Stackable, Nesting Glass Food Storage Containers with Silicone Lids?
Can anyone recommend any glass storage containers for leftovers that are stackable while being used and nest while being stored? All I've been able to find so far are sets where the smaller sizes "nest" inside the larger ones. I'm looking for sets where the same sizes nest inside each other like plastic food containers do. They also need to be tempered glass and have airtight lids that are NOT plastic. (Silicone? Glass with silicone edges?) These will be replacing my plastic set and will need to be able to go in the freezer, refrigerator, oven, and microwave. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks!
I've been in the plastics business for over 40 years and still work for a leading plastic manufacturer, so I have to ask, what makes you think Silicone is not a plastic?
Silicone (organosiloxane) can be any of a large group of siloxane polymers with alternating silicon and oxygen atoms, with organic radicals attached to the silicon.
If you are looking for BPA free, then yes, it's BPA free, but so are the other plastic lids on glass containers. BPA is primariarly found in polycarbonate and epoxy plastics. It's not in the PE or TPE lids on most containers.
Plastics that never contained BPA in the first place, like polypropylene (PP), HDPE/LDPE, and silicone (talking about silicone dishes here, not bakeware). They have a much better long-term track record than any other plastics and haven’t been recently switched to BPA-free materials. - See more at: http://thesoftlanding.com/is-bps-the-...
I appologize if I'm just too dnese to understand, but the lids on the storage containers sugested by DuffyH, although not silicone, are definately not polycarbonate either. Yet you quirried about silicone lids and stated you were ". . . trying to avoid plastic lids, too." Thus my confusion, silicone is a plastic and above you cited other plastics that were BPA free and hinted that these were in some way acceptable to some extent.
Really, I'm just trying to understand so that I can use my experience and knowledge of plastics to be helpful. You can spend a lot of time and money looking for unobtainium.
Glasslock. I swear by them. Look for pieces with angled walls. Those will nest well, with the items of the same size fitting right into another.
AVOID - the old straight walled units that are still around. They nest poorly, and run the risk of shattering or chipping a rim if you do nest them.
Both kinds stack easily when in use.