You’ve been to the grocery store too many times to count, cooked for a small army, made small talk with the relatives, and you’re still standing! The problem is…now you’re standing in your kitchen, looking at your leftovers, and wondering how they will all fit in your refrigerator. Entertaining is fun, but, if you’re anything like me, you’d rather have too much food than too little food. So, inevitably, that means that when I entertain I have a ton of leftovers. And while my best strategy is to send as much as possible home with my guests, here are some of my favorite food storage products for what remains.
Pyrex, Bake-Serve’N Store Containers
The PYREX® Bake-Serve ‘N Store containers with glass and plastic lids may be the most versatile item in your kitchen. Use the glass lid for baking, reheating and serving. Then, when it’s time to store your leftovers, place the plastic lid on top and it’s ready for the refrigerator, the freezer, or to take on the go. This glass is microwave, dishwasher, oven, refrigerator, and freezer safe. I love that the containers nest, and rectangular and square containers take up less room than round ones. It just doesn’t get any better than this! As Pyrex says, “One dish, two lids, and so many uses.”
Tupperwear Vent’N Serve Containers
Tupperware’s containers have a unique venting system that allows steam to escape when reheating foods in the microwave. Like Pyrex, these containers also go from microwave to the refrigerator or freezer, just not the oven. And, the Tupperware plastic stays cool to the touch when being removed from the microwave.
OXO POP Containers
For dry goods, I love the POP containers. “They’re airtight, stackable and space-efficient, so your dry foods stay fresh and your kitchen stays organized. The Containers have a unique push-button mechanism that creates an airtight seal with just one touch. The button also serves as a handle to lift off the lid. The containers are designed for modular stacking so that you can efficiently organize your countertop and pantry. In addition, with their square and rectangular shapes, the POP Containers make the most of any storage space, while their corners allow for easy pouring. The POP Containers are available in 12 different sizes to meet your dry food storage needs. All POP Containers are BPA-free”.
Instead of piling up your breads and bagels on the kitchen counter, a bread box is a stylish way of containing your carb clutter. This one from The Container Store is sufficiently large, and the chrome is sufficiently neutral to look great in most kitchens.
Fridge Binz, Stackable Storage for the Refrigerator
If your refrigerator lacks enough separate drawers and shelves, you’ll love Fridge Binz. By stacking them in your refrigerator, you maximize the storage space that you have. When your refrigerator is organized, you won’t stand around with the refrigerator door open while you’re looking for that special snack.