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Cheap storage containers with airtight designs may have an upper hand in food storage.

Cheap Storage Containers With Airtight Designs: Are They Worth It For Meal Preppers?

If you’re looking to get your fridge, pantry, or cupboard more organised, there’s a likely chance that grabbing cheap storage containers with clip locks or an airtight design may have crossed your mind.

While there are quite a lot of storage options in the market, several factors suggest that these containers may prove superior when compared to other choices.

In this article, we’ll tackle the benefits of an airtight storage container for a task such as meal prepping, and why you might want to pick one up the next time you’re out shopping or browsing a discount variety store like Cortella.


Keeps Food Fresher and Safer For Longer

While it’s clear that people primarily use airtight containers to keep food and ingredients fresher for longer, we want to emphasise this benefit and expand upon them further.

Airtight containers work their magic by helping keep air, bacteria, and moisture from ever coming into contact with the food/ingredient until they're ready to use. They work best for storing ingredients notorious for attracting moisture (salt, flour, sugar), as they can clump them up into little balls.

If you're meal prepping, we recommend transferring cooked food to airtight containers immediately after cooling, so as to keep the flavour from changing with bacterial metabolisation as much as possible.

This helps your food preserve its freshness, and slow down from spoilage. This is because food with oils and fats can turn rancid when they undergo oxidation, which alters the original taste, smell, texture, and nutritional quality of the food.

Additionally, storing food helps tackle social issues, such as the nation’s growing food waste problem. For further context, Australia produces 7.6 million tonnes of food waste each year, with an estimated 70% of its bulk being perfectly edible.

Since airtight containers can store vast amounts of food and can be reused multiple times, they offer a sustainable solution that reduces unnecessary spending on wasteful packaging, and may pave the way for a ‘healthier’ way of living.


Cost-Effective Features

Airtight containers are incredibly worth it for the value they bring you.

For one, plastic containers are significantly cheaper than their metal or glass counterparts. For example, a 4-litre plastic container will cost less than $10 (according to our most expensive container), while a glass container will cost two to three times more for the same function.

Moreover, the recyclable nature of food storage containers allows you to reuse them over and over again until they show signs of chips, cracks, or visible wear and tear.

These can be particularly handy if you’re focused on maximising cost-effectiveness. For example, if you’re someone who has little time to spare cooking and is interested in meal prepping, airtight containers are a way to keep food fresh longer while maintaining affordability. 

This allows you to save money and possibly avoid spending hundreds of dollars on things such as eating out or takeout.


Incredibly Convenient

Airtight food containers are very convenient as they come in different shapes, sizes, and colours that will make a laborious task such as meal prepping easier.

For one, there are plenty of stackable cheap storage containers that make organising your pantry, fridge, and cupboard a breeze. Since they’re also airtight, you can safely store liquids or soft food like mashed potatoes without any worries of leakage.


Shop Cheap Storage Containers At Cortella!

These are just a few of the many benefits an airtight storage container may offer in terms of meal-prepping, but its utility extends to other areas as well, such as home and office storage.

If you’re on the lookout for a cheap, yet durable storage container, we recommend browsing our curated collection for inspiration. 

If you found a container you like and would love to know more details about, contact us today, or stop by our Yarra Valley location for a proper browse!

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