The Best Food Storage Containers, According to Our Editors and Test Kitchen Experts
Whether you're a home cook or a well-seasoned professional, containers are a must-have in any kitchen. From storing leftovers of last night's Skillet Chicken Parmesan to saving the other half of a cut avocado, containers can be used in a wide variety of ways in the fridge, freezer or pantry. But with a wide array of uses comes an equally wide range of options when it comes to shopping for containers. Luckily, our editors at EatingWell are well-versed in food storage, so we've pulled together a list of the best food storage containers to make things easy.
Things to Consider When Buying Food Storage Containers
When it comes to food storage containers, there are many different materials, including glass, plastic and silicone. Depending on your needs, any of these materials would be a suitable option for storage, however, there are slight differences that you should keep in mind. For example, both plastic and glass containers might be microwave-safe, but only a glass container is oven-safe. And, plastic and silicone containers can go directly into the freezer for storage, but a glass container's contents need to be cooled first or else you risk the glass shattering due to the temperature change. Be sure to keep in mind a container's capabilities when it comes to storage and reheating.
Size and Shape
In addition to material, you'll also want to consider the container's shape and size. Whether it's round or rectangular, square or sectioned, the shape of a container will directly impact the amount of food that can be stored. Size is another important factor and can range from ounces to gallons and everything in between. We recommend having a variety of containers in different shapes and sizes so you always have the right one for storing food to make the most of the space in your fridge, freezer or pantry.
Best Food Storage Containers
This is our list of the best food storage containers, so you can find the right ones for your kitchen.
Read on for what makes these containers the best— they're all tried-and-true favorites that are in use regularly in our editors' kitchens.