How to Choose the Best Reusable Food Containers

How to choose the best reusable food containers

Food containers are an item found in most homes. They come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, each with its own unique purpose and capacity. Knowing which container to use for your food storage needs is important to keep everything organised in your kitchen, fridge and lunch bag. Reusable food containers are good storage for leftovers and for bringing home cooked meals to work. Bringing your own food to work encourages you to eat healthy and control food portions.

Most of us use plastic containers to store food like leftovers in our fridge. We didn’t really think about the environmental implications of using these plastic containers when we bought them from our nearest supermarket. After all, these plastic food containers are widely available, they are cheap and frankly, easy to clean. Unfortunately, these plastic food containers are not only affecting our environment, they can also affect our health over time. Most plastic food containers contain substances and chemicals that are considered toxic like phthalates and bisphenol-A or BPA.

Materials

There are many good alternatives to plastic which includes glass, silicone, beeswax and stainless steel. Glass food containers do not come cheap so buy only if you can afford them. Your other best option is food containers made from stainless steel.

Stainless steel is one of the go to materials for food and beverage containers. It is a highly durable material that can last for many years and at the end of their life any product made from stainless steel can be recycled or repurpose into something entirely new. These food containers come in a wide range of sizes, styles and lids. If you want to see what’s inside your food container without opening it, then choose a stainless steel food container with a clear silicone lid.

If you always end up with leftover fruits or sandwiches, you can buy beeswax wraps instead. They are food containers that come in the form of a food wrap.

Size

The size of your food container depends entirely on your personal preference and taste. One of the things you should consider when choosing the size of your food container is what kind of food you are planning to put inside it. For instance, if you are on a diet and want to lose weight you probably want a smaller food container for small food portions. Likewise, if you plan on bringing sandwiches to work you probably should not buy a round food container. If space is an issue, do not worry there are many food containers that can be nested on top of each other which is a neat feature to save space.

Features

Much like the size of food containers, features of food containers come down to personal preference. Choose a food container that has a leak-proof lid if you want to bring wet foods like soup, broth or dressed salads to work. Likewise, if you want to keep your home cooked meals hot or cold consider getting a double walled vacuum insulated food container. If you want to bring more than one food to work then consider getting a tiered food container or lunch box.


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