Choosing the Best Glass Food Storage Container

As a food packaging material, glass offers many positive features;

The glass is rated “GRAS ”by FDA, meaning that it is “generally recognized as safe” substance when used as a packaging material for holding food and drinks.

Glass containers are a safe and healthy choice for food storage because glass is a chemically inert material, so there is no risk of interaction with food contained in it. It can be used with virtually all types of foods, including acidic and alkaline ones.

Food inside a glass container will maintain nutritional values and freshness for a longer period of time compared to plastic. Glass helps maintain cold temperatures and provides an impermeable barrier against moisture and oxygen, ensuring that the food inside a container keeps its freshness, aroma, and flavor for longer.

The food is easily visible in clear glass containers, so you can see the content in your fridge.

Clear glassware gives a clean, elegant appearance to food served in it.

Glass food containers are suitable for placing in a refrigerator/freezer and are safe for microwave use.

From a hygiene viewpoint, glass is easy to clean and sterilize. Glass also doesn’t keep odors or alter flavors as other materials can do.

Glass food containers are the preferred choice for consumers concerned about the environment because they are reusable and infinitely recyclable.

What to Look for When you Shop for a Glass Food Container?

Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your purchase:

Airtight Seal

The lid should provide an airtight seal to keep moisture and pests out and to prevent bacterial contamination of food. The sealed containers also prevent waste from leaking or spilling.

Tempered Glass Lasts Longer

Opt for storage containers made of tempered glass which is 4-5 times stronger and more durable than ordinary glass. You can transfer food straight from the fridge to the microwave oven. When tempered glass is fractured it breaks into small granular chunks which are less likely to cause injury than common glass.

Stackability

If your storage space is limited opt for square shapes that fit closely together or choose from a wide range of stackable glass containers, which are great space savers.

Easy Find Lid System

This system makes finding the lids much more convenient. The lids snap together and to container bases. In addition to saving space in your cupboard, Easy Find Lid System ensures that you can always find a lid that matches the container.

Dishwasher Safe Sets

Your storage containers should be dishwasher safe, to offer you more convenience in the kitchen.

Look for Reputable Brands

To make the right choice look for the most reliable manufacturers that focus on making high quality, safe, durable, and environmentally friendly products.

 

1) Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-Piece Mixing Bowl Set

This bowl set comes in varying sizes to fit most everyday cooking and storage needs. You can use them for mixing, baking in the oven, or storing leftovers in the fridge. They are safe to use in an oven, freezer, and microwave (without lids). Glass gives them an elegant appearance, so they look nice as serving bowls at your dinner table.

The lids have different color and large size marking, so it is always easy to find the matching lid. The lids are BPA free and make a good seal that won’t pop off or leak.
The bowls have a nice lip around the top edges which makes it easier easy to grip and hold them.
They are heavy enough to be stable when you are mixing but light enough to handle them effortlessly.

The set is very durable, but sudden temperature changes should be avoided to keep the pieces from breaking. 

Positives

  • Can be used in many multipurpose ways
  • Nest well together to save cupboard space
  • Come in the perfect size range
  • Microwave, freezer, and dishwasher-safe
  • Oven safe (without lids)
  • Colorful, matching lids
  • Transparent and nice 
  • Nice looking and transparent
  • Inexpensive

Negatives

  • Pretty heavy, especially the largest bowl
  • Cannot withstand extreme temperature changes

2) New Snaplock Lid: Tempered Glasslock Storage Containers 20pc set

All-natural glass vessels are made of tempered glass which can withstand mild to moderate thermal shock.

Durable silicone seal makes the containers leak-proof and keeps food fresh for several days. The snap lock feature makes it easy to seal and remove the lids and prevents the content from leaking.

The containers nest inside each other which makes easy to store them in the kitchen cabinet when not in use.

The lid and container are transparent so you can always see what is inside without opening. This means much spoilage of food in your fridge.

The glass looks nice on the table which makes them ideal for serving food.

You can heat them in the microwave after removing the lids. 

These containers work well with convection ovens as long as you follow directions to avoid thermal shock and handle hot glass appropriately.

They are also great for liquids and are convenient for taking lunch to work.

This set is made in Korea.

Positives

  • Good assortment of sizes
  • Space saving design
  • Very solid glass
  • Tight, leakproof lids
  • Oven and microwave safe

Negatives

  • The lids take a little effort to snap on/off. 
  • The lids do not go inside the microwave.
  • Hand wash for the lids is recommended, as the heat from the dishwasher may dry out the rubber sealant after repeated washing.
  • The glass may break due to thermal shock.

3) Snapware: 18PC Total Solution Pyrex Glass Food Keeper Set

These containers are made of very thick and long lasting Pyrex glass.

This set has a nice selection of shapes and sizes. The same sizes of glassware stack inside nicely and the plastic lids stack for the same size as well. Some of the different shapes don’t nest together though. For maximized space-saving storage, keep the glass parts stacked separately from the plastic parts

The Pyrex glassware is oven safe (to 450 degrees F), freezer safe, and microwaveable. The containers can go directly from refrigerator to a microwave, but you need to remove the lids prior to placing them in the microwave. These containers shouldn’t be used under a flame or other direct heat source, including a stovetop.

The lids are made of hard plastic with snap-lock edges and fit multiple container sizes, which reduces the time searching for the lid you want. They form an airtight- seal, keeping everything from leaking, including soups. Your food is safely sealed and you don’t have to worry that it will leak or spill when putting it in your lunch bag. They can go on the top rack of the dishwasher (both containers and tops), just don’t set to a really hot drying temperature though.

The dishes have a small lip on the outer edge which makes it easy to take the vessel out of the microwave oven without burning your fingers on hot bowls.

Positives

  • Sturdy containers and lids
  • Convenient sizes
  • The tight seal keeps food fresh
  • Clean see-through glass
  • No leaking
  • You can write on the lids
  • The color coding makes easy to find a lid

Negatives

  • Takes long to heat up food 
  • The lids are not microwave-safe
  • Expensive

 

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