Which containers are best for storage, freezing meals and meal prep?
If you’ve been following some of our Meal Prep Queen’s posts lately, you might be thinking of getting into the meal prep game.
After all, if you could prepare and freeze meals for the week all at once, it would free up so much time (and reduce washing up x1000!). It’s what we recommend to members of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge to make weight loss even easier.
But if you are just getting started, you may be wondering which containers to buy for your meals. And before you start, read our guide to meal prep HERE.
Which containers are best for meal prep
We asked the Healthy Mummy community for their advice, and there seem to be two main camps.
The cheap and cheerful ‘use em til they break’ fans love the budget take-away food style containers; while others are happy to invest their cash in longer lasting good quality plastic or glass containers.
It’s up to you and your budget to decide of course, but today we have an overview of some of the options so that you can see which option might suit you best.
Do what works for you to make your weight loss on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge even easier.
Take away food containers
Maria O’Rourke uses these 100 pack takeaway containers from Costco. Maria says “I love these for handiness. They are great for storing all my meal prep and save me washing up which is an extra bonus, they cost me about £13 and work out at just 13p per carton.”
You can get them from Sainsbury’s and Tesco too, but they are dearer, as you only get a pack of 8 for £2. It pays to shop around.
Isabelle Rodriguez agrees, saying “I just buy the containers when they are on sale. Usually you can get them for £1 in Poundland and other pound shops.”
TIP: if you find they give your food freezer burn, ensure it is cooled completely before freezing it. Some mums even store the food overnight in the fridge and then freeze in the morning.
Zip lock bags
Many mums do away with containers altogether, choosing to use zip lock bags instead. Shop around and try different brands to see which ones work best for you.
Vanessa McAdams says, “I use IKEA storage bags, I have quite a few different sizes. I love them because they have a double seal, don’t leak, and I lie them flat so they take up less room and defrost faster.”
Nikki Lea Eckley says ,“I love the snack bags from Waitrose. They’re smaller than the sandwich bags so they’re perfect for individual snack portions, individual chicken breasts to freeze and for any bits of meals left over that I can freeze and save for a pitta pizza topping. They’re £1 for 50 bags.”
TIP: if you have a small freezer, bags save space and you can fit more meals in.
Charlie Johnson says “I tend to use the aluminium foil containers, they only cost £1.00 for 8-10 from the pound shop.”
Sarah Cryer swears by the Addis range from Argos to store dry goods in the pantry. Sarah says “I like how many different shapes and sizes there are to offer, I have my porridge oats, pastas and dry ingredients in these containers and they are really useful.
I love how much more organised my cupboards look with them, they were £19.99 for a pack of 10.”
Rachael Carey is happy to invest in Tupperware containers as “Tupperware are the only ones I’ve used that have lasted more than 6-12mths.”
Jaime Warren is a fan too, ‘I use the Tupperware ones, freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe and they come in a set. They last years and have a replacement guartantee.’
TIP: Danielle Dallinger said to check for second hand Tupperware online as “people sell the old style to upgrade to the new style. I have bought all mine second hand as I’m not fussed if they are the old ones.”
If you are heading to IKEA, why not try some of these. Kaire Konton Smith has been using the glass storage tubs from IKEA for her meal prep and freezing.
Kaire says, “I think they are fantastic! Obviously they are more expensive than the popular plastic tubs, but still a reasonable £3-£5 per tub with a lid. They are oven safe too, and look pretty neat as a serving dish on the table.
I’ve used them for a few years now, they haven’t discoloured, cracked or started smelling odd. I just stack mine on top of each other to save space. I’m pleased to know that the glass containers are safer and greener than the popular plastic ones, and I’m willing to pay a little more for them.”
Charlie Johnson agrees, saying she is “loving IKEA’S great range of glass storage at the moment, I’m actually in the process of clearing out all of my plastic storage containers and replacing them with glass.”
TIP: They come in different sizes which you can use for snacks, single serves of a meal or a family portion.
Ebay and Amazon
Sarah Cryer gets containers from Amazon. Sarah says “I order them and they come the next day which is great. They are my favourite containers for meal prepping, I love that they are durable and can be reused time and time again.
They are dishwasher safe also which is why I don’t mind paying that little bit extra, £9.95 for a pack of 10.”
Lynsey Combes gets her containers from eBay. Lynsey says, “they are great for the freezer as they are slim, also I like that they are BPA free and reasonably priced, from £5 to £13 depending on how many I buy.”
TIP: look out for containers that offer free postage.
Sistema Klip It
Siobhan Docherty is a big fan of the Sistema Klip it containers. Siobhan says, “they are great and come in all shapes and sizes, I use them for storing food, for my meal prep and snacks, and also for storing all my nuts and seeds.
I love how handy they are, they stack really well, are dishwasher safe and I’m assured that being BPA free they are safe to use. I even use the water bottles, they might be a bit more expensive but I always pick them up in my local Asda cheaper than everywhere else.”
TIP: keep an eye out for the regular Sistema sales at the supermarket.
Feeling inspired by all this meal prep chat?
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