If you are looking for an efficient way to prep and store multiple meals without dishing out a ton of moolah, the Enther 20-pack reusable containers are a fantastic option. The BPA plastic is durable, so you won't need to worry about it cracking, even when using in either the microwave or freezer. We also love that it is stain and odor resistant, something that is a real problem with normal plastic tupperware.
The lightweight design is easy to stack, both in your fridge and in your pantry when not in use.
While there are use cases where having multiple compartments can come in handy, there are others where having a single compartment is ideal, and also allows for so much flexibility!
We will caution while secure, the lids are only leak resistant, not leak proof, so be sure to store upright while transfering.
If you are looking for meal prep containers that are reusable yet easily replaced if lost, Freshware containers are a good fit. These three compartment containers are great for ensuring your ingredients stay separated until you are ready to eat them, which makes them ideal for both meals and especially for snacks! We also love how the compartments help promote portion control so it's easy to put together a healthy, well-balanced meal.
Besides getting so many containers, we of course looked for BPA-free plastic that is microwave/freezer/dishwasher safe to ensure the most ease of use. Like any plastic container, you should take care when using in the microwave as plastic tends to become more malleable when heated which could cause the lids to loosen over time. Yet with proper care, these should last you a long while, and are easily replaced if you need more!
If you are looking to ditch plastic and pursue a more sustainable route, the Prep Naturals meal prep containers are the way to go. The borosilicate glass is thick and durable, standing up to accidental droppings and safe to be heated in either the oven or microwave, while also safe to freeze up to -40 degrees. The Smart-Lock plastic lids ensures an airtight seal to help preserve your food and keep it from leaking during storage or transit. We will note that there is a very small gap between the walls of the interior compartments and the lid, so some liquid can transfer between compartments if shaken or turned upside-down.
While dishwasher safe, we do recommend removing the rubber gasket seal on the lid from time to time to ensure thorough cleaning.
For great glass, 3 compartment meal prep containers, you can't go wrong with this pick from Prep Naturals.
Ez Prepa containers are designed to be reusable as well as easily replaced if one breaks or is lost. They also make a great container to send leftovers home with guests after a big get together. Depending on use and care though, these containers can last a good while. The BPA-free plastic is of course microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, and also stain resistant, which is great if you're a fan of dishes with red sauce!
We're also a fan of how little space they take up while storing, which is great for those with already limited pantry space.
Like other plastic options, the lid is leak-resistant, so be sure to use a little extra care in transporting.
If you want your meal prep containers to last for a good while, investing in glass is a smart choice. In particular, borosilicate glass is made to adjust to temperature changes well, so no need to worry about these containers going from your freezer to your fridge the to microwave or even the oven. Plus, being dishwasher safe is always a desirable feature, though we do recommend hand washing the lids to ensure they will last longer.
Another plus of many glass food prep containers is the airtight lids with secure smart-lock flaps, so you can rest assured your food will last longer and stay safety contained during transport.
We also like that this option has 2 compartments, which is great when you want some separation of food but don't have enough to warrant 3, as it's always seems sad to have one empty compartment.
The BAYCO food prep containers are a good size made from solid glass for long-lasting use. Like our other glass picks, these containers are dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe, and are even oven safe up to 700?! While there is obviously not a need to expose these to such extreme heat, it is nice to know just how durable these glass containers are. The smart-lock lids provide a reliable seal, but it is highly recommended to hand wash them to prevent the silicone seal from fusing with the glass.
Besides the flexibility afforded with the large capacity single compartment, which can hold almost 4 cups, we also love that you get 8 containers in this set, making it quite an affordable option for glass.
Overall, we really can't find much to complain about with these food prep containers, and think there are a great choice for any meal prepper.
Our goal is to do away with all of the stress of meal prepping and let you get on with your life hassle free. To do so, it is important that you consider the different containers available for your use, and what sets each one apart. Materials, usability, and clean-ability should all be considered when making your decision on which containers to purchase.
Food containers come in one of two traditional materials: plastic or glass. Plastic is less expensive making it a more affordable option, to the point where losing one or two would barely be consequential. However, plastic is less durable, especially under intense heat, and generally should not be put through the dishwasher in order to ensure their longevity. Glass on the other hand is more durable and resilient making it safe for the dishwasher, as well as the oven, unlike plastic. It is also more expensive and harder to part with.
Determine the right size and structure for you and your home. Many meal prep advocates prefer to have their food separated, making containers with compartments a must, however, single compartment containers are also perfectly acceptable. Finding a product that is safe for the microwave and freezer is also important since you will want to make and freeze meals for later in the week and then reheat them. If the containers require you to thaw the food and then place on a plate to heat, you are losing precious time that could be avoided with the right containers.
Make sure whatever choice you make is one that you will not need to spend too much time thinking about cleaning. Dishwasher safe products are useful and save you time. Either way, if the lids include a gasket, it is probably best to hand-wash even if the product says it will be safe, so factor cleanup time into you decision as well.