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Initial post: Jan 16, 2010 11:29:23 AM PST
Dream it says:
I am about to throw out everything and start from scratch...what are the most important things I should keep in mind/lok for when purchasing all new food storage containers? Appreciate knowing what you like best or look for when buying a new set and why? Thanks for the help.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 7:27:29 AM PST
Brian Thorp says:
We loved the lock-and-lock containers, however they appear to have vanished from the market. They dont leak unless destroyed, are bacterial resistant, dont stain, are microwave and dishwasher safe, and came in plenty of good sizes, we threw all of our crapware away when we found the brand. Just dont microwave spaghetti in them, as it will actually stain them. They had a lifetime warranty though...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2010 10:29:01 PM PST
akeetal says:
Lock & Lock products are absolutely wonderful...I use them for specific storage needs, and they have been worth every nickel. Amazon has a pretty good selection:

I've never had any problems with my square and rectangular Lock & Lock containers; however, I did buy a set of 3 round nesting bowls with lids, and 2 of them did not seal well. Amazon was quick to make this right...meanwhile, I tried a set of Rubbermaid, but found that their locking containers aren't anywhere near the quality of Lock & Lock. Recently, I bought a set of 3 smaller round Lock & Lock bowls, and they all seal perfectly. I don't microwave in any plastic containers (I always use glass), so I don't know anything about that.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 6:41:19 AM PST
J. Gerst says:
Things that I looked for when choosing mine:

Are they really air-tight, and will they remain so over time? Stay away from easy pour containers that have multiple seals, any one of which could fail.

How easy are they to clean? Stay away from non-removable gaskets, spring loaded latches, and anything too small to get your hand into to clean. Pay particular attention to metallic canisters that may have rolled lips; if the underside isn't welded, that lip can harbor bacteria and is nearly impossible to clean thoroughly (this applies to reusable water bottles too).

How durable are they? Will they survive a fall? I love glass containers, but they're heavy and if a giant jar of something slips, you've lost a container and whatever was in it.

I'm using ClickClack and think they're fantastic. They're BPA-free polystyrene. The gasket is easy to pull apart and wash thoroughly. They come in lots of different sizes. The Accents line is both dishwasher and microwave safe.

ClickClack 202002 Accents 1-4/5-Quart Canister with White Lid and Grey Toggles

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 12:20:46 PM PST
Soapy says:
I agree with the Lock & Lock recommendation, they're excellent. For stuff that stains, I have the set of pyrex bowls and rectangle containers with the blue plastic lids.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 4:44:30 PM PST
Also the OXO Pop and lock canisters are great.

Posted on Jan 30, 2010 2:08:13 AM PST
Dave C says:
+1 on the Lock & Lock... Good stuff!

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 1:42:23 PM PST
Wayne says:
Amazon has complete sets of Pyrex glass bowls and (non glass) lids that work very well. They are nestable for storing and make it easy to see what's in them when you refrigerate them. When I got them, the price was right. Somebody asked me relatively recently, and they were a lot more expensive. I'd recommend checking periodically and buying them when you find a good price. The bowls with lips, the cylinder shaped ones, and the rectangular ones are all good for different things, and are much better in the long run than plastic ones.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 5:25:19 PM PST
D. Stratten says:
I woudl second the opinion on the glass pyrex containers. They are very durable and seal well. The glass will never stain, and is always easy to clean. No latches or gaskets to break or lose, and no microwaving in plastic! An added advantage of these is that they are freezer and oven-safe, so you can make up a small casserole in the larger ones, freeze it, and bake it later.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 7:23:57 PM PST
I have to agree with lock&lock containers! I got rid of all my miss-matched tupperware etc. They can be used in the freezer, microwave... they are also airtight so I love using them in the cooler when we go water gets in them after the ice has melted! Its great not to have soggy food that you other wise would of had to toss out when you got home. Also they do not stain.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2010 10:05:28 AM PST
R. James says:
check out lock and lock on qvc,com. array of colors and shapes. great product. have dropped to floor from fridge with no problems.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 2:33:47 PM PST
Lost Gecko says:
A features trade-off to consider: Containers with straight vertical sides waste less space when actually used. On the other hand, empty containers cannot be nested into space-efficient stacks, when not in use, if the side walls are perfectly straight vertical.

We have containers from several brands.

Our Lock and Lock containers do not nest into same-size Lock and Lock containers when empty. However, I think Lock and Lock recently came out with additional styles, with slanted side-walls, that can be nested when empty. On some web pages, it is not clear which type of Lock and Lock it is.

We also have Pyrex 'Storage Deluxe' glass containers, with vented lids (non-BPA plastic), which have endured several years of our clumsy use. They are great for microwaving and for leftover storage, but maybe too heavy if you are looking for containers to carry in a backpack.

We also also accumulated various types of Rubbermaid plastic containers over the years. The newer style, with the 'Easy Find' lids are convenient. When not in use, each lid can snap onto an indentation on the bottom of the corresponding container. The Rubbermaid web site has information about which of their products have BPA.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 9:54:52 AM PST
yehrite69 says:
Thumbs up for Lock & Lock.
The only thing I dislike about them is that the seals are hard to remove when necessary for cleaning.

They have recently gotten pretty expensive at Amazon.
One of my local grocery stores carry a lot of different sizes and shapes at excellent pricing.
You can also buy them manufacturer direct at

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 10:02:14 AM PST
I've had great luck with Rubbermaid's Easy Find Lid containers. The tops snap to each other and/or the bottom of the container. They are BPA free and all the Amazon reviews for every size set has gleaming reviews. Right now, you can order from Walmart and get a 54 piece set for only $30 and $1 shipping. You can't beat that, and unlike the Lock and Locks there are no nooks and crannies where dried food and dishwater can get stuck, which encourages bacteria growth.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 12:43:40 PM PST
T. Anderson says:
I like the nano-silver infused Fresher Longer containers.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 3:31:08 PM PST
J. Lee says:
Square containers waste less space in the fridge than round. I like the Pyrex glass containers for home use, and use light-weight, inexpensive Ziplock containers for carrying my lunch to work. For both sets the lids fit well and they clean up well. The Ziplocks can be recycled when they break or peel. Some of our ziplock containers have been through the dishwasher hundreds of times and still work great.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 5:05:45 PM PST
Dawn Bradley says:
I really love the Pyrex glass containers with the plastic lids. As stated earlier they go from the oven, or microwave to the freezer also. One thing I do not like about them, however is that when I take them to work and heat my food up in the microwave, a hot pad is required to take the glass out of the microwave. They do clean up very easily in the dishwasher as well!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2010 2:08:45 PM PST
I love my Lock & Lock from, and rectangular Pyrex with lids from Wal-Mart (they offer sets with a special BPH-free plastic lid).

I don't reheat in any plastic, concerns about chemicals leaching into food.

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 3:24:18 PM PDT
Greenberg says:
I've been working on a system of containers that would replace ordinary plastic food storage containers with a uniquely designed system of containers and racks, and I thought it would make sense to share it here. They will provide excellent storage and food preservation and an end to the avalanche of containers most homes now experience when reaching for something to preserve the daily leftovers. It's called "Stackerware", still in Development (Oct 2012) but I hope to make it available to the public soon. Check it out and let me know what you think?
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