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How to Upgrade Your Food Storage Containers

Whether you're hosting guests for holiday meals and parties, planning more food prep as the holidays approach, or are simply ready to stop doing battle with dozens of mismatched plastic tubs and lids, now is the ideal time to upgrade and reorganize your food storage containers. This might seem like a fluffy project in the face of everything else clamoring for your attention over the next few weeks, but it's a relatively low-effort endeavor will save you time, annoyance, and quite possibly spoiled food.

Here are two common types of food storage containers, and how to update them.

Storage Containers for Leftovers
If you have a drawer, cabinet, or shelf overflowing with excess plastic storage containers, you're in good company. Ditto if several of those containers don't have matching lids--or if you have a whole mess of lids without containers--and if any of them are semi-melted from one too many times in the microwave, stained with tomato sauce, or just plain tired.

Upgrades

Storage Containers for Dry Goods and Pantry Staples
In working on kitchen organizing projects with clients, I come across a lot of preventable messes (like bags of flour that leave piles of white in cabinets) and a LOT of food that gets wasted because it's forgotten about in the depths of the pantry or because it goes bad before it's eaten, like bags of pretzels that go stale because they're not re-closed tightly. While I think transferring every last bit of dry food to its own storage container is overkill, I do think choosing a few reliable containers for pantry staples, perishable snacks, and mess-prone supplies is a good way to go.

Upgrades

Take some time this week to weed out your old, tired, ineffective food storage containers and replace them with some new models to get your kitchen and pantry in shape for the holidays ahead.

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