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May 14, 2011 09:24 AM

Safe glass containers with leak proof lids?

Does such a beast exist? I pack my lunch daily and must heat it in a microwave in the container that I brought it in. I currently use pyrex and the reports on exploding have me concerned. I've not experienced this problem, thank goodness, but I've got another, more immediate problem. The little blue lids that came with the bowls no longer keep their seal so well and are beginning to leak. Nothing like finding a little soup in your purse!

Any suggestions are welcome. I really need a permanent solution; I don't want to have to replace again in a year or so.

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  1. Lock & Lock plastic and glass containers are my favourite. They are airtight and the glass containers are made of borosilicate glass.

    1. Glasslock containers - similar to Lock & Lock - are also great. They're usually at Costco in sets of, maybe 6?, for less than $20. I love those things.

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      1. re: Nyleve

        Thanks, I'll definitely look into this since costco is nearby.

        1. re: Nyleve

          Yes, I purchased a similar set at BBB (bed, bath, & beyond)

        2. Curious why you have to heat it in the same container you brought it in. Couldn't you just keep a bowl at work to heat things up in and what you carry it to and fro in wouldn't have to be MW-proof?

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          1. re: c oliver

            Nope, I don't have just one work location.

            1. re: olympia

              Olympia: do you cook the lids with the food? Maybe a slip of plastic film after you remove the lid and before you cook the food wouldn't cook the lid but would cook the food.. I'm quite sure the glass hasn't been affected by the micro. A little prophylactic saran and you are there.!!

          2. I have always been a big fan of the Rubbermaid "Premier" line, which are NSF certified and have lids that are very tight yet easy on easy off, but are polycarbonate plastic which you seem to not care for (they used to, but no longer, have BPA). However they have recently come out with a very similar line in glass--I have not tried them myself but they might be what you are looking for.


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            1. re: johnb

              I'm ashamed to say that I don't know if it's polycarbonate plastic which I don't care for. I've got the plain pyrex bowls (which I've not had any problems with as of yet) with the blue lids. The lids were great for a year or two and then seemed to loose their strength - as evidenced by soup and dressing in my purse recently. I'll definitely look into your suggestion - thanks!

              1. re: olympia

                Polycarbonate is the type of plastic (used in food containers) that is clear and hard, and stain resistant.

                Let us know what you decide. I have been seeing the glass line just about everywhere (Target, Walmart, etc.) so you should have no trouble finding some to try.

                OTOH, while the lids do seal tightly, whether they are tight enough to survive being carried around in your purse, I couldn't say. I have found that if I push down on the lid just as I close the container it creates a little vacuum, which helps.