If your family is anything like mine, you probably have about a million plastic bowls and loose covers in a kitchen cabinet. The cabinet is an avalanche waiting to happen — a leaning tower of plastic. The issue is that we’re not big fans of plastic bowls in general since I’m pretty sure most of them contain BPA — a toxin we could all stand to avoid. We’d much rather use glass storage, but we only had a couple of large Pyrex casserole dishes that we use for baking. So when Walmart offered to send me the new Snapware storage system for review, I jumped at the chance to increase our ratio of glass storage containers. The fact that it is made in the USA was icing on the cake.
These are also from Pyrex, but each container has an air-tight and leak-proof, four-latch plastic lid. So technically we haven’t gotten away from plastic completely, but I’m not sure what else you’d use to create an airtight cover, so I really can’t complain. They also come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes for storing all types of things.
We used the containers a few nights ago for dinner, when we made nachos. My daughter and I cut up and prepared all the fixins — shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and grated cheese — and put each one in a Snapware container in the refrigerator until we were ready to serve. Serving in them was as simple as removing the cover and putting them on the table. And when we had some leftover toppings, we just recovered them and put them back in the fridge.
We also served dessert — chocolate chunk-laced brownies — in a Snapware container. They’d been in the airtight container for a few days, and they were still perfectly moist and fresh — all the confirmation I needed that dishes are, in fact, as great as I initially thought.
I love the idea that Snapware pieces are nice enough to use for serving, but hardy and practical enough to also be dishwasher-, microwave- and oven-safe (minus the plastic covers for the latter option). We’ve already used them for everything from storing diced onions and peppers to half a huge omelet my husband made for breakfast one morning and couldn’t finish. Knowing we can pop them in the oven instead of the microwave without having to switch to another dish has been a Godsend and has allowed us to cut back on used dishes and aluminum foil.
I do want to find out if they come in larger sizes, because most of the dishes are on the smaller side. Being able to bake a full brownie recipe or my “famous” baked ziti in a Snapware dish would allow us to replace nearly every single storage and baking dish in our kitchen. We’ve already sent a bunch of the old plastic ones to recycling heaven because of Snapware, and I’d love to get rid of the rest.
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.