A reader asked about preparing meals for her elderly mother and vacuum sealing them. I used to store leftovers in pint or quart glass jars but my mom showed me her Rubbermaid containers and I love them! They come in all kinds of configurations but I initially bought this 24 pack and there’s a 50 pack, and there are other sets too. (I believe if you do the math, 2 – 24 packs would be a good bit less than the 50 pack!) After Christmas, Wal-Mart had the 24 pack packages for $6 so I bought several of those.
They stack so nicely! The containers themselves will stack inside each other but the lids snap together and then you can snap the containers on top of the lids to save even more room. In the fridge, they also stack nicely on top of each other and they will “snap” together to keep a whole stack of them from tumbling over.
Different vintages have different colored red lids . . if you’ll notice some of mine are darker red than others. These are what Chad uses to take his food to school. I put leftovers in them and freeze them or, last week when he was making his curries, he used these to freeze portion size meals.
One particular size is perfect for a one serving meal for him. Those are all out of the cabinet now because he either took them to school with him or they’re in the freezer already.
The little tiny size (front left) aren’t great for storing leftovers but I put grated Parmesan cheese for spaghetti sauce or file’ for gumbo or a bit of salad dressing or BBQ sauce when needed in those to send back with Chad. They would probably be good for crafts! All of the other sizes I find quite useful for storing leftovers.
I do not put these in the microwave. I do put them in the dishwasher (though my mom does not). And, if they come straight out of the freezer and you try to pop the lids off, the lids will sometimes crack . . or that’s Chad’s story. I haven’t cracked any lids but he has cracked a few. When I take something out of the freezer to use, I either run warm water over it and the lid will pop right off and then the contents will loosen from the sides of the bowl and I can dump it into a pot or a microwave safe dish, or I leave the whole thing in the fridge overnight to defrost.
I label all my leftovers and I keep a list on the outside of the fridge as to what’s in the fridge and the date I fixed it so I can see if there’s something in there that needs to either go into the freezer to be saved longer or if there’s something that needs to be dumped. Since we eat lunch and dinner at home, we almost always use all the leftovers. I hate dumping anything!
For so many years we had all kinds, shapes and colors of plastic storage containers. Vince will be looking for something in the fridge and what he really wants is for me to come find it for him. He’ll say “Do you know what it’s in?” Now, I just say “It’s in a clear plastic container with a red lid!” 🙂