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The Best Food-Prep Container: A Plastic House Bento Lunch Box Review

Helena Ricketts is a freelance writer currently living in Indiana who loves writing about cooking.

The Quality of Your Food Prepping Containers Is Important

Two food-prep containers in the freezer.

Two food-prep containers in the freezer.

There are a wide variety of reasons why people prep their food in advance. The main reason seems to be because it can save active families a lot of time and money during the busy work week. Home-cooked meals are ready to be warmed up and eaten on nights when cooking just is not a possibility because of time constraints.

The container that is chosen to store the food can make or break the food-prepping experience. Shoddy, poorly-constructed containers can result in food waste from freezer burn or spoilage. It is important to choose the best containers when preparing meals for the following week, two weeks, or month.

I purchased these containers on Amazon a while back for my food preps and have been extremely happy with them so far. We'll go over each feature of these great containers so that I can tell you everything that they have to offer. I have cycled through this particular batch three times now and will be purchasing them again if and when these ever wear out. I don't see that happening anytime soon though because these particular containers are definitely quality from my experience with them.

The Plastic on These Containers Is Choice

Closer look at the plastic used to manufacturer these food prep containers.

Closer look at the plastic used to manufacturer these food prep containers.

Quality Plastic Construction

One of the first things that I noticed about these containers when they arrived was the feel of the plastic they are made of. These are not made out of flimsy deli container plastic. They are thick and durable, and with proper care, they will last a long period of time.

The lids stay securely snapped into place and that is important to ensure that nothing is ever accidentally spilled from the container at any point from the initial prepping time to when the meal is reheated for eating.

The plastic holds up quite well in the microwave during reheating. I always reheat my meals in 1-minute increments. Stop the microwave, stir or rearrange the contents, and heat for another minute. This process of reheating has worked out well for our meals so far, and the containers have received no damage from doing it this way.

The Size Is Perfect for Single Meals

These containers each hold 32 ounces. They measure 3" tall, 3" across, and 4" long. I know it doesn't sound like they are very big until you see exactly how much food they can hold.

When I do my weekly or monthly food prepping, I am easily able to put enough food into each container for one meal. The portions are perfect for both lunches and dinners. If you are looking for containers for portion control, these would be a great option for that purpose.

The size is also great for cooler-style lunchboxes. I am able to place the container on the bottom then layer ice packs and drinks on top of it. The plastic is strong enough that it has never failed.

To give you an idea on how much these will hold, when I prepare chicken piccata in advance, I am able to put a full chicken breast with the pasta inside the container. It will hold two pieces of fried chicken and a side item. A sandwich and chips will also fit perfectly into these containers.

The container will also easily hold 6 cupcakes for those days that you want to carry a sweet treat for you and your coworkers. A couple of pieces of pie will fit nicely along with brownies, pieces of cake, and even candy.

The Lids Do Not Stain and No Lingering Odors

Through three cycles of use, the lids on these containers remain as clear and scent free as they were the day they arrived.

Through three cycles of use, the lids on these containers remain as clear and scent free as they were the day they arrived.

Cleaning and Storage When Not in Use

One of the things that really annoys me when it comes to plastic food containers is the fact that so many of them quickly become stained and smelly on the inside. I have cycled through this lot of containers three times and there are no stains and no funky food smells embedded into the plastic.

I do not own a dishwasher, so my containers are all washed by hand. I have had tomato sauce-based dishes in these containers before and the sauce did not stain the lids at all. They literally look exactly like they did when they arrived.

They take up very little storage space when not in use. Keeping the lids in one stack on top of the bottoms stacked within each other will cost you less than 12 inches in height of storage space. Unlike other food storage containers, the lids for these will fit perfectly inside each other because of the grooves that are also used to make the tight and secure seal.

If properly taken care of these containers will last for a long period of time. I would suggest always hand washing them instead of putting them into a dishwasher to ensure they remain in excellent condition and ready for you anytime you are ready to prep your future meals.

© 2016 Helena Ricketts

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