I was excited to receive this Mira Stainless Steel Container Set to try out and review because I’m always looking for safer ways to store leftovers for lunches the next day. Stainless steel and glass won’t leach chemicals into foods, unlike plastic storage containers, but glass can break, which can limit it’s usefulness when you have kids. These unlined containers are free of BPA, phthalates, PVC and lead.
The three bowls nest for storage and are convenient sizes for lunch-size portions. The stainless steel is virtually indestructible when tossed into school lunchboxes, and the cheerful lid colors make it easy to identify which one goes with which bowl.
It was fun packing these dinner leftovers into separate bowls for storage and transport, and then combining the ingredients together at lunchtime for a deliciously fresh salad. I find that mixing a salad together at the last minute usually keeps the lettuce crisper than when storing salads already combined together. I know that had I added the sautéed onions and peppers to the lettuce when I packed it the night before, I would have found myself with a soggy salad the next day.
Cleaning these containers is easy: I ran the bowls and non-toxic plastic lids (LDPE number 4 plastic) through the dishwasher on the top rack with no problems.
My only complaint was that sometimes I struggled with getting the plastic lids on and off. However, I often have difficulties in removing lids from jars, opening bottles, etc., and I have an array of opening aids for this purpose. I was able to open and close each bowl every time I tried, but sometimes it took some effort because the plastic lids are so rigid. I had the best luck when I placed the bowl on a counter to open or close the lid. This problem won’t stop me from continuing to use the bowls simply because they are so handy.
If you had these food storage bowls, what would you store in them? Let me know in the comments below, and one lucky winner will receive a free set directly from the company! This giveaway will end on April 18, 2013.
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I like your idea for cleaning stainless steel food storage, makes me want to buy it for my sister 🙂
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I am using plastic storage containers that will be 25 years old this summer. I must confess that I have also used plastic carry out containers from the grocery store. The items I store frequently include vegetables and soft cereals for my Mother who is now 89 years old, has a tiny appetite, and requires daily care! If I win these storage containers, I would be thrilled and will happily make good use of them!
Still using plastic for storage containers. It would be great to start replacing them with stainless steel.
I have been using glass, but I’d use these to send my husband’s lunch to work. He’s in the Navy and working on a ship right now. I’m always afraid that he’ll break my expensive glass containers.
I’m getting completely away from plastics and going to glass/pyrex/metal w/ plastic lids. This giveaway is a fantastic idea!
I am also getting rid of my plastic storage containers. The best I have is my ceramic bowls with plastic wrap. Not ideal for anything but i am limiting the contact of my food with plastic
Along with the glass water bottle I take to work I usually have glass lunch containers – salad, dressing, veggies & protein, sometimes cut up fruit, small amount nut butter…..gets very heavy!
Everything I could. I am trying to get rid of our plastic and finding substitutes in the right sizes is difficult. But the biggest help would be with for my 95 year old mother who eats only small amounts. We make food just for her but give her only a small amount of it and have to store the rest. And then there are the times when we have just a little left over from our meal that could be used for her but no non plastic containers small enough. So we end up throwing it out. That small one looks ideal for that.