Last Updated on July 9, 2023
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A few years ago, I began to transition from storing leftovers and various foods in plastic containers to storing them in glass containers. There are a lot of reasons to like glass containers when it comes to food storage. Unlike plastic, glass does not have the potential to leach hormone-disrupting chemicals into your food. You can safely reheat leftovers in glass containers in the microwave, and glass is dishwasher safe. Glass also doesn’t stain or absorb food odors the way plastic containers do. In addition, glass is recyclable and much more environmentally friendly compared to plastic.
Perhaps the only real downside to glass containers is that they aren’t as lightweight or as durable as plastic. You’re probably not packing your kids’ lunchboxes with glass containers.
So I still use plastic for some specific things such as in lunchboxes or when we’re camping or going on a picnic, and Aldi does occasionally sell plastic meal prep containers. For daily home kitchen use, though, I use glass as much as possible. I have six circular Anchor Hocking glass containers in varying sizes with plastic lids to match, and these are my go-to containers for storing cooked veggies, soups, grilled meats, and other leftovers. I also use them to store salad kits I’ve mixed up, or fresh cut fruit, veggies, or cheese cubes.
There are some days when my six glass containers aren’t enough to hold everything, so I’ve been looking to add to my glass container collection, and maybe in the process purge some of my older plastic containers.
Aldi recently sold some glass meal prep containers that looked to be just the right size for storing leftovers, cut produce, cheese cubes, and other foods. They’re also just the right size for packing lunches to take to work, or for portioning out meals for the week. These containers have a lot of different uses, and because they’re rectangular, they fit more efficiently in a crowded refrigerator or freezer compared to circular containers. I purchased two sets — a total of eight containers and eight lids — to try out.
Crofton Glass Meal Prep Containers cost $12.99 at the time of publication for a package of four glass containers and four lids. That comes out to about $3.25 per container with lid. That’s less than most glass meal prep containers go for on Amazon. These Aldi containers come with several different color choices for lids. I purchased one set with dark blue lids and one set with light green or olive lids.
These are an Aldi Find, so they’re only in stores for a short time. Each store gets just one shipment, and once that sells out, they’re gone unless Aldi decides to bring them back at some point. Aldi does not offer online ordering for products that aren’t in stock at your local store.
Here’s more information on the meal prep containers:
- Eight-piece set includes four containers and four lids
- Glass is heat resistant up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
- Capacity: 3 cups (708 ml)
- Dishwasher safe
- Freezer safe
- Microwave safe (glass only, not the plastic lids)
- BPA free
- Made in China
The sticker label offers some care and user instructions:
- Wash before first use.
- When filling with food to freeze, only fill the glass container to 80% capacity as food and liquids may expand when freezing.
- Always remove the lid before placing the glass bowl in a microwave.
- Top rack dishwasher safe. (I prefer to put as little plastic in my dishwasher as possible, so I hand wash these plastic lids to help them last longer.)
- Always allow glass container to cool down completely before cleaning, and prevent any sudden changes in temperature.
These glass containers fit well in my dishwasher and are easy to clean. These work for holding a variety of leftovers and other foods, and I like how they efficiently stack in my fridge and help to save space.
The one downside is that the lids fasten on securely, and they can be very hard to pull off sometimes. That’s a potential plus if you’re transporting these to work and don’t want the contents to leak. If you have arthritis, weak hands, or often have trouble opening jars and lids, this is not the food storage set for you. My family often has a little trouble opening these, and sometimes we have to use so much force to open the lids that I worry the contents will spill. I may keep an eye out for different glass containers that have lids that are easier to use.
Crofton Glass Meal Prep Containers are sold in a set of four glass containers and four lids. They’re BPA free, dishwasher safe and freezer safe, and the glass (not the lids) is microwave safe. If you want to reduce your use of plastic food storage containers, these are a good option whether you want to store meals for the week, food for work lunches, or leftovers at home. The only drawback is that the lids are not always the easiest to remove. This set works for us for now, but I’m going to shop around for containers with lids that aren’t so hard to get off.