
I was at the farmer's market today and noticed someone buying many pounds of loose-leaved salad greens. He packed them into a clear plastic covered box with a drainer/colander insert. In answer to my question, he told me that this was a Cambro container and that salad greens would keep in it for one week.
I just looked online and am shocked at the prices for these sets. The sources that I found in a quick search seem to require buying lots of multiple boxes.
Has anyone used these for salad storage at home? Do the greens really keep much longer than when stored any other way? Where is the best place to buy a singled box, cover, and drainer? (I am in NYC). Or is there a way to rig up a similar set-up by using less pricey items?
This is all new to me. Would like to learn!
go to any restaurant supply store, or in nyc, may get a better price online.
cambros are more expensive than tupperware, but this is because they are heavy duty restaurant storage that will last many years of daily restaurant use (going thru the hobart 3-4 times daily, safe storage of hot foods w/o leaching/warping etc). so in other words they should last a home cook a lifetime. for me it's a "once you've had the best you can never go back" type thing-- tupperware is annoying and inferior, and i use 1 qt and 2 qt cambros for home fridge storage pretty routinely. i also use glass containers.
there are other brands of restaurant containers other than cambro, but the word cambro is used in common restaurant parlance, like you'd use the words "xerox" or "band-aid". . . or "tupperware."
All of the components in that kit are available as indivdual pieces, as are alternative lids. (They're also probably available in smaller sizes. That one is 18*26*9, which means it's 15 gallons. That's lots of lettuce. I'm pretty sure they're available as half-sheet sized; and might be quarter too.) Pick the lid you want.