When it comes to storing leftovers, glass containers are always safer than plastic. Glass is inert which means it doesn’t react in any way to the food within it.
Modern glass storage containers are flexible enough to go into the oven and microwave as well as fridge and freezer – here is a selection of the best brands:
Anchor Hocking Glass Storage Containers
Anchor Hocking are an American brand of glass makers and their “TrueSeal” range actually got a recommendation from Good Housekeeping for it’s air-tightness.
The bowls are made from tough tempered glass that can go into the fridge, freezer and microwave and oven – this means that you can actually oven-cook in the base dish and then seal it with the lid to store it in the freezer, ready for re-heating whenever you want. The lids are made from BPA-free plastic and have a transparent “window” so you can see what is stored in the bowl.
These containers are made in the USA and come in a variety of shapes and sizes:
Pyrex storage containers
Good old Pyrex invented the type of glass that could withstand oven heat nearly a century ago, and they’ve kept up the tradition, making all sorts of containers that can go into the oven, microwave, fridge and freezer, as well as in the dishwasher.
The glass bowls are made of tempered glass and the lids are plastic. The thing about Pyrex is that they are reliable – this is the next best storage set after the Anchor Hocking TrueSeal.
Rubbermaid Glass Storage Containers
Rubbermaid have finally produced a glass version of their food storage containers. The bowls are tempered glass and can go into the oven (safe to 425F), microwave, fridge and freezer. The lids are plastic with what they say is a leak-proof seal – but they don’t perform as well as the Anchor Hocking lids.
The bowls are stackable (the lids have an indent designed to take the base of other bowls).
You can get them in various sizes: