food storage containers
There’s no doubt that home cooking with fresh ingredients presents a variety of benefits. However, shopping for them can become expensive, especially when looking at the shocking amount that often goes to waste. On average, over 20 percent of food is wasted in the U.S., which is over $500 a year worth of fruits, vegetables and grains individually. To protect that food investment, the FoodSaver® introduced the new FoodSaver Fresh Appliance, a small vacuum sealing appliance ideal for preserving refrigerator and pantry ingredients, as well as on-the-go snacks.
Specially-designed for use with FoodSaver Fresh Containers and Zipper Bags, the new FoodSaver Fresh Appliance is a compact powerhouse. At just 5.5 inches wide by 11 inches tall, taking similar counter space as a one-cup coffee brewing system, it will seal in freshness and keep foods fresh up to twice as long compared to non-vacuum sealing storage methods.
Ordinary food storage methods trap air with food, causing foods to lose flavor and nutrition. The new FoodSaver Fresh Appliance quickly removes air from specially designed FoodSaver Fresh Containers and Vacuum Zipper Bags to help preserve fresh foods and allow consumers to prep grab-and-go snacks or ingredients for cooking ahead of time, knowing they will taste just as fresh later on.
“There is nothing more frustrating than buying fresh food from the market only to have your produce, grains and cold cuts go bad days later,” says Lori H. Gonzalez, FoodSaver Brand Vice President and General Manager. “This is an easy and effective food management system any home cook can embrace, finding endless uses for the FoodSaver Fresh Appliance to keep food fresher, save money and finally to help preserve the shelf life of the foods that you grab on a daily basis.”
The FoodSaver Fresh Appliance retails for $99.99 and is available online at FoodSaver.com. Features include an adjustable vacuum head and base, which are customizable to support the proper placement of the container or bag for sealing; a green ready-indicator light that signals when the container or bag is ready to seal; a one-touch start button and automatic stop that simplifies the vacuum sealing process and allows for one-handed operation; and the removable liquid reservoir, which makes for easy cleaning and maintenance.
ECOlunchbox has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 in order to bring to market the Blue Water Bento collection, an innovative new line of lunch containers that combine no-leak silicone lids with non-toxic stainless steel bottoms.
Sandra Ann Harris, founder and president of ECOlunchbox, first sought funding for this first-to-market project from angel investors, but when they turned her down she decided to turn to crowdfunding instead.
“We’ve been hearing from our customers they really want a lunch container that doesn’t leak – and doesn’t have any plastic. They want to have their cake and eat it to,” Harris explained. “It’s costly to fund the design, molds and other start-up costs for a new product line. There are high minimums, too. I really wanted to meet the needs of families who need these products that are healthy for people and the planet, so I’ve decided to take our funding needs to the streets via Kickstarter.”
So far the Kickstarter campaign has received an enthusiastic response, with ECOlunchbox raising about 25 percent of its needed funding in just 48 hours.
Last year ECOlunchbox introduced the Splash Box as the first component of the Blue Water Bento collection of stainless steel and silicone lunchware that’s ocean-friendly, leak-proof, and 100 percent plastic-free. Now the collection expands with three new products that are on Kickstarter: the Seal Cup Solo, the Seal Cup Trio and the Splash Pod.
The Splash Pod™ is a leak-proof snack pod that fits inside the original Splash Box perfectly. The Seal Cup™ Solo has a 1-cup capacity with a leak-proof, silicone lid perfect for packing yogurt, applesauce, salad dressing or fruit. The Seal Cup™ Trio is a set of three nifty, nesting, round containers in small medium and large.
As a socially responsible company, ECOlunchbox’s mission is to help people reduce their use of plastic food containers by providing non-toxic, stainless steel lunchboxes that are healthy for people and the planet.
For more information, visit www.ecolunchboxes.com.
Expanding its line of patented, universal lids that can fit multiple-size bowls and containers, LidLover™ introduces its smaller size LidLover Mini Lid, which provides an airtight seal on cups, cans and containers that are up to 3.5-inches in diameter.
As with the original larger size versions, new LidLover Mini Lid is made of BPA-free food grade silicone with unique rings or grooves along the edge that stretch over the rim of glass jars, all types of canned foods including pet food, hard plastic cups, ramekins, and many other size vessels up to 3.5 inches wide.
Space saving, strong and flexible, the LidLover Mini Lid ensures an airtight seal every time, and a more economical and eco-friendly alternative to disposable foil and plastic wrap. Top rack dishwasher safe for no-fuss cleaning, the LidLover Mini Lid is conveniently microwave oven, freezer, and oven safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Crafted in two colors — translucent fresh honeydew melon (green), and translucent fresh peach (orange) – the new LidLover Mini Lid is perfect for storing leftover unused canned food products such as chickpeas and beans, and especially canned pet food, which tends to be messy and pungent. By providing an airtight seal on mason jars, after opened, the heat-safe LidLover Mini Lid is ideal for today’s popular return to preserving, canning, and pickling a host of ingredients year-round, such as fruit jams, tomato sauce, brined vegetables, and more. LidLover Mini Lid also makes it possible to transport food stored in glass jars, cans and ramekins to work, picnics, family gatherings, and other places without the risk of messy leaks and spills along the way. Additionally, the Lidlover Mini Lid can be placed over mugs or smaller vessels (without sealing) for safe reheating in the microwave oven.
Available now at Amazon.com, the Lidlover Mini Lid is offered in a pack of two for $9.95 suggested retail. For further information, visit www.lidlover.com.
The Trudeau Corporation is proud to announce that Target stores will carry its FUEL Collection just in time for summer and back to school shopping. From kids heading off to summer camp, to college students getting ready for school, and to adults balancing work and play, this collection is the perfect “to-go” line of food storage containers for those who want to take their food and drink with them.
Trudeau Maison’s FUEL Collection is designed to create everyday lunch and snack solutions with a healthy lifestyle in mind, to minimize environmental impact throughout each product’s life cycle, and to encourage packing a waste-free lunch. All FUEL products combine innovation and durable construction to keep foods fresh and easy to carry and clean. FUEL products also feature a large variety of innovation options not seen with any other products. From a “take it all” Bento Box, to a single serving Sandwich Box, to the favorite for treats Snack ‘n Dip, FUEL is loaded with options that make serving up and eating portable meals and snacks both good for you and good for the environment.
All FUEL products are BPA-free, include a lifetime warranty and are available in two fashionable colors: Kiwi and Raspberry. There’s even a special weekly food inspiration leaflet included in every product to provide fresh meal ideas. The launch ships to more than 1700 stores starting June 14, 2015. Retails price points range from $4.99-$21.99. Below are more details on select items.
Get a full four-course meal with the FUEL Bento Box. This flexible, multi-functional container is perfect for designing a well-balanced meal and allows for some creative and delicious food pairings. The removable inner partitions provide clean separation between food items. Use this all-in-one container to pack fruits, veggies, proteins, salty snacks or a sweet treat. Trudeau Maison’s FUEL Bento box is also microwave safe, so you can heat conveniently heat up your meal. Suggested Retail Price: $16.99
The multipurpose 12-ounce FUEL Food N’ Beverage container carries it all. It is made to hold both liquids and solids: soups, stews, fruit salad, snacks and even beverages. Its sturdy double wall construction prevents spillage, while the lid doubles as a bowl or serving cup and the mid section can be used as a snack container. Its double wall construction allows for no heat retention and is also microwave-safe. Perfect for storing small bites and a quick sip during sporting events, a walk in the park or on the morning commute. Suggested Retail Price: $9.99
For people of all ages, especially kids, dipping veggies or crackers into sauces, spreads and dips makes healthy snacks much more enjoyable and tasty. The FUEL Snack ‘N Dip comes with a 5oz container to store snacks and a 2oz dipping compartment, making it easy to take nutritious treats wherever you go. A handy spreader also accompanies this container and snaps into the inner lid when not in use. From hummus and carrots to apples and peanut butter, the snacking options are endless! Suggested Retail Price: $4.99
Go the distance and stay quenched on the way with this 9-ounce modern reusable FUEL Juicy Bottle. Designed to fuel bodies in motion, this lightweight and functional reusable bottle comes with an easy to use rocker lid and an integrated drinking straw. SRP $5.99
Here are some of the latest food storage containers vying for a spot in fridges, lunch bags, pantries and countertops.
Win the storage war with Aladdin’s Six-Piece Nesting Bowl Set. Three bowls with matching lids are included with 56-ounce, 93-ounce and 114-ounce capacities. Perfect for entertaining or everyday serving and storage, they are durable and lightweight for indoor or outdoor use. An airtight seal makes the bowls worry- and spill-free for on-the-go use. The set nests together to store, saving precious cupboard space. Microwave and dishwasher safe, they are hassle free from hot to clean and also BPA-free.
Suggested Retail Price: $24.99
Combining the strength of concrete with the beauty of olive wood, Bérard’s Concrete Collection will be a welcome addition to any kitchen. The intense graining and variation in characteristics of the olive wood lid are a stark contrast to the industrial white concrete base. Each piece is carefully hand crafted to meet Bérard’s high standard of quality and the lid is coated to ensure it never loses its natural luster. These are not just kitchen accessories, they are works of art. Available in three sizes.
Suggested Retail Price: $50.00 – $60.00
Since storage jars are often left out on display, black+blum wanted to create a sculptural shape that would look good in any arrangement. The set of three forminimal Storage Jars have a clean base container that makes it easy to decant from and is large enough to put your hand inside to spoon out tea, coffee or sugar. They have an airtight lid with a silicon seal, are dishwasher safe and even nest for easy storage. Each container has a 1 kilogram capacity.
Suggested Retail Price: $40.00
These hermetic Fido Jars with Chalk Labels are a creative and versatile new take on a traditional kitchen staple. Use them for storing dry foods such as rice, coffee or pasta, because they are airtight food will stay fresh. The chalkboard labels on the fronts let you identify contents and update them easily. Or fill them with a homemade gift since they make a memorable (and useful) presentation. The possibilities are endless! Handwashing is recommended. Made in Italy.
Suggested Retail Price: $6.99 for 16-ounce, $7.99 for 25-ounce, $8.99 for 34-ounce, $9.99 for 1.6-quart
The Chef’n Bramble Berry Basket is a cute stackable container that doubles as a colander, so it’s easy to rinse, store and serve fresh berries and other farm-fresh produce. Just remove the inner basket to wash the berries, then insert back into the container for serving and storing. These stackable baskets are great for other fresh produce too. Top rack dishwasher safe.
Suggested Retail Price: $9.99
The new Duralex Lys Round Bowls with Lids are truly a must-have for every kitchen. Glass bowls are a kitchen essential, and microwave-safe, snap-on lids make these bowls indispensable. The bowls nest for storage and are dishwasher safe. The five bowls range in size from 4.75 inches to 9 inches in diameter. The five round bowls with lids retail for $5, $6.75, $8, $10, and $13 respectively. Made in France.
Pack away lunch or store leftovers in these new colorful collapsible containers with removable lids from Squish. The transparent window allows for easy identification of food, while the collapsible body makes for easy storage in kitchen cabinets or drawers. Set includes one large 7-cup capacity container and two small containers with a 2-cup capacity. Made from a dishwasher safe, BPA-free, food safe material. Available fall 2015.
Suggested Retail Price: $14.99
This story was originally published in the May 2015 issue of Kitchenware News, a publication of Oser Communications Group.