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The 12 Best Food Storage Containers You Can Buy

By Kaitlin Mahar of Delish | Slide 1 of 14: You know what they say: Behind every organized kitchen is a great set of food storage containers. From dry goods like beans and pasta to leftovers and meal prep, these vessels are the backbone of a kitchen. But considering how many times we have loved and lost a Tupperware lid, we know all too well that the quality of a food storage container can make or break your fridge and pantry organization. You’ve likely thrown out plenty of cheap, flimsy, stain-prone containers after they’ve failed you one too many times over the years. Or perhaps you’ve opened your cabinet to an avalanche of repurposed plastic takeout containers. Our advice: Clear them all out and start fresh with a set you can trust to last for years to come.Despite what some may claim, no food storage container can keep your leftovers fresher for longer. In fact, Nicole Papantoniou, Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Kitchen Appliances & Culinary Innovation Lab, advised that there’s no set period for how long food storage containers can keep food fresh. “It varies on the food and the container. Fresh food has different points at which they go bad, so I would defer to the FDA’s guidelines for how long you can expect different produce to last,” she said.However, there are plenty of other attributes that can relieve your stress by totally transforming your food-storage experience. You can’t go wrong with Rubbermaid or Pyrex. Some even say Ball Mason Jars are better than Tupperware because they’re more durable, sustainable, and budget-friendly. But no matter what your preference may be, we’ve rounded up the 12 best kitchen containers for storing food, liquids, flour, and everything in between.You don’t have to be a total Monica Gellar to have an organized kitchen. We’ve got more recommendations to get your kitchen running like a well-oiled machine, from the best kitchen cabinet organizers and spice organizers to the most popular organizing products on Amazon.Our top picksBest Food Storage Containers: Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Container SetBest Budget Food Storage Containers: Snapware Meal Prep and Food Storage Container SetBest Splurge Food Storage Containers: Pyrex Food Storage Container SetMost Versatile Food Storage Containers: Ball Wide Mouth Glass Canning JarsEasiest to Store Food Storage Containers: Joseph Joseph Nest Lock Plastic Food Storage Container SetMost Durable Food Storage Containers: Anchor Hocking TrueSeal Glass Food Storage ContainersBest Dry Food Storage Containers: Zyliss Twist and Seal Dry Storage SetBest Food Storage Bag: Stasher Stand-Up Silicone Reusable Storage BagBest Food Storage Containers for Meal Prep: Zoku Nested Food Storage ContainersBest Food Storage Containers for Pantry: OXO Good Grips Baking Essentials POP Container SetBest Insulated Food Storage Container: Hydro Flask Insulated Food JarBest Vacuum Seal Food Storage Containers: ZWILLING Fresh & Save Vacuum Sealer Machine Starter SetHow we picked these productsTo find the best food storage container, we turned to our friends at the Good Housekeeping Institute, who have identified the best containers from top-rated brands and put them to the test. Their team of on-staff experts—which includes all types: engineers! data analysts! registered dietitians!—rigorously put everyday products to the test (and then more and more tests) in their New York City-based labs to determine which ones you can trust.From storing notorious stain-sources like tomato sauce to tossing them in the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher, these Kitchen Tech Experts put a collection of containers (over 80, in fact!) through rigorous tests to analyze their user-friendliness, reliability, durability, cleanability, and leak- and stain-proof qualities. After reviewing their findings and discussing their road tests in-depth with Papantoniou, we’ve determined that these are the best food storage containers you can buy in 2022.

You know what they say: Behind every organized kitchen is a great set of food storage containers. From dry goods like beans and pasta to leftovers and meal prep, these vessels are the backbone of a kitchen.

But considering how many times we have loved and lost a Tupperware lid, we know all too well that the quality of a food storage container can make or break your fridge and pantry organization. You’ve likely thrown out plenty of cheap, flimsy, stain-prone containers after they’ve failed you one too many times over the years. Or perhaps you’ve opened your cabinet to an avalanche of repurposed plastic takeout containers. Our advice: Clear them all out and start fresh with a set you can trust to last for years to come.

Despite what some may claim, no food storage container can keep your leftovers fresher for longer. In fact, Nicole Papantoniou, Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Kitchen Appliances & Culinary Innovation Lab, advised that there’s no set period for how long food storage containers can keep food fresh. “It varies on the food and the container. Fresh food has different points at which they go bad, so I would defer to the FDA’s guidelines for how long you can expect different produce to last,” she said.

However, there are plenty of other attributes that can relieve your stress by totally transforming your food-storage experience. You can’t go wrong with Rubbermaid or Pyrex. Some even say Ball Mason Jars are better than Tupperware because they’re more durable, sustainable, and budget-friendly. But no matter what your preference may be, we’ve rounded up the 12 best kitchen containers for storing food, liquids, flour, and everything in between.

You don’t have to be a total Monica Gellar to have an organized kitchen. We’ve got more recommendations to get your kitchen running like a well-oiled machine, from the best kitchen cabinet organizers and spice organizers to the most popular organizing products on Amazon.

Our top picks

How we picked these products

To find the best food storage container, we turned to our friends at the Good Housekeeping Institute, who have identified the best containers from top-rated brands and put them to the test. Their team of on-staff experts—which includes all types: engineers! data analysts! registered dietitians!—rigorously put everyday products to the test (and then more and more tests) in their New York City-based labs to determine which ones you can trust.

From storing notorious stain-sources like tomato sauce to tossing them in the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher, these Kitchen Tech Experts put a collection of containers (over 80, in fact!) through rigorous tests to analyze their user-friendliness, reliability, durability, cleanability, and leak- and stain-proof qualities. After reviewing their findings and discussing their road tests in-depth with Papantoniou, we’ve determined that these are the best food storage containers you can buy in 2022.

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