The Best Glass Food Storage Containers and Tupperware

Most people I know, myself included until a couple years ago, have a pretty sad amalgamation of plastic tupperware. The tops and bottoms are mismatched, the containers smell kinda funky (in fact, that whole drawer/cabinet you store them in smells kinda funky, amiright?), and you know deep in your soul that the chemical-leaching plastic they’re made of can’t possibly be good for you.
It’s time to switch to glass tupperware*. Here are the three best glass food containers on the market.

Glasslock 18-Piece Oven Safe Container Set ($39.99)

Best overall glass food storage.

Pg 13Glasslock_xGlasslock is handsdown my favorite glass food storage system. The lids lock into place with four easily snappable tabs, creating an airtight, leak-proof storage system for everything, including liquids like soups and sauces. Afraid you’re going to break yours? We’ve had ours for a couple years now and despite frequent bouts of clumsiness, I’ve never broken one (knock on wood). Glasslock is durable, dishwashable, and the best thing out there for storing all things leftovers and homemade lunches.

  • BPA-free lids
  • Leak-proof locking lids
  • Oven, microwave, dishwasher, and freezer-safe

Also available in a variety of other sets and sizes on Amazon.

Snapware 18-Piece Pyrex Glass Food Keeper Set ($55.95)

Similar to Glasslock, but with write-on lids.

snapwareSnapware is a lot like Glasslock, except it’s a bit more expensive. (In fact, I’m pretty sure Snapware and Glasslock are now one and the same company.) The Snapware set comes with a few notable gimmicks that you might like. First, like all Pyrex products, this one comes with a warranty. If your glass breaks due to oven heat or has a manufacturing defect, they’ll replace it within two years of purchase. Second, Snapware features “Write ‘n Erase Lids”, meaning there’s a special area on the lid where you can write directly on the lid and it’ll wipe right off. Third, Snapware lids fit on both the Pyrex glass containers and the Snapware plastic containers. I’m not a fan of plastic myself, but if you wanted to have both in your kitchen for some reason, your lids can work double time.

  • BPA-free lids
  • Leak-proof locking lids
  • Oven, microwave, dishwasher, and freezer-safe
  • Write ‘n Erase Lids

Ball Mason Jars, 32oz 12-Pack ($26.45)

The inexpensive glass food storage go-to.

Mason Jar FlatThe go-to amongst the Zero Waste community, Ball Mason Jars are the cheapest glass food storage out there. Their airtight screw top means no leaks, and they’re totally versatile. Ball Mason Jars are especially great for freezing leftover broth, soup, and spaghetti sauce and for storing longer-lasting foodstuffs– like nuts– in the fridge. It’s always handy to have a flat of these bad boys! Ball Mason Jars are not especially great for leftovers like meat or fish or anything that would be best to lay flat, but they’ll even work for that in a pinch.

Also available in 16oz and 64oz sizes.

 

There are plenty of other glass tupperware brands out there, but most of them do not offer the four-tab or screw top locking mechanism essential to air tight, leak-proof storage. That’s the key!

The extra bulk of glass is absolutely worth the peace of mind that comes from knowing your food isn’t sitting in chemical-leaching plastic for hours on end. So if your tupperware collection is as sad as mine was, recycle what you can, toss what you can’t, and stock up on glass!

 


 

*Confusingly, Tupperware is a brand of food storage container, just as Kleenex is a brand of facial tissue. The Tupperware brand doesn’t have much in the way of glass food storage, but whatever. I’m still going to call it glass tupperware, lowercase “t”, in this post.