Do you wish you could food prep your meals like a pro? Do you love the thought of having ready-to-go meals in your fridge, but you’re not sure where to even begin?
The beauty of reusable food containers is that they can be used to store so many different types of consumables. Plus, they’re easy to clean and some can even be stored in the freezer.
Keen to find out more? Read on to discover everything there is to know about how to prepare food efficiently using reusable food containers.
What are reusable food containers?
As the name suggests, reusable food containers are a type of container that’s designed to be used more than once. An eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic containers, reusable food containers can help you lead a healthier and more sustainable life.
There are many different types of reusable food containers such as ones that are made for takeaway food, ones for fresh fruit and vegetables, and ones for sauces and other liquids.
A little OCD but I used freezer labels from Label Planet and put them on all of my Sistema food containers. This helps to keep track of what’s inside each container as well as when the contents need to be eaten.
What are the benefits of reusable food containers?
There are multiple benefits to using reusable food containers including:
- Less food waste
- They protect your food
- They keep your food fresh for longer
- They save money
How to use reusable food containers for efficient food prep
If you’re ready to start prepping your meals, the first step is to invest in some brand-new reusable containers. If you’re not sure which ones to buy, then the guidance below should help you make the right choice:
Find the right size
Reusable food containers come in a wide variety of different sizes which can make it difficult to know which sizes to choose. Ideally, you should try a few different sizes so you can get a better idea of how much space you need.
You may also find that you need a few different sizes if people in your household have varying appetites or if you want to prep for different meals of the day.
Choose the right material
Reusable food containers come in several different materials including plastic, glass, silicone, and even stainless steel. The material you choose will depend on your budget, lifestyle, and bespoke needs.
Plastic reusable containers are arguably the most popular, although some people don’t like to use them. That said, they are safe to store and heat and are a budget-friendly option. Just make sure you choose ones that are BPA-free.
Glass reusable containers are sturdy and are available in a wide range of different sizes and shapes. However, it’s worth knowing that these tend to be more expensive than other types of food containers.
Stainless steel reusable containers are becoming increasingly widespread as people look for more lightweight options. They’re also unbreakable which makes them even more appealing. The only downside is that stainless steel can’t be put in the microwave so can’t be used to reheat meals.
Add some accessories
As well as reusable food containers, there are other reusable items that you can utilise when prepping food. For example, mason jars are great for storing sauces, dressings, and spice mixes. Stash bags are also becoming increasingly popular as a more eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags.