Best Freezer Food Storage Containers

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In previous articles, we’ve talked a lot about how to use your freezer to help make your (cooking) life a bit easier. Whether it’s making meals or storing food prep items, it’s all about having tools to get it done right and, surprisingly, the list is not as long as you might think! Here is my take on the top 5 items you’ll need to master the art of freezer storage.

                                  Gorse Aluminum Foil Pan & Lid Set

 

These containers make are great for grab ‘n’ go meals. The 5.5”x4.5”x1.9” size make them perfect for single-serving entrees. They stack nicely in the freezer and can go directly from the freezer to the oven.

 

 

Pros 

  • Single serving size
  • Freezer to oven
  • Stackable
  • Economical
  • Use in the air fryer for easy cleanup

Cons

  • The lid is not leakproof
  • Cannot use in microwave
  • Crushes more easily than plastic containers

Freshware Meal Prep Containers

 

These meal prep containers are great for hot or cold foods. They stack easily in the fridge, lunchbox or picnic container. Measured at 7.5” x 4.9” x 1.9”, these little gems make it easy to pack up some single portions sizes in advance!

They are also available in 2 compartment and bowl designs.

Pros                                                                       

  • Single serving size
  • Freezer to microwave
  • Reusable
  • BPA, PVC, and Phthalate FREE
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Economical

Cons

  • The lid is not leakproof
  • Cannot use in the oven
  • Lids tend to crack with repeated use
  • Lids can be difficult to attach/remove

Mr. Lid Half Cup Storage Containers

These are my new favorite thing! These high-quality containers are meant to hold up for the long haul. They are BPA free, reusable and recyclable. The best part? The lids are attached so there’s no more searching for lids and containers that match!

They also are available in salad and sandwich sizes.

Pros                                                                  

  1. Heavy-duty/long-lasting
  2. BPA free
  3. Reusable
  4. Recyclable
  5. Dishwasher safe
  6. Microwave safe
  7. Leakproof

Cons

  • More expensive than disposable containers
  • Uses more space to store empty containers
  • Cannot be used in the oven or on the stovetop

LocknLock Storage Containers

This classic features a hollow cylinder silicone and 4 side locking mechanism that locks in twice the sealing power to keep your items fresh. There are many sizes to choose from but this 16.2 cup size is my favorite. It fits nicely in my freezer and keeps things organized. I use it to hold things like individual rolls, hamburger patties and other items that would otherwise “roam” around the freezer creating chaos!

Pros

  • Fits well in the freezer
  • Leakproof
  • Airtight
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Microwave safe
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Stackable
  • Close side to side fit
  • BPA free

Cons

  • The lid may be difficult to snap on and off
  • Cannot be used in the oven or on the stovetop

  Ziplock Freezer Bags

When freezer space is at a premium, these bags come to the rescue! The pint-size is good for packaging serving sized portions of soups and stews, individual pieces of meat and single sandwich rolls. The gallon size is great for double bagging items to avoid freezer burn and help with the overall organization of your freezer. Although the slider bags have many uses, I only use the zipper bags for freezer storage.

Pros

  • Space-saving
  • Zipper style is leakproof
  • Economical
  • Dioxin and BPA free
  • Recyclable

Cons

  • May melt or rupture in microwave
  • Slider bags may leak and break easily

You’ve Got This

So this is it. This is all you’re going to need to get that freezer organized and ready to start working for YOU! I hope you’ve got your orders in and are raring to go. I know I am.

Do you have any freezer storage tips that are working for you? Let me know in the comment section below!

Cynthia

cynthia@cynthiaeats.com

 

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12 Replies to “Best Freezer Food Storage Containers”

  1. I love the Tupperware that locks! Also a really good bran that I love for rehearing (though it has drawbacks because they’re glass and heavy and breakable) is Anchor. Definitely check them out. They’re kind of nice for parties because it’s like classier glass bowls that double as Tupperware.

  2. Thank you so much for this post! I love to meal prep each week and storing things can be a bit tricky sometimes! These tips helped me out a ton for the next time I decide to prep my freezer meals. 🙂 Do you have any glass or eco options you recommend?

    1. I’m a big fan of Pyrex such as these but I don’t typically use them in the freezer. I have a small freezer and I feel that the thickness of the glass takes up precious real estate. I know that they DO work very well for that purpose and I love the quality so I would recommend Pyrex for those who were looking to use something other than plastic.

      I know that plastic is not a popular choice for many but if taken care of, the containers can last a long time. I always keep track of my containers, bring them home and clean them in a timely manner. In this way, I can typically keep them usable for several years before it’s become necessary to recycle.

      Thank you for your comments and I hope that I’ve been helpful in my response,

  3. Hey Cynthia. Very interesting article. I always have a tendency to cook too much, and to be fair I hate wasting any food. So I’m always looking for ways to preserve food, yet results are not always stunning. Looking forward to test some of your recommendations, LocknLock containers looks very promising.

    1. I hate to waste food as well, which is why I started to experiment with freezing leftovers.  The LocknLock are my favorites.  They’re heavy duty and hold up well to being opened and closed straight from the freezer.

  4. These storage tips are every useful , thank you!
    I recently have been blanching vegetables and freezing and found ziploc bags so effective and then I pack them in a large BPA free plastic container that stores quite a bit so by doing these preps I save on buying unnecessarily and wasting food.
    I am looking though for the best container to store soup , what would you advise ?

    thanks
    Janine

    1. I store soup in Ziplock bags as well. I fill them, squeeze as much air out as possible and lay them flat to freeze (not stacked). When they’re frozen, I stack them in a larger plastic container. I suggest sticking with the bags that you press together with your fingers as opposed to the slider bags, which have a tendancy to leak.

  5. Thank you for sharing your post about the best freezer food storage. I liked the cooking container which was non-sticky. Those are the best ones to work with. Me I use them too and have a really great experience of that product. I agree with all the cons which you had stated in your post. They are very valid for sure as I am seeing them for myself through my experience. 

    BPA and bioxin free products are very popular and also good ones.

    All the best!

  6. Thank you, Cynthia, for this informative article on best freezer food storage containers.  My favorite in your list are the freshware meal prep containers.  I like that they have two compartments and can go from freezer to microwave.  The only problem I would have is with the lids as they are not leakproof. Thank you for sharing.  By the way, I am really enjoying the information on your sight

    1. Thank you for your kind comments!  I love the Freshware containers for their econmical price and the fact that they’re stackable.  It’s unfortunate that they aren’t leakproof!

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