Most of us start off storing food in plastic food containers, but while these are OK for storing dry foods (cereal, dry pasta, lentils), it soon becomes apparent that they just don’t work for storing cooked foods, liquids, anything acidic, and anything that needs heating.
The plastic start to warp and stain, and odours start to attach to them (I once stored a garlic casserole in plastic container, and several years later, I can still smell the garlic, which seems to have got cooked into the plastic when I heated the container in the microwave). This is because the plastic reacts with food substances when heated.
So I switched to Glass Storage Containers and have never looked back. They aren’t that much more expensive than plastic – you can get a decent set of five containers with fitted lids for about $19.99. But they look great – you can place them on the dinner table with no embarrassment at all – and most importantly, they do not stain, warp, absorb smells or react in any way with the food.
I have two main sets – the Pyrex Bake n Store set, which allows me to cook casseroles, and then when the meal is over, simply seal the dish with the leftovers within, using one of their fitted airtight lids, and then pop it into either the fridge or freezer (depending on how long I want to keep it). It is then easy to get the container back out, remove the lid and microwave it, ready for another meal. I also have a set of smaller containers – these are for smaller leftovers (things I’ve cooked on the hob and then transferred to the container) and for use as lunchboxes. These containers are also great for anything liquid. For instance I make my own pasta sauce in industrial quantities and then store it in small containers, each enough to make a single family meal, which I can then extract as I when I need to cook pasta.
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