We know how busy life can get. With doctor appointments, soccer practices, and, oh, that job you have, keeping a clean and tidy kitchen can seem impossible at times. However, meal planning and prepping can help any home cook put a dent in the to-do list that seems to just keep growing and growing. Food storage containers are the go-to solution for busy cooks that like to think ahead and reduce waste simultaneously. These multi-purpose containers come in all materials, shapes, and sizes, so cleaning and storing them always poses a threat to any kitchen that’s otherwise organized. Here, you’ll find all the food storage container care tips you could possibly need.
Food Storage Container Care
If you are anything like us, food storage containers can be intimidating to clean, maintain, and organize. Luckily, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to help you make the food storage container conundrum a thing of the past.
1. Choosing the best food storage containers:As you may already know, plastic containers typically contain harmful ingredients and additives that are not conducive to human health. These dangerous ingredients include bisphenol A (BPA), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polystyrene (PS), and much more. The harmful chemicals present in most plastics have been known to leach carcinogenic, hormone-disrupting phthalates and have also been linked to skin, eye, and respiratory irritation as well as depression, fatigue, compromised kidney function, central nervous system damage, and other conditions.
Although it may feel and look like plastic, food-grade silicone is recognized as a safe alternative to plastic food storage containers. Silicone is made from some of the most readily available elements on earth, such as minerals and sand. Silicone food storage containers will not leach any chemicals or unwanted flavors into the food you painstakingly prepare. One other concern most home cooks have about plastic containers is that they can’t handle extreme cold and heat. Silicone containers are safe to use in either the oven or the microwave, and you can store leftovers in the fridge or freezer without worrying about breakage resulting from thermal shock. Best of all, you can pop your silicone storage containers into the dishwasher to save time cleaning up the kitchen after a long and laborious meal.
2. Cleaning your silicone storage containers: In this day and age of meal prepping, no one wants to be confronted by the stains or smells of past meals. Silicone has a distinct advantage over plastic in this category, because silicone has a nonporous surface. Plastic containers notoriously absorb bad smells and stains, especially when exposed to heat, which is why you should avoid microwaving plastic storage containers when it’s time to heat up your leftovers. Silicone containers have a nonreactive, nonporous surface that doesn’t absorb the smell of leftovers. Food-grade silicone also does not crack, crumble, dry out, harden, peel, rot, or become brittle over time, which makes maintaining your food storage containers a breeze.
As previously mentioned, silicone containers are dishwasher-safe, but you can also hand-wash your containers with warm, soapy water. Let the containers air dry completely or dry them with a soft, clean cloth before storing them. When it comes to those really tough jobs you dread, baking soda should do the trick. Make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply it to any sticky spots you can’t get out with a clean cloth. Let the paste dry and then wash it away with warm water and gentle dish soap. Avoid abrasives, so you can keep the ceramic coating looking like-new. To prevent greasy buildup in the future, try using less cooking spray or a substitute when it comes to your favorite recipes.
3. Storing your silicone storage containers: One great thing about Xtrema’s silicone food storage containers is that they are collapsible and take up less space. Square- and rectangle-shaped storage containers take up to 25 percent less space than round storage containers to begin with but having collapsible containers on hand can help you keep your cabinets clutter-free and sparkling clean. These space-saving food storage containers provide an airtight lock on leftovers and nest together when stacked on top of each other. If you can store your containers in a drawer rather than on a shelf, it may be easier to keep track of them.
One trick you can use to keep your silicone containers as fresh as possible is storing them with a box of open baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate attracts both acidic and base particles, neutralizing odors in the process. If you spend too many minutes or hours looking for containers and lids each day, there is a better way to address storage issues in the kitchen. Keep your food container lids neat and in one place by stacking them vertically in a bin or box. You can also speed up the process by arranging and dividing your storage container lids by color or size. There are also a wide range of drawer dividers to choose from that can help you keep lids and storage containers separate by close by.
Whether you are generally on the go or stuck at home, food storage containers can make everyday meals so much easier and more enjoyable. You can make future meals even more enjoyable by switching to silicone and avoiding plastic containers at all costs. At Xtrema Pure Ceramic Cookware, we offer a wide variety of vibrant colors to choose from, so you can mix and match your meals accordingly. Our collapsible food storage container set comes with three different size containers and lids to match. If you have any questions about storage container care or cleaning, please feel free to contact us for additional information or further assistance.