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4 Must-Have Containers for Your Kitchen

Love to cook? Here are must-haves that will complete your kitchen

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In every kitchen, having the right containers is essential for storing and keeping food. Stocking your kitchen or pantry with these containers will help preserve the food’s taste and shelf life.

Choose the right containers with the help of these tips.

Photo from domainehome.com.

Keep these things in mind:

Ceramics

Ceramic dishes are durable and can withstand warping or cracking. Small dishes can be used for storing your condiments such as salt and pepper. Make sure you choose the right pieces as there are some ceramic dishes with unsafe glazes that might affect the quality of food. Avoid storing acidic food such as orange juice or tomato paste in it as it might cause the development of lead in your container.

Plastic

Plastic containers are convenient for storing leftovers because it is budget-friendly. Watch out for materials like Polyethylene Terephthalate (usually found in plastic water bottles) because they are only meant for one time use. Avoid reheating and refilling these thin plastic containers because it has harmful substances that are cancerous.

RL Tip: Check the bottom of the plastic containers and check if it is reusable. Numbers coded with 2, 4 and 5 (High-density Polyethylene, low-density Polyethylene, and Polypropylene respectively) are safe for reuse.

Metal

Metal containers are excellent storage pieces because they are lightweight and durable. It is also known to help keep the food’s flavors intact. Dry flavorings such as flour, sugar, and spices are best stored in metal pieces.

RL Tip: For your kids' baon, try using steel containers with rubber cushions as it is durable and easy to carry.

Glass

Glass is often preferred when storing goods in the pantry because it's eco-friendly compared to plastic. Glass containers filled with cookies and crackers add a charming touch to the kitchen or pantry. You may also consider using mason jars. However, if you have toddlers at home, you might want to opt for a more durable material as glass pieces are fragile.

 Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

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