Why should you buy freezer containers?
One of the best ways to save time in the kitchen is to be able to pull home-cooked meals from your freezer for easy reheating. Freezer-friendly storage containers can make this convenience a whole lot easier. With better organization and greater convenience, you may find yourself enjoying every step of the meal prep or batch cooking process.
What should you consider when shopping for freezer containers?
- Lid System: While all freezer containers will have a tight-fitting lid to lock out moisture, some are made with hinges, and some have corner tabs for an easy grip.
- Container Size: Depending on what type of batch cooking or meal preparation interests you, you’ll want to pay attention to the size of the freezer containers. You can find larger containers, ones designed for meal portion sizing, and others sold in variety packs to fit just about any need.
- Care: Most freezer storage containers are safe to use in the microwave and dishwasher. But it’s important to pay attention to whether the lids can be used in the appliances and how durable the BPA-free plastic is. A thicker, more heavy-duty plastic will resist food odor and stains and will be easier to clean.
Is it safe to take your freezer container straight from the freezer to use in the microwave?
Thankfully, most containers are made of high-quality BPA-free plastic, which means the containers can be used in the microwave. While all of our picks are able to be used in the microwave, you should look into whether the lids are safe for the microwave. Many brands do not recommend the lids to be used in a microwave because of their thin build or other components used to make the lids lock with an air-tight seal.
Rubbermaid 10-Piece Brilliance Food Storage Containers with Lids
These containers are packed with freezer-friendly features that make them a no-brainer.
Pros: What’s not to love about these food storage containers? They are made of BPA-free material that resists food stains and odors and are safe to freeze and microwave. The air-tight lids and latches make these containers leakproof, so any tipping or falling won’t create a huge mess. These lids also have built-in vents for a splatter-free microwave experience. They are also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
Cons: They are a bit hard to open and are more expensive than other options.
Bottom Line: The high-quality plastic resists stains while it’s also easy to clean. Air-tight sealing lids and latches help preserve your foods while they’re in the freezer, and special venting within the lids helps keep your microwave clean during reheats. While these containers are more expensive than other varieties, they have a lot of features that make them worth the investment.
Arrow Home Products 1 Quart Freezer Food Storage Containers
Freezer- and microwave-friendly storage containers make batch cooking convenient.
Pros: These quart-size containers come in a pack of six and are perfect for batch cooking or meal preparation. They easily stack for storage in the freezer, and the tops can be labeled with a felt tip marker for keeping track of contents and dates. The lids close tightly but are still easy to open. The BPA-free plastic is durable for frequent use and resists stains from even the most stubborn sauces. Each container and lid is hand washable and dishwasher safe, so you can clean them how it’s most convenient for you.
Cons: Sealing the lid may take some getting used to, as it’s important to push down on the center.
Bottom Line: If you enjoy batch cooking or meal preparation, these quart-size storage containers can be a life-saver in your process to cook, store, label, and reheat your food. Even better, once you’re done with the container, washing them is easy whether you choose to hand wash or use the dishwasher. These durable containers seal tightly and resist stains from food.
Bentgo Prep 1-Compartment Meal-Prep Containers with Custom-Fit Lids
Meal preparation is a grab-and-go convenience with these food storage Bentgo containers.
Pros: If meal preparation has been something you’re interested in but never fully embraced, these Bentgo containers might be the extra push you need. Each container is marked on the inside to make portioning your food easy. The containers are made of BPA-free plastic and are safe for the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. They also nest together nicely, making them easy to stack. This set includes 10 containers and 10 lids, allowing you to prepare quite a few meals or snacks ahead of time.
Cons: These containers may be better suited for the refrigerator unless your food is wrapped or sealed before being put in this container for the freezer.
Bottom Line: These containers are perfect for preparing the right portion sizes to make batch cooking even more convenient. Instead of preparing large batches of food, you can pack each portion to be ready exactly when you need it at work or for an easy meal at home. The containers and lids stack neatly together to keep your refrigerator or freezer organized.
Chef's Path 32 Piece Food Storage Containers Set
Food preparation and freezer storage is versatile with this large pack that includes a variety of sizes.
Pros: Prepare and store just about anything from this large pack of durable, BPA-free storage containers that come in a variety of sizes. This pack of 16 containers and 16 lids comes in five different sizes, so you can prepare and pack away just about anything without wasting space with containers too big for your needs. No matter what sizes will be stored together, they can be stacked to save space. To help make meal preparation and batch cooking easy, this set comes with reusable labels and a marker. The lids create an air-tight and water-tight seal with a four-hinge locking system that is still easy to open. All components of this storage system are safe to use in the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher. The containers and lids are easy to clean and resist food stains and odors.
Cons: The lids are not meant to be in the microwave, so be sure to remove them before reheating.
Bottom Line: This storage container set can be a great solution for organizing your food, meal preparation, or batch cooking. The durable BPA-free plastic and air-tight sealing lid with hinges help keep your food fresh in the freezer. The reusable labels and chalkboard-style marker also come in handy for organization. You’ll find a reason to use these containers for just about any food you need to store, and thankfully, keeping them looking like new is easy. They wash well and are safe to use in the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher.
DuraHome Deli Containers with Lids
A classic option that performs well year after year, even with heavy use.
Pros: One look at these containers might make you nostalgic for a favorite to-go meal from childhood. These deli containers, while classic, are BPA-free and include much of the conveniences that you look for when meal prepping or batch cooking. The 40 containers are easy to stack for an organized freezer or refrigerator. You can store food safely in the freezer or refrigerator, then reheat the container in the microwave, and easily wash them in the top rack of your dishwasher.
Cons: The lids are not recommended to go in the microwave. These will not last as long as some other options, and certain foods may cause discoloration.
Bottom Line: This large variety pack is made of BPA-free plastic, and the tight-fitting lids are perfect for stacking. Even though they are convenient to use, they don’t hold up to as much frequent use, reheating, and dishwasher use as other options. While this pack includes 40 containers, it is more realistic that you’ll use part of the pack; then, when those are worn, you can replace the old ones with the new ones until you use all 40.
Whether you want to cook broth or soups in large quantities or pack away meals for the week ahead, these freezer containers will make it much easier to enjoy your home-cooked food.