Even the most de-cluttered, organised kitchen usually has one cupboard of doom. You know the one I’m talking about, don’t you - the one that's home to the plastic food storage containers. It's crammed full of mis-matched boxes, it refuses to stay tidy, and it has the ability to reduce you to a frustrated wreck every time you try to find the size you need. I’m shuddering even thinking about it!
As you can probably tell, if there’s a clever container on the market that makes food storage less of a trial, I want to know about it. I’ve recently been trying out Flat Stacks, which claim to offer an altogether better way to store and organise food.
So what are Flat Stacks all about? Well they look very similar to lots of other storage containers, with flip-down tabs on the lids and a variety of shapes and sizes. But they also have a few really clever features that make all the difference to how useful - and easy to use - they are.
The body of Flat Stacks are made of flexible silicone, which is actually stronger and more durable than the usual plastic used for this kind of product. Silicone is also less likely to harbour food stains and smells. But for me the main benefit of using silicone is that is makes Flat Stacks collapsible, which means you can save some serious cupboard space. The idea is that you store them flat, and only pop them up to their full size when you want to use them.
Once you’ve squished them down, you just pop the lid on - and this is another big positive in my eyes. No more emptying the whole cupboard to find the right lid - honestly, this alone has saved me so much time.
Another clever benefit of the collapsible feature: if you haven’t got enough food to fill a container, you can partially collapse it. This really helps cut down on the amount of fridge space you need.
Flat Stacks are sold in four different-sized sets, and the containers in each set stack neatly together. I’ve been trying the 4 pcs Small & Medium Rectangular set, which costs £20. The smaller containers are great for storing small amounts of leftovers or child-size portions, while the bigger ones are perfect for things like pasta sauces, packed lunches are salads.
The sizes of the other sets in the range cover everything from small school snacks to larger meals, and there’s also a lunch box set which has separate compartments and cutlery included.
I’ve found in the past that supposedly airtight containers can often leak, but not so with Flat Stacks. I’ve really put them to the test on this feature, both at home and out and about with the kids, and they haven’t leaked at all.
You can use Flat Stacks in the microwave, which is great because there’s no need to transfer leftovers to another container before re-heating. It cuts down on the washing-up too. Flat Stacks are also BPA free, so you can use them safe in the knowledge that there are no nasties making their way into your family’s food.
Having tried many, many types of food storage containers, I’m really impressed with Flat Stacks. They’re easy to use, and they deliver on their promise of increasing space in the kitchen and cutting down on mess. They’ve made that cupboard of doom a much nicer place too!
Do you think Flat Stacks could revolutionise your kitchen food storage?
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