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Best food storage

The best food storage solutions that’ll keep your food fresh as a daisy

Best food storage
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Finding the best food storage solution is a sure way to help save money, time and the environment. Whether you're a university student who cooks in bulk to stock up on nosh for the rest of the week, or a parent who sends your little one off to school with a delicious packed lunch, you need to assess your food storage options. 

When considering which food storage solution to buy, it's important to take a few factors into account: they should be dishwasher-safe; durable; and made from recyclable materials – or at least be of BPA-free plastic.

So, whether you're after a more durable grocery shopping bag, lunchbox or pantry storage solution, we've got you covered. Need more options for your whole kitchen? Browse lots of kitchen storage ideas in our gallery. 

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.

Here are our other top picks, below: 

Lock and lock food storage tupperware

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1. Lock & Lock Storage Containers - Set of 6

Best storage solution

Specifications
Number per order: 6
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 

Why we love them:

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
Number per order: 9
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Microwave safe: No
Material: Polyester
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight +Saves plastic in supermarkets
Reasons to avoid
-They come wrapped in plastic

Why we love them:

We ditched disposable plastic shopping bags at supermarkets long ago (even before the 5/10p 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.

Silicone food storage bags

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3. YAASO Reusable Food Storage Bags Silicone

Best storage option for a tight squeeze packed lunch

Specifications
Number per order: 10
Dishwasher safe: No
Freezer safe: Yes
Material: Silicone
Reasons to buy
+Degradable, recyclable material+Flexible 
Reasons to avoid
-Buyers complain that they do not dry naturally after washing

Why we love them:

These reusable food storage bags are a life saver. We like the fact that they're leak-proof and freezer safe. These factors combined with the fact that these silicone bags are super flexible and easy to fit into tight spaces makes them a pretty great food storage option. Gone are the days of not being able to fit your packed lunch in your school bag or guiltily revealing a disposable plastic sandwich bag at lunchtime. You get the best of both worlds with these easy, recyclable food storage bags. And 10 for under £3 is a great deal. Grab yourself a few before the demand goes high and the price goes higher.

Food storage boxes for the pantry

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4. Hodo Cereal Containers

Best food storage for the pantry

Specifications
Number per order: 6
Dishwasher safe: No
: Freezer safe:** No
Material: Plastic
Reasons to buy
+Stackable+Aesthetically pleasing for displaying food
Reasons to avoid
-Better for solid foods as some have complained of leaking

Why we love them:

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. 

Stainless steel food storage

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5. EXTSUD Stainless Steel Lunchbox

Best plastic-free storage solution for meal prep or packed lunches

Specifications
Number per order: 1
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

Why we love them:

Urm, why wouldn't we? It's plastic-free, oven-safe, dishwasher-safe and even keeps 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? 

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.