The snow is finally melting this week, but it's always soup season for me. I work at home, so I love spending weekends cooking up all kinds of healthful soups and freezing them, so I can microwave one quickly while in the middle of a project.
I'm aiming to do have one of those very soup marathons this weekend, and it brings up the classic cook ahead questions: once everything has simmered down so wonderfully, in what do you store all of it?
I know there's been a revolution in the mid-line "okay if you lose" grocery store food storage containers like those from Ziploc and Glad, but they don't work for me for long term storage. They're not airtight, don't microwave or machine wash well, and I find the sizes to work okay for leftovers portions, but not for freezer storage.
I snagged some of the Rubbermaid Premier line a year or so ago, and I think its awesome. They're pricey, but they're super secure, don't stain, and pretty indestructable. I don't seem to have a problem with losing them, and the storage/lid finding is great.
The problem is, I can't find them in stores anymore. They seem to have been replaced by these weird ones with red lids and these awful squiggles on the side.
So, when those are full, I've been resorting to these very inexpensive "Stor-Keeper" containers from the discount store, and while they melt in the microwave and dishwasher and hold onto stains and odors, they seal well and are easy enough to store.
So, tell us! What are your favorites? How do you contain the varieties of sizes? The lids? Any clever storage or labeling solutions?
Post your thoughts in the comments below!