I Must Confess…
I was ordering so much takeout to the office last year, there came a point when my co-workers’ eyebrows were raised higher than my credit card bill. And my credit card bill was quite high. (What even is a “service fee”?)
I knew my lunch habits weren’t sustainable—for my wallet or my health. So I made a resolution this year to bring my lunch to work more often. But, as with most things, that was easier said than done, and I quickly gained a lot of respect for my mom’s lunch-packing days.
For one thing, I was still using washed out plastic takeout containers, which spilled all over my bags and couldn’t be reheated in the microwave. Nobody likes a mess and nobody likes cold food. I knew it was time to invest in new containers, and when I saw that my favorite cookware brand released a food storage set of their own, I knew I had found my answer.
If you’ve never heard of Caraway, allow me to shed some light on how their gorgeous cooking essentials inspired me to start getting creative in the kitchen.
What Makes Caraway So Special?
Caraway has been taking the home-cooking world by storm since they launched with their now-famous Cookware Set in 2019. Over 44,000 home cooks have given their kitchen essentials 4.8/5 stars, and they’ve been featured in big publications like Refinery29, Architectural Digest, Oprah Magazine, and more.
The thing that initially drew me in was their crazy attention to detail. Everything about their products is thoughtfully designed, from the non-toxic, non-stick ceramic coating to the ingenious storage solutions that come with their sets. And when I saw the Food Storage Set, I quickly realized that their attention to detail had, yet again, paid off.
Caraway’s Food Storage Set comes with two small, two medium, and one large container and has some added bonuses that make it far and away the best set for meal prepping I’ve seen.
Food Storage For Much More Than Just Storing Food
For one, it comes with modular inserts they call “dots and dashes” that nest right into the containers. They can work to separate out your food to ensure you’re packing a balanced meal or—my favorite—keep your dressing on the side until you’re actually ready to eat. It’s hard enough to get healthy with a salad for lunch. Don’t ask me to eat a soggy one.
The glass containers are airtight but they also come with straps to ensure nothing pops open in your bag. They’re spacious but don’t take up more space than they need to, in the fridge or in my bag.
And with their see-through glass lids, I always know what’s inside and there’s no more accidentally grabbing the wrong thing in the mornings. Plus, everyone in the office gets to admire my perfectly packed and organized gourmet meals. (Look, I’m no top-chef, but I’ll take a compliment here and there.)
Made For the Cooking, Built For the Cook
When a home-cookware brand makes their own food storage set, you can safely assume they’ll do it with the cook in mind. These containers have everything that makes Caraway, Caraway, starting with the non-toxic, non-stick ceramic coating.
This means no more scraping stray noodles from my containers just to finish my pasta. It also means no more perpetual spaghetti stains. And because they use a natural ceramic coating, these containers are free of PFOA, PTFE, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, and all the other toxic sh*t I can hardly pronounce.
But here’s the kicker: they can go in the oven. Sometimes I’ll prep a casserole right in the container and cook it as is, toss it in the fridge, and voilá. No dishes to clean. They’re also safe in the microwave to reheat at work, or in the freezer to save for next week. (Just a heads up: the lids and inserts can’t go in the oven or microwave.)
Versatility is a Meal Prepper’s Best Friend
The different sizes, the “dots and dashes,” and the ease and range of use can make last night’s leftovers this afternoon’s lunch any day of the week, no matter the dish. It feels like Caraway already thought of every situation I might use them for.
When I get home, I rinse out the container and pop it in the dishwasher (yes, they’re dishwasher safe too). And then I’m ready to go for the next day. They’re really a meal prep dream: their durability and versatility make them integral to every step of the process.
Plus, they come in six beautiful shades: Gray, Cream, Sage, Perracotta, Navy, and Mist. There’s something for everyone’s aesthetic and everyone’s food preference. No meal prepper left behind.
What Came First, Storage or the Storage Container?
I always found it funny that storage containers are some of the most difficult things to store. If I had a dollar for every time I opened up a cabinet to release an avalanche of mismatched tupperware and lids, then I’d have had enough to rid myself of the problem entirely and buy this storage set. (Of course, I did anyway.)
This set comes with a magnetic organizer rack that clears up tons of space in my cabinet in a hassle-free and super-satisfying way, which means no more avalanches. It’s easy to grab-and-go whichever one I need, and my favorite part: no more hunting for matching lids.
This is crucial, because I was making every excuse I could to skip the meal prepping and order food again. But with the Caraway set, I actually get excited to bring my lunch every day.
Saving Me Leftovers and Saving Me Money
I’m probably spending less money on ingredients at home now than I was on delivery fees alone. Caraway’s Food Storage Set has been a blessing from heaven to both my health and my wallet. (And, as it turns out, my reputation.) It’s tough to express the immense love I have for something as simple as a storage container.
If you’re anything like me and want to save money this year on takeout at work, this Food Storage Set will pay for itself in a matter of weeks (if not days) and keep you inspired to prep and prepped to inspire all year long.
Check out this wonderful new addition to the already-iconic suite of Caraway home products, and get ready to stop tossing money out the window on takeout.