What comes to mind when you think of Tesla's electric cars? Sleek, stylish, engineered down to the last detail? The Evak jars from Prepara are everything you expect out of a very expensive electric car — well, if that car was a storage jar. It's a bit of a stretch, I know, but hear me out.
These jars are designed with a clever and perfectly-engineered lid with a unique feature: a valve in the lid forces air out as you push the lid down, creating a near-vacuum in the jar. The bottom of the lid is made of stainless steel, and the jars are made of borosilicate glass, so no plastic comes into contact with your food.
The design is beautiful; there's no friction as you push the lid down; the handle feels very nice in the hand; the glass is heavy and handsome. Basically, they're a delight to handle and to use. (Kind of like a Model S, or so I've heard.)
Ed Kilduff, the Design Director at Prepara, told me that he's worked for years on the Evak jars, tweaking and perfecting. They promptly won a Red Dot design award after their release, and when I saw them at Housewares last year I loved both the look and the features.
When Prepara sent me a couple to try out they were hardly out of the box before my engineer husband started to toy with them, and before I knew it he had claimed one as his own for the coffee beans.
The only drawback to these canisters is the price. I probably wouldn't use them for every grain, seed, and nut in my pantry, but for foods where staying airtight really matters — like very perishable grains, or coffee beans — it's a worthwhile investment.
Some fine, cutting-edge engineering, lovely design, and healthy materials — and they certainly cost less than an electric car. What more could you ask for from your food storage?