By far, the most requested kitchen tip I hear is “what on earth do you do to mange your plastic containers?” It seems like everyone has a cupboard or drawer overflowing with a gaggle of multi-colored, plastic mess. Well, I have a big tip for you, throw it all out! Seriously, put it in your donations bag or add it to your recycling bin - just get it out of your kitchen.
When you go to a restaurant and need a take-home container they don’t offer you thirteen choices. They have one size. They might even put your meal into two containers but I guarantee they’re the same size. They do that because it saves space. Kitchen real estate is precious and your food will taste just as good - regardless of the container.
At our house, we use two sizes of deli containers (16 oz and 32 oz). I love them because the lids are interchangeable and they nest perfectly in my drawer.👏🏻I can keep over 50 tubs in one small drawer without any trouble. They also stack neatly in the fridge and freezer so I can store leftovers and future meals without risking a mess. They’re also dishwasher and microwave safe so I can buy one pack and have it last for years. That being said, they’re disposable/recyclable so if I come across one that disgusts me too much to wash, I just toss the whole thing.👍🏻
I know what you’re thinking, but how will a whole pan of lasagna fit in there? I neeeed my giant containers. Trust me, you don’t. Rather than store a whole pan of food, these tubs allow you to store several single or double servings - so it’s easy for your family to grab and go. In other words, your leftovers might actually get eaten.💡
If you need to label something, just grab a dry erase marker (maybe from your boot tray on top of your fridge 👍🏻) and jot down a name or expiration date on the lid. It will come right off in the dishwasher.
I buy my containers on Amazon because the options at @samsclub and @costco are a bit flimsy for me. You can find them on Amazon favorites list. Just click the link below. Trust me, once you get in this space-saving habit, you’ll never go back.