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Food Containers

Food storage containers are essential in a well equipped kitchen. Leftovers can be kept for future meals and quickly reheated in the microwave or oven. The most practical containers are either plastic or glass and should have their own lids. Clear containers allow you to what is in them. This helps cut down on spoilage. Some come in nesting sets; these are often the best value as they take up less cabinet space while waiting to be used.

Containers can be purchased on line or through catalogs. They are easy and inexpensive to ship. The following should be considered when buying food storage containers:

  • Buy food storage containers in a variety of sizes so you can efficiently store various portions. Too many large sizes will take up too much room in your refrigerator. Containers are more efficient if they can be stacked.
  • Plastic containers can be used in the refrigerator and freezer. Most are suitable for the microwave, but check to make sure they are dishwasher safe. Some plastic containers are soft; the harder varieties are usually more stain resistant. One type of plastic container collapses for less bulky storage. Rubbermaid makes a selection of containers in all shapes and sizes.
  • Glass storage containers can cost more than plastic, but they often last longer and can go in the dishwasher. Glass will not stain as easily as plastic, nor will it pick up food odors. Most glass containers can be used in the refrigerator, freezer, and microwave. Some can go from the freezer directly into the oven. Glass containers are also more attractive than plastic and so are more acceptable for use on the table. However, glass is easier to break. Lids for glass containers are usually made of plastic or stainless steel. Some have rubber gaskets that create a vacuum seal.

Remember to look for containers that are air tight and securely store liquids even if tipped over.

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