Review: Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids food storage system

I tend to be an organization junkie. That’s not to say that everything in my house is well organized (more to the contrary, unfortunately), but that I absolutely love products aimed at helping us all become more organized. I’ve been known to slowly browse the storage or food container aisles at the store, talking myself out of buying just that one little thing. And when I find a product that does indeed help me and my family on the path to absolute organization, well that’s always cause for celebration.  :)

Over the years, I’ve gone through many different kinds of food storage containers – everything from Tupperware, Pyrex, and various generic brands. There have been two problems with all of these, however. First, finding a way to organize and store the containers themselves has always been a challenge. And second, the biggest challenge has been trying to find a solution for those darn lids – whether keeping them fastened on top of the containers, thus taking up valuable cupboard space, or stacking everything separately, and then having to search up and down for the right lid for whatever container, I want to use…  Well, it’s been a source of frustration for – well, ever since I stocked my first kitchen, back in my college days. But, there’s a glimmer of hope ahead – since I found Rubbermaid’s new ‘Easy Find Lids’ sets of food storage containers.

What they are:

Rubbermaid has introduced four new food storage products, all of which include their new ‘Easy Find Lids’ feature. Along with the basic sets are the Produce Saver, Premier, and Lock-its. Here’s how they work:

1) Lids snap to the bases so that they are always easy to find

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*Note – Produce Saver tray even snaps to the lid before it stores !

2) Lids snap to each other, so you can stack multiple lid & containers together

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3) One lid fits multiple bases, so it is more efficient to store and nest. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you get less lids. It just means the 3 cup lid fits the 3 cup container, the 5 cup container AND the 7 cup container so you have less lids to try to put on before you find the right one.

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4) The different size bases & lids, once they are snapped, fit together to make a nice compact stack that saves space in the cabinet

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5) There is a family! You can have different types for different usage occasions – for instance:

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And, the family stores well together as can be seen below
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Courtesy of Rubbermaid, I received a 20-piece set of the new food storage containers with the Easy Find Lids feature to try out and review.

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Here’s my take on them:

The first thing that I did after opening the box of these, was – of course – to play with the containers and lids and verify that they do, actually, lock together and nest inside of each other very well. I played around with stacking and organizing them in different ways (yes, I mentioned that I’m an organizing geek, right? LOL), and then finally found homes for them in my very limited cupboard space (we have a small kitchen and cupboard space is at an absolute premium).

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One thing that I liked immediately is the fact that you can choose whether you want to store each lid with the container it goes to, or you can store the lids and containers separately. And either way, the lids aren’t just loose – they’re either attached to the container or the other lids. And the different styles of lids all attach together, so you can, in fact, store ALL of the lids together if you want to.

So, lids aside, the containers themselves hold up well, as I would expect from Rubbermaid – I don’t think I’ve ever had a Rubbermaid storage container that didn’t hold up well and last for quite a long time. I really like the lock-its ones, because it is very easy to know that the lid is on tight – and also very easy to get the lid unlocked and off when you want to, without killing your fingertips. I’ve used these both for storing food in the fridge, and also for taking sandwiches on-the-go with us, so that they didn’t get squashed.

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The very cool part about the Premier containers is that they are stain-resistant. I don’t know how many times I’ve ended up with containers with spaghetti or other tomato-based food stains on them, and even though I know the containers are clean after being washed, they just don’t look that way. One of the biggest culprits in our house is my husband’s canned chili, that he eats on hot dogs. He’ll open a can, use some, and then refrigerate the rest for later. I’ve had to give him a couple of stained containers dedicated for that use because I didn’t want him ‘ruining’ my good ones. I grudgingly let him experiment by using one of the new Premier containers, and was pleasantly surprised when it did wash clean afterward.

I think my favorite containers from this set though, are the Produce Savers. I buy a lot of fruit for my girls – grapes, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and more. And they generally come in either a thin plastic bag or one of those plastic snap-closed containers. But when one piece gets bruised or leaks juice, the rest of them sit in it. The Produce Savers have an extra tray that fits into the container (and which snaps to the lid of container bottom as well, for storage!) and keeps the fruit raised up off of the bottom, so that juices and such can leak down and the fruit doesn’t have to sit in it. That’s kept our fruit from getting spoiled so quickly, and I haven’t had to throw nearly as much rotten fruit away since I’ve been using these.

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The bottom line:

Rubbermaid’s new food storage containers with the Easy Find Lids are practical, sturdy and much easier to store when you’re not using them, because you can keep the lids with the containers, or keep the lids all snapped together so you don’t have loose ones getting lost or misplaced. With a variety of sizes and styles, there’s bound to be a container for just about any food storage need.

Where can you find them?:

The Easy Find Lid products from Rubbermaid can be purchased at any retailer that sells other Rubbermaid food storage containers, or directly from their website at http://www.rubbermaid.com. You can also find more information at http://www.easyfindlids.com, where you can also share your organizational challenges, win prizes and download coupons. There is also a blog on how to use the Produce Saver containers properly – you can read before trying them yourself. And you can follow more information about Rubbermaid products at their blog, Adventures in Organization.

This post courtesy of: Rubbermaid. No payment or compensation, other than product samples as described above, was received for this post.

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