Our Favorite Containers Are Meal Prep Heroes *and* 30% Off Right Now

updated Jan 13, 2021
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For someone who really enjoys the process of meal prep and identifies as a proud leftover-lover, my fridge is hardly Pinterest-worthy. Sure, I can always find what I need, but it’s stored in an array of mismatched containers — some plastic, some glass, and yes, even a few from my favorite Italian takeout spot (anyone else with me here?). And despite the fact that I’ve written about storage containers more than a few times, high-quality sets aren’t exactly cheap, so I’ve never felt the urge to invest in them. That is until I spotted these Rubbermaid Brilliance containers on Amazon for 30 percent off! A seriously good deal when you consider they’re a favorite with several Kitchn editors and even made it to our Kitchn Essentials list.

There are a few big reasons these containers are special. First, as the name suggests, they have the look of glass but are made from lightweight, BPA-free Tritan plastic. This crystal-clear material is shatterproof, won’t absorb odors or flavors, and resists getting cloudy like some other plastic containers. They hold up well, whether you’re using them in the fridge, freezer, microwave, or need to toss them into the dishwasher.

The set is also incredibly versatile and includes one 3.2-cup container and two smaller 1.3-cup containers that can be used alone or transformed into compartments using several included accessories. Three clear food trays and a divider can be used in various combinations to separate ingredients or meal components, so there’s no intermingling of flavors. This genius system is also great for prepping meals for cooking later, like storing chopped veggies in the large container with an accompanying stir fry sauce in the tray. Little details like these can go a long way in making mealtime that much more efficient. 

But, according to Associate Editor Kelli, what really sets these containers apart is the locking lids. “I never realized how much I questioned the lids on most storage containers until I got a few Rubbermaid Brilliance containers,” she notes. They’re truly leak-proof, so you won’t have to worry about spills or messes in your fridge and the air-tight seal also helps keep foods fresher for a lot longer. Several Kitchn staffers also noted that the lids come with built-in vents below the locking clamps, so you can pop them open to let steam escape when microwaving the contents or storing foods that need a little air to stay fresh, like berries.

Once you’ve got your meals or ingredients prepped, the Rubbermaid Brilliance containers stack neatly, so you can achieve the refrigerator or freezer of your Pinterest dreams. I think I’m finally ready to invest in a set…or two!