Decided to give a try for 2019? Great! After you've mastered the basics on how to meal prep and have stocked up on the actual ingredients to make your meals, you'll need to get some containers in which to store all that delicious food. After all, it does us no good to have so much great food on hand if we can't store it.
Choosing your containers can be overwhelming though, since there's roughly nine billion food storage options out there. But it doesn't have to be a major production. (You got into meal prepping to make life easier, right?!) When it comes to containers, you have two main objectives: Number one, pick glass — plastic containers may leach harmful chemicals like BPA into your food. And number two? Aim for versatility. Having a bunch of different-sized containers makes it easy to store large and small batches without eating up extra space in your fridge.
Here are some of my favorite picks that fit the bill.
At 28 ounces, these containers are big enough to hold full-batch meals or large amounts of individual components for mi and matching (like a sheet pan of roasted veggies or chicken thighs). The latch-on lids are air- and water-tight to promote freshness and minimize messy spillage. As an added bonus, they're heatproof up to 400°, making it easy to reheat things like lasagna or casseroles in the oven.
Want a little more versatility? I find it helpful to have containers in multiple shapes and sizes, and this set fits the bill. The snap-on lids keep food fresh and secure, and the vessels themselves are ovenproof up to 450°.
Prefer packing up your meals in individual portions? These two-cup containers are just the right size. Stack 'em in the fridge or freezer and grab what you need before you head out the door in the morning. The sealed lids mean your food won't spill or leak.
Glass jars are perfect for storing everything from sauces to dressings to soups. You can use them as to-go containers for salads and smoothies, too. This set has a bunch of different sizes (from 4-ounce to 12-ounce), making it easy to pack up a little or a lot.
If you like meals with multiple components, these glass to-go containers are for you. Each one has three compartments, so you can pack a main dish and sides in one easy-to-tote vessel.
These are my one exception to the glass-over-plastic rule. Large, zip-top bags can be a lifesaver when fridge or freezer space is running short. Unlike bulkier glass containers, these storage bags lay flat — so they'll take up less room. Just be sure to let food cool before packing it up, to help prevent the plastic from leaching. Avoid reheating food in plastic bags, too.