The Very Best Food Storage Solutions Every Home Cook Needs for 2022

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Earlier this month, we launched our guide to the ultimate list of kitchen tools and cookware for 2022; it’s called Kitchn Essentials and you can browse the whole thing here!

Of the eight categories on our list, food storage might just be the most important one. Surprising, we know. But think about it. If you’re meal prepping, you’ve got to store your dishes somewhere. Leftovers need to be boxed up. And you don’t want that halved avocado to go to waste, do you?

With that, here are our picks for our favorite food storage containers and tools to help you store food, avoid waste, and stay organized.

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Best Glass Containers

We loved the Rubbermaid Brilliance containers as soon as they came out, but we love them even more now that they're available in glass. These containers are leak-proof; dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe; and BPA-free. The lids are still plastic — and that cuts down on total weight, so you don't feel like you're lugging a 10-pound dumbbell to work.

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Best Plastic Containers

Known as deli containers, these sorts of vessels are a staple in basically every professional kitchen out there. Chefs and home cooks alike love these ridiculously affordable, incredibly durable containers, which can go in the fridge, freezer, and dishwasher. This set, with more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, comes with 44 containers (and universal lids), so you’ll be fully stocked.

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Best Dry Goods Containers

If you are going to decant your baking ingredients, this thoughtful set of containers is the one to get. "Each container has just the function you need for the ingredients inside — like a terra-cotta disk to keep your brown sugar soft, a level to use when measuring out flour, or a dusting screen to shake out powdered sugar," says Production Editor Tracey Gertler.

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Best Nesting Bowls
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You can't find prettier storage containers than these nesting bowls, which come in a wide range of colors, have tight-fitting lids, and are safe for the microwave and the freezer. Their clear lids mean you can see what's inside (in case you forget to label them) and they're smart enough to use for serving.

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Best Silicone Bags
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So you want to make the switch to reusable food storage bags? Good for you! This starter set is the way to go and there's one big reason why: These bags stand up on their own, making them so much easier to fill, whether you're pouring pretzels or pasta sauce. They're also dishwasher-, microwave-, and freezer-safe — and super-easy to clean, thanks to their corner-free shape.

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Best Reusable Food Wraps

"I was a little skeptical about how well these wraps would cling and how disciplined I'd be about washing them, but I've been pleasantly surprised on both counts," says Executive Editor, Adriana Velez. "These form over containers reasonably well and clean easily with medium-warm water. I feel better about putting less plastic wrap out into the world."

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Best Food Savers

Food Huggers exist for those of us who are never quite sure what to do with those unused halves of onions, lemons, and tomatoes. They're silicone and simply stretch over the end of your leftover produce to create a tight seal.

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Best Vacuum Sealer

Attention, meal preppers and leftover-lovers! Say hello to this vacuum sealer set, which includes two glass containers, two small- and two medium-size bags, and a vacuum sealer. It sucks the air out of packaging and helps keep your food fresh up to fives times longer. You can use it to store roasted veggies in the fridge, chicken breasts in the freezer, and, well, you get the point.

How many of these Essentials do you have? Tell us in the comments below!