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How to Choose Food Containters


Food containers and boxes are the basic equipment of every kitchen. They prolong the shelf life and freshness of food, make transporting food easier, and make storing food in the fridge or freezer simple. You will find a wide selection of materials, sizes, shapes and closure systems for food containers on the market...

Food containers and boxes are the basic equipment of every kitchen. They prolong the shelf life and freshness of food, make transporting food easier, and make storing food in the fridge or freezer simple. You will find a wide selection of materials, sizes, shapes and closure systems for food containers on the market. We will help you navigate the wide range of available food containers and choose the ones best suited for your kitchen.

How to Select Desserts for Foods

Several Tips for Selecting Your Food Containers

  1. Think about what you will use the containers for (refrigerating, freezing, baking, carrying ...) and choose a suitable material accordingly.

  2. The better the containers are sealed, the longer the food will last.

  3. Modern materials have a longer service life, so it is worth it to invest in newer containers.

  4. Some containers are equipped with internal compartments or a valve for heating in a microwave.

Basic parameters for choosing of food containers

Container closure system

A very important aspect to consider when selecting a food container is the container closure system. How well the lid seals the container affects the freshness and shelf life of food. If the container does not seal properly and the air can get in, the food inside will go bad much more quickly than in a container with a good seal.

What kinds of container closure systems are there?

Classic "snap-on" plastic lid

Food containers with this closure system belong among the cheaper ones. The lid of the container is not sealed 100%, so air can get into the container; food then loses its freshness faster and does not last as long. It is also not good to tilt this kind of a container. Liquid foods like soups or sauces can leak out through the space between the lid and the container.

Clip system with a silicone seal

The clip system is much more reliable than the classic snap-on lid and is 100% impermeable. It guarantees a much longer shelf life and safe transportation of the food. The lid is firmly attached to the container, so you do not have to worry that your soup will pour into your backpack or that the smell from the fridge will get into the container (and vice versa).

Pay attention to the sealing of the lid of food containers with a clip system. It can be:

  • Tightly compressed - no food remains behind the seal, which prevents the formation of bacteria that could cause the food inside the container to decay. Containers with tight compression seals are more expensive, but also more hygienic and impermeable.
  • Inserted - The sealing has gaps around it, which cause the food to stick behind the sealing and allows bacteria formation. Food inside this type of container is more prone to decay and loses its freshness sooner. These containers are cheaper, but they are not suitable for storing food for children.

Vacuum containers

They preserve food by taking out the air from the container, which prolongs the freshness and flavour of the food. Vacuum containers are perfect for coffee, tea, biscuits, as well as for leftovers, salami and cheeses, etc.

Intended use

In every household, food containers are used differently. Some use them to pack school snacks for children, some to store food in the fridge or freezer, others to bring their lunch to work. Therefore, there are several types of containers on the market that have specific properties and uses:

  • Containers designed to store food in a fridge - most of the containers on the market

  • Containers designed to freeze food in a freezer - frost-resistant containers marked with a snowflake symbol

  • Containers for transporting and storing cold food - so-called TO GO containers, snack boxes with separate compartments and a specific interior layout, such as a salad container with a space for dressing, a yoghurt container with a separate compartment for cornflakes, a sandwich container with a separate vegetable compartment, etc.

  • Containers for transporting and storing warm food - e.g. thermo-containers, stackable containers

Special features

  • Microwavable containers - when the lid is slightly open, most food containers can be used to heat food in a microwave (always check whether the manufacturer lists the container as suitable for microwaving before you buy it). If you heat food in a microwave more often, it will pay to get a food container with a valve in the lid. You do not have to open this kind of containers before heating. Simply open the valve on the lid. The food heats up to 9 times faster and remains juicy.

  • Dishwasher-safe containers - If you have a dishwasher or if you are planning to buy one in future, opt for dishwasher-safe food containers.

  • Containers certified for storing children's food - even baby food needs to be stored from time to time, and because a child's body is more sensitive to various kinds of chemicals than an adult, you should choose containers labelled suitable for children or a certificate of quality and free of BPA.

  • Stackable containers- Most of the containers and boxes from the same manufacturer are stackable. That is, the containers fit together, so you can place them on top of each other. This will save significant space in your refrigerator, freezer and pantry.

Glass jars for food

Glass Food Containers

  • Elegant design
  • Suitable for serving food
  • Ideal for baking

If you like to bake, roast or heat food in an oven, then a glass container will come handy. You can make lasagne, pasta or soufflé in it. Unlike classic baking dishes, you can put a plastic lid on the glass container once the prepared food has cooled and take it to a picnic or cottage with you or put it in the fridge. The dish will stay fresh much longer this way. When selecting a glass container, make sure that the container is made of heat-resistant glass and is therefore suitable for the oven.

Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Baking in the oven
  • Transporting baked food
  • Storing baked food
  • Serving straight from the container
  • Not possible to bake with a plastic lid on
  • Not all glass containers are suitable for baking
Plastic jars for food

Plastic Food Containers

  • The most popular type of food containers
  • Ideal price-performance ratio
  • A wide selection of shapes and sizes

Plastic containers, or food boxes if you will, use the most popular of all the materials. They are most commonly used to store food in a fridge or a freezer, to bring food to school or work, to heat food in a microwave, etc. When combined with a high-quality sealing and closure system, they significantly extend the shelf life of food. You can choose from many shapes and sizes. Some plastic food containers are marked as 100% without BPA, i.e. made without a chemical that negatively affects human health. Such food containers are suitable not just for you but also for children.

Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Light
  • Many shapes and sizes
  • Wide range of uses
  • Favourably priced sets of containers
  • Will last for several decades
  • Can not be used for baking
  • Some containers are matte/non-transparent
Food boxes from Tritan

Tritan Food Containers 

  • Resistant to both damage and heat
  • At first glance, looks almost like glass
  • No "plastic" odour

Tritan is a relatively new material that is increasingly used to make bottles and food containers. Unlike some plastic containers, it does not contain BPA. It is crystal clear, lightweight and very shock-resistant. Tritan can withstand temperatures up to 90°C without warping. Therefore, you can pour hot sauce or soup into Tritan containers without damaging them. Containers made of Tritan do not affect the taste of food and do not affect the smell of food. At the same time, the container itself does not absorb smells. You can therefore store garlic spread in a Tritan container without worrying that you will never get rid of the garlic smell.

Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Light
  • Durable and crystal clear
  • Does not affect the taste or smell of food
  • vacuum seal
  • Can be purchased individually and in sets
  • Easy maintenance
  • More expensive
  • Smaller selection
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