Unless you’re living under a rock or have been blissfully unaware of the existence of Pinterest for the past few years, odds are that you’ve heard about the meal prep craze. According to what I’ve learned from Pinterest, you spend a little bit of time on the weekend (or whatever day you get off) prepping food in neat little single-serve containers for the upcoming week. Then when life gets busy, you just grab-and-go. Seems simple, right?
Well, apparently 99% of meal prepping involves finding the right container. Otherwise your quinoa touches the avocado slices and then the juice from your organic lemon and herb grilled chicken breast get involved and it’s all downhill from there. I wanted to be like those skinny people that prep, but I knew in my heart of hearts that my tried-and-true tupperware just wasn’t going to cut it. I mean, who wants mushy 3-day old quinoa that tastes suspiciously like avocado? Not this girl.
When all hope seemed lost, I got the opportunity to test Asani Glass Meal Prep Containers at a discounted price (Get yours here) in order to try them out and review them for my readers. Perfect. Glass Meal Prep Containers are made of glass (shocker, I know), so I don’t have to worry about BPA or a suspicious plastic flavor leeching into my food as it sits in the fridge waiting for me to be too busy to cook. It also won’t stain or absorb odors, so they’re safe to use to store spaghetti and boldly seasoned foods.
I took the Glass Meal Prep Containers out of their Amazon box about 3 seconds after they arrived and gave them a quick scrub in the sink. The first thing I noticed was that they were clear. I love glass for food storage because it’s so easy to see what’s inside. You really don’t get the same degree of clarity with plastic, no matter how clear it claims to be.
The next thing I noticed was the seal. There’s this thin, but super-effective gasket around the top of the containers to make sure they don’t leak. Just for fun I went ahead and filled one up in the sink and put the lid on — yep, no leaks!
But what makes these containers different than any other meal prep container on the market you ask? They’re made of glass. We’re not talking about thin, super fragile glass. We’re talking about oven-safe, microwave-safe, dishwasher-safe, lunchbox-safe glass. They’re advertised online as being able to safely go in the oven and after holding them in my hands, there’s no doubt in my mind that they’d do fine. The glass is thick and it is heavy like a glass baking dish.
They’re also divided into three sections. I didn’t fill and measure, but it would appear that there’s one slightly larger compartment that’s meant for the entree and two smaller compartments for the sides. While the body of the container is made of glass, the lid is made of plastic. In the center there’s a small built-in compartment that houses a set of reusable plastic utensils. They seem like a random addition at first, but as any brown-bagger knows, it’s only a matter of time until you forget your utensils. Use them as your primary cutlery or as a backup source, but either way you’ll be glad they’re there when you need them.
Size-wise I’d say these are perfect for lunch. You can fit quite a bit into a small space because the compartments are pretty deep. I was able to easily fit a boiled egg with its shell still on in one of the sides compartments, but I could have fit two if I had them (I’m already failing at meal prepping). One thing I need to mention is that the dividers do not reach the lid of the container, so if you don’t carry the containers flat, there’s an opportunity for smaller or runny foods to mix a little. It’s not an issue for me since I carry flat, but it may be a consideration for other people.
Overall, I’m really impressed with the quality of the containers more than anything. The glass is so much thicker than expected and the lid has a really good seal that doesn’t leak. The lid secures in place using four side snaps and it’s super easy to do — even easier than my standard plastic food storage containers. Also, because these are made from high-quality glass, I feel safe putting them in the microwave and keeping food in them for more than a day or two. I think this is going to be a great switch for me, and who knows — maybe I’ll even get the hang of this food prepping thing! Five stars for sure!
Ready to make the switch to glass? Get your Asani Glass Meal Prep Containers on Amazon.
If you’re a prepper, what are some of your favorite pre-made meals? Post in the comments and I’ll give them a try!