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Recommendations for food storage containers?

Deborah R. Feb 2, 2013 05:36 PM

Hello --

I'm perpetually in search of sturdy, stackable, microwaveable and freezable food storage containers, with lids that snap on and off easily. For a while Rubbermaid had a brand that was really good, but they discontinued it because it contained BPA, and I haven't found anything that works as well.

I prefer plastic, but would consider glass if it's all but unbreakable.

Thanks for your help.

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    GH1618 Feb 2, 2013 07:51 PM

    I use the new Ball one-pint freezer jars. These are plastic and BPA-free.

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    1. re: GH1618
      Antilope Feb 2, 2013 07:54 PM

      I recently got some of the Ball one-pint containers also. At first I had to remind family members that the tops twist off instead of snap off. I like the twist off feature.

      1. re: Antilope
        GH1618 Feb 2, 2013 08:14 PM

        Mine don't twist off. They're the ones with the light-green lids. Maybe they changed it recently.

        1. re: GH1618
          Antilope Feb 2, 2013 08:46 PM

          Here's the version I have:

          Ball Plastic 16-Ounce Freezer Jar, Set of 4

    2. Antilope Feb 2, 2013 07:52 PM

      I've recently got some Lock & Lock containers. They work great as canisters (flour, sugar, cornmeal, etc). Work good for leftovers. Got some from Amazon and some from QVC.

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        happybaker Feb 2, 2013 09:27 PM

        I'm a ziplock container gal.

        Part because they stack, freeze and microwave well. And have decent sales.

        And part because, we have a few other kind folks on our street that share food (in addition to me) so I've stuck to ziplock as my 82 year old neighbor can look at her containers and easily remember which of us is ziplock versus who uses gladware or.... No need for labels, as long as we each stick to our own brands, she is good : )

        That said, the 5.2 cup Rubbermaid containers, from the 99 cents store or dollar tree are also really great. They freeze well, handle hot foods well, they are quite a good options. And at that price, if you don't get the container back? No big.

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          ThanksVille Feb 5, 2013 05:24 AM

          I like the Cambro versions of food storage containers as they are fabricated for heavy use and come in an enormous range of sizes from perhaps 1qt up over 20qt . Also have hard transparent version (lids fit but not watertight) as well as softer translucent version (lids achieve hermetic seal) also version with color coded lids typically fit at least two sizes of containers. Available in square sizes as well as round sizes they are stackable for storage. Available from most restaurant supply firms, readily purchased on line, they are very durable.

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          1. re: ThanksVille
            happybaker Feb 5, 2013 08:55 AM

            I love those containers as well. But they can get a touch pricy - at least compared to ziplock : )

          2. johnb Feb 8, 2013 06:38 PM

            I assume you are speaking of the "Premier" line. You're right, those are the best. They didn't discontinue them because of the BPA -- they brought out new ones without BPA, the ones with the red tops and scrollwork on the containers. They are hard to find now, but can be found, and Costco sometimes has sets with light blue tops as well, also non-BPA. I also recall seeing some with light green tops somewhere. They also use the name for a glass version -- I haven't tried those. Bottom line -- you can still get them if you look around.

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