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10 Best Containers, Bowls and Kitchen Utensils for Meal Prep

Because who can afford to eat out every night? this economy?

Even if you watch the news only by chance, you know that we are, in a way, probably, in a recession. Shit, even if you never watching the news, you noticed that prices have skyrocketed due to record high inflation. A quick run to the grocery store for bacon and eggs these days can be anxiety-inducing, so going out to eat just got a whole lot harder. As restaurants reluctantly raise menu prices to offset inflation, customers (who are also paying more for groceries, gas, rent and various consumer goods) are staying home. And let’s not even talk about how quickly a few UberEats orders can add up.

Not only are many of us cutting back on impromptu dining out and take-out sessions, but many are also investing more time in elaborate and in-depth meal prep sessions. It’s smart to think ahead, because we all know how it goes: when we procrastinate by making a big lunch ahead of time, it suddenly becomes so much more likely that we’ll end up using a mid-afternoon break. -noon to run straight to our favorite cafe, bakery or drive. And spending $20 on a limp, sweaty sandwich feels good in the moment, but we definitely feel the burn later.

With frugality in mind, we’ve selected our favorite products that make meal prep easier and – dare we say – fun. Because the prospect of cooking in a cluttered kitchen can be quite demoralizing, we’ve focused on the best cookware, bakeware, and food storage sets to keep you organized. As a bonus, these items are as Instagrammable as they are functional. If you’ve always envied your co-workers and friends who make lovely lunches, you can take this opportunity to embark on your own aesthetic journey. And if this list inspires an organizational boost, we’ve also scoured the internet to find the best food storage options and multi-purpose cookware to help you save counter and fridge space.

Best containers, bowls and more for meal prep

Stasher Standing Threesome

These reusable, microwave-ready, dishwasher-safe silicone bags are adorable. Not only do they reduce plastic waste by eliminating an endless need for disposable bags, but they’re also designed to stand up. That way, if you’re hungry when you have a billion things to do, you can put one of these bad boys on your desk and snack easily while you work.

Buy here: $66

Porter BYO Lunch Set

A rigid, rectangular Bento-inspired lunch box comes with a silverware set that includes a fork and spoon in a silicone sleeve.

Remember how exciting lunch boxes were when you were a kid? If you normally toss your lunch in a grocery bag or an old tote, maybe it’s time to recapture some of that childhood fun by treating yourself to a lunch container that’s truly appealing. This lunch box is bento-inspired, so it includes a single bowl with an optional divider tray if you want to keep your food on separate tiers. It also comes with utensils packed in their own little silicone carrying case. How picturesque!

Buy here: $35

Anyday Microwave Cookware Set

A set of six microwave-safe clear glass bowls with plastic and metal lids are stacked on top of each other.

If you’re still stuck on the idea that microwaves are only good for reheating frozen dinners and leftover pizza, we think this kitchen utensil set will revolutionize the way you cook. These stylish containers are completely microwave safe – yes, even the metal lids (the metal is smooth and curved, so it’s perfectly safe). The containers are designed to lock in moisture while venting excess steam, so you can actually cook a variety of dishes from scratch. And kitchen utensils also serve as food storage, so after eating, you can just throw the containers in the fridge.

Buy here: $150

Square glass food storage for public goods

Four transparent containers for food storage are stacked on top of each other.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of ​​food storage containers that can be tossed into that microwave, this set of public goods may do you better: each of those containers is also oven safe. If you’re cooking above 300 degrees, you’ll need to remove the lid, but the containers themselves can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees. Once you’re done eating, you can put these containers in the fridge, freezer or dishwasher. So cleaning will definitely be a breeze.

Buy here: $35

Set of 10 Ball Mason Jars

A set of 12 clear glass mason jars with metal lids sits in a flat cardboard box.

You know them, you love them and some of you can’t live without them: the classic mason jar, practical, durable and infinitely versatile. They hold a special place in our hearts for their ability to store dry goods, wet leftovers, and liquids of all kinds, while giving off an effortless farmhouse chic vibe. If you haven’t experimented with mason jars, this wallet-friendly set is a great place to start. Oh, and if you need some extra glassware, sipping one of these is very satisfying, for some reason.

Buy here: $11

Our place Pot parfait

A ceramic Dutch oven, lid, wooden spoon, and metal colander sit together.

This beautiful Dutch oven does it all: it can boil, crisp, bake, braise, roast, steam, strain, pour, serve and store. And with a 5.5 quart capacity, you can make serious batches for the week ahead. Made of non-stick ceramic, this pot can be cleaned with a few thorough scrubs. And did we mention that with over 3000 reviews, this jar still has five stars? A glowing recommendation says “it’s fast, light and beautiful enough to put on the table! It’s my favorite for steaming, pasta, soup, and even sauce prepared without browning.

Buy here: $165

Caraway Bakeware Set

A set of metal bakeware is stacked on a metal shelf.

Of course, meal prep isn’t just about steaming and simmering. However, many of us have a cupboard or shelf cluttered with mismatched and bulky cookware. If you’ve been avoiding your messy pans and pans, this set might help you fall in love with homemade muffins, scones, cookies and baking sheets all over again. It comes with two baking sheets, a muffin tin, a rectangular pan, and most importantly, cabinet organizers. And this set also eliminates baked goods that stick to your baking sheets. A critic exclaims: “I have never had cookware where I didn’t have to coat with some kind of nonstick, and even then the food would stick. Everything slips out of these! More scratching.

Buy here: $245

Instant Pot Duo

A metal Instant Pot with black accents and a lighted display sits in front of a white background.

We really can’t get enough of the Instant Pot. This versatile device offers nine different uses. It is a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a yogurt maker, a steamer, a sauté pan, a yogurt maker, a sterilizer and a food warmers. If you’re in a hurry, the pressure cooker function will prepare your favorite dishes “up to 70% faster than traditional cooking methods”. On the other hand, if you want that intimate, luxurious feel of letting something slowly cook on the counter for hours, that’s also an option.

Buy here: $90

ReBoard Kitchen Material

A yellow-orange cutting board with a hole (for hanging if needed) in the corner is shown flat.

If you’re still using an old, stained and scratched plastic cutting board, it might be time to freshen it up. This kitchen board is so pretty, it will make you want to chop and slice your vegetables and herbs. Oh, and if you feel guilty about replacing your old plastic board because you don’t want to feel wasted, we have good news: each board is made from recycled kitchen plastic waste and renewable sugar cane. . Plus, buyers say the boards are remarkably easy to clean.

Buy here: $35

Our cutlery trio

Three sharp knives (a serrated knife, a chef's knife, and a paring knife) with blue handles rest on a dark wood cutting board on a white counter.

A dull knife can make food preparation extremely slow, not to mention dangerous. Luckily, all you need in your kitchen is a good chef’s knife, paring knife and serrated knife – and this set has all three. Plus, this set includes colorful pulls that can coordinate with your kitchen (we love the vibrant azul hue). Pairing these knives with an equally stunning cutting board will give your workspace the kind of makeover that will make ordering takeout the least glamorous activity in the world.

Buy here: $145