Finding the right storage containers is key to keeping your food fresh and your kitchen organized.
There’s no doubt that food storage containers are a kitchen essential. From keeping dried goods and leftovers fresh to safely transporting work lunches and tasty gifts, they do so much to make our lives easier and more organized. As with most kitchen tools, it’s important to use the right one for the job, so Rubbermaid has designed several lines—each with their own special features—to help with your weekly meal prep, pantry organization, and so much more.
Use this guide to find the perfect storage solution for you.
What to Consider When Shopping for Food Storage Containers
Glass or plastic? It depends on your preference and how they’ll be used. Though they can cost more, glass storage containers are durable and long-lasting; some are also oven-safe, making for easy cooking and reheating. Plastic containers, on the other hand, are lightweight and shatter-resistant (so great for traveling) and more affordable overall.
Size and Shape
It’s typically helpful to have several sizes and shapes in your storage container arsenal since the one you use to freeze soup may not work for a package of dried spaghetti. Small containers are great for saving leftovers while larger ones are necessary if you do a lot of big-batch meal prepping. For pantry ingredients, it’s important to check that the container can hold the volume or weight you tend to buy.
TakeAlongs are the best of both worlds: lightweight enough to bring on your office commute or to potlucks and picnics, yet durable enough to hold up to the dishwasher, freezer, and microwave. The lids seal securely so you won’t have to worry about spills and leaks inside lunch totes and school bags. They also have ridges for easy stacking in cabinets and refrigerators, ideal for anyone looking to make the most of limited storage space.
TakeAlongs® Meal Prep Containers
With divided slots to keep items separate, these plastic containers with lids are ideal for meals that have multiple components. Use them for work and school lunches (no more pasta sauce getting all over your fresh crisp salad!); for on-the-go snacks like pita and hummus; or for leftovers.
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Featuring 360-degree clarity to see what’s inside, these trusted airtight food storage containers offer security with a premium look. Crafted from durable Tritan plastic that resists stains and odors, they’re perfect for all your cooking needs, from prepping ingredients for weeknight dinners to serving at holiday celebrations. Lids with a two-latch design provide a leakproof seal (so yes, you can use them for soups and marinades), while vents help make microwaving splatter-free. A modular design makes storage effortless—no more playing Tetris inside the fridge.
Brilliance glass storage containers boast all the same great qualities as its Tritan plastic counterpart, including the same crystal-clear lids that can be used interchangeably between both lines. The glass base can be baked at temperatures up to 450°F and go from fridge to oven to table, which means no messy transfers and extra dishes necessary.
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Brilliance™ Pantry Storage
Designed to fit a large variety of cooking and baking staples, this line takes everything you know and love about our Brilliance containers and applies it to pantry storage. The innovative latches guarantee that everything from your flour to your beans—not to mention food and snacks for four-legged pals—will stay as fresh as possible. The stackable storage containers come in sizes that fit various dry ingredients, and are a snap to keep organized for Pinterest-worthy shelves with minimal work.
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If a drawer full of mismatched lids and containers gives you a headache, it may be time to consider a set of EasyFindLids. These storage containers with lids have a unique organization system: tops that snap to bases for fumble-free matching and space-saving organization. They’re sturdy for everyday use and also affordable enough to use when gifting meals and treats to friends and family.
Enjoy produce for longer with Rubbermaid containers built specifically to extend the shelf life of your favorite fruits and vegetables. FreshVent™ technology regulates airflow, while an elevated base prevents moisture buildup. Lessen food waste with a bit of planning ahead—simply move unwashed and uncut produce into the containers straight from the grocery store and clean once it’s time to cook and eat. The fruit and vegetable storage containers stack snugly in the fridge and have nestable bases for space-efficient storage when not in use, plus the filter is guaranteed to last a lifetime.