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tomatomustard Jul 5, 2011 11:13 AM

Alright, I've had it with gladware and others of the like. They're flimsy and are not worth the trouble. I need something more durable and stackable that can be used in the refrigerator and pantry. It needs to be clear so I can tell what is in it and have multiple sizes for proper storage (I don't want to have to put 2 cups worth of leftovers in a 3 quart container.

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    deepfryerdan Jul 5, 2011 11:15 AM

    I use the ever-classic commercial food storage containers like these: http://www.zesco.com/Cambro-2SFSCW-13... They're strong and durable, stackable, and you can get color coded lids. I ditched my gladware long ago.

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    1. re: deepfryerdan
      Monch Jul 5, 2011 11:21 AM

      Could not agree more. If it were solely up to me...domestic tranquility requires compromise...all our containers would be of this stripe.

      Get thee to your local restaurant supply store! They should have an abundance of Zesco and allied products!

      Best of luck,

      1. re: deepfryerdan
        tomatomustard Jul 6, 2011 11:08 AM

        I think that is the best bet. Seems like there are enough sizes to accomodate all my needs. I'll order a couple and see if it's really worth it.

        1. re: tomatomustard
          Mother of four Jul 6, 2011 05:17 PM

          You will love them, they are wonderful. I use them for all my sugars flour, dried beans, etc.

      2. mlou72 Jul 5, 2011 11:53 PM

        My favorite is Lock & Lock. I just buy them off QVC when they have a good deal. Their nestables line is the best. They're very durable, come in any size imaginable, and look like candy in my fridge and pantry. I only got turned onto them because I have strength and dexterity issues with my hands and these suckers are so easy to open and close with one hand. If you hate struggling with lids they're great, plus they are airtight and watertight.

        My latest set has 21 pieces (7 each of 1, 2 and 3 cup capacities, and all the lids are the same size). It's already my favorite set, as the sizes are deceptively generous; the medium size easily holds a can of peaches, the large was too big for my leftover baked beans from the 4th of July. http://www.qvc.com/Lock-&-Lock-21...

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        1. re: mlou72
          tastesgoodwhatisit Jul 6, 2011 02:12 AM

          I've gotten good lockable sets at Costco. I particularly liked their brand because the bases are stackable (taking up a lot less storage room), and some of the lids fit on multiple bottoms. And they are thoroughly ant proof.

        2. Bada Bing Jul 6, 2011 05:10 AM

          I've been very pleased with this Rubbermaid line:


          The lids can lock together and the filled containers sort of lock into each other when stacked. I first got a set with black lids some years ago, after a consumer testing group deemed them the best for several criteria (sealing, durability, and stain resistance). In the last year I noticed a set like the one on the Amazon link, with red lids and decorative etching on the plastic. They fit with my older set just fine.

          That was at Sam's Club, and the price was terrific, but I'm not sure if Sam's still carries that item.

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            ShawnPA Jul 6, 2011 06:25 AM

            The rubbermaid containers with easy find lids are great. They come in all different sizes. The containers nest inside eachother and the lids snap together, plus the base of the container snaps to the top of the lid. They also have them in glass if you prefer glass instead of plastic.

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            1. re: ShawnPA
              Bada Bing Jul 6, 2011 07:07 AM

              I've got those, too, in plastic, and I like everything about them except they are prone to staining with red sauces, curries, etc. I also feel that they're not so safe for reheating in a microwave--the plastic seems too soft--but I really don't know the science of all that. I didn't know there was a glass option, which sounds great.

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