Types of glass storage containers

Rose* By Rose*, 13th Oct 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A summary of the different types of glass container available in the market

Which container should I get?

There is a wide range of glass storage containers on the market to suit almost every need. Here are some of the types of containers on offer:

Back in the 1950's glass storage jars were primarily used to store dry foods such as tea, coffee, flour and sugar. If you want a retro look to your kitchen and pantry, you can still get these old-fashioned storage jars. Because glass tends to look good, you can keep these jars on display. So for instance, you can leave a glass cookie jar on the dining table to lend your home a warm and welcoming air. Some manufacturers of glass containers have updated their designs, so that you can get a super modern glass storage jar (often with stainless steel lids), that give you all the benefits of a glass jar but with a modern twist.

The next type of glass storage container is the kind used to store cooked food – either because you have cooked in bulk, or because you are storing leftovers. These containers are made from tougher glass, and can go into the freezer as well as the microwave. (Generally glass made from soda-lime can go into the microwave, an example being the Kinetic Glasslock containers).

You can now also get glass containers especially designed to store baby foods. Many mothers are switching to storing their baby food in glass instead of plastic due to the problem of BPA in plastic contaminating food. Some examples of glass baby food container manufacturers are Innobaby and Libbey.

Note that you should be able to store baby food in standard glass storage containers.

If the glass container is made from borosilicate glass, it can go in the oven as well (the addition of boron oxide prevents it from shattering in the oven due to thermal shock). Vintage Pyrex ware and Pyrex made in Europe is made from borosilicate glass, which means you can both oven cook in them and microwave in them (as well as store the container in the freezer).

Pyrex storage containers come in a large variety of shapes, sizes and sets. You can get small sets of just two or three containers with lids (and even buy individual containers) or you can buy sets of twelve, seventeen or even twenty pieces.

The most popular Pyrex sets are the Pyrex Bake Serve and Store sets. These are sets of glass containers that you can oven bake in, and then snap on a lid and store the food in the fridge or freezer, ready to be reheated in the microwave when you want to eat it.

Of the Bake Serve and Store sets, the most popular is the twelve piece set, which comes with four glass containers with four glass lids and four plastic lids. The glass lids allow you to cook casseroles in the oven (they are self-venting) and the plastic lids go on when you wish to freeze the food you’ve cooked. You can also get a smaller 6 piece set of two containers, two glass lids and two plastic lids.

The next most popular Pyrex set is the Pyrex Storage Plus 20 piece set. You get seven round bowls and three rectangular bowls, in a range of sizes, each with fitted plastic lids. You can oven bake in the bowls, but the main attraction of this set is the range of containers that you get. You should be able to store anything – sauces in the small containers, leftovers in the large containers. You should be able to cook and store several meals, as well as use the small containers as lunch-boxes. Buying a set like this works out much cheaper than buying individual containers. This set also makes the perfect house warming gift or gift for newly weds who have moved into their first home.


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author avatar Shaunak
15th Oct 2012 (#)

Welcome to wikinut and what a Great Start! First page is a Star Page. Great Job, Looking forward to reading more from you

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author avatar ghazala zafar
15th Oct 2012 (#)

Welcome on board Rose* with your debut S*T*A*R!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
27th Sep 2014 (#)

Rose, excellent article. I love glass containers. I use them during the winter months to store items in my pantry.

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