10 Smart Tools for Keeping Food Fresh for Longer
Keep grocery store runs to a minimum with these containers and storage ideas.
There’s nothing more frustrating than buying fresh ingredients, only to have them quickly go bad—it’s a waste of food and money. That’s why it’s best practice to try and use them as soon as possible, or store them in the freezer for future use. However, there are also a few tools that can help, too, from vacuum sealers, which give bags an airtight seal, to herb keepers and produce cups. Read on to find out where you can get them.
After being put to the test, these produce-saving containers really, really delivered. They come in several different sizes—the 17.3-cup size, pictured here, is particularly good for storing greens (like kale) and bulkier produce.
Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Containers, $27 (was $38) at amazon.com
OXO Food Saver Set
These little flexible silicone covers are specifically designed to preserve already-cut onions, limes, and lemons (as you’ll note with the designs), preventing juices and scents from escaping.
Veggie & Fruit Travel Cup
We love these cups—the mini colander inside allows you to rinse produce and then drain it, keeping your snacks fresh. The best part? A reusable fork is included, and it fits easily in the cup.
Fresh Herb Keeper Plastic Pot Planter
This self-watering container, which you can keep in your fridge, got great reviews and promises to keep herbs fresh “up to 10 days longer.” Air vents in the lid help the herbs breathe, and dividers allow you to keep your herbs organized.
Reusable Beeswax Wrap
Bresca chef Ryan Ratino likes to use beeswax wrap to keep vegetables, cheese, and fruit fresh; he also uses it to wrap snacks. They’re reusable and hand-washable.
Stasher bags, which come in a variety of sizes, are known for their versatility. You can freeze them, microwave them, and use them for sous vide cooking—the “leakproof and odor-proof Pinch-loc seal keeps food fresh.”
Mesh Produce Bags
Flip & Tumble’s mesh produce bags got solid reviews across several sites. The breathable fabric helps keep your food fresh longer—plus, each of the five bags is marked with a different colored tag, so you can easily identify what’s inside.
Silicone lids can be used to seal everything from pots and pans to coffee mugs (they use suction to attach).
GIR Round Silicone Lids, $20-$52 (depending on order quantity) at food52.com
Zwilling Vacuum Seal Set
This Zwilling set promises to keep foods fresh for “up to five times longer.” It comes with a cordless vacuum pump, one medium glass container, one large glass container, two small bags, and two medium bags.
Zwilling Fresh and Save Vacuum Sealer Set, $100 (was $125) at zwilling.com
Out of 1,0009 reviews, this food saver got 741 five-star ratings and 138 four-star ratings. It removes air from specially designed bags, and then applies heat to seal them air-tight, according to the product description. Food can be kept in the freezer up to five times longer, and up to two times longer in the fridge or pantry “compared to ordinary storage methods.”
FoodSaver FM5200 Series 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System for Food Preservation, $190 at amazon.com