13 Mar 5 Essential Storage Containers for Meal Prep
One of the first steps in getting set up with meal prepping is buying the right single serve storage containers. I like to switch up my containers throughout the week depending on the recipe. I like purchasing single compartment containers, but you may like to purchase one with compartments (it’s totally an individual preference!). Here’s my favorite 5 meal prepping containers, and what I look for when purchasing them.
What To Look For
A few attributes that I look for is that the storage containers take up as little space in my pantry as possible. I like stackable or foldable containers and try to see if I can try them out at the store or at a friends house so they are easy to handle as well. I also look for containers without Bisphenol A (BPA), an industrial chemical that can be found in plastics. Lastly, I need my containers to be leak proof — who needs the liquid part of their lunch to spill all over the place!
My Favorite 5 Meal Prep Containers
Love these glass mason jars for salads, smoothies, and yogurt parfaits. They come in all kinds of sizes, and also have a drinkable version for smoothies.
These glass, leak-proof, BPA free containers are great for portioning out lunches and dinners like my deconstructed chicken burritos. The glass is stain-resistant and microwave-, oven-, refrigerator-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe. As the name indicated, the top easily snaps the container shut.
These bento boxes are great for packing lunches because they are durable, versatile, and airtight. They even have a top lid that can hide utensils like chopsticks. The Original Bento is dishwasher, freezer, and microwave-safe (as long as you don’t exceed 500 watts); it’s also BPA-free and soft to the touch.
These storage containers have been around for years and still come out on top. Pyrex glass is safe in the dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, and oven. The glass is made in the USA and the lids are BPA-free. Be mindful, though, that the lids don’t lock, so there is a risk of spilling. I bought my Pyrex set when I was in my 20’s and I still have them today, over 20 years later and use them for everything from cooking to storage!
These inexpensive, BPA-free food storage containers are made from hard plastic and come with a variety of colorful covers. They are freezer and dishwasher safe. These are great if you like to separate your meal parts (like the grains, protein, and veggies). They’re also perfect for packing lunches for the kids!