This isn’t a one size fits all recommendation as everyone’s kitchen layout varies, but assuming these dimensions are all fairly standard, these tips can work for you too.
I researched containers across the web and stores here in Denver and concluded that Perfect Seal Containers (square and rectangle available) are the best storage option. Here is why:
- The lids are flat. Unlike the ever popular POP containers whose lids are not flat, these are completely flat and can be stacked securely. POP can stack, but it isn’t as tight of a fit (yes, OCD plays a role here :).
- The lids don’t take up space. I’ve found that the lids on most storage containers take up to 30% of the total volume (and weight) of the container. POP containers are a perfect example. 1/4 of each container is the lid alone. #wastedspace
- The “lip” on these is easy to clean. The rubber component of the lid comes off of the lid (both the lid and rubber seal can be washed in the dishwasher). Other containers have nooks/crannies/edges that are a nuisance to clean.
The final perk is the satisfaction of having such simply designed containers. They are precise and without frill. They do the job well.
P.S. These and the ubiquitous POP containers are equally as easy (or hard, depending on how you look at it) to clean with only half of the container being dishwasher safe.
We’ve adopted using cloth diapers as dish towels. They come in packs of 10 for $12. They are lint free. They can be bleached. They last forever. The idea of having matching dish towels is a dream to me and the only economical way to do this given the rate we go through them (we use them in lieu of paper towels), is to buy bulk diapers. Thank you, Amazon.
The best way to store and use these is to purchase two open top containers. and put them side by side on a shelf or in a drawer. One is for clean towels and the other is for dirty. You’ll never have to fold a dish towel again.
The easiest solution to storing food is these Pashk containers from Amazon. They all share the same size lid and are stackable regardless of size. Plus, they are technically disposable so no guilt if you toss them. (We wash and re-use ours. They last us about a year.)