Ziptainers are reusable containers that have been designed to zip closed with an airtight and watertight seal. They've been created with food in mind, but you'll also be able to use them to store other small items. When obtaining a set of these, you'll be able to choose between the shades of clear and light blue. Each standard set includes a small container, a medium, and a large, plus a sandwich-sized container. The wide-cup style sets, which come in the same shades, are made up of small, medium, large and snack-sized containers.
The cost of Ziptainer is $19.99 plus $6.99 shipping. The special TV offer allows you to receive a second Ziptainer at the discounted price of only $9.99 for a total price of $36.97.
Once you've got some Ziptainers, you can begin using them by filling one of them with food. If you want to store other small objects like craft supplies or beauty products in them, that's also an option. Regardless of what you choose to fill your first container with, avoid filling it too full by leaving at least a half an inch of empty space at the top.
When your Ziptainer is full, seal off the top as you would a zipper-lock bag. As you do so, the two sides of the zipper-lock closure will lock together, creating that aforementioned airtight and watertight seal. If you've got food in the container, this seal will help preserve its original flavor and freshness. It'll also help protect anything within the container from contamination due to things in the outside environment, like molds and mildews.
Finally, choose a place to store your Ziptainer, such as a cupboard, your refrigerator or your freezer. Your storage place will, of course, depend on what's inside the container. No matter where you store the container, each one is shaped in a way that will enable it to stand up straight on its base without toppling over as some plastic bags would. When you need the contents inside the container, all you'll need to do is unzip the top (and re-zip it for storage again, if necessary).
All of these containers have a wide-mouth opening, which means that you'll be able to fit food items of various shapes and sizes into each one. Even if you have difficulty getting large pieces of meat into other containers that you have in your kitchen, you'll likely be able to quickly plop them into your large-sized Ziptainer. Anything you need to take out of these containers will be able to be pulled out quickly after storage, too.
These containers can be reused again and again, and each has a lifetime of up to 10 years. If one happens to get dirty, it can be rinsed out, but you'll also have the option of putting it in your dishwasher since they're all dishwasher safe. In fact, it's best to clean each container each time you've used it for meat, fish or dairy, and clean them all at least once a week when you've used them to store other foods.
The Ziptainers are safe to use in the microwave, in your oven or on your stovetop in boiling water, as long as your oven's temperature doesn't exceed 425 degrees Fahrenheit. That means that if you want to warm up something that's been stored in your refrigerator or freezer, you probably won't need to move it to a new dish for warming purposes. Instead, you'll be able to warm it up while it's in its container and then get out a new dish afterward, when you're ready to eat.
Every piece in a Ziptainer set is free of the potentially harmful chemical compound known as BPA, which is still found in some plastic products available today. Each piece is also free of latex, petroleum, lead, phthalates, and polyvinyl chloride. As a result, you'll be able to rest assured that you won't be exposing your food (or any other personal items) to toxicity by storing it in these containers.
The pieces of each set of containers will all fit together in a certain configuration (largest on the outside, smallest on the inside) when they're not in use. This will enable you to save space in the kitchen drawer or cabinet that you decide to store the containers in. Instead of each of the four containers taking up their own space, the smaller ones will fit inside the largest one, so they'll all only take up the space that one large container normally would.
Due to the fact that all of these containers have built-in zipper lock closures, you'll never need any additional lids in order to close them. If you normally have to hunt for the correct lid to put on a plastic storage container, this will become a thing of the past once you start using Ziptainers. Plus, you won't have to wash any lids along with your storage containers, either.
Since these containers are made of durable, food-grade silicone, it's unlikely that they'll ever leak like plastic storage bags sometimes do. If you use plastic bags to store your food, you've probably had to clean up food that has leaked onto other items in your fridge and has thereby gone to waste. With Ziptainers, though, you can expect to consume all of the food inside them without wasting it, as it likely won't be able to penetrate the surface of the container you've put it in.
If you want to bring your lunch or snacks from home to school or work, but you don't want the food to go bad during your commute, a Ziptainer can help you out here. There's a sandwich-sized container in each standard set and a snack-sized container in each wide-cup set, but you can choose any size that best fits your lunch or snack. This type of container will help keep your food fresh for hours and will also prevent it from ending up all over your important papers.
It would be helpful if at least some of these containers had handles that you could hold while transporting them outside your home, or even from room to room, but none of them do. Therefore, if a container's exterior happens to be slippery after being in your icy freezer or in a pot of boiling water, you'll just have to be careful as you pick it up.
If you're in the habit of throwing out your leftovers because they simply taste bad the next day, and cooking a bunch of new food instead, you may be able to change that habit. Once you start using these sealable containers, you might find that leftovers don't taste so bad after all. After that, aside from avoiding extra trips to the grocery store, you may not be tempted to head for a restaurant as often, as you'll have perfectly good-tasting food stored in your kitchen.
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