Best food storage: top 5 buys for an organised kitchen

The best food storage solutions that’ll keep your food fresh as a daisy and looking super tidy

Best food storage from Stasher
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Finding the best food storage will help you keep your kitchen tidy and your leftovers pristinely preserved for next day's lunch. Ideally, food storage needs to be airtight, easy to clean, and robust in order to class as 'the best'. We've rounded up a range of food storage options from classic plastic containers (always BPA free) to innovative silicone bags that can even be used for cooking. 

So, whether you're after a more durable grocery shopping bag, lunchbox or pantry storage solution, we've got you covered. When you've chosen the food storage you like, check out the best microwave for reheating your lunch.

Lock and lock food storage containers

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1. Lock & Lock Storage Containers - Set of 6

Best food storage set

Specifications
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Freezer safe: Yes
Microwave safe: Yes
Material: Plastic
Reasons to buy
+Great value for money +Easy to clean +Versatile 
Reasons to avoid
-Not stackable so not easy to store in a compact space 

The reason we're such big fans of the Lock & Lock storage containers is because we've used them for a long time and they've always served us well. The efficient locking lids make them airtight – a great way to keep your food fresh. Whether you want to store food in the house, in the freezer or transport a packed lunch, they demonstrate their versatility and work for everything. What's more, they can go in the microwave, the freezer and you can chuck them in the dishwasher when you're done and forget about the hassle of a hand wash. This set comes with six lidded boxes included.

Food storage bags grocery shopping

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2. Reusable Mesh Produce Bags

Best storage bags for grocery shopping

Specifications
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Microwave safe: No
Material: Polyester
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight +Saves plastic in supermarkets
Reasons to avoid
-They come wrapped in plastic

We ditched disposable plastic shopping bags at supermarkets long ago (even before the plastic bag fee put everyone else off). However, sometimes it's hard to avoid the little individual plastic bags for your fruit and veg. That's why we think that grabbing some of these reusable mesh grocery bags is a genius way to enjoy a guilt-free food shop. Plus, don't be deceived by their lightweight look and feel – they're actually super durable and strong. This food storage option is one of our favourites because it encourages a lifestyle change that is insanely small but makes a huge difference.

Stasher silicone multi-purpose storage bag

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3. Stasher silicone multi-purpose storage bag

Best plastic-free food storage

Specifications
Dishwasher safe: No
Freezer safe: Yes
Material: Silicone
Reasons to buy
+Biodegradable, natural material+Flexible +Airtight
Reasons to avoid
-Take a while to dry

We're not exaggerating when we say this is probably the nicest food storage we've ever used that's not made from plastic. Silicone is a natural, biodegradable material, and these food storage bags are made from thick, smooth silicone that locks in odours. The bags are airtight when closed and can be stored either upright or on their sides, saving space in the fridge. What's even more amazing is that you can cook in these: try fish sous vide, for example. We've got one in every size imaginable. The only downside is that they take a long time to fully dry after you've washed them. 

Best stackable food storage

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4. Mr Hsiung & Mrs Yin food storage containers

Best stackable food storage

Specifications
Dishwasher safe: No
Freezer safe: No
Material: Plastic
Reasons to buy
+Stackable+Aesthetically pleasing for displaying food+BPA free+Come with chalkboard labels and a pen
Reasons to avoid
-Lids take ages to dry

We have to admit that these air-tight containers are nothing new, but we just can't help but like the fact that they're stackable and mega efficient in the kitchen. If you live with someone guilty of leaving the cereal box open and letting everything go stale, these containers are the perfect solution. They save space and keep your food fresh. When it comes to pimping your pantry, you can't go wrong with this option as they include chalkboard stickers and a chalk pen to label them (and relabel as your needs change). The only drawback is that if you wash them, the lids will take a very long time to fully dry as water gets in the locking mechanism.

Stainless steel food storage

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5. EXTSUD Stainless Steel Lunchbox

Best metal food storage

Specifications
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Oven safe: Yes
Microwave safe: No
Material: Stainless steel
Reasons to buy
+Oven safe +Environmentally friendly +Comes with a divider+Keeps food warm 
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey for one

They're plastic-free, oven-safe, dishwasher-safe and even keep your food warm. What's more, this storage also comes with a divider, meaning you can create your own little bento meal for lunchtime. Basically, this food storage solution is absolutely a worthwhile investment. It's not microwave safe, but who needs to use the office microwave when your lunchbox has kept its heat from the morning? 

What is the best food storage solution?

The best storage solution is the Lock & Lock Storage Containers – versatile, super easy to clean and an established, trusty brand. Lightweight and durable, these storage containers, which come in a set of six, are great value for money and ideal as home or portable storage.

How to choose the best food storage

Price

The price is naturally always important to consider when making any purchase. If your food storage solution champions its recyclable material, consider how many uses you can get out of it before it has to be recycled. 

Easy to carry around

If you're looking for a new lunch box, then you need to take into account the size, shape and how lightweight it is. Something that is advertised as being great for the pantry may be too big and cumbersome to carry around. 

Dishwasher safe 

Food smells, and that's the long and short of it. You need to be regularly washing anything you store food in, and it's up to you to decide whether you're happy to carry that out by hand or would rather chuck it in the dishwasher. 

Plastic-free?

While the majority of food storage containers out there are still made from plastic, if you want to try going plastic-free, there are now strong contenders made from glass or silicone (see the Stasher bags).