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One of the most exciting things to see is how meal prep is becoming more and more mainstream. When I first started, there wasn’t a lot out there about meal prep (If you’re just starting out, check out my meal prep 101 post). Freezer cooking seemed to be the only thing talked about.
Now that meal prep has become a hot word, there are SO many meal prep options available. The sheer number of containers is amazing, and can be overwhelming (check this post out if you are still wondering what meal prep is).
I’ve touched on various containers in various posts (including this one on what items you need to start meal prepping), but I think it’s time to go into more detail on what’s out there, especially since some of these containers are pricey but first, there are a few things to consider:
- Do you have a preference between plastic and glass?
- What is your budget for containers?
- How many compartments do you need?
Plastic Storage Containers
These 3 compartment, plastic food storage containers are one of the highest rated on Amazon. For that reason, I decided to give them a try. These are inexpensive to buy in bulk. Although a few of mine arrived broken, Amazon quickly replaced them which was reassuring.
Even those these are relatively flimsy, they are incredibly convenient. Whether you are looking at 1, 2, or 3 compartment containers – if you pack your lunch each day, these inexpensive containers are a solid option and they fit into many insulated lunchboxes. Be careful, they can leak if turned on their side!
One caveat to be aware of is that these containers aren’t universal in size. I have a small set I grabbed at the store without really paying attention, and the depth was significantly more shallow than the pack I bought at Amazon. Make sure you pay attention to dimension size and buy big enough ones to comfortably hold your meals.
These do break easier than other options out there, but for the price, that’s to be expected.
Round Deli Cups
For liquids, the round deli cups are a much better option, and what I like about these is that they freeze well. You can pick them up in a variety of sizes and the lids are universal, making organization easy. There’s nothing worse than a million lids and a million containers and none of them match. This helps eliminate this problem.
The biggest complaint about these containers is that they are flimsy too, and shouldn’t be microwaved. It is said they are dishwasher safe, but since they don’t microwave well, I don’t wash them in the dishwasher, even on the top shelf.
These are one of my newest discoveries and when I first learned about reusable produce bags, they were definitely more expensive.
There are a few different kind of bags – produce bags which aren’t necessarily a meal prep storage item, but are still a great option to eliminate unnecessary plastic! When grocery shopping, you use these bags instead of the plastic bags provided in the produce section of the grocery store. One of the great things is the versatility! You can use these for produce, for toys, for anything that needs a small bag. Many brands, such as these can be tossed in your washer on the delicate cycle and hang to dry.
For meal prep, these reusable storage bags are a great option. They can help cut down on the number of plastic baggies used on a daily basis. The significant downfall is the price. They aren’t cheap. There’s no getting around the price point. It’s one of those things you can build up over time, buying one set a month. They’re dishwasher safe, they do not leak, and work as well as your standard plastic baggies.
Meal prep is becoming more popular and companies are paying attention, constantly creating new products to simplify the process. This is just a sampling of what kind of containers are out there. If you don’t want to invest in 10 or 20 or something, try Target to buy a smaller quantity of the containers you’re interested in trying. Test them out, and then turn to Amazon for larger quantity purchase when you are ready.