A Brief Guide

The Best Food Storage Containers for Leftovers and Meal Prep


December 1, 2019 Buying Guides By Photo by Chandler Bondurant

You don’t need to know the 25 best vessels to store leftovers and carry food to and from work. You just need to know the few worth buying. Here are three options at different price points.

Deli Containers

Ever ordered pho from a takeout joint and kept the tall plastic tub? That’s a deli container, and it comes in a few shapes and sizes. The common denomintor is really its frugality — you can buy a 44-pack from Amazon for all of $18 — and simply toss it when it gets gross.

Ziploc Twist N’ Loc

Ziploc makes a lot of plasticky things to store leftover food, but its Twist N’ Loc series is probably its finest work. Unlike most plastic containers with snap-on lids, these secure wet foods from leaking, no matter if the container is upside-down or rolling around the bottom of your commuter bag. These containers are microwave-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe. But for obvious reasons, they should not be put in the oven.

OXO Good Grips Smart Seal

This is the food storage set you get if you’re serious about your leftovers. You could softball toss it across the room and it’ll (probably) keep itself together, so no worries about putting it in the microwave, dishwasher, freezer or oven. The lids snap on at four points and create a leak-proof seal, meaning there won’t be any lunch on your laptop.

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