Hand-washing and drying my cheap plastic Glad storage containers yesterday, I decided I really need a better solution for food storage.
What I like about my cheap Glad:
- Stackable/Compact when sitting unused in my cabinets:
I have VERY little kitchen/cabinet space. The Glad units nest and stack beautifully. I have about 20 of them (various sizes) and their lids in about a 6"x10" space on one shelf, and could probably easily double that. LOVE this.
- Lid Control:
Love that the lids can "lock" together, which results in a cohesive "stack" of lids so that you don't have lids falling willie-nillie all over the place. (However, there are probably other lid control mechanisms that are as effective...)
What I DO NOT like about the Glad:
It's plastic. And. Seems like every few years or so we learn that some kind of plastic we thought was safe is actually carcinogenic, etc. Would prefer to find a glass solution if at all possible.
- Limited Durability:
Have to be careful microwaving - food that gets too hot in it will mar/stain the surfaces. And I feel guilty when it's time to throw it away, even if I recycle.
- Annoying to Clean:
Can't stand "water spots" on my storage containers - makes me feel like I'm storing in something that's dirty. Therefore I hand-wash and hand-dry all of my Glad units. This also preserves their life somewhat by saving them from the extreme heat of the dry cycle in the dishwasher. However, with all of the little contours and little tucked-away spaces on these puppies, both hand washing and drying them is a major pain. My time in the kitchen would be better spent elsewhere...
So it occurred to me that there might be a glass solution somewhere that would work as well as the Glad, while eliminating the downsides.
I found a Good Housekeeping article that seemed to be a fan of Anchor's TrueSeal food storage containers that are glass and supposedly stackable and air-tight. The lids still look a little tricky (i.e. are still quite contoured) but do look like they'd be less annoying than the Glad lids...
Anyone have experience with the Anchor containers? Or any others that you really like?