After you invest your time and energy in choosing a recipe, cooking delicious food, and serving it, you’re faced with storing the leftovers. Here are some tips to help keep your cooked food fresh and tasty and/or to store raw foods such as chopped vegetables and sliced fruits.
Good Housekeeping recommends Rubbermaid’s Lock-Its storage containers. Good Housekeeping is known for testing the products it recommends and awarding the “Good Housekeeping seal of approval” to Rubbermaid. The company put these containers through tests such as filling the containers with freezing water then dropping them from the height of a counter top; miraculously the containers passed the test without suffering any cracks or dents. Lock-Its have four seals to keep the lids in place and they keep the air out to maintain your food’s freshness; the lids also attach to the bottoms of the containers when they’re not in use for easy and convenient storage!
If you prefer glass containers, Good Housekeeping tested Snap ware and Anchor Hocking glass storage ware with plastic lids. Anchor Hocking’s “True Seal” ranked first at keeping air away from stored food. The containers themselves were fine after being microwaved and washed in the dishwasher. The plastic lids on both Snap ware and Anchor Hocking products were discolored or stained after foods containing tomato sauce were heated in them. If your recipe contains tomatoes or tomato sauce, you can avoid this problem by microwaving the glass container with a microwave-safe cover, rather than the lid. The Snap ware lids also warped a little in the dishwasher.
When you’re storing dry foods (such as cereals, rice, sugar, and flour) try Oxo Pop containers. Reviewers on the Consumer Search website say that these containers (although pricier than other brands) are very durable. Buyers liked the looks of their rounded edges and pop-up handles. On the downside, they come in only one color, clear containers with white lids, and you can’t put them in your dishwasher. But since you’re storing dry food, rather than leftovers from cooking, washing them by hand should be pretty easy.
Storing fresh food, such as produce, can also be a challenge. Reviewers on Amazon.com liked the Rubbermaid “Produce Saver.” The glass bottom has a tray that fits inside it to keep your produce off the bottom of the container. The lid is vented to let air circulate around the food. These containers are available in a range of sizes; a 5-cup size is ideal for storing grapes or berries, while a 14-cup container will hold a head of lettuce. Fill them with food and stack them in your refrigerator or stack the empties in your cabinets. Either way, these products will make your cabinets and fridge feel clean and organized!