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I absolutely love using my cast-iron braiser and Dutch oven to make large meals — especially after moving in with my girlfriend and starting to cook for two — and one of the best parts about the large-format cooking that I like to do is that I’m left with plenty of leftovers. Now, I used to just use takeout containers as makeshift Tupperware, but my girlfriend has me on the straight and narrow (aka, off my former Uber Eats diet), so I recently found myself with lots of leftovers, but no plastic Thai food containers to put them in.
My first thought was to snag some generic plastic food storage containers, but I’ve been down that road before, and either I’m incapable of washing dishes correctly [my mother has entered the chat] or it’s just really tough to get all of the grease and stains out of the plastic — especially since my apartment doesn’t have a dishwasher. That’s why I was so psyched when I found out that editor- and fan-favorite cookware brand Caraway launched an all-new food storage system in time for all those fall stews and braises. Meet the Food Storage Set.
The set includes 14 pieces of what might be the most elegant and effective approach to storing food for the home cook to date. With three sizes of easy-to-store, non-toxic, ceramic-coated glass containers — as well as container inserts for effortless meal prep and easy organization — these gorgeous storage solutions are the cure to your Tupperware woes. Plus, the Food Storage Set’s coating is free of PFOA, PTFE, other PFAs, BPA, BPS, lead, cadmium, and toxic metals. And, while you used to only be able to purchase the pieces as a bundle, Caraway now offers them individually as the Large, Medium, and Small Containers, along with the Dot & Dash Inserts.
My favorite part about the set are the included organizers. They’re kind of like bookends, and keep your containers upright and squared away in your cabinet — a far cry from my previous junk drawer full of errant lids and cabinet full of mismatched plastic tubs that I had acquired throughout the years. It really brings a unique aesthetic and level of organization and adulthood I’ve yet to experience. On top of that, your Tupperware is something that I think is often overlooked when it comes to kitchen aesthetics, so it’s refreshing to see one of the top kitchen goods brands on the market putting some well-deserved effort into the category.
My girlfriend loves them too — she’s able to take these into work for lunch, since the insertable Dot & Dash inserts are perfect for packing salads — the dressing can go in one, the croutons and cheese in another, and the greens in the larger compartment. And, since it all gets secured with the included straps, she doesn’t have to worry about any leakage or spills from what’s essentially a chic bento box during her commute.
If you’re not sold on these, I don’t know what to tell you — other than that you’d better act fast, since Caraway has been known to sell out. Oh, and did I mention that the set is on sale right now?